Trekking Roraima

Venezuela · about Escorted or Guided Tour

Journey into a land that time forgot and conquer the pre-Cambrian tabletop summit of Roraima. The stunning mountain is sacred to the region’s indigenous people and is said to have inspired Arthur Conan Doyle’s “The Lost World.” Take time to explore the unique flora and fauna – some of which is completely unique to the mountain. The trek itself takes six days start to finish but this two-week adventure also includes canoe trips in Canaima National Park and a thrilling trek to Angel Falls. If you’re fit and want to get off the beaten track, this adventure will take you to new heights.

What's Included

6-day/5-night trek to the summit of Roraima Mountain. 2-night visit to Angel Falls and Canaima National Park.

Highlights

Conquer the summit of Roraima, explore Canaima National Park, witness the power of Angel Falls, discover a ‘lost world’ amid tabletop mountains.

Dossier Disclaimer

The information in this trip details document has been compiled with care and is provided in good faith. However it is subject to change, and does not form part of the contract between the client and the operator. The itinerary featured is correct at time of printing. It may differ slightly to the one in the brochure. Occasionally our itineraries change as we make improvements that stem from past travellers, comments and our own research. Sometimes it can be a small change like adding an extra meal along the itinerary. Sometimes the change may result in us altering the tour for the coming year. Ultimately, our goal is to provide you with the most rewarding experience. Please note that our brochure is usually released in November each year. If you have booked from the previous brochure you may find there have been some changes to the itinerary.

VERY IMPORTANT: Please ensure that you print a final copy of your Trip Details to review a couple of days prior to travel, in case there have been changes that affect your plans.

Itinerary Disclaimer

While it is our intention to adhere to the route described below, there is a certain amount of flexibility built into the itinerary and on occasion it may be necessary, or desirable to make alterations. The itinerary is brief, as we never know exactly where our journey will take us. Due to our style of travel and the regions we visit, travel can be unpredictable. The Trip Details document is a general guide to the tour and region and any mention of specific destinations or wildlife is by no means a guarantee that they will be visited or encountered. Aboard expedition trips visits to research stations depend on final permission.

Additionally, any travel times listed are approximations only and subject to vary due to local circumstances.

Important Notes

Tents, sleeping bags and foam mattresses are provided, however it is possible to upgrade locally to an inflatable mattress. Porters will carry food and shared camping equipment, but you are responsible for carrying all of your own gear including tent, sleeping bag and mat. Porters can be hired for USD 40 per day and can carry up to 25kg so it is possible for one porter to carry the gear of two hikers. Additional luggage can be left at the hotel in Santa Elena.

Entry laws have been changed: foreign visitors must be able to show they are covered by travel insurance.

Group Leader Description

All G Adventures group trips are accompanied by one of our group leaders, a G Adventures representative, or an expedition team. The aim of the group leader is to take the hassle out of your travels and to help you have the best trip possible. They will provide information on the places you are travelling through, offer suggestions for things to do and see, recommend great local eating venues and introduce you to our local friends. While not being guides in the traditional sense you can expect them to have a broad general knowledge of the countries visited on the trip, including historical, cultural, religious and social aspects. We also use local guides where we think more specific knowledge will add to the enjoyment of the places we are visiting- we think it’s the best of both worlds.

Group Size Notes

Max 15, Avg 8

Meals

Eating is a big part of traveling. Travelling with G Adventures you experience the vast array of wonderful food that is available out in the world. Generally meals are not included in the trip price when there is a choice of eating options, to give you the maximum flexibility in deciding where, what and with whom to eat. It also gives you more budgeting flexibility, though generally food is cheap. Our groups tend to eat together to enable you to taste a larger variety of dishes and enjoy each other’s company. There is no obligation to do this though. Your CEO will be able to suggest favourite restaurants during your trip.

Transport

Public bus, 4×4 vehicles, trekking, plane

Local Flights

If required all local flights are included in the cost of your tours unless otherwise noted. It is important that we have your passport information at the time of booking in order to process these tickets. Internal flight tickets are issued locally and will be given to you prior to the flight departure.

