Venezuela Expedition

Jan 8-21
14 Days
4650

From a nature perspective, all countries in Latin America are absolutely jaw-dropping but Venezuela has the added benefit that it’s incredibly raw, more than any other country in the continent, for the simple reason that few foreigners have traveled there within the last few decades.

From thick jungle to pristine Caribbean beaches, Andean Mountains and massive flooded plains, this two-week itinerary will take you through the many different faces and geographical regions the country is composed of, without never losing the human interactions our expeditions are famous for.

Join us on this epic expedition to Venezuela.

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January 8th to 21st, 2025

€4650

13 days

Lead by Joan Torres

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Itinerary

Note that we always keep the itinerary flexible, and it may be subject to change, depending on the political situation.

Day 1 – Arrival in Caracas

Day 2 – Full day in Caracas

Day 3 – Journey to Apure State

Day 4 – Los Llanos

Day 5 – Journey to Mérida

Day 6 – Gavidia

Day 7 – Trekking in Mérida

Day 8 – Fly to La Guaira

Day 9 – Fly to Canaima National Park

Day 10 – Angel Falls

Day 11 – Back to Canaima

Day 12 – Fly to Caracas, and Curuao

Day 13 – Full day in Curuao

Day 14 – Departure

Day 1 – Arrival in Caracas

  • Airport transfers, hotel check-in and welcome dinner
  • Overnight in Caracas

Day 2 – Full day in Caracas

  • In the morning, we will go to Petare, the largest slum and shanty town in Latin America, where we will meet local communities of artists. Petare is actual Venezuela, and a place not many foreigners have been able to visit
  • After lunch, we will visit the center of Caracas, including the colonial area, today mostly replaced by concrete buildings that have more resemblance to cities from former USSR than any other city in Latin America
  • Evening/night will be spent in the local neighborhood of San Agustín
  • Overnight in Caracas

Day 3 – Journey to Apure State

  • Early morning drive to San Fernando de Apure, the capital of Apure state and main gateway to Los Llanos, a massive area of seasonally flooded plains characterized by their extensive savannas, unique fauna, and a cowboy-like culture.
  • Overnight in Los Llanos.

Day 4 – Los Llanos

  • Full day in Los Llanos, where we’ll do many different activities, including looking for giant anacondas, but also anteaters, capibaras and hundreds of crocodiles.
  • Overnight in Los Llanos.

Day 5 – Journey to Mérida

  • Half day drive to the state of Mérida through villages and the Trasandina road
  • Overnight in Escagüey

Day 6 – Gavidia

  • Gavidia is a remote, traditional village located at the heart of the Andean mountains
  • We’ll spend the day visiting villages and the local communities from the area
  • Overnight in Gavidia, in a local homestay.

Day 7 – Trekking in Mérida

  • Morning trek to Lagunas el Parche
  • After lunch, we’ll go to the city of Mérida for visiting the historical center.

Day 8 – Fly to La Guaira

  • Early morning flight to Caracas, from where we’ll go to La Guaira
  • La Guaira is a coastal, historical town with a beautiful colonial architecture
  • It’s a pleasant, interesting town only 10 minutes from the airport, making it a very convenient stopover.
  • Overnight in La Guaira.

Day 9 – Fly to Canaima National Park

  • Canaima is a settlement located in the jungle, where there are no roads, so you can only fly in. We’ll catch the morning flight, and after checking in the lodge, we’ll spend the day exploring the many waterfalls around Canaima Lagoon.
  • Overnight in Canaima.

Day 10 – Angel Falls

  • Angel Falls is the tallest waterfall in the world. It’s located 4-5 hours away from Canaima by canoe, and that’s how we’ll actually spend our day, reaching
  • Overnight in front of Angel Falls

Day 11 – Back to Canaima

  • After a half-day trek to Angel Falls, we’ll go back to Canaima
  • In the evening, possibility of visiting the local indigenous communities.

Day 12 – Fly to Caracas, and Curuao

  • Fly back to Caracas, from where we’ll drive to the Caribbean village of Curuao, a dreamy village surrounded by Turquoise -blue waters and jungle, the ideal place for relaxing after a hectic trip
  • Overnight in Curuao.

Day 13 – Full day in Curuao

  • We’ll be exploring the whole area of Curuao, as well as meeting the local Caribbean communities which as you may know, love to listen to dance and listen to music. We’ll be there on a weekend, so we expect the village to be very lively.
  • Overnight in Curuao.

Day 14 – Departure

  • After breakfast, we’ll take you to the airport of Caracas.
  • End of the tour.

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Included

Airport transfers

All mentioned domestic flights (3 in total)

13 nights of accommodation in hotels mentioned in FAQ

Private transportation around Venezuela

Almost all meals*

English-speaking Venezuelan guide

International tour leader

Activities and entrance fees to all places listed in the itinerary

Not Included

International flights to Venezuela

Single supplement: €420

The following meals:

  • Day 1: dinner in Caracas
  • Day 2: dinner in Caracas
  • Day 3: lunch on the road to Los Llanos
  • Day 8: lunch and dinner in La Guaira

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January 8th to 21st, 2025

€4650

13 days

Lead by Joan Torres

FAQ

Which hotels do we stay in?

These are the secured hotels where we stay. Note that they might be subject to availability.

How does the room distribution work?

The price of the tour includes accommodation in a twin room.

If you want to have your own single room, you will have to pay an additional €420.

However, note that there are 2 places, where you won’t be able to get a single room: Hato Garza in Los Llanos and the homestay in Gavidia. That’s 3 nights where you’ll have to share.

How to fly to Caracas?

If coming from Europe, Madrid is the main hub. Check Iberia and Air Europa. You may also find flights from Lisbon (TAP Portugal) and Istanbul (Turkish Airlines)

If coming from Canada or the USA, Bogotá, and Panama City are the main hubs for flying to Venezuela.

How to get a visa?

All nationalities can get a free visa on arrival, except for Americans and Canadians.

More information will be sent upon booking your spot.

Can Canadians and Americans join the tour?

We will only accept a few of them, since their visa is not guaranteed and we can’t risk having all of them.

Is Venezuela safe?

The situation in Venezuela has improved a lot but crime still exists, like in all Latin America.

It’s important to always keep a low profile, and not to show expensive belongings like cameras and phones.

How does payment work?

In order to secure your spot on the tour, we require a deposit.

All details will be shared upon booking your spot.

Do you recommend a specific travel insurance?

Either you are joining one of our trips, or you are traveling by yourself, you might want to look for proper travel insurance. Against the Compass has been a partner with IATI for several years already, recommending it to all readers, as well as covering all Joan Torres’ personal trips.

We like it because It covers all the countries where the FCDO advises against all travel, it offers budget plans and covers all sorts of adventure activities.

Against the Compass readers can benefit from a 5% discount.

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What about the cancellation policy?

Please refer to our Terms & Conditions.