Anthony Ippolita, a professor at DePaul and leader of the Southern Brazil adventure trip I went on a couple years ago is leading a trip to Venezuela over Thanksgiving. Price is $2,100 plus air, and he's able to get air for about $500 to $600 right now. His email address is [masked]. Please contact him if you want details and to complete your sign up. I know you'll enjoy it if you go, as he's a great guide.
Ignite Your Primal Connection:
Energizing Cultural and Natural Adventure In The Lost World
Canaima National Park, Venezuela, November 23 – December 1, 2013
Special tour leaders: Wendy Dahl M.Ed., E-RYT and Anthony Ippolito, Ph.D.
Join us on this expedition into the remote and unique
Kamarata Valley within Canaima National Park in Southeastern
Venezuela. The region is an unparalleled wonderland from any
perspective that one takes. Anthropologists have been
enthralled with the indigenous Pemón people, the “society
without government”, that are embedded between the ominous,
energizing, table topped tepui-mountains that fascinate
geologists and poets alike. The tepuis are some of the oldest
geological formations on the planet and were first brought to
the wider public attention in 1912 by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s
novel, The Lost World. Clouds bathe the tops of the tepuis,
perpetually bursting like giant rain barrels, erupting from every
split and notch in the mountainsides. Thousands of waterfalls
carve through the lush verdant forests, including the tallest in
the world, Angel Falls. Angel Falls cascades for almost a
kilometer, 2 ½ times the height of the Empire State Building,
and is a breathtaking testament to the height and magnitude of the tepuis. Explore with us amidst
this wonderfully friendly and humble culture, awe-inspiring geological wonders, and deep forests
that define the primordial, sublime energy of this magical place.
November 23rd - arrive in Caracas, overnight in Caracas by the airport
November 24th – Caracas to Cuidad Bolivar
From the domestic terminal, we will take a flight to Puerto Ordaz. From Puerto Ordaz, we take a
van to the city of colonial city of Cuidad Bolivar along the Orinoco River. We will have the
afternoon to tour the historic section of the city. We will overnight at the tropical hotel, La Cumbre.
November 25th – Ciudad Bolivar to Uruyén
Early morning two hour flight to Uruyén, landing on the same landing strip where both Jimmie
Angel (who first discovered the Falls in 1935) and Ruth Robertson set up base camps before their
respective expeditions. Spectacular overflight of Angel Falls included (weather permitting).
Afternoon hike to Yurwan Canyon and local waterfalls with Pemón guide. Overnight at the Pemón
lodge of Uruyén in beds. (B,L,D)
November 26th - Uruyén to Kava
Transfer to Kavak by jeep, or hike through the savannah
and rainforests visiting local Pemón village’s enroute.
Afternoon hike to Kavak Canyon and the sacred cave of
Kavak with Pemón guide. Overnight at Kavak Lodge in
beds. Special cultural evening (groups of 6 or more).
November 27th - Kavak
Full day in Kavak to enjoy surroundings and an ascent to La Toma and La Cueva de Los Indios.
Late afternoon cultural event (a suggested donation of $30-35 per person). Overnight at Kavak
Lodge in beds. (B,L,D)
November 28th - Kavak to Arenal
Early morning transfer to Kamarata port for riverboat expedition (curiaras) to Angel Falls. First
stop will be Kamarata to visit the local school children at school or homes of the local Pemón.
Overnight in hammocks at Arenal camp on the bank of the Carrao River with spectacular views of
the river and the tabletop mountains of Uey-tepuí and Auyántepui. (B,L,D)
November 29th - Arenal to Angel Falls
After a “special” ceremony in preparation for the day’s
adventure, we take to the river early morning for the
penultimate leg of our expedition. Entering the awe
inspiring “Devils Canyon” on the Rio Churún we will make
our final approach to Angel Falls. Trek through the
rainforest to “Laime’s Lookout Point” – the same point
where Laime and Ruth stood in May 1949 to photograph
the falls. Overnight at Ratoncito Island camp in hammocks.
November 30th - Angel Falls – Canaima – Caracas
Early morning curiaras trip to Canaima along the Churún and Carrao rivers. We will pass close by
Mayupa airstrip where Ruth finished her epic journey on May 17th. One last adventure to Sapo
Falls, before bidding farewell to our captain and his Pemón crew.
We will walk behind the gushing curtain of one of seven waterfalls unloading its raw energy into
Canaima Lagoon and enjoy great vistas from the top of the falls. Lunch at Anatoly Island followed
by transfer to Canaima beach and airport for afternoon flight to Ciudad Bolivar. Flight to Ciudad
Bolivar with Transmandu Airlines, visit with Jimmie Angel's famous plane at the airport. Airport
assistance and transfers to Puerto Ordaz fro flight to Caracas. Overnight close to airport, dinner
at a local restaurant. (B,L)
December 1st - Caracas to home
Transfer to airport for international flight back home.
This trip is a special program with your experienced yoga guide, Wendy Dahl, and tour leader,
tropical biologist, Anthony Ippolito. Wendy is the founder of Blue Sun Yoga which offers classes,
workshops, immersions and a teacher training program dedicated to accommodating all
populations and mobility levels through healing and balanced practices ranging from meditation,
restorative, gentle and vinyasa yoga to aerial and AcroYoga. Having studied Earth, Marine, and
Environmental Science and Education for many years, she blends yoga and ecological
awareness as a way to deepen the ultimate meaning of yoga as union. She has lead active yoga
retreats to various places around the United States and the world, including, Brazil, Thailand,
Greece, and Spain.
Anthony is a tropical biologist that has lived and done research in various exotic regions in the
old and new world tropics and has taught graduate level field courses for the Organization for
Tropical Studies in Costa Rica. He is an avid outdoor enthusiast and has guided tours to remote
regions around the world for over 20 years. He has been working in Venezuela with the Pemón
people of the region for 7 years via the cultural preservation organization, Angel Conservation.
Friends and Family price
One week expedition in Canaima National Park $2,100
Special guest tour leaders, Anthony Ippolito Ph.D. and Wendy Dahl M.Ed., E-RYT, Pemón
guides, all meals indicated, internal flights and transportation, other services as listed in
the program, transfers.
International airfare is not included in the above prices**. National airport taxes - national
park fees – alcoholic beverages and some soft drinks. Tips are not included but much
encouraged. Travel insurance. Alcoholic drinks and souvenirs are not included.
** However, for this trip only, we can get international airfare within Venezuela
from the states. Due to current Venezuelan law, airfare prices are regulated. We
have been getting airfare from US$500 – 600, relative to US$1500 buying directly
in the US. Hence, we are trying to offer this to people we know and might like to
come on this trip!
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