Solo Travellers

We believe single travellers should not have to pay more to travel so our group trips are designed for shared accommodation and do not involve a single supplement. Single travellers joining group trips are paired in twin or multi-share accommodation with someone of the same sex for the duration of the trip. Some of our Independent trips are designed differently and single travellers on these itineraries must pay the single trip price.

Accommodation

Simple hotels (6 nts), camping (5 nts), open air hammocks (2 nts), overnight bus (1 nt)

Joining Hotel

For details of your joining hotel please refer to your tour voucher, G Account, the G Adventures App or contact your travel agent.

Joining Instructions

Please make your own way to the joining hotel.

The best way to get into town is by public taxi. Be sure to use one of the official airport taxis – If your taxi driver does not speak English and you do not speak Spanish, simply show driver the hotel address to simplify communications. For safety, passengers are advised not to use the unofficial taxis. Caracas international airport is actually located at Maiquetía, which is about a 45 minute drive from the city in good traffic, it can be up to a couple of hours. Like all things South American the cost of a taxi is negotiable, it generally is around 50 USD one way.

Please note that Day 1 is an arrival day and no activities are planned for that day so you may arrive at any time. Similarly the last day is a departure day in which no activities have been planned.

Your leader will contact you at the hotel on Day 1 and make sure you are settled comfortably. If you arrive late, s/he will leave you a message detailing what time and where you should meet the next morning. Your CEO will also organize a short meeting soon after arrival, during which you will meet other tour participants and receive information about general and specific aspects of the trip.

Arrival Complications

We don’t expect any problems, and nor should you, but if for any reason you are unable to commence your trip as scheduled, as soon as possible please contact your starting point hotel, requesting that you speak to or leave a message for your CEO (if you are not on a group tour please refer to the emergency contact details provided in this dossier). If you are unable to get in touch with your leader, please refer to our emergency contact details. If you have pre-booked an airport transfer and have not made contact with our representative within 30 minutes of clearing customs and immigration, we recommend that you make your own way to the Starting Point hotel, following the Joining Instructions. Please apply to your travel agent on your return for a refund of the transfer cost if this occurs.

Emergency Contact

Should you need to contact us during a situation of dire need, it is best to first call either the G Adventures Local Representative (if one is listed below) or our G Adventures Local Office. If for any reason you do not receive an immediate answer, please leave a detailed message and contact information, so they may return your call and assist you as soon as possible.

AIRPORT TRANSFER 
If you have purchased an arrival through G Adventures or if an arrival transfer is included in the cost of your tour, please note that:

Your arrival transfer has been arranged based on flight information provided to us. If you are advised of a flight schedule change within 48 hours of your scheduled arrival time, we will do our best to rearrange your arrival transfer however we cannot guarantee this. If your arrival transfer does not arrive within 30 minutes after you have exited the arrivals area please take a taxi to your start point hotel. 

EMERGENCY CONTACT NUMBERS
G Aventures Local Representative (Venezuela)
Emergency number: +58 41 4898-2318 or 041 4898-2318 (from within Venezuela)

G Adventures Office Quito, Ecuador
During office hours (Weekdays 9am-6pm Local Time)
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From within Ecuador: 022 506 610

After hours Emergency number
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From within Ecuador: 0999 506 000

If you are unable for any reason to contact our local office, please call the numbers listed below, which will connect you directly with our 24 hour Sales team, who will happily assist you.

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What to Take

Most people automatically assume that the weather is hot in South America, though be prepared for rain and thunder storms in the wet season, especially in the Amazon. We recommend the use of a duffel bag or backpack, whichever is easiest for you to carry. A large daypack is also essential.

Checklist

- Passport (with photocopies)
- Travel insurance (with photocopies)
- Airline tickets (with photocopies)
- Local currency
- Credit or debit card (see personal spending money)
- G Adventures vouchers
- Any entry visas or vaccination certificates required
- Camera and film / memory card
- Reading/writing material
- Binoculars
- Hiking pack and cover for backpacks
- Flashlight
- Concealable money belt
- Fleece top
- Windproof/waterproof jacket
- Sunglasses
- Water bottle
- 4 shirts/t-shirts
- Sun hat
- Small towel and swim suit
- 2 pairs of shorts
- 1 pair of long trousers
- 1 pair hiking pants/track pants
- Hiking boots/ sturdy walking shoes
- Sport sandals
- Sunblock
- Toiletries (biodegradable)
- Watch or alarm clock
- Insect repellent
- Refillable water bottle
- Sleeping bag liner
- First-aid kit (should contain lip salve, Aspirin, Band Aids, anti-histamine, Imodium or similar tablets for mild cases of diarrhea, re-hydration powder, extra prescription drugs you may be taking).

