Legendary Angel Falls

The highest waterfall in the world plunges from the summit of Auyantepui (8,068’) and is truly one of the most sublime settings on earth. We camp below the falls.

Photo by Annie Hawkins

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Trip Details at-a-Glance

Cost From: $5495  
Length: 16 days
Arrive: Caracas, Venezuela
Depart: Caracas, Venezuela
Lodging: 6 nights camping, 3 nights huts with hammocks or beds, 4 nights lodges, 2 nights hotels
Meals: All meals included
Activity: Hiking / Trekking, Wildlife & Natural History
Trip Level: 7-day trek on steep trails, 4-7 hours a day, altitudes between 5,000-9,200 feet, river travel by dugout canoe
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Highlights

  • Roraima, a lost world of vast caves and canyons, rock sculptures, dwarf forests, and endemic botanical wonders
  • River expedition to remote Angel Falls, the highest waterfall on earth
  • Pemon Indian villages, rainforests of Canaima National Park


What a fantastic adventure! I experienced a place that previously was familiar only through pictures.Henry F.—Mililani, HI

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Deep in the jungles of Venezuela, dramatic mesas called tepuis soar into the sky, rising like islands above the lush, misty landscape. This incredible adventure brings us to the summit plateau of the highest of these tabletop mountains, Roraima (9,219'), where we hike through an eerie realm of twisted rock sculptures, multi-colored crystals, vast caves and canyons, and unique flora found nowhere else on the planet. Part two of our journey is a river expedition by dugout canoe to the base of legendary Angel Falls, the world’s highest waterfall, for an exploration of this remote and stunning World Heritage Site. When its thundering cascade is revealed before our eyes, we know we have reached one of the most amazing places on earth.

Itinerary at a Glance

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Days 1-2
Caracas / Santa Elena de Uairén

From Caracas, a flight to Santa Elena de Uairén grants us spectacular views of the dramatic sheer-walled mesas, snaking rivers, and innumerable waterfalls we will explore in the days ahead.

Days 3-9
Roraima Trek

Our trek begins in the native Pemon village of Paraitepui and brings us across the Gran Sabana grasslands with the majestic silhouette of Roraima rising before us­—a breathtaking landscape that was the inspiration for Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s The Lost World. A steep ascent through cloud forest alive with tumbling waterfalls leads to Roraima’s summit plateau, where we enjoy two full days to explore this extraordinary environment of caverns, rock gardens, swirling mists, bizarre sandstone formations, and intriguing endemic botanical wonders. One of our options is a round-trip hike to Punto Triple, the intersection of the Venezuela, Guyana, and Brazil borders. A steep descent brings us to the Rio Tek, and on the following day, we hike to the village of Paraitepui for a transfer back to Santa Elena.

Days 10-16
River Expedition to Angel Falls / Canaima

Another fantastic flight brings us to Uruyen, a Pemon settlement in the heart of Canaima National Park. Boarding curiaras (motorized dugouts), we navigate rivers contouring the base of Auyantepui (8,068'), with hundreds of waterfalls tracing its pink sandstone walls. Heading upstream, we reach the ethereal setting of Angel Falls, cascading a sheer 2,607 feet from the summit of Auyantepui. A walk through lush jungle brings us to a natural pool at the base of the falls. Heading downriver to Ucaima, we enjoy an excursion to Canaima Lagoon before departing Caracas on Day 16.

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What the Trip is Like

This trip is rated Level 4+. This 7-day trek across the savanna to the top of Mt. Roraima is challenging, with rugged terrain and altitudes of 5,000 of 9,200 feet. Along the way, the trail can be very muddy and there are three rivers to cross on foot. On the day we hike to the summit plateau of Roraima, the trail is very steep, wet, and covered with roots and rocks. The porters will carry the group’s sleeping bags and camping equipment, with trip members carrying just a daypack, but please note this is a very strenuous trek. When we are on top of Roraima for two days, although the terrain is “flat,” the hiking is not easy because we encounter streams, rocks, deep cracks, and mud. The descent from Roraima is very steep with an altitude loss of around 5,400 feet in one day. Our camps are very simple, without the usual amenities we would have on a Himalayan or Andean trek (although tables and stools are provided). Everyone should be prepared for seven days of hardy outdoor living, and be in excellent health and physical condition for the trip; previous hiking experience and a sense of adventure is a plus.

On our river expedition to Angel Falls, we travel on open, blackwater rivers in a motorized dugout canoe. The weather can be hot or rainy. Be prepared with a sun hat, sunscreen, and lightweight long-sleeve shirt and pants. Rain (sometimes heavy downpours) is not uncommon so have your rain gear ready. On several occasions, we may have to step out of the canoe and allow the boatmen to maneuver through a difficult rapid. This is a very photogenic trip but keep in mind that you have to protect your camera from the water. Make sure you bring a waterproof camera or an adequate camera case. 

