4 days tour: Kavac + Angel Falls + Canaima

Our tour starting and ending in Ciudad Bolívar will take you by plane to the Indian village Kavac with its beautiful canyon and breathtaking waterfalls. In an open pickup truck, motorized boats and dugout canoes you will explore the giant Sapo Waterfall, the base of the famous Angel Falls and Canaima village with its beautiful lagoon.

Small airplane before takeoff to Canaima Canaima viewed from the air Flight over Angel Falls Uruyen Canyon Kavac Village Lost DC-3 airplane near Carrao Angel Falls Waterfall in the Canaima Lagoon

Daily Itinerary

Day 1

Early in the morning, we head for the airport Ciudad Bolívar. Our flight in a bush plane lasts some 90 minutes, crossing the Gran Sabana, raging torrents and colorful Indian villages until finally the first table mountains appear on the horizon. Tension mounts! Our pilot checks the weather, hoping we will be lucky. Then the plane comes out from behind the clouds and all of a sudden it is there, below us: Salto Angel, the largest waterfall on earth! We take a quick shot with our cameras and dive again into the clouds. Flying to the Indian settlement of Kavac, with the roofs of houses and huts covered with palm tree branches and by far the most beautiful canyon of the national park. We start our exploration into the impressive canyon.

Unimposing and untouched, it lies in front of us: Kavac Canyon with its gorgeous waterfalls. Those who like may take a swim in the canyon to approach the 40 m high waterfall. Exhausted but happy, in the evening we return to our small beds or hammocks hanging in the simple round huts.

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Day 2

From Kavac driving to Kamarata in the Indians’ open pickup vehicle we get to the banks of Rio Akanan. We embark on a motorized dugout and together with our friends, the Pemon Indians continue through many minor rapids to Camp Arenal. Underway there is yet another surprise: Out of nothing appears a DC-3 aircraft. We stop and get to know the incredible story of how the plane got here. Overnight in a small camp arenal in front of the Wey Tepui.

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Day 3

Through more rapids we ride on to the Angel Fall base camp. One highlight follows another. Hike through the deepest of jungles to the waterfall basin. We bathe under an almost 1,000 m tall shower. After this unique experience, we head to Salto Sapo passing by Mayupa Rapids.  We hike around the giant Sapo waterfall and bathe at marvelous beaches. Then, after days in the wild, in Canaima, only reachable by plane or dugout, we are back in contact with civilization. The Indian village has some 1,200 inhabitants, which makes it the largest village in the 30,000 km² national park, one of the largest in the world. In 1994, UNESCO declared it a World Natural Heritage Site. Simple beds and a bath with shower await us.

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Day 4

Time flies. Today morning you can enjoy some free time on your own. For example, you can relax at the lagoon of Canaima, visit the village of Canaima or get some souvenirs of this unforgettable trip. In the afternoon, the bush plane takes us back to Ciudad Bolívar. We are back to the bustling streets of South American vitality. Ciudad Bolívar, a town caught between Caribbean serenity and frantic commercial life. Overnight in the hotel of our trip’s first night in Ciudad Bolívar or transfer to Puerto Ordaz where you can catch the plane to Margarita or Caracas.

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Price 4 days / 3 nights650 US$

approx. price per person, minimum 4 persons

What is included?

  • Transport by light aircraft between Ciudad Bolívar and Canaima
  • 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
  • Transport by river and trail between Canaima and Angel Falls.

What is not included?

  • Alcoholic drinks (available at Canaima)
  • Snacks between meals
  • Tips for guides
  • Personal accident and health insurance
  • National Park entry fee (US$20)
  • Airport tax (US$7)
  • 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.