DAY 1: Uruyén Camp – Campo Guayaraca (5 hours)
Upon arrival to Uruyén the tour leader and porters will sort out the logistics for packing, giving time to take a swim before a light lunch and our first day’s hike. Normally each person will have their own porter. The hike will commence promptly across the savanna to the Rio Ököine, where we will take a short lunch break and rest for a few moments before beginning the steep climb to Cerro Guayaraca. Finally arriving at our camp situated next to a small stream where we can refresh ourselves and make camp for the night. Dinner will be around 7:00pm.
DAY 2: Campo Guayaraca – El Peñón (6-7 hours)
Breakfast early around at 6:00am to avoid the early morning sun, after which we will repack and set off on the trek towards El Peñón (the Rock) reaching the shade of the mysterious rain forest before the sun gets too hot. Lunch will be taken at Tapir Camp, a large rocky outcrop on a plateau shaded from the sun. Following lunch we will continue our ascent at a good pace for another three hours or so, to a point with amazing views of the valley below at a height of 1,600 metres (5,240 ft.) – El Peñón. Close by there is a stream where one can cool off and fill the water bottles for the next day. Dinner again will be around 7:00pm.
DAY 3: El Peñón – El Oso Camp (6-7 hours)
In the morning after breakfast, around 8:00am, we will continue our climb / trek towards the summit reaching the Paloma Wall where we’ll rest up for a while before setting off once more towards the summit and El Libertador – approx 4 hrs. in duration.
It’s a tricky climb (called “bouldering”) using knotted ropes at different points for the climb to the summit which is fondly known as “The Liberator”. Tip – bring gloves to grip the ropes and rocks along the way especially in case of rainfall. This part of the climb is simply spectacular; no words can describe the scenery with lush vegetation growing on rocky outcrops and the views…… At the summit we will lunch before taking another 3 hr. hike to our next camp for the night, El Oso (the Bear) – another rocky overhang under which we will set up camp. Dinner once again will be served around 7:00pm.
DAY 4: El Oso – El Dragon (4 hours)
After breakfast, we will hike to El Dragon, through terrain sculptured over millions of years with crazy animal like rock formations. A hike of approximately 4 hrs. to a picturesque camp in rainforest alongside a “black” river.
Lunch at Dragon followed by a hike up the “second wall” of the tepui to experience the vistas of the tepui below. Dinner at 6-7 pm.
DAY 5: El Dragon – El Oso
Following breakfast we will explore our surroundings and take a short walk along the river to where the Churún disappears under a great rock that appears to swallow it. After lunch, we will return to El Oso Camp, arriving at approximately 5:30 pm. Dinner at 7:00pm.
DAY 6: El Oso
Today we will relax before our return down the tepui, taking breakfast around 8:00am, discovering the surroundings around the Churún River. We’ll have a picnic beside the river, where we’ll relax before returning to camp for the night and dinner. Here we will see many different plant types such as sundews (carnivorous plants), orchids amongst other endemic species.
DAY 7: El Oso – El Peñón
Rising early, taking breakfast before returning along the same path back to El Peñón enjoying lunch en route at El Libertador, with its spectacular views of the valley below. A great place to take photos of the “bust” of Simon Bolivar, named as such by students from the Central University of Venezuela back in 1956. Dinner at 7:00 pm at El Peñón.
Day 8: From El Peñón – Uruyén
Early breakfast around 6:00am before the downward trek to Camp Guayaraca, lunch and descent to Uruyén Lodge.
Itinerary Brief to Angel Falls (12 days)
Day 1: Uruyén to Guayaraca
Day 2: Guayaraca – El Peñón
Day 3: El Peñón – El Oso
Day 4: El Oso – La Neblina
Day 5: La Neblina – Estacion Central Auyántepui
Day 6: Estacion – Salto Angel (Angel Falls)
Day 7: Full Day at Angel Falls
Day 8: Salto Angel – Estacion
Day 9: Estacion – El Dragon
Day 10: El Dragon – El Oso
Day 11: El Oso – El Peñón
Day 12: El Peñón – Guayaraca or Uruyén
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