The Lost World & Angel Falls

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Trip code: 
TAV
Ways to Travel:
Guided Group, Tailormade Adventures
Activity:
Walking & Trekking Holidays
Min age:
16
Group size:
4–14

Trek and camp at the top of Mount Roraima

Conan Doyle’s classic adventure novel was inspired by Venezuela’s ‘Lost World’, a region of dense jungle and rolling grassland dominated by immense sandstone table mountains known as tepuys. On a classic six-day trek we reach the summit of Mount Roraima, a maze of blackened rock and babbling streams harbouring unique plants including rare carnivorous species. We also visit Auyan Tepuy from which the highest waterfall in the world plunges almost 1000m - the spectacular Angel Falls.

Highlights

  • Trek to the top of Roraima, the highest of Venezuela's tepuis
  • Hike to the base of Angel Falls, the highest waterfall in the world
  • Walk behind Salto Sapo falls
  • Sleep in hammocks like the local Pemon Indians
  • Internal flights included to reduce driving distances

Key information

  • 5 nights guesthouses, 2 nights hotels, 5 nights wild camping and 1 night in hammocks
  • 6 days light backpacking (extra porters can be hired locally if required)
  • Travel by internal flight and private minibus
  • Altitude maximum 2810m, average 1500m

What's included

  • 12 breakfasts, 9 lunches, 10 dinners
  • All accommodation 
  • All transport and listed activities
  • Tour leader throughout
  • Flights from London (if booking incl. flights)

What's not included

  • Travel insurance
  • Single accommodation (available on request)
  • Visas or vaccinations

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Pace:

Moderate: 5-6km/3-4miles an hour

Terrain:

Low altitude; good paths

Day by day breakdown
Day 412.0km/7.0miles
Day 510.0km/6.0miles
Day 65.0km/3.0miles
Day 73.0km/1.0miles
Day 810.0km/6.0miles
Day 912.0km/7.0miles

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Itinerary

London
to
London
  • Day 1

    Fly to Caracas.

    Those on group flights will arrive in Caracas this evening and be transferred to our hotel. Those on Land Only arrangements should arrive at the hotel during the afternoon.
    Standard Hotel

  • Day 2

    Fly to Puerto Ordaz; drive to the Grand Savannah.

    We fly to Puerto Ordaz very early this morning and drive for around 8 hours to the Grand Savannah. Our accommodation for the night is in a simple hotel at Rapidos de Kamoiran.
    Basic Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 3

    Arrive in San Francisco de Yuruani.

    Today we drive to the 100m high Aponguao Falls, one of the most attractive waterfalls in Venezuela. The short walk to the falls takes us through some lovely scenery. We also visit another waterfall before arriving in the small Pemon Indian community of Parai Tepui where we spend the night in simple huts, with spectacular views of Roraima.
    Basic Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast Dinner
  • Day 4

    Start the Roraima trek; hike to Rio Tek.

    This morning we set off for the Roraima trek. Any excess baggage can be left in the 4WD and taken to Santa Elena to be collected on day 9 should you wish to carry less.

    The first day's hike is a relatively straightforward walk which takes us across gentle hills and open grasslands to our campsite near the banks of the Rio Kukenan. The hike involves fording two rivers, the Tek and the wider Rio Kukenan - we will normally wade across, but if water levels in either river are high, it may be necessary to use a line to assist with the crossing.

    Walking approx. 12km; duration 6 hours; max. altitude 1,050m.
    Full-service Camping

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 5

    Hike to base camp.

    Today we walk to the Roraima base camp, steadily ascending, crossing plains and hills, with Roraima always visible. In the early afternoon we arrive at the base camp (altitude: 1,800m), directly in front of the steep wall of Roraima.

    Walking approx. 10km; duration 5 hours.
    Full-service Camping

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 6

    Ascend Roraima Tepui.

    Today is probably the most challenging part of the trek as we ascend steadily from the base camp to the plateau on top of Roraima - we climb about 1,000m today to an altitude of 2,800m. Along the route we pass under a waterfall known as the Path of Tears which tumbles from the top of the mountain. The waters of the tepuis nourish many of Venezuela's major rivers, such as the Orinoco and the Esequibo, as well as the Amazonian tributaries. There is plenty of vegetation including a spectacular variety of mosses, cacti and orchids. We may also see unusual species such as the tiny Oreophrynella toad, which can only be found on the tepuis and is known for its distinctive black colour. Lunch is served at the summit so we can take a well-earned rest. We usually camp either in a large cave or under a rock ledge which offers protection from the strong winds and low night time temperatures which are common on the plateau.

