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The Lost World
15 days
Venezuela - Trip code VZ

The Lost World

On this pioneering adventure to Venezuela we travel deep into territory virtually unknown to the outside world. Canoeing to Canaima we discover the awe-inspiring Angel Falls - the world's tallest waterfall. We also trek to the table mountain of Roraima and marvel at the spectacular views of tropical forest and lush grassland, which inspired Arthur Conan Doyle's novel 'The Lost World'.

Trip highlights

  • Roraima Hike - Walk up one of the oldest geological structures on earth and enjoy amazing views from the top
  • Angel Falls - From June to December, up the Churun river to within walking distance. From January to May (the dry season) we see them from the air only, as our flight to Kamarata includes spectacular views of Angel Falls (weather permitting)
  • 4 - Day Boat Trip - Down the little-travelled Akanan and Carrao rivers by dugout canoe, handled by Kamarata indians
Accommodation grade:
Simple
These are often small, family run establishments or campsites which provide a no-frills experience with adequate amenities and service standards. Sleeping arrangements are simple, sometimes with en suite facilities.
Walking grade:
Challenging
You need to have a good level of fitness and previous trekking experience is recommended. Trekking days are generally longer, challenging and at higher altitudes. Terrain may be difficult and ascents and descents are often demanding.
Group Size:
10 - 16
Maximum group size ranges from between 6 to 20 people, depending on the type of trip, the transport and accommodation used and activities included. We rarely have groups that are smaller than five or six people and the average is 12 people plus an Explore leader.

Itinerary

Itineraries on some departure dates may differ, please select the itinerary that you wish to explore.

Day 1 - Join tour in Caracas

Arrive Caracas and check into hotel.

Accommodation: Hotel Avila(or similar)

Standard Hotel
Swimming pool available
Single room available
Meals Provided: None
Day 2 - Drive to Ciudad Bolivar

We leave Caracas and head east through the cacao growing areas of Barlovento, past the criogenic industries of Piritu, then south across the plains, crossing the mighty Orinoco river to arrive in Ciudad Bolivar. Subject to our arrival time, we plan a brief orientation tour of old \ Angostura\ .

Accommodation: Hotel Laja Real(or similar)

Standard Hotel
Meals Provided: Breakfast
Day 3 - Travel to Kama

From Cuidad Bolivar we have an interesting eight hour drive to Kawe near Kamoiran in the Gran Sabana. Travelling south we pass through the gold rich jungle area around El Dorado - However the legend of the annual ritual when the body of a young Indian male would be entirely covered with gold-dust and sent downriver on a raft laden with offerings of silver, gold and precious stones actually hails from the other side of the Andes. Our route south climbs the jungle clad escarpment on to the Gran Sabana (Guyana Shield), so steep and so densely covered by forest that the Indians kept the trail a secret until 1937. As we arrive on the plateau we are rewarded with stunning views across the Gran Sabana and a cool climate. We continue to our nightstop at Kama.

Accommodation: Camp Kawe(or similar)

Simple Camping
Meals Provided: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Day 4 - Drive to Peraitepui de Roraima; start of trek to Roraima

Today we change to 4WD vehicles and transfer via San Francisco de Yuruani to Peraitepui de Roraima, the start of our 6 day hike to Mount Roraima. This great table mountain reputedly inspired Conan Doyle's novel and the subsequent film, 'The Lost World'. This hike is graded as strenuous. We employ local porters to carry our food, tents and camping equipment but, as the availability of porters in the village is limited, participants must be prepared to carry their own personal gear (clothing, sleeping bags etc), and appropriate baggage as necessary. However normally, a porter can be hired between two people at an additional cost of £45 per person to carry personal gear (unnecessary gear can be left behind in Santa Elena). We begin our hike today with a walk to our first campsite at River Tek. Today's walk covers 12 kilometres and takes around four and a half hours. The total descent is approximately -250m. Long sleeves and trousers, and insect repellent are strongly recommended.

