3 days tour: Canaima Lagoon + Angel Falls

This tour starting in Santa Elena or Ciudad Bolívar will bring you to the Canaima village in the Canaima National Park, from where you will explore the beautiful lagoons and rivers in small boats until you reach the base of the famous Angel Falls.

Small airplane before takeoff to Canaima Canaima Lagoon and waterfalls Waterfall in the Canaima Lagoon Walk behind a curtain of water Explore the nature in Canaima Group enjoying the excursions

Daily Itinerary

Day 1

The tour departs in the morning either from Santa Elena or Ciudad Bolívar, travelling by small aircraft to Canaima. The flight takes about one hour and on a clear day you have excellent views over Gran Sabana. After you leave your bag in your accommodation near the airstrip, you begin to explore the stunning Canaima Lagoon and the five waterfalls that empty into it. You pass the waterfalls closely in a small boat, and disembark at Sapo Falls to walk behind the huge curtain of water. Later in the day, you have a hot meal in your hostel by the lagoon and relax in preparation for the trip to Angel Falls the following day.

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Day 2

After an early morning light breakfast, the excursion begins with a four hour trip along the Carrao River in a motorised Indian canoe. In the dry season is it possible that you will have to carry the boat for a little where the water level is low. As you enter the Devil’s Canyon you have stunning views of the flat-topped table mountains. Then the hike to the Falls begins at Ratoncito Island and after about 90 minutes, you arrive at the base of the world’s highest waterfall – Angel Falls. You eat lunch by the river and you can swim in the refreshingly cold water that forms a pool at the bottom of the falls. After exploring for the rest of the day, you have a hot dinner and spend the night in a hammock in the camp opposite the falls.

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Day 3

After breakfast you begin to retrace your journey towards Canaima, first by foot and then by boat back along the river. You should arrive around 11am, with just enough time for a final swim in the Lagoon before taking the plane back to Ciudad Bolívar in the afternoon.

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Prices 3 days / 2 nights

Standard accommodation 320 US$

Superior accommodation 470 US$


1 night in colonial-style house in Ciudad Bolívar (room only; sharing double room)20 US$
with breakfast25 US$
half board (evening meal and breakfast)33 US$
approx. prices per person

What is included?

  • Transport by light aircraft between Ciudad Bolívar and Canaima, by river and trail between Canaima and Angel Falls
  • Accommodation 1 night in Canaima Lagoon hostel (bed) and 1 night in Salto Angel base camp (hammock)
  • 2 x breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • Non-alcoholic drinks
  • All excursions led by English and Spanish speaking guides

What is not included?

  • Alcoholic drinks (available at Canaima)
  • Snacks between meals
  • Tips for guides
  • Personal accident and health insurance
  • National Park entry fee (20 US$)
  • Airport tax (7 US$)
  • Additional expenses encountered because of flight delays, cancellations or missed connections.

NB: No refunds will be given if you do not arrive at the pick-up point at the agreed time.

What you need to bring

  • Valid passport/identity card
  • Travel/health insurance
  • Anti-mosquito spray/cream
  • Sun block cream and hat/cap
  • Water bottle
  • Torch and pocket knife
  • Photography equipment
  • Long-sleeve shirt, long trousers and socks to minimize insect bites in the evenings
  • Swimsuit and towel
  • Good walking shoes and socks
  • Snacks (nuts, crisps, chocolate, etc)
  • Any medication you may need

Other Important Information

Overnight trips in remote areas are not recommended for travellers with serious health problems, as emergency medical treatment is not easily available in the area. If you are taking anti-malarial medicine we recommend Mefloquine because malarial strains in Venezuela are Chloroquine resistant.

For those travellers who are taking long trips deep into jungle areas, it is also recommended that you have other vaccines such as Triple Polio, Yellow Fever and Measles.