Note: Tents, sleeping bags and foam mattresses are provided however it is possible to upgrade locally to an inflatable mattress. Porters will carry food and shared camping equipment but you are responsible for carrying all of your own gear including tent, sleeping bag and mat. Porters can be hired for USD 40 per day and can carry up to 25kg so it is possible for one porter to carry the gear of two hikers. Additional luggage can be left at the hotel in Santa Elena.

Laundry

Laundry facilities are offered by some of our hotels for a charge. There will be times when you may want to or have to do your own laundry so we suggest you bring non-polluting/biodegradable soap.

Visas

All countries require a valid passport (with a minimum 6 months validity). Contact your local embassy, or consulate for the most up-to-date visa requirements, or see your travel agent. IT’S YOUR RESPONSIBILITY TO HAVE THE CORRECT TRAVEL DOCUMENTATION.

Spending Money

Every traveller is different and therefore spending money requirements will vary. Some travellers may drink more than others while other travellers like to purchase more souvenirs than most. Please consider your own spending habits when it comes to allowing for drinks, shopping and tipping. Please also remember the following specific recommendations when planning your trip.

Money Exchange

Credit cards and debit cards are very useful for cash advances. Visa cards are the most widely accepted cards. While ATMs are widely available, there are no guarantees that your credit or debit cards will actually work in Latin America. Check with your bank. You should be aware that to purchase products or services on a credit card a fee of 5%-10% usually applies. Do not rely on credit or debit cards as your only source of money. A combination of US dollar cash, travelers’ cheques (in event of an emergency) and cards is best, although you will usually be charged a commission or given a less-favourable exchange rate for travelers’ cheques. Please bear in mind that cost of living in Venezuela is much higher than the rest of South America, and in the case of Argentina, more comparable with Europe. Always take more rather than less, as you don’t want to spoil the trip by constantly feeling short of funds.

Not all ATM’s in Venezuela accept major international debit cards, so please check with your bank.

CURRENCY EXCHANGE TIP: Please be advised that slightly torn notes, notes that have been heavily marked or are faded may be difficult to exchange. It is best to bring notes in fairly good condition, in denominations lower than 100USD (or equivalent).

EXCHANGE CONTROLS: Do not exchange too much of your currency into Bolivares. It is currently NOT possible to exchange excess Bolivares back into USD at the airport before leaving the country.

As currency exchange rates can fluctuate often we ask that you refer to the following website for daily exchange rates: www.xe.com

Emergency Fund

Please also make sure you have access to at least an additional USD $200 (or equivalent) as an ‘emergency’ fund, to be used when circumstances outside our control (ex. a natural disaster) require a change to our planned route. This is a rare occurrence!

Departure Tax

BSF 132 (subject to change without notice)

Tipping

It is customary in Latin America to tip service providers such as waiters, at approximately 10%, depending on the service. Tipping is an expected – though not compulsory – component of your tour program and an expression of satisfaction with the persons who have assisted you on your tour. Although it may not be customary to you, it is of considerable significance to the people who will take care of you during your travels. There are several times during the trip where there is opportunity to tip the local guides or drivers we use. Recommendations for tipping drivers and local guides would range from $5-10 USD per day depending on the quality and length of the service; ask your CEO for specific recommendations based on the circumstances and culture.

Also at the end of each trip if you felt your G Adventures CEO did an outstanding job, tipping is appreciated. The amount is entirely a personal preference, however as a guideline $20-25 USD per person, per week can be used.

Health

Please note inoculations may be required for the country visited. It is your responsibility to consult with your travel doctor for up to date medical travel information well before departure.

