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Mucuposadas Trekking 6D/5N

Mucuposadas are small posadas (inns) set up in the farmhouses of local families living far off the beaten track in the high Andean valleys or páramos surrounding Mérida. This highly successful tourism project, supported by an EU funding group called Andes Tropicales, aims to allow visitors more time to enjoy the natural beauty of the remote valleys and learn about the lifestyles of the local people who inhabit them, as well as generating income for them. Mucuposadas are managed exclusively by local individuals and/or families who have become trained, community-based, and small-scale entrepreneurs that are formally organized in collectives or co-ops. As a result, the Mucuposada owners offer guests an experience that is unique, authentic, and respectful of the places and traditions they come to visit.

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  • -The natural beauty that surrounds each Mucuposada and the specific social characteristics of each village are experienced as they are lived by locals.
  • -The people who manage Mucuposadas offer local knowledge that allows visitors to fully value each locale in all of its dimensions. Mucuposadas also allow visitors to access to outstanding and magical places on roads and trails that did not previously have amenities for tourists. These guesthouses make it possible to visit protected eco-systems that were once difficult to reach.
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Detailed Itinerary

Mucuposadas Trek
X Mucuposada Trek
Day 1: Departure for Mucuposadas in the Village of Gavidia

This day, you’ll be transferred to Gavidia, a charming village located in the heart of the páramo, at 3,350 metres above sea level. Here you’ll have a typical Andean lunch with local people. After lunch, you’ll be able to go for a walk and discover the characteristic Andean landscapes, the potato and carrot fields, and the trout farms.
Meal: (--).
Accommodation: Mucoposada Michicabá.
Transport: Toyota Land Cruiser model 70.
Communication: No network.

Important: Your luggage can’t be heavier than 20 kg because they will be transported by horses during the journey. You’ll have to bring a blanket and a sleeping bag for the tents where we’ll stay overnight.

Horses in the Páramo
X Horses in the Páramo
Day 2: Los Morritos.

We will start walking across the Gavidia páramo. During today’s trip, we’ll be surrounded by the typical alpine tundra eco-system that characterises this region. We’ll see bushes such as coloraditos (Polylepis Sericea) and frailejones (Espeletia spp). The latter is the most visible plant in the area. It has thick trunks, with succulent hairy leaves disposed in a dense spiral pattern. Finally, we will arrive in Alto de Micarache, the highest point on this journey, at an altitude of 3,640 metres. Here we can contemplate the most beautiful landscapes. In March, vegetation turns into a harmony of beautiful colours; pink and violet flowers decorate the mountains. We’ll set up camp here among páramo bushes and bird songs.
Meal: (B-L-D).
Accommodation: Camping in Los Morritos.
Communication: No network.
Mucuposada trekking bridge Andes Venezuela
X Mucuposada trekking bridge Andes Venezuela
Day 3: Hike through a Primeval Cloud Forest

In the morning, we will start hiking downhill in Sierra Nevada National Park. First, we’ll walk across Los Colorados páramo; and later, through an exuberant cloud forest populated with bushes, ferns and bamboos. We’ll cross several dizzy bridges hanging over foamy creeks before reaching a small hamlet called El Carrizal de Misiquias, a mystical place with a timeless atmosphere. Here we’ll look for a mucuposada called El Carrizal where we’ll meet Don Mario, its owner. He’ll delight us with his incredible anecdotes and legends. Near this mucuposada, it’s also possible to find an emblematic bird species called Andean Cock-of-the-rock (Rupicola Peruviana) that you can photograph.
Meal: (B-L-D).
Accommodation: Mucoposada El Carrizal.
Communication: No network.
Mucuposada San José
X Mucuposada San José
Day 4: San José

Today we will keep walking through a forest that becomes denser and denser as we descend. On our way down, we’ll come across a large bridge over a turbulent river. We’ll go over this amazing bridge; and further ahead, we’ll finally reach today’s destination, a village called San José, at an altitude of 1,400 metres above sea level.
Meal: (B-L-D).
Accommodation: Mucuposada San José
Communication: No network.
Tents by the Mucuposada
X Tents by the Mucuposada
Day 5: Canaguá

At dawn, you will listen to an impressive concert of thousands of singing birds. You can go bird watching and photograph them. While descending through the dense cloud forest, we’ll come across some isolated houses in the middle of nowhere. We’ll go through traditional coffee plantations located next to some isolated hamlets before reaching Santa María de Canaguá, a small village among the foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountain range. Here we’ll stay in Los Samanes, the last mucuposada on this journey.
Meal: (B-L-D).
Accommodation: Mucoposada Los Samanes.
Communication: No network.
Hiking through the Cloud Forest
X Hiking through the Cloud Forest
Day 6: Back in Mérida

In the morning, you will be able to discover the spectacularly beautiful landscapes that surround us. You can also walk to the Curbatí River that is perfect for a refreshing plunge into its crystal turquoise water. There is also a thatched-roof hut with hammocks that invites you to relax. In the afternoon, you’ll be transferred to Mérida via Barinas.
Meals: (B-L).
Accommodation: None.
Transport: Toyota Land Cruiser model 70.
Communication: Mobile network & 3G.
PRICES PER PERSON
  • 4 people or more: 390 Euros/person
  • 2 people: 540 Euros/person
  • Low season rates: -10%
  • High season rates: +15%


The following is included in this price:
  • - All of the forms of transport, 4WD, taxis from Mérida and to Mérida
  • - All of the accommodation facilities.
  • - Meals when specified (B-L-D) = (Breakfast-Lunch-Diner).
  • - Specialised guides on each tour speak English & Spanish.
  • - All of the excursions and safaris mentioned in the tour package, except in Ciudad Bolívar.
Not included:
  • - International flights.
  • - Airport taxes (about 5 euros/person/flight).
  • - Alcoholic drinks.
  • - Meals when not specified (by yourself) (--) = no meals included.
  • - Private English-speaking guide during your whole trip.
  • - Personal expenses.
  • - All sorts of insurance.
  • - Everything that’s not specified below « The Following is included in this price».
Travel organization:
Our programmes are individually organised in terms of dates and content. However, our tours are not fully private, so you could meet other travellers at different stages of your trip.
What to Bring?
Hat; sunscreen; water bottle; hike pants; insect repellent; headlamp; raincoat; passport copy; sleeping bag liner; you don’t need big, heavy or cumbersome shoes, but good trainers (orienteering shoes); plastic bags to keep water away from electronic devices; first-aid-kit; polar fleece jacket; bath towel.
Tips when Planing your Trip to Venezuela:
Don't forget your travel insurance! You can benefit from the travel cancellation insurance offered by your credit-card company when paying for your tourist package at our point of sale. You must get neither a visa nor vaccination to come to Venezuela. However, Franbrasil Tour’s C.A. recommends you should get the yellow fever vaccine and the preventive treatment of malaria. You also need to have a valid passport for at least six months before arriving in Venezuela, and you have to carry it with you when travelling within the country.
Transport:
Means of transport are mentioned as examples of the models of vehicles used most often.
map of the trekking Mucuposada Venezuela