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Activities (8)

Trail Running

The Venezuelan Andes is a region well suited for visiting trail runners. It has good communications, is tourist friendly and, at the same time, has a wide variety of trail running environments from snowy mountains to dense tropical cloud forests to xerophilic terrain. Imagine yourself amid breathtaking scenery, plenty of sunshine and crisp unpolluted air where you can get a first-hand glimpse of the Andes mountains’ scenic wonders at a comfortable pace.

Our running tours are carefully planned so that training suits all levels and abilities. Whether you're a beginner, seasoned jogger or training for a race, our running holidays will cater to your specific goals and ability.

Based on your interests, level of fitness, experience and budget we can put together a customized vacation that includes a great deal of flexibility to suit your needs. Our guides can adapt the running program especially for you and for any friends you may wish to bring along.

The tours can range anywhere from two to eight days for off-road running experiences that cover 4 to 15 miles a day.

From hikers and joggers to ambitious racers, we have designed itineraries that suit everyone's speed. While you must be relatively fit, you definitely don't have to be an elite runner to have fun! In fact, we have a unique style that seems to agree with every athlete: ample trail support, breathtaking views, fascinating cultures, great food, and the best accommodations around.

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Peacock Bass Fishing

Venezuela, long noted for its beauty queens, baseball players and oil reserves, is gaining fame for its world-class peacock bass fishing.The peacock bass, locally known as pavon, has become one of the most sought after freshwater fish species. This colorful hard fighting fish attacks topwater lures with such power, noise and impact that you willhave a hard time believing it's real.

We fish in the lagoons, feeder streams and sandbars of the Cinaruco River, located in Santos Luzardo National Park. It is not uncommon for a peacock bass fisherman to catch and release 20-30 fish per day, with plenty in the 6-10 pound range and with some reaching up to 18 pounds. There are other fish that you might catch during your stay - the saber tooth payara, piranha and catfish.

Accommodations are in rustic lodges in the vast Venezuelan grasslands, along the shores of the Cinaruco River. Double cabins with air conditioning and private baths. Refrigeration is provided for the catch.

We use 16-foot V-bottom aluminum boats with 40 HP outboards and all the standard bass boat features (trolling motor, high swivel seats); yet they are still sufficiently light to navigate the shallow sandbars.

Our guides are hard-core sport fishermen from local communities and know every inch of this river like the back of their hands. This is where they grew up; they know where to find the fish and how to go after them.

 

Other attractions in the area

There is an abundance of wildlife including turtles, alligators, and chiguire, a small fresh water mammal rather like a beaver. There are also jaguars and a variety of reptiles.

For birdwatchers there are an abundance of species near the river and in the jungle alongside. Wading birds of various species abound. Guides are provided for your safety and convenience.

For the adventurous there is road transport from Caracas which takes approximately 9 hours. There are also flights available in small panes that take 1 hour and 20 minutes.

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River Expeditions

The Amazon terrirory is drained by the Orinoco, one of the world's greatest rivers, which sweeps down from the higlands of the Guayana Shield trough largely unexplored jungle. It's Venezuela's wildest and least populated region. You leave your world behind and enter the world of ancient indian cultures, pristine rainforest and meandering rivers with majestic waterfalls.

Orinoco's Delta

The Orinoco’s Delta was added to the World Network of Biosphere Reserves (WNBR) of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (Unesco) in 2009, the Orinoco's Delta is fan-shaped, formed by the Orinoco River as it splits into numerous tributaries, called caños, which meander through the delta on their way to the sea.

Catatumbo Lighting

The “Catatumbo Lighting” is a unique natural phenomenon that takes place in the southern area of Maracaibo Lake in western Venezuela. Although, several studies have taken place on the Catatumbo River, this phenomenon, consisting of constant lightning but without thunder, is still a mystery. Early studies attribute the event to the difference in the temperature of two encountering air masses. Thanks to these frequent, powerful flashes of lightning, this phenomenon is considered to be the world's largest single generator of troposphere ozone.

