Day 1 - Canaima
Upon arrival in Canaima, pay National Park fee (about $10.00 US), before proceeding to front desk to check in (patience advised). Accommodations are in comfortable private bungalows with hot running water and ceiling fans. Meals are included and served buffet style in the large open air dining area overlooking Hacha Falls and Canaima lagoon. Included in your stay is a spectacular overflight of Devils Canyon, Auyan-tepui and Angel Falls in a specially equipped, converted DC-3 as well as a short boat excursion in the Canaima lagoon for an up close view of Hacha Falls. You will be advised of departure times for these excursions when you arrive. While here, your time is free to spend as you wish to relax or arrange for additional activities. The beautiful white sand beach at Canaima lagoon is a perfect place to sit back and enjoy the unique backdrop of Canaima National Park, and the lagoon's cool, dark but clear water offers refreshing respite from the Gran Sabana's mid-day heat. In the evening, video documentaries on Canaima National Park can be viewed in the lounge area adjacent to the dining room. See separate briefing for more trip details. (L,D) Also during your visit, arrangements for additional excursions (not included in trip package) can be made on-site and and depending on weather conditions, water levels, availability and your own adventure level:
Half-day excursion to Sapo Falls and Mayupa Rapids - Beginning with the 20-minute walk to Puerto Ucaima, load into motorized dug-out canoes for a trip up the Carrao River to Caño Moroco to explore Sapo and El Sapito falls. If river conditions permit, you'll also visit the Mayupa rapids and Caño Mayupita for a swim.
Half-day excursion to Yuri Falls - Depart Canaima by vehicle for a 20-minute drive across the savanna to Puerto Verde where you board a motorized dug-out canoe and head down the Carrao River. Arriving at Puerto Yuri, a 15-minute walk through the jungle leads to the falls and beaches of Yuri where you will have plenty of time for swimming and exploring.