6 domestic flights; 1 canoe trip; 2 river boat journeys; 2 road journeys.
Here you will stay at small, mid-range, friendly hotels, colonial or modern in style with well-equipped rooms, private bathroom. In the coffee country you stay on a traditional coffee farm (finca).
Breakfast daily, full board day 2-5, 8-11
We carefully select our local partners, some of whom we have worked with for over 25 years. Their English-speaking guides understand the expectations of our clients very well, and are consistently singled out for praise by the latter on their return.
• Angel Falls: canoe expedition
• Orinoco delta: jungle lodge expeditions
• Mérida: Andean excursion to Jají
• Mérida: Expedition across the Andean páramo grasslands
• Los Llanos: wildlife safaris from wetlands lodge
Summary of nights
13 days, 12 nights: Caracas 1; Angel Falls 2; Orinoco delta 2; Mérida 2; Páramo 1; Los Llanos 3; Caracas 1.
Included in the journey price
• Services of our team of experts in our London office base
• Services of Journey Latin America local representatives and guides
• All land and air transport
• Accommodation as specified
• Meals as specified
• Excursions as specified, including entrance fees
Not included in the journey price
• Tips and gratuities.
• Meals other than specified.
• International flights to Latin America.
• Airport taxes, when not included in the ticket.
• Optional excursions.
The unit of currency in Venezuela is the Bolívar.
It is very difficult to give a guideline for essential expenses but a budget of around US$45 per day should cover the cost of meals not included in the holiday price, drinks and the odd souvenir. Eat at the best restaurants and you will pay considerably more.
How to take it
Cash machines are available in all major cities and towns, and so taking a debit or credit card with a PIN number is the most convenient way of withdrawing money while on your trip, and in most shops and restaurants you can also pay by card. However, since cards can get lost, damaged, withheld or blocked, you should not rely exclusively on a card to access funds.
We recommend that additionally you take a reasonable quantity of US dollars cash (no more than is covered by your insurance), which you can exchange into local currency, and possibly some travellers’ cheques, though these are gradually falling out of use (American Express are the most widely accepted). Dollar bills should be in good condition, soiled or torn bills may be refused. You can take sterling, but the exchange rate is not always competitive or even available, restricting the number of places where you can change money.
There is a black market for US dollars in Venezuela. Never change money on your own on the street or from shady fellows at the airport, but follow the advice of our local representatives.
Tips are welcomed and local guides often rely on their tip as a significant proportion of their income.
Most service industry workers will expect a tip of some kind and so it is useful to have spare change for hotel porters, taxi drivers and the like. It is common to leave 10 - 12% in restaurants.
Tipping guidelines can be found in our Briefing Dossier
Travel insurance is essential.
Details of our recommended policy can be found on our Travel Insurance page.
The Venezuelan Government has stated that visitors to the country must have travel insurance. Make sure you have a paper copy of your policy to hand for inspection when you check in for your flight in the UK or at Immigration in Venezuela.
If you have purchased your flights through Journey Latin America, the international departure tax is usually included in the ticket.
Generally this holiday is suitable for most visitors, including families with children. Should you have a disability, please contact us.
The country is an all-year destination. The highlands have a permanent spring-like climate. In the Gran Sábana grasslands the dry season is May-Nov, the best time for doing the canoe trip to Angel Falls. For wildlife watching in the llanos, the prime months are Dec-Jan after the rains, when rivers are full and it’s not so humid. The Orinoco jungle is hot and humid all year. If you decide to go to the beach as part of your holiday itinerary, the Caribbean coast is mostly dry and hot with plenty of sun – hottest in July-September when there may be rain showers.
Clothing and special equipment
Bring plenty of light cotton clothing and good, comfortable walking shoes. Some warm items (for the Andes) and a good waterproof jacket or umbrella are also useful. We suggest that you plan to 'layer' your clothing; it is easier and more efficient to put on a couple of light layers than one thick jumper. Sandals are a good informal option for evenings. Protection against the sun (sunblock, sun hat) and mosquito repellent are essential and you should bring swimwear.
Please get in touch with the office before departure if you have any doubts. Good equipment is very important and can be hard to come by in Latin America.
Preventative vaccinations are recommended against the following: typhoid; polio; tetanus; hepatitis A. You should consult your GP for specific requirements, including advice on yellow fever and malaria tablets.
You can also find helpful information on the Masta Travel Health website.
Holders of a full British passport do not require a visa, although passports must be valid for at least 6 months after the trip begins. Anyone with a different nationality should enquire with us or check with the relevant consulate.
APIS and ESTA - important flight information:
ESTA - if flying to the US, or via the US you will need to fill in your application to ESTA online
This costs $14 per person. This must be done by you personally.
Passports must also be machine-readable (MRP). Avoid locking suitcases if transiting the USA, as their customs authorities retain the right to break into them.
APIS - Many countries now oblige airlines to provide additional information about passengers prior to the flight departure. This Advance Passenger Information (APIS) must be supplied to us promptly in order to issue tickets and avoid fare increases. We will provide the airlines with the relevant details if we are booking your international flights. If the information is not provided you may be denied boarding.