We have to be clear and honest right up front – we don’t recommend visiting Venezuela right now. It is a beautiful country and in times of stability, makes for an excellent destination in Latin America, but unfortunately the situation is crazy and probably will be for at least the next few months. If you decide to ignore this warning, at least avoid Caracas.
You’re probably wondering why we have tours available if we don’t recommend visiting right now. We believe you should still have access to knowing about at least a few off-the-beaten-path, authentic experiences in Venezuela, to add to your bucket list, and to bookmark for when it becomes safer. We have partnerships with some excellent local operators and communities and are excited to connect you with them in what we hope is the not-too-distant future. You can read about some of those experiences here.
This park is home to the iconic Angel Falls, the world’s highest uninterrupted waterfall (with a 979 meter, or 3,212 foot drop) and the setting for the classic animated movie, Up. The park is difficult to access and navigate, so we highly recommend hiring local guides. The only two ways to get around in Canaima are on foot, or by boat. The indigenous use dugout canoes called curiaras to navigate the area’s rivers and close to Angel Falls. Weather-permitting, there are several places where you can set up camp and sleep in a hammock with a view of the falls. The are still groups of indigenous Pemon people living in the area, some of which are open to receiving travelers for cultural exchanges and shared meals. Overall, Canaima is an incredible outdoor and cultural adventure, which, despite the fame of Angel Falls, is still often overlooked as a destination in Latin America.
We work with a local NGO, Eposak, that promotes sustainable tourism in remote, developing communities in Venezuela. One of these is located in Canaima National Park and has been working for the past few years to create a tourism experience that is thrilling for the traveler and sustainable for the community. The result is a five day trip that immerses you into their culture, traditions, current lifestyle, and shows you some of the park’s least frequently visited rivers and caves. Read more about it here