Caura River Expedition

The Caura is a southern tributary of the Orinoco River, descending through virgin forests 500 km from the mountains bordering Brazil. The main ethnic group who live up the Caura is the Yekuana also known as Makiritare, which means “Men of the River”. They are considered to be the best navigators of these challenging currents.

 

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Hiking

To truly experience a country, one must walk. Our “tailor-made” treks to remote and delightful places will show you the magic of the Andes and the charm of its people. Treks can vary in duration and difficulty – everything from easy day hikes staying in comfortable hotels to strenuous treks to remote terrains, camping as you go. Our “full-service” treks offer porters and pack animals to carry all the gear, cooks who prepare you delicious meals and a professional yet personalized guide service. As you walk, you’ll experience the real Venezuela few tourists ever get to see, catching glimpses of authentic traditions and lifestyles of these mountainous people.[...]

Cultural

The Amazon territory is drained by the Orinoco, one of the world's greatest rivers, which sweeps down from the highlands of the Guayana Shield trough largely unexplored jungle. It's Venezuela's wildest and least populated region. You leave your world behind and enter the world of ancient Indian cultures, pristine rainforest and meandering rivers with majestic waterfalls.

Experiential Trips

Experiential trips are meant for travelers that want to go beyond just visiting a destination as a tourist. The idea is to have close contact with the local dwellers and learn about their reality and struggles. On the trip, the visitor and the community work together to minimize the impact on the visited area and generate actions and ideas to preserve or improve the way of living.

On these trips, we will in touch with many kinds of people: farmers, students, housewives, children, as well as political and indigenous leaders. The participants must be willing to receive and give information and also use personal skills as a contribution and as part of the exchange for the visit.

Ethnic Encounters

There are in Venezuela more than 25 different ethnic groups inhabiting very remote magic practicing places with their own languages and customs. Most of them live on the borders with Brazil, Colombia and Guyana, and although these people are surrounded by vast natural resources, they have simple, modest lifestyles and try to preserve their ancestral knowledge and their way of life.

Learning basic communications, how to fish, weave baskets, prepare casaba bread or just sleeping in hammocks are features of the trips that take place on indigenous land. Among the places visited, are the “Paraujano” fishermen at Sinamaica Lake, “Piaroa” communities near the sacred “Cerro Autana” or the “Guarenquena” rubber tree producers on the Orinoco River.

Traditional Festivities

Venezuela is a land of contrast in its landscapes (coast, jungle, mountains, and grasslands). Such a contrast is also found among its people, product of the mixture of Spanish, Indigenous and African races that has been going on for 500 years. As a result, the country is filled with rich and diverse traditions where delicious food, colorful costumes, joyful rhythms and friendly people make a unique cultural assemble.

Come anytime to Venezuela and find yourself dancing with the drums at “El Callao” Carnival, celebrating” “El Dia de San Juan”, learning how to play the “cuatro” or just eating a tasty “arepa”.

 

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Birding

Discover the beauty and rich diversity of the Venezuelan Andes, tropical cloud forest, and grasslands. Tours designed for small groups at a reasonable cost with good food, lodging, plus expert English speaking local birding guides.

The trips include visits to national parks such as Henri Pittier in the coastal range, the Sierra Nevada In the Andes, Paria in the eastern coast, eastern sector of Canaima at the famous “La Escalera” cloud forest and the vast inland grasslands, Some highlight birds – Orange-throated Sunangel, Rose-headed Parakeet, Crested Quetzal, Masked Trogon, Bearded Helmetcrest, Black-chested Buzzard Eagle, Condor, Andean Cock-of-the-Rock, White-capped Dipper, Torrent Duck, Hoatzin, King Vulture, Ibises, Storks, Great Potoo, Orinoco Goose, Capuchin Bird, White Bellbird and many others such as endemic manikins and antbirds

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