    Walking approx. 5km; duration 5-7 hours; max. altitude 2,800m.
    Full-service Camping

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 7

    Daywalk on top of Roraima.

    Today we have a full day to explore the sparse volcanic top of the tepui. Since it is largely flat, the walking today is not too challenging. The exact routes that we take will be heavily dependent on weather conditions, but one of the highlights is the 'Kukenan Window', a precipice which offers spectacular views of the eastern face of the neighbouring Kukenan Tepui and the broad expanse of the jungles of Guyana. Thousands of years of rain have weathered the rocks of Roraima into interesting formations and there are several sinkholes lined with quartz (locally known as crystal jacuzzis) and valleys across the top of the mountain. We will spend another night in our summit camp after the day's explorations.

    Walking distance variable; duration variable; max. altitude 2,800m.
    Full-service Camping

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 8

    Descend to Rio Tek.

    Today it's time to say goodbye to the ancient world as we return to the Tek River on our longest trekking day. The first part of the walk is moderately challenging due to the steepness of the descent and the fact that there are loose rocks close to the summit, so caution is advised as we set off. We reach the base camp in time for lunch, and then continue across the Kukenan and Tek Rivers to our camp.

    Walking approx. 15km; duration 8-9 hours.
    Full-service Camping

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 9

    Hike to Parai Tepui and drive to Santa Elena.

    After breakfast, we walk back to Parai Tepui (about 3-4 hours), where we will be picked up by 4WD vehicles for the drive to Santa Elena de Uairén. A stop will be made at the most beautiful waterfall in this area, the Quebrada de Jasper. The striking flamelike orange and red colours of the falls are the result of the water polishing the jasper rocks in the stream bed. From the falls we continue to Santa Elena where we spend the night in a pleasant lodge just outside the town. There will be a chance to do some laundry in Santa Elena, as well as take a well-deserved shower!

    Walking approx. 12km; duration 4 hours.
    Lodge

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 10

    Small plane to Canaima; boat transfer to Anatoly Island, walking at Salto Sapo Falls; overnight in hammocks.

    This morning we transfer to the airport for our charter flight in small Cessnas to Canaima (only 10 kg luggage allowance).

    Any excess baggage will be collected and transported to Puerto Ordaz.

    On arrival we will transfer to our lodge and then in the afternoon we have a boat and walking excursion to Salto Sapo. These stunning waterfalls are quite broad, and it is possible to cross from one side to the other following a path behind the falls.
    Lodge

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 11

    Angel Falls boat trip.

    After breakfast we start our boat trip to the Angel Falls camp. We are taken along the Carrao and the Churun rivers, passing Pozo de Felicidad ('Well of happiness'), Isla Orquídea ('Orchid Island'), Cañon del Diablo ('Devil's Canyon') and Wey Tepui. We pass close by the impressive Auyan Tepui whose steep walls tower over the river.We have lunch on the way and finally reach the camp where we spend the night in hammocks with spectacular views of the falls.

    Please note: In the dry season (January - May) it is not always possible to get to the Angel Falls by boat. In that case we take an excursion to Orchid Island to explore, and swim in the river, returning by boat to Canaima.
    Hammock

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 12

    Wet season (Jun-Dec): boat to Isla de Raton; hike through tropical rainforest to Angel Falls. Dry season (Jan-May): visit Orchid Island.

    After breakfast we hike for about an hour through tropical rainforest until we get to the lookout point directly opposite the Angel Falls, which we can admire in its full height if weather permits. At almost 1,000m it is the highest waterfall in the world. Its waters form a natural pool at its base, which makes it an ideal place to have a swim.

    After lunch we return to Canaima following the same route as yesterday, passing through beautiful savannah landscapes. We arrive in Canaima and the rest of the afternoon can be spent either exploring the small village or relaxing by the Canaima Lagoon.
    Lodge

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 13

    Fly to Caracas via Puerto Ordaz.

    Subject to weather conditions and timings, there is an optional flight available this morning over the magnificent Angel Falls - the view from the air is very different to the one available from Isla Raton. Late morning we fly to Puerto Ordaz where we connect for another flight back up to Caracas and transfer to our hotel by the Caribbean coast.

    Please note that in case there is no availability