Parque Nacional Canaima Travel Guide

  • SWAMPS UPRIVER
    SWAMPS UPRIVER
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  • CANAIMA and the FALLS
    CANAIMA and the FALLS
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Parque Nacional Canaima Things to Do

  • LOTS TO DO

    We actually chartered a plane from Ciudad Bolivar to visit the Angel Falls and spent a few hours in Canaima National Park on the way, and i am determined to return there one day. The lake was beautiful and good for swimming, the falls cascading in to the lake were really impressive. We learnt that there was a large selection of animals in the park...

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  • swim near the base of the falls

    Once you have hike though the hot steamy jungle to the viewing spot for Angel falls you can cool off in a water hole at the base of another small water fall

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  • Angel Falls

    Angel Falls are the tallest water fall in the world at 979 metres. From the top of the river it is about a 2 hour hike through the jungle to near the base of the falls - the veiwing spot for the falls has another small set of waterfalls and a pool for swimming.

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  • Take a Jungle Hike: Flora and Fauna

    Most of the species of orchids bloom in July and August. I was there in late september and there were a few late bloomers of orchids but only a small fraction of what there would have been if I was there a few months earlier. There are other plants and flowers to see though. The red flower in my picture is called Indian Lips. Watch where you put...

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  • Take a Jungle Hike: Animals

    If you want to see some critters in the jungle the best time to hike is at dawn. But seriously though, most of the large animals i.e. monkeys have moved away from the populated areas long ago. You will probably see toucans and other birds, butterflys, spiders, frogs and other enormous insects. Anything else, count yourself lucky.

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  • Swim in Angel Falls

    Once you've taken in the spectacular view of Angel Falls from above climb down into the valley so you can swim at the base of the falls. Be careful during the rainy season as the currents in the pool can get hard to manage. The water is colder then you would think as the water from the falls comes from the condensation in the clouds. It doesn't...

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  • Hike to the Base of Angel Falls

    The Hike to the base of Angel Falls took about an hour and a half. The first 30-40 minutes is flat the rest is up hill. Watch your step while hiking, the well worn trail is criss-crossed with tree roots and the occasional fallen tree. Make sure you bring lots of water. With the humidity you are quickly soaking wet from the climb.

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  • Visit a Pemon Indian Village Part 2

    While you're visiting the Pemon Village take part in some of their traditional activites. Try hitting the target with the blow dart. Try their fermented drinks and their spicy hot sauce!

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  • Visit a Pemone Indian Village

    The traditional inhabitants of south-east of Venezuela, including Canaima National Park, are the Pemón indigenous peoples. Traditionally, they are farmers, hunters and fishermen and you can often see them in their boats out on the river. They were friendly and allowed us to visit their homes for the afternoon. I suggest bringing some crayons and...

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Parque Nacional Canaima Restaurants

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    by call_me_rhia Written Aug 18, 2004

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    it's the Hoturvensa's restaurant - and it's a delicious restaurant with a panoramic view over the Canaima lagoon and surrounding waterfalls. The staff is really friendly and there's normally a choice of two or three set menus.

    Favorite Dish: The soups are delicious! Really amazing! I also remember a chicken stewed in wine which - although not very typical - was particularly good.

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Parque Nacional Canaima Nightlife

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    by call_me_rhia Written Aug 18, 2004

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    When the sun goes down... there's nothing to do. Watch the sunset, take pictures of the sunset and then... have dinner and this is the end of the Canaima nightlife.

    Dress Code: A sweater for the cold and mosquito repellent for the nasty flies

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Parque Nacional Canaima Transportation

  • Fly to Canaima

    The only way to get to Canaima is on a small aeroplane. I travelled with Transmandu on a small 5 seater. FLights run on Venezuelan time, when I asked what time the plane left I was told "when the pilot arrives." Also be prepared to fly with lots of supplys and luggage packed in every possible space around you. Despite the cramped conditions and...

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  • Transport into Canaima National Park

    There are no roads leading into Canaima. The only way you can get there is to fly. The planes that land on the tiny, gravel airstrip are small 10 seater planes. Consequently, all supplies and good are also flown in so things tend to be a tad more expensive.The incoming flights into Canaima usually do a fly over over Angel Falls first before the...

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  • To Canaima by plane from Ciudad Bolivar

    The tip continues….Arriving at the airport in Canaima you must pay an entrance fee to the National Park, which was 8000 Bs. At the airport there are some souvenir stalls and this is one of the few places in Venezuela where I saw postcards, so I bought 16 cards. The different tour companies came to pick up their tourists and we were brought to...

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Parque Nacional Canaima Local Customs

  • Breast feeding... a puppy...

    From years and years I've had this postcard with me. I find it lovely: a venezuelan "guaica" indian breast feeding a puppy. I always thought that this was a loving and generous tradition, but recently I read that dogs saliva is a great cure for "mastitis": inflamation of the breast due to breast feeding, excess of milk, whatever. Anyhow, I still...

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  • red water - red sand

    The lagoon and the sand on the shore of the Canaima lagoon are of a strange colour_ brown-red. Don't be surprised: it's neither dirty nor polluted... it's its natural colour, and you can safely swim there (many people do it every day). The reason for this peculiar colour its the abundance of minerals present in the water. Even quartz.

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  • MOSQUITO REPPELENT

    Ok, lets say that mosquitos are killing you... Lets imagine that that silly spray or cream or whatever you brought to protect yourself from mosquitos and other weird looking tiny animals and insects doesnt works. Lets realize it, all of this imported stuff makes our mosquitos laugh and then bite you. You are bloody, tasty and delicious. You have a...

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Parque Nacional Canaima Warnings and Dangers

  • SLIPPERY, BE CAREFUL at CANAIMA

    One of my friends nearly fell into the lake after climbing down a ledge by the falls. He was unable to swim and fortunately he didn't fall in, as he would have drowned. The rock is extremely slippery due to the moisture from the falls. Thank goodness we were around to rescue him from his ordeal and escort him back to safety.

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  • 24 Hour Ant

    I thought that every ant was a 24 hour at while I was there as the bugs in Venezuela get so much bigger then then do at home. However, once you see the 24 hour ant you will never forget it. They are about an inch and a half long. You can see huge pincers on their mouth that actually look like they will hurt when bitten. A bite from the 24 hour ant...

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  • A sore butt

    5 hours in a canoe on a wooden seat can be extremely uncomfortable, I reccomend taking your towel to sit on, or a cushion, people may think you are mad but you will be very glad.

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Parque Nacional Canaima Tourist Traps

  • Bring US Dollars

    If you dont bring US dollars you will end up paying twice as much as you should. When first told about the tour of angel falls I was told US$190. However because I only had boliviars I ended up paying $387.Being unaware of this can screw your budget as it did me.

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  • Take stamps with you

    When I am on holidays like to send my friends post card form the most remote location possible and would have liked to send one from Canaima. At the airport the are post cards for sale, there is a post box, but no one sells postage stamps, I asked and was told buy them in Ciudad Bolivar. So unfortunately no one got a post card from Caniama - so the...

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Parque Nacional Canaima What to Pack

  • prepare for lots of water

    Best to only take a small back pack or overnight bag, large back packs or suitcases definately will not fir in the canoe.Water proof plastic bag for camera hiking boots and things you need while on the boat Light rain gear, plastic poncho or water proof jacket - it is hot so dont take anything heavySandles (light shoes suitable for wallking in...

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  • it's so cold... so cold... so cold

    bring a sweater for the evening... at night the forest gets very chilly... I never thought I would need the sweater I had brought to use on the Andes not needed over there). And don't wear sandals - in case a 24 hours ant decides to take a liking to your feet (see warning and dangers tip) bring all you think you may need... there's nothing like...

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Parque Nacional Canaima Off The Beaten Path

  • Indian comunities

    If you want to see an indian comunity, a real one, then you must forget about 3 wonderfull exciting days in Canaima, in the hotel, besides the lagoon; make contact with the local experts; prepare for adventure and getting deep into the jungle. I've never done this. Never will. Im certanly not the Indiana Jane type.It is not a confortable journey or...

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  • Animal life... HOW FUN!!!

    In the jungle there are plenty of animals that, believe it or not, could make great and loving friends and pets (even though they might look threatening).First of all you have to go to the jungle with someone that knows his way around... and you have to trust this person.In the picture I'm with Pastor, an speciallist in venezuelan animals. Im...

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  • IF YOU ARE REALLY LUCKY... prepare for a...

    Canaima and its surroundings is a PERFECT location for making films (see the begining of Spielberg "Aracnofobia"); love scenes for venezuelan soap operas; and profesional photos either for callendars or publicity or national and international top fashion magazines.My dearest friend and neighbor, venezuelan and world known photographer Fran...

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Parque Nacional Canaima Favorites

  • Don't book ur excursion through Posada...

    We booked their Canaima excursion (WHICH YOU SHOULD NEVER DO!!). They charged us the ridiculous amount of 1700bolivares (250euros). First they told us our plane would leave at 11am, then she woke us up at 6am and told us that the plane would be leaving in 30 minutes!! Thank the lord we already had our suitcases up and ready. We go to Canaima...

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  • Canaima in a nutshell

    The Canaima National Park is a huge park in the gran Sabana area of Venezuela, and it's listed in the UNESCO world heritag sites list. It's supposed to be the most important National Park, and do you know why? Because the highest waterfall in the world can be found there: El Salto Angel, nearly 1000 metres tall. My favourite sight in the park,...

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  • Angel Falls tour cont.

    My tour started in Ciudad Bolivar and was booked at the Hostal Caracas. The tour included a bus to the airport, flight to Canaima, 3 nights accom and all food for the 3 days (optional 4th night accom free), and return trip. An English speaking guide was provided and was very good. All for the bargain price of USD 180.00Accom was in hammocks (mozzie...

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