Accommodation: Tek Camp (River)(or similar)

Simple Camping
Meals Provided: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Day 5 - Roraima Hike

his morning we cross the Tek and Kukenan Rivers and begin the ascent to ' Base Camp'. From Base Camp, to the west, we have a view across the endless sabana and can see back to the village where our trek began. To the east, are the mountain's imposing 500m sheer walls and the ramp we will negotiate tomorrow to get to the summit. Our walk today covers eight kilometres and takes around four hours. The total ascent is approximately +850m.

Accommodation: Roraima Base Camp(or similar)

Simple Camping
Meals Provided: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Day 6 - Hiking Roraima

Today we climb to the top of Roraima with marvellous views of the surrounding tepuis (sheer-sided table-topped mountains) and sabana. We camp on the high plateau under rocky overhangs. This ascent of one of the oldest geological structures on earth takes some three to five hours from our base camp. Some scrambling is necessary as it can be quite slippery underfoot. The summit, considered by the local Indians to be the abode of the gods, is an eerie place with eroded black moss-covered pillars, balancing rocks, ravines, quartz crystals and vast vistas out over sheer walls towards Kukenan Tepui, an adjacent table mountain, from which falls the second highest waterfall in the rainy season. Warm, waterproof clothing is needed here. Nights are particularly cold at this altitude (2500m). Today's walk is eight kilometres and takes around four hours. The total ascent is approximately +800m.

Accommodation: Roraima Summit Camp(or similar)

Simple Camping
Meals Provided: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Day 7 - Exploring more of Roraima

We spend a day exploring the summit to observe the strange rock formations and unique flora. Nearly all the plant life - orchids, bromeliads, carnivorous plants etc - is endemic to the region. When the weather remains clear, the views are magnificent. It may be possible to make a fairly demanding full-day trek via weird rock sculptures, primitive vegetation and unnamed waterfalls to the 'Hito Geografico' (Triple Frontier), a point marking the meeting point of Venezuela, Brazil and Guyana (7-8 hour round trip). The optional walk today is 15 kilometres and takes appoximately seven hours. The terrain is mainly flat.

Accommodation: Roraima Summit Camp(or similar)

Simple Camping
Meals Provided: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Day 8 - Trek to Tek River

Today we commence our descent from the majestic Roraima back toward the Tek River where will overnight this evening. Our walk today covers approximately 16 kilometres and takes approximately five hours. The total descent is -1650m.

Accommodation: Tek Camp (River)(or similar)

Simple Camping
Meals Provided: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Day 9 - Trek to Peraitepui de Roraima. Drive Santa Elena de Uarien

We set off early to walk to the Indian village of Peraitepui de Roraima where we started our adventure five days previously. From here we drive to our rustic accommodation at Santa Elena de Uarien. The final part of our trek covers 12 kilometres and takes approximately four hours. Total ascent is approximately +250m.

Accommodation: Rustic Hotel (Santa Elena De Uairen)(or similar)

Simple Hotel
Meals Provided: Breakfast
Day 10 - Fly and launch to Iwana Meru

We charter a small aircraft and fly northward across the Gran Sabana, with extraordinary panoramas on all sides (during the dry season we extend our flight to fly over the Angel Falls). Arriving at the missionary settlement of Kamarata, we commence our river journey. During the journey we stay in spartan accommodation, sleeping in hammocks with mosquito nets, so be prepared to rough it a bit - the experience is well worth it. Our first nightstop is at Iwana Meru.

Accommodation: Iwana Camping(or similar)

Simple Camping
Meals Provided: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Day 11 - Motorised canoe towards Angel Falls

For the next two days we make our way round the imposing flat-topped bulk of Auyantepui by river - a journey relatively few people have experienced. We sleep in hammocks under simple jungle shelters, and facilities are simple. Our skilled Indian boatmen guide their 10m craft through the rapids and whirlpools of the river, whilst all around is virgin forest where brightly coloured birds break the eerie silence with their strident calls. In the wet season, when there is enough water, it is possible to reach a point where we can hike to the base of the Angel Falls. Discovered in 1933 by the pilot-adventurer Jimmy Angel who was searching for gold, the falls are a spectacle of extraordinary beauty as they leap some 975m off the top of the mesa and plunge to the foot of the gorge. The plummeting water vaporizes in mid-air forming a glistening white spray that collects in a pool below. This breath-taking cataract is one of the most amazing sights on the American continent.

