Detailed Itinerary for “A Tribute to Jimmie Angel” Trip
- Day 1: Caracas
Arrival Caracas’ Maiquetia International Airport (CCS). Airport assistance and hotel transfers included. Overnight at Hotel Avila in Caracas. (No meals)
- Day 2: Caracas & Uruyén
Early morning transfer to airport. Fly to Puerto Ordaz. Transfer to a light plane for two hour flight to Uruyén, landing on the same landing strip where both Jimmie Angel and Ruth Robertson set up base camps before their respective expeditions. Spectacular overflight of Angel Falls included (weather permitting). Afternoon hike to Yurwan Canyon and stunning local waterfalls with Pemón guide. Special cultural evening. Overnight at the Pemón lodge of Uruyén in beds. (B, L, D)
- Day 3: Uruyén & Kavak
Transfer to Kavak by jeep, or hike through the savannah and rainforests visiting local Pemón villages and the school children of Santa Marta enroute. Afternoon hike to the sacred Kavak Canyon and its majestic waterfalls with Pemón guide. Special cultural evening. Overnight at Kavak Lodge in beds. (B, L, D)
- Day 4: Kavak & Arenal
Early morning transfer to Kamarata port for riverboat expedition (curiaras) to Angel Falls. First stop is the village of Kamarata to visit the school or homes of the local Pemón. Kamarata was the location of the Gran Sabana Expedition of 1939 and the home of Jimmie and Marie Angel’s adopted son Jose Manuel Angel who passed away in 2001. We may have the opportunity to meet Jose Manuel’s children. Overnight in hammocks at Arenal camp on the bank of the Carrao River with spectacular views of the river and the tabletop mountains of Wey-tepuí and Auyántepui. (B, L, D)
- Day 5: Arenal & Angel Falls
We take to the river early morning for the penultimate leg of our expedition. Entering the awe inspiring “Devils Canyon” on the Rio Churún we have our first glimpse of the mammoth falls – a sight never to be forgotten. We trek through the rainforest and hike up the lower level of Auyántepui to “Laime’s Lookout Point” – a stunning lookout point at the base of the falls, so close that we are sprinkled by its roaring waters – the same point where Ruth Robertson stood in May 1949 to photograph the falls. Alexander Laime was her expedition guide. Finally, conditions permitting we swim in the pool below the first drop of the falls, a once in a lifetime experience. Overnight at Ratoncito Island camp in hammocks with spectacular views of Angel Falls. (B, L, D)
- Day 6: Angel Falls
We will spend an extra day at Angel Falls to enjoy our surroundings. You may wish to hike near the base of the Angel Falls, take photographs, draw, botanize, or just relax. Conditions permitting, we will again swim in the pool below the first drop of the falls. Overnight at Ratoncito Island camp in hammocks. (B, L, D). Please note: This date is the anniversary of the scattering of Jimmie Angel’s ashes over Angel Falls, 2 July 1960.
- Day 7: Angel Falls, Canaima & Ciudad Bolívar
Early morning, back down the river to Canaima Lagoon along the Churún and Carrao rivers. We pass close by Mayupa airstrip where Ruth Robertson finished her epic journey on 17 May 1949. One last adventure – before bidding farewell to our Pemón crew – Sapo Falls beckons. Walk behind the gushing curtain – one of seven waterfalls unloading its raw energy into Canaima Lagoon with great vistas from the top of the falls. Lunch in Canaima. Airport assistance and transfers to Ciudad Bolívar where Jimmie Angel’s Flamingo airplane El Rio Caroni, a Venezuelan National Monument, is exhibited at the airport and where Ruth began the second leg of her expedition to the interior in 1949. Overnight in La Cumbre (local posada / hotel). (B, L)
- Day 8: Ciudad Bolívar & Caracas
Early morning transfer to Puerto Ordaz for flight to Caracas. Or an optional extra – City Tour of Ciudad Bolívar (formerly known as Angostura). Airport assistance and transfer to the international airport or to a local Caracas hotel. End of service. (B)
The 2016 trip price is to be confirmed but cerca $1,999 USD per person based upon double occupancy plus supplements.
Single supplement: $150 per person.
Price Includes: English speaking tour leaders Paul Stanley and Karen Angel, flights within Venezuela, as well as all meals and services as listed in the trip itinerary.
Price Excludes: international air fares, national airport taxes – national park fees – alcoholic beverages and some soft drinks. Tips to the local guides and staff are not required, but are much encouraged.
PLEASE NOTE: Round trip transfer and assistance, hotel accommodations and transfer are available in Caracas as an optional extra – see below:
Accommodation in Caracas: Hotel Avila which is a 4 star hotel. Approximate rates based upon double occupancy as follows: Hotel Avila (B&B) – approx. $65 per person based upon double occupancy – transfers included. Single supplement ($65). Additional airport transfers and assistance – $35 per person.
International air – The most popular airline from the U.S. to Caracas is American Airlines. As of October 2015 – Continental/United and Delta were also options but with fewer flights available.
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