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Trekking experience in Venezuela: Mucuposadas and Roraima 18J/17N

Program overview

Mount Roraima + Mucuposadas Trekking

Do you like hiking? If so, this trek is made for you. Go on a 18-day journey and have the best hiking experience. First, you’ll hike up Mucuposadas that 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. On the other hand, Mount Roraima is the highest Tepui of the Pakaraima chain of tepui plateaus in South America. Hike up this magnificent tepui, and enjoy an incredible and unforgettable experience in Conan Doyle’s “Lost World”. Watch many species of plants and animals that are unique in the planet.

The following itinerary shows just a simplified overview of some of the services and activities we usually offer among many others; so remember we can adapt this trek on demand!

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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.
  • -Unbeatable price. It’s definitely the best price-quality ratio for this kind of tour packages.
  • - Memorable landscapes.
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  • -You can spend too much time waiting for domestic flights at the airport.
  • -Difficult access to Santa Elena, which is the starting point for our trek to Mount Roraima.

Detailed Itinerary

Mérida, Venezuela
Day 1: Arrival in Venezuela and Transfer to the Andes

Once your international flight arrives in Caracas, claim you luggage at the carousel. After going through customs, follow the transit flight sign until you get to the national airport, and check in at the counter; it will take you about 10 minutes to go from the international flights area to the national one. Our driver is going to pick you up at the airport in El Vigia city and take you directly to your posada (a sort of inn) in Merida (1h 30 min. - 2h).
Meal: (--).
Accommodation: Hacienda colonial Buenaventura. Hot water and electricity.
Communication: Mobile network & 3G.
Transport: Toyota Land Cruiser model 70.
Mucuposadas Trek
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Day 2: 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 3: 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.
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X Mucuposada trekking bridge Andes Venezuela
Day 4: 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 5: 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 6: 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 7: 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.
Aserca's Airplain
Day 8: Flights from Merida to Ciudad Bolivar

Today you’ll be transferred to El Vigía airport in Mérida where you’ll take a flight to Caracas. You must check in for your flight to Puerto Ordaz at Caracas airport. Then, when you arrive in Puerto Ordaz, a driver will pick you up there and take you to your posada in Ciudad Bolívar (1h; 100km).
Meal: (B-).
Communication: Mobile etwork & 3G.
Accommodation: Posada La Casita, Hot water and electricity.
Transport: Toyota Land Cruiser model 70.
Mural with the image of Hugo Chavez
Day 9: From Ciudad Bolívar to Santa Elena

Enjoy this day to visit the historic centre of Ciudad Bolívar in the afternoon (not included, you have you plan it by yourself), and try some fresh fish in one of the small restaurants next to the fish market. In the evening, you need to go to the bus station/terminal and take a bus to Santa Elena that is 14 hours away.
Meal: (-).
Accommodation : None.
Communication: Mobile network & 3G.

Important: Bus fare from your posada to the bus station/terminal costs about 5 euros, and from the bus station/terminal to Santa Elena costs about 25 euros (not included!). We recommend taking the last bus to Santa Elena for you not to arrive at your posada too early in the morning. In fact, your room will be available late in the morning.

Typical Venezuelan Bus
Day 10: Stopover in Santa Elena

You need to get to your posada in Santa Elena by your own. In the afternoon, you’ll meet your local guide who’s going to give you the final instructions and recommendations before the trek.
Meal: : (--).
Accommodation: Posada Los Pinos. Hot water and electricity.
Communication: Mobile network & 3G.

Important: The bus fare from the bus terminal to your posada costs around 5 euros (not included).

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X cross river Tek Roraima trekking Venezuela
Day 11: Arrival at Tek River Camp

You’ll be transferred from Santa Helena to the indigenous community of Paratepuy in 4WD vehicle. On our arrival to Paratepuy, we’ll make some final arrangements for our journey to the tepui before lunchtime. In the afternoon, we’ll set off on a 5-hour hike to Tek River Camp, where you can enjoy an astonishing view of Mount Roraima. At this camp, you can also relax and enjoy swimming in the Tek River.
Meals : (-L-D).
Accommodation: Tents at Tek River Camp.
Transport: Toyota Land Cruiser model 70
Communication: No signal.

IMPORTANT: You need to bring: hiking boots, hats, sunscreen, shorts, trekking trousers, t-shirts, fleece sweaters; bug spray or lotion, headlamps, raincoats, bath towels, flip-flops and swimsuits.

You have to carry your personal luggage, max. 12 kg.

Note: If you’re interested in renting a mattress or a sleeping bag, please let us know in advance.