We’ve chosen the best time of the year to run this special expedition. The rainy season should be ending, but it’s not the dry season yet, and the local weather is notoriously unpredictable. We could have exceptionally heavy rain or it could be dryer than usual.

Explanation of Trip Levels

 

Departures & Leaders

2014
Oct 11-26, 2014  Alejandro Gonzalez
Nov 8-23, 2014  Alejandro Gonzalez

Trip Cost

Prices are for 2014
$5495 (6-9 members)
$5995 (4-5 members)
Single supplement: $620
Forced single supplement: $420
Internal airfare: $1275 (subject to change)
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Trip Cost Includes:

  • Leadership of a Wilderness Travel Trip Leader and local guides
  • Accommodations as noted
  • Group camping equipment (trip members must bring sleeping bags)
  • All meals included
  • Airport transfers as noted
  • National park fees            
  • Land transportation as noted

Trip Cost Does Not Include:

International airfare, internal airfare, transfers for independent arrival or departure, airport departure taxes, sleeping bag, any meals not specified after each itinerary day, optional activities, optional tipping or gratuities to leaders or staff, hotels en route to/from Caracas, an any additional hotel nights that may be necessitated by international airline schedule changes or other factors, pre-trip expenses of medical immunizations, visa fees, travel insurance, and other expenses of a personal nature (alcoholic beverages, laundry, etc.).

Trip Payment Schedule

At time of reservation: $500
120 days prior to departure: 20%
60 days prior to departure: Balance

Cancellation and Transfer Fee Schedule

Minimum fee: None per person
46-90 days prior to departure: 25% of trip cost
45 days or less: 100% of trip cost

Hotels and Lodges
In Caracas (Days 1 and 15), we stay at a hotel near the airport. 

In Santa Elena de Uairén (Days 2 and 9), our accommodation is at a comfortable eco-lodge outside of town. Two-bedroom cabins with one or two beds and a full bathroom with shower are set in a garden area. A larger building hosts the dining room, sitting area, and kitchen. There is also a swimming pool. 

At Canaima (Days 13-14), we stay two nights at a comfortable lodge on the shores of Canaima Lagoon. Each of the 15 rooms has ceiling fans and private bathrooms. 

Camping
On trek (Days 3-8), we camp in comfortable two-person Kelty tents that have two vestibules. Therm-a-Rest mattresses are provided (you need to bring your own sleeping bag, rated to 32ºF—it gets chilly at night and conditions are very damp, especially at the summit of the tepui). We also provide a dining tent with tables, seats, and tablecloths, and a toilet tent.

On the river excursion (Days 10-12), we camp in churuatas—indigenous thatch-roofed shelters (usually without walls) located along the river banks and equipped with hammocks or beds and mosquito nets for sleeping and wooden tables and benches for dining and cooking. Camp showers are provided and separate toilet facilities are close to the churuatas. These are very basic camps. The camp at Isla Raton on Day 12 is also basic, but has a bathroom with showers and toilets.

Note: Listed above are our signature accommodations for this trip. Although it is highly unlikely, we may make substitutions when necessary.

Alejandro Gonzalez

Alejandro González’s deep passion for nature, combined with years of participation in scientific expeditions with the Sociedad de Ciencias Naturales La Salle, led him to discover his vocation. For the last 10 years he has focused on adventure tourism in Venezuela, particularly in one of the most unique natural environments on earth—the “lost world of the tepuis.” An accomplished mountain biker and trekker, Alejandro is also a pioneer in rappelling Angel Falls, the longest waterfall in the world, which descends from one of the tepuis. When not guiding, Alejandro’s interests include photography, international cuisine, and supporting a foundation that raises awareness for the fight against poverty through the implementation of programs for indigenous entrepreneurs in the tourism sector.

Upcoming Trips:

Journey to the Lost World, October 11-26, 2014
Journey to the Lost World, November 8-23, 2014

Client Comments

What a fantastic adventure! I experienced a place that previously was familiar only through pictures. Henry F., Mililani, HI Fantastic trip, outstanding guides, spectacular vistas. If you love adventure, this is a MUST! Sandip R., Mobile, AL
This was the most exotic trip I have ever taken. It was beyond my imagination to spend 6 nights camping and to have an exquisite meal and a glass of wine after hiking an elevation of 2500 feet in one day to the top of the tepui. How did they do that? Can you imagine buzzing Angel Falls in a small airplane by approaching under the clouds over the tepui through the gates of Diablo Canyon? Great fun. Running rapids in a motorized dugout canoe both up some rapids and down others was also a thrill. Sue J., Paradise Valley, AZ