Accommodation: Arenal Camp(or similar)

Simple Camping
Meals Provided: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Day 12 - Exploring more of Angel Falls area

Today we continue exploring Auyantepui by river.

Accommodation: Angel Falls Camp(or similar)

Simple Camping
Meals Provided: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Day 13 - Launch to Canaima

On our final day on the river, we continue to Canaima, located on a wide stretch of the Carrao river known as Canaima Lagoon. Facing us is the beautiful sweep of the Hacha Falls which continuously pours amber-tinted water (from the tannin leached from the rainforest) into the lagoon. With a backdrop of distant and mysterious tepuis and a foreground of a sandy beach and palm trees, this is a fitting final highlight to our journey of adventure. We also have the chance to visit Salto el Sapo nearby. At this waterfall, it is possible to walk behind the curtain of falling water as it tumbles into the lagoon.

Accommodation: Rustic Hotel (Canaima)(or similar)

Simple Hotel
Meals Provided: Breakfast & Lunch
Day 14 - Fly to Caracas airport; bus to Caribbean beaches

Today we fly to Caracas and continue to the Caribbean for a chance to swim and relax. One such place is Chichirivichi de la Costa, with its horseshoe shaped, golden sand beach surrounded by coco nut palms and looking out into the Caribbean. Chichirivichi was founded by escaped slaves 150 years ago and now is mainly inhabited by their descendents.

Accommodation: Posada la Playa Hotel(or similar)

Standard Hotel
Single room available
Meals Provided: Breakfast
Day 15 - Tour ends Caracas Airport

The tour ends in Caracas airport.

Meals Provided: Breakfast

Walking and Trekking information

Walking grade
Challenging
Trek details
Trek for 5 days for between 4 to 5 hours each day, plus one optional trek of 7 hours. Maximum altitude 2810m, the summit of Mount Roraima. We have graded this trek as challenging.
Trek terrain
To enjoy any trek such as the hike up Roraima on this Lost World Trip, it is essential to be in shape before you arrive. It is not wise to regard a trek as a means of getting into shape or losing excess weight. Start a programme of conditioning well before departure - in fact as soon as you book - and be aware that short walks on the flat do little to prepare you for the gradients involved on this trek. Running, hill walking and other more active sports are suitable.

What's included?

Included meals
  • Breakfast: 14
  • Lunch: 10
  • Dinner: 9
Transport
  • Bus
  • Boat
  • Flight
Trip staff
  • Explore Tour Leader(s)
  • Boat Crew
  • Driver(s)
  • Porter(s)
Accommodation
  • 9 nights simple camping
  • 3 nights standard hotel
  • 2 nights simple hotel
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Trip information

Country information

Venezuela Trips

Climate

Tropical with little seasonal change in temperature, but great variation with altitude. It can be hot at midday, but cold at night. The rainy season is from June to November. Caracas can be cool at night, especially December to February.

Time difference to GMT

-5

Plugs

2 Pin Flat

Religion

92% Roman Catholic

Language

Spanish

Budgeting and packing

Optional activities

Kamarata - Kavak canyon and caves US$ 50. Canaima - Overflight of Angel Falls (during wet season) US$ 65. Chichirivichi - Snorkelling equipment US$ 12.

Clothing

Thick sweater/fleece jacket A thick sweater or fleece jacket is necessary as nights can be cold. Make sure that your waterproof jacket is loose enough to wear over your sweater or fleece. Socks It is best to wear a pair of liner socks under a pair of fairly thick loop stitch socks. This helps to protect your feet against blisters. Avoid nylon socks, they are abrasive, don\ t breathe well and can cause blisters. Waterproofs Breathable waterproofs made from material such as Goretex not only protects against rain and wind but also stops you from overheating. They \ breathe' and avoid condensation which you will experience from nylon waterproofs. Shorts Shorts can be very comfortable to walk in but you must carry long trousers with you in case you get either sunburned or cold and to protect against sand flies in the morning and early evening. Track suit Comfortable around camp and much more practical (and warmer) to sleep in than pyjamas. Long Trousers For everyday walking, light cotton trousers are the most suitable. These help protect from sunburn and the cold and also from sand flies. Jeans are not recommended as they are often difficult to walk in over longer distances and are cumbersome when wet. Swimming costume