You should consult your doctor for up-to-date medical travel information well before departure. We recommend that you carry a First Aid kit and hand sanitizers / antibacterial wipes as well as any personal medical requirements. Please be aware that quite often we are in remote areas and away from medical facilities, and for legal reasons our leaders are prohibited from administering any type of drug including headache tablets, antibiotics, etc. When selecting your trip please carefully read the brochure and itinerary and assess your ability to cope with our style of travel. Please refer to the Physical and Culture Shock ratings in this dossier for trip specific information. For travelers over 70 years a completed Medical Form is required. G Adventures reserves the right to exclude any traveller from all or part of a trip without refund if in the reasonable opinion of our CEO they are unable to complete the itinerary without undue risk to themselves and/or the rest of the group.

Safety and Security

Many national governments provide a regularly updated advice service on safety issues involved with international travel. We recommend that you check your government’s advice for their latest travel information before departure. We strongly recommend the use of a neck wallet or money belt while travelling, for the safe keeping of your passport, air tickets, travellers’ cheques, cash and other valuable items. Leave your valuable jewellery at home – you won’t need it while travelling. Many of the hotels we use have safety deposit boxes, which is the most secure way of storing your valuables. A lock is recommended for securing your luggage. When travelling on a group trip, please note that your CEO has the authority to amend or cancel any part of the trip itinerary if it is deemed necessary due to safety concerns. Your CEO will accompany you on all included activities. During your trip you will have some free time to pursue your own interests, relax and take it easy or explore at your leisure. While your CEO will assist you with options available in a given location please note that any optional activities you undertake are not part of your itinerary, and we offer no representations about the safety of the activity or the standard of the operators running them. Please use your own good judgment when selecting an activity in your free time. Although the cities visited on tour are generally safe during the day, there can be risks to wandering throughout any major city at night. It is our recommendation to stay in small groups and to take taxis to and from restaurants, or during night time excursions.

Protests and Demonstrations- Protests and demonstrations, even those that are well intended, have the potential to turn violent with no warning. Counter protests can also turn violent. Action by security forces to disperse demonstrators and protesters may occur at any time. If you are in an area where demonstrators or protesters are gathering, avoid the temptation of staying for a good photo opportunity and leave the area immediately.

Water based activities have an element of danger and excitement built into them. We recommend only participating in water based activities when accompanied by a guide(s). We make every reasonable effort to ensure the fun and adventurous element of any water based activities (in countries with varying degrees of operating standards) have a balanced approach to safety. It is our policy not to allow our CEOs to make arrangements on your behalf for water based activities that are not accompanied by guide(s).

Swimming, including snorkeling, is always at your own risk.

We take all prudent measures in relation to your safety. For ways to further enhance your personal safety while traveling, please visit:


www.gadventures.com/travel-resources/safety/

Medical Form

Our small group adventures bring together people of all ages. It is very important you are aware that, as a minimum, an average level of fitness and mobility’ is required to undertake our easiest programs. Travellers must be able to walk without the aid of another person, climb 3-4 flights of stairs, step on and off small boats, and carry their own luggage at a minimum. Travellers with a pre-existing medical condition are required to complete a short medical questionnaire, which must be signed by their physician. This is to ensure that travellers have the necessary fitness and mobility to comfortably complete their chosen trip. While our CEOs work hard to ensure that all our travellers are catered for equally, it is not their responsibility to help individuals who cannot complete the day’s activities unaided. Please refer to the physical ratings in this Trip Details document for more information.
Please note that all passengers traveling to Antarctica are required to fill out this questionnaire.

The medical questionnaire can be found online at:

www.gadventures.com/medical-form
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A Couple of Rules

Illegal drugs will not be tolerated on any trips. Possessing or using drugs not only contravenes the laws of the land but also puts the rest of the group at risk. Smoking marijuana and opium is a part of local culture in some parts of the world but is not acceptable for our travellers. Our philosophy of travel is one of respect towards everyone we encounter, and in particular the local people who make the world the special place it is. The exploitation of prostitutes is completely contrary to this philosophy. Our CEOs have the right to expel any member of the group if drugs are found in their possession or if they use prostitutes.

