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: $5395  
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 exotic plant life
  • 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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Departure Notes

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Deep in the jungles of Venezuela, dramatic tepuis (mesas) soar into the sky, rising like islands above the lush, misty landscape. Our incredible adventure brings you to the summit plateau of Roraima, the highest of these tabletop mountains, where you’ll hike through an eerie realm of twisted rock sculptures and vast caves and canyons, and spot unique plants found nowhere else on the planet. Our river expedition by dugout canoe takes you to the base of legendary Angel Falls, the world’s highest waterfall. With its thundering cascade dropping over 2,000 feet into the jungle, this is one of the most amazing landscapes 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 spectacular views of the dramatic sheer-walled mesas, snaking rivers, and innumerable waterfalls you’ll discover in the days ahead.

Days 3-9
Roraima Trek

Beginning in the native Pemon village of Paraitepui, our trek brings you across the Gran Sabana grasslands with the majestic silhouette of Roraima rising above the treetops. Our steep ascent through cloud forest alive with tumbling waterfalls leads to Roraima’s summit plateau, where you’ll have two full days to explore this extraordinary environment of caverns, bizarre sandstone formations, and intriguing plants found nowhere else on earth. One of our options is a unique hike to Punto Triple at the sky-high intersection of the Venezuela, Guyana, and Brazil borders.

Days 10-16
River Expedition to Angel Falls / Canaima

From a Pemon village in Canaima National Park, we’ll board curiaras (motorized dugouts) and 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. A walk through lush jungle brings you to a natural pool at the base of the falls. Downriver to Ucaima, you’ll 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

2015
Oct 10-25, 2015
Nov 7-22, 2015

Trip Cost

Prices are for 2015
$5395 (6-9 members)
$5895 (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% of trip cost
60 days prior to departure: Balance

Cancellation and Transfer Fee Schedule

More than 90 days prior to departure: No charge!
90-46 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.

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
This was a wonderful, once in a lifetime, opportunity to see places we would otherwise never see. Mark J., Paradise Valley, AZ If you are looking for a trip so unique, so steeped in natural beauty, so challenging, so off the grid, and SO WELL RUN then this is the trip for you. It's in my top two of trips taken. Ever. I knew the minute I read the itinerary that this was the trip for me, and I wasn't disappointed. Every day was a new adventure. Anne J., Long Beach, CA