Footwear

Trainers or Trekking sandals Useful around camp, in towns, when travelling and for river crossings on trek. Walking Boots Probably the trickiest part of all. We strongly recommend walking in good boots. Trainers, tennis shoes etc simply do not give the ankle support afforded by a decent pair of boots. Many people now trek in the lighter weight Goretex or leather boots. They have the advantage that they take little breaking in. The slightly heavier traditional leather walking boots are also good. Avoid the types often found in high street shoe shops which are simply cheap trainers with a higher canvas side sewn on - they give little support. Above all, your boots must be well broken in and comfortable. We do not recommend borrowing or renting boots. It is a good idea to carry your boots in your hand luggage on international flights or wear them - should your luggage be delayed, your well broken in boots are the one thing which will be irreplaceable.

Luggage

15Kg

Luggage: On tour

You will need 3 bags for this trip. Before starting the Roraima hike, there is plenty of time to re-sort luggage into what you need on trek and what can be left behind in Santa Elena . Advice on how to pack will also be given at the trek briefing. You will also need a rucksack - minimum capacity 50 litres. This needs to be large enough to carry everything you need (essentials only) on the Roraima hike - including your sleeping bag. You must be able to carry this yourself unless you wish to hire a porter. The rest of your luggage will be forwarded by road to the start of the river journey in Kamarata. Please also note that due to several river crossings during the trek - this bag will get wet, so remember to pack plastic bags (bin liners are ideal) to keep the contents dry! It is also suggested you bring a small rucksack/daypack - If you choose to hire a porter, you will not have access to your rucksack during the course of a trekking day. Therefore you will need a daypack that is large enough to carry items such as your water bottle, camera, sun cream, packed lunch etc. Camera equipment can be heavy so think carefully when deciding what to take. Other optional items might be binoculars, a diary or a book to read at lunch time.

Equipment

The following equipment is provided by Explore once you are on the trek: 2-man tents. All cooking and kitchen gear. We ask you to bring: Trekking poles Sleeping Bag This may be down or synthetic, and should be 2/3-season. A cotton liner helps to keep your bag clean and can be used to sleep in if hot. 2 season (temperature 0°C to 5°C), 3 season (temperature -5°C to 0°C). Sleeping Mat or Thermarest A good quality sleeping mat or a thermarest is essential and is NOT available locally. Bring your own. Water Bottle Water during the hike must never be considered as drinkable. Take a 2 litre personal water bottle. Water Purifying Tablets. If you dislike the taste of sterilised water, it is a good idea to add some powdered fruit juice. Also energy snacks including chocolate and sweets are recommended whilst on trek. Sunglasses A good pair of sunglasses are essential for protection against UV rays and glare. Sun Hat, High Factor Sun Cream/Block and Lipsalve Choose a high factor suncream (Factor 15 or more) to protect your skin against the sun. A combination sunblock/ lipsalve is ideal for facial protection. Torch/Batteries A small torch is essential for finding things at night etc. Often a head torch is useful. Remember to bring some spare batteries. Travel Towel Useful - fast drying and compact. Toiletries Try to keep heavy cosmetics to a minimum. Essentials are toothbrush/paste, soap, small towel, toilet roll, small nail brush. 'Wet Wipes' are great for a quick clean up, so bring a pack of those (nonperfumed to avoid rashes). Due to the environmentally sensitive areas we visit, bio-degradable soap is recommended. Insect repellent is essential in the jungle though mosquito nets are provided. Bring 50-100% deet. Whilst full provision has been made for your trip our local representative in Venezuela is recommending that you bring a few personal items with you as a precaution due to current shortages in Venezuela. These include - toilet paper, tea and any necessary sanitary items that you might require. If you find that you don't use all or any of the items, we would recommend donating them to local communities who are in short supply.