Travel Insurance

Travel insurance is compulsory in order to participate on any of our trips. When travelling on a group trip, you will not be permitted to join the group until evidence of travel insurance has been sighted by your leader, who will take note of your insurance details. When selecting a travel insurance policy we require that at a minimum you are covered for medical expenses including emergency repatriation. A minimum coverage of USD200,000 is required. G Adventures can provide you with the appropriate coverage. We strongly recommend that the policy also covers personal liability, cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage and personal effects. If you have credit card insurance we require proof of purchase of the trip (a receipt of credit card statement) with a credit card in your name. Contact your bank for details of their participating insurer, the level of coverage and emergency contact telephone number.

Please Note: foreign visitors must be able to show they are covered by travel insurance when they enter the country.

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Max Pax

15

Group Leader

Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides.

Meal Budget

Allow USD150-195 for meals not included.

Meals Included

9 breakfasts, 9 lunches, 9 dinners

PRODUCT_LINE: SVTR, ID: 23305

Itinerary

Day 1: Caracas

Arrive at any time.

Additional Notes:
Note: Entry laws have been changed. Foreign visitors must be able to show they are covered by travel insurance.

Included Activities:
Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting

Day 2: Caracas/Ciudad Bolívar (1D)

After departing Caracas in the morning, head east along the Caribbean coast before turning south to Ciudad Bolivar. Along the way you will be able to spot some of the country’s largest oil refineries which finance the country’s economy and keep gas prices down to about 10 cents per litre.

Transport:
Local bus (6.00-7.00 hours, 550km)
Overnight bus (9.00-10.00 hours, 700km)

Day 3: Santa Elena de Uairén (1L)

Free time to relax or explore the city while preparing for the trek.

Day 4: Santa Elena de Uairén/Kukenan (1B, 1L, 1D)

Begin the trek through the prehistoric wilderness heading for the summit of Roramia.

Included Activities:
Mount Roraima Trek Day 1

Transport:
Drive out to the start point of the Roraima trek.
Private Vehicle (1.00-2.00 hours)

Day 5: Kukenan/Mt Roraima (1B, 1L, 1D)

Continue trekking through the Gran Sabana to reach base camp.

Included Activities:
Mount Roraima Trek Day 2

Day 6: Roraima Base Camp/Mt Roraima (1B, 1L, 1D)

Guided hike up the mountain with a full day and a half spent at the summit to appreciate the unique ecosystem and spectacular views into neighboring Brazil and Guyana.

Included Activities:
Mount Roraima Trek Day 3
Mount Roraima Summit

Day 7: Mt Roraima (1B, 1L, 1D)

Continue to explore the wonders of this remote landscape.

Included Activities:
Mount Roraima Summit

Day 8: Mt Roraima/Paraitepuy (1B, 1L, 1D)

Continue trekking down from Roraima.

Included Activities:
Mount Roraima Trek Day 5

Day 9: Paraitepuy/Santa Elena de Uairén (1B, 1L, 1D)

End the trek in Paraitepuy. Return to Santa Elena in the afternoon.

Included Activities:
Mount Roraima Trek Day 6

Transport:
Walking
Private Vehicle (1.00-1.50 hours, 50km)

Day 10: Santa Elena de Uairén/Ciudad Bolívar

Travel by bus to Ciudad Bolívar.

Transport:
Local bus

Day 11: Ciudad Bolívar/Canaima National Park (1B, 1L, 1D)

Fly to Canaima National Park. Continue by boat and hike to the view point of Angel Falls before returning to a jungle lodge for a night in hammocks.

Included Activities:
Canaima National Park (Parque Nacional Canaima) Visit
Angel Falls (Salto Ángel) Visit

Transport:
Plane
Boat
Boat

Day 12: Canaima National Park (1B, 1L, 1D)

Our day in the area allows us time for maximum enjoyment on the beautiful river beaches and plentiful walking paths.

Day 13: Canaima National Park/Ciudad Bolívar (1B)

Fly back to Ciudad Bolivar. Free afternoon or optional city tour.

Transport:
Plane

Day 14: Ciudad Bolívar/Caracas

Return to Caracas for some last minute shopping or visit the city’s museums or churches.

Transport:
Local bus (6.00-7.00 hours, 550km)

Day 15: Caracas

Depart at any time.

Included Activities:
Departure Day

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