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X trekking mont Roraima Venezuela
Day 12: Base Camp near Mount Roraima

Today we’ll have breakfast at dawn; and right after that, we’ll start hiking across the savannah to the Kukenan River. Crossing the river can be a little difficult if the water level is too high; your guide will help you wade through, though. If it has been raining the hours prior to crossing the river, you may be requested to wait a few hours until the water level gets lower, you'll get wet anyway! After a 5-hour hike, we'll finally arrive at the base camp near Roraima. Your tent will be set up in a way you can watch the savannah on one side and Mount Roraima on the other.
Meals: (B-L-D).
Accommodation: Tents at the Base Camp.
Communication: No signal.
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X window Roraima trekking Venezuela
Day 13: Reach the Mysterious Summit of Mount Roraima

The most awaited day has finally come! We are going to walk through a rocky almost-vertical pathway for around 5 hours, to the summit of the highest tepui in Gran Sabana. On our way to the top, we’ll walk under a waterfall called Paso de Las Lágrimas; so we recommend covering your luggage with some plastic material like cling film or plastic bags. Once we get to the top of the tepui, we will be able to observe the world’s most isolated plants and animals, and one of the most interesting geological formation. These landscapes are just more than amazing! We’ll finally stay overnight in a sort of "natural hotel" which is actually a prehistoric cave.
Meals: (B-L-D).
Accommodation: Tents inside a cave.
Communication: No signal.
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Day 14: Discover the Secrets Hidden at the Summit of Mount Roraima

We’ll start the day on the top of Mount Roraima. You will be able to watch one of the rarest landscapes on Earth; in fact, you’ll feel as if you were in a different planet, billions of light-years away. Discover the exotic creatures that live in this remote place, visit the Valley of the Crystals and climb up to the highest point at 2,723 metres above sea level. You’ll also be able to take a bath in a natural Jacuzzi and observe the amazing views from the edge of a cliff called La Ventana (The Window). Warning! The top of Mount Roraima can be dangerous because there are very deep cracks that are difficult to see. Never walk around up there without your tour guide!
Meals: (B-L-D).
Accommodation: Tents inside a cave.
Communication: No signal.
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Day 15: Back at Tek River Camp

After having breakfast, we will walk all the way back to Tek River Camp. Once again, we will pass under the waterfall and wade through the Kukenan River.
Meals: (B-L-D).
Accommodation: Tents at Tek River Camp.
Communication: No signal.
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X river Roraima trekking Venezuela
Day 16: Back in Paratepuy

We’ll head back to Paratepuy where we’ll make a lunch stop. Then, you'll be transferred to Santa Elena in a 4WD vehicle.
Meals: (B-L-).
Accommodation: None. Night on Bus
Communication: Partial signal.

Important: Bus fare from the posada to Ciudad Bolívar costs around 30$ (not included). We recommend taking the last bus to Ciudad Bolívar for you not to be at your posada too early in the morning. Remember your room will be available at the end of the morning.

Classic Car in Ciudad Bolívar
Day 17: Take a Break in Ciudad Bolivar

You can enjoy this day in Ciudad Bolívar as you please. You can either stay at your Posada or visit the town centre and buy souvenirs. Look for handcrafted products or just enjoy eating and relaxing at any local restaurant.
Meal: (-).
Communication: Mobile network & 3G.
Accommodation: Posada La Casita. Hot water and electricity

Important: Bus fare from the bus terminal to the posada costs around 5 euros (not included).

In-flight Movie Screen
Day 18: Catch your Flight Home!

You’ll be driven back to Puerto Ordaz airport where you’ll take a flight to Caracas. We recommend being at the check-in counter 5 hours before your international flight in Caracas.
Communication: Mobile network & 3G.
Meal : (--).
Accommodation: None.
PRICES PER PERSON
  • Double and triple accommodation in regional cities: Trekking for 18D/17N
  • 4 people or more: 1075 Euros/person
  • 2 people:1370 Euros/person
  • Low season rates: -10%
  • High season rates: +15%


The following is included in this price:
  • - All of the forms of transport, flights, boats, 4WD, taxis from Caracas and to Caracas, except for the taxi transfers from Ciudad Bolívar to your Posada in Santa Elena/Bus Terminal and Buses at night.
  • - All of the accommodation facilities except for days 9, 16.
  • - 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
Not included:
  • - International flights.
  • - Airport taxes (about 5 euros/person/flight).
  • - Alcoholic drinks.
  • - Transfers from Ciudad Bolívar to the Posada in Santa Elena/Bus station, and bus at night.
  • - Meals when not specified (by yourself) (--) = no meals included.
  • - Private English-speaking guide during your whole trip.
  • - Taxes in Roraima National Park (20euros/person).
  • - 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.
Roraima 6, 7 or 8 days?
Visiting Roraima in 6 days (recommended): This package allows you to spend 36 hours at the summit of Mount Roraima. This excursion allows you to visit the main places of interest such as: La Ventana, The Valley of Crystals, The Labyrinth and the Jacuzzis.
Visiting Roraima in 7 days allows you to do all of the activities of the 6 day version and visit three places after a long day walk (8hours).
Visiting Roraima in 8 days will let you enjoy the same adventure as the 7 days version and visit the Northern path of Mount Roraima. This is a 2 day hike (8 hours walking per day). Enjoy watching the breath-taking view of the Amazon Rainforest if weather permits.
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