Tipping

Local crew
Although entirely voluntary, tipping is a recognised part of life in this region of the world. Some local staff will look to members of the group for personal recognition of particular services provided. Accordingly, you should allow US$ 70 for tipping. In order to make things easier for you, the Tour Leaders may organise a group's tips kitty and if this is the case, they will account for it throughout the tour.
Country Information

Venezuela Trips

Food and drink

The costs for meals may vary depending upon location, type of restaurant and number of courses eaten and so the prices given are an average guide. Local restaurants located off the beaten track may be less expensive, whereas an upmarket restaurant located in the centre of a major city may charge more.


Dinner price
£8.00 - 10.00
Beer price
£1.5
Water price
£0.9
Foreign Exchange
Local currency
Venezuelan Bolivar.
Recommended Currency For Exchange
Carry all your funds in US cash NOT Sterling or Travellers Cheques which are more difficult to exchange. We recommend to take a minimum of US$400-$500 of your total spending money in cash, in mixed denominations. Notes should be in good condition otherwise they might be difficult to exchange.
Where To Exchange
Consult with the TL before changing
ATM Availability
Available in Major towns. Always have some cash as back-up as they are not always reliable
Credit Card Acceptance
Credit cards are useful and can be used in many places, but may be subject to a 10% service charge
Travellers Cheques
Travellers Cheques can be awkward or expensive to change.

Transport, Accommodation & Meals

Transport Information

Bus, Boat, Flight

Essential information

FCO Advice

We strongly recommend that you check your government's travel advisory for up-to-date information and advice about your destination: safety and security, entry requirements, health, local laws and customs. For UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office advice click here.

For more information from Explore about travel advice, click here
 

Under 18 immigration guidance

Please note that some countries require proof of parental consent when travelling overseas with under 18s. Please check requirements with the relevant embassy or consular office well in advance of travel if this applies to your party.

Essential Information

Once your booking has been confirmed we guarantee the price will not increase, whatever the circumstances. Before booking please ensure you have read our important tour pricing information.Booking Conditions

Visa Information

Venezuela: Citizens from UK, New Zealand, Australia, New Zealand and Canada require a Venezuelan Tourist Card to enter. This is obtained from the check-in desk of the airline or on arrival and needs to be kept until exit. Other nationalities should consult the relevant consulate. On March 3 2015, the Venezuelan Embassy in Washington, DC posted updated tourist visa information for U.S. citizens planning travel to Venezuela. All U.S. citizens must have a tourist visa and should plan to apply for a visa three months in advance of travel and expect to pay $30 for a one-year, multiple-entry visa good for a 90 day stay in Venezuela. You should confirm all visa related issues with the relevant Embassy prior to departure. USA: (including those in transit) Citizens of the UK, New Zealand, Australia, Canada and passport holders from several EU countries can enter the United States without a visa under the Visa Waiver Program (VWP) - where you apply for an ESTA (Electronic System for Travel Authorisation), which applies if you enter the country by sea or by air. This must be done on line - https://esta.cbp.dhs.gov no later than 72 hours prior to travel. Travellers who have not registered before their trip are likely be refused boarding. You must have an electronic passport with a digital chip containing biometric information about the passport owner. UK passports which are biometric feature a small gold symbol (camera) at the bottom of the front cover. If you have visited Iraq, Syria, Iran or Sudan since 2011 or are dual nationals of these countries, you cannot travel with an ESTA and instead you will need to apply for a visa from the nearest US Embassy or Consulate. If you are unable to provide a valid visa before boarding flights to the US, or entering via another method, you may not be permitted to travel. Please note for your ESTA application you will be required to supply Point of Contact information. Explore' s USA contact information will be listed on your final documentation which you will receive approximately 3-4 weeks before departure. If you are leaving for the USA before this, please call the Explore team to get this information.(Not necessary if in transit) For further information please check out the US embassy website. Visa applications - http://london.usembassy.gov/niv/apply.html Canada: An electronic travel authorisation (ETA) is required by British citizens transiting via Canada. For more information see the official Canadian government website: http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/visit/eta.asp Other nationalities should consult their local embassy or consular office.


If you do require assistance in obtaining a visa then you may consider applying through Explore's recommended visa service in the UK, Travcour. See www.travcour.com to download the relevant visa application for your trip, if applicable (UK citizens only), along with details of how to apply for your visa through Travcour. The Team at Travcour will be happy to answer specific questions relating to visa applications, please call them directly on 0208 5431846.

Booking conditions

Before booking your Explore trip, please ensure that you read both our Essential Information and Booking Conditions.

Transfers

Find out more about Trip Transfer Terms and Conditions before you book.

Booking a land only package with Explore

Customers who have chosen to book on the ‘Land Only’ arrangements of our tour, please ensure that you have checked your tour specific ‘Joining Instructions’ prior to booking your own travel arrangements. Your joining instructions can be found below in the dates and prices information. 

You may also be eligible for the Free Explore Transfer.


Joining Tour Abroad

Customers booked on the ‘Land Only’ arrangements will now receive a Free Transfer, provided you arrive and depart on the tour only itinerary start and end dates. The transfers will be from the Explore designated airport or train station to the joining point of your tour, and then back from the ending point to the designated airport or train station. The exception to this rule is customers who are booked on a tour where the joining and ending point is at the designated airport or train station.  

Free transfers are not available for Self-Guided, Tailormade or Tours for Churches customers.

If you are not eligible for the Free Transfer then you will need to make your own way through to the joining and ending point. On a majority of our tours Explore will be able to provide a private transfer at an additional cost. Please ask for a quote at the time of booking.  


For more information regarding the Explore Free Transfer click here

Insurance

It is a condition of booking with Explore that you have adequate valid travel insurance. It is your responsibility to arrange appropriate travel insurance and ensure you have read and understood the full terms and conditions of your travel insurance policy to ensure that you are covered for all activities you intend to undertake whilst on the tour, including all optional activities. Your Insurance Policy must fully cover you for medical expenses and emergency repatriation to your home country. Please ensure your policy includes medical emergency helicopter evacuation in the event of illness or injury and covers the entire duration of your holiday. If you are trekking at altitude please ensure that there is no upper altitude limit which may limit or exclude cover for your trip. Medical and repatriation insurance cover is not mandatory for UK residents who are travelling on trips within the United Kingdom.
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Flight information

Explore offers a wide range of flexible flying options to make joining and leaving our trips easy. Read more about them here.


Flight Information

You are able to book this tour on a 'land only' basis or as a ‘flight inclusive’ package. Your flight inclusive package will be fully protected by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) ATOL protection scheme.

  

Booking a flight inclusive package with Explore

We have a good selection of flights not only from London but from many regional airports around the UK allowing us to compare fares between scheduled carriers as well as low cost and charter airlines. Our dedicated flights team will match the best flight options to your arrival and departure airport.

On our website we display a UK flight inclusive package guide price which is generally based on a London departure. To avoid paying supplements or to secure your preferred flight option, we recommend booking as early as possible, especially for peak travel dates.

Venezuela Trips

Vaccinations

Nothing compulsory, but we recommend protection against tetanus, infectious hepatitis, typhoid, and polio Please consult your travel clinic for the latest advice on Malaria, Dengue and Zika Virus. Please take preventative measures to avoid mosquito bites - these include mosquito repellent as well as long trousers and long sleeve shirts to cover up when necessary. Please note many countries in Central America, South America and the Caribbean require a yellow fever vaccination certificates if travelling from infected areas. A detailed list of these countries can be found on the NaTHNaC website - http://travelhealthpro.org.uk/countries. Also on the NaTHNaC site there is a list of Countries (and specific areas within a country) which are at risk of infection and a vaccination is therefore recommended.. The above is not an exhaustive list. Further information regarding vaccinations and travel health advice can be found by following the NHS and NaTHNaC links at http://www.explore.co.uk/Travelhealth/ and from your local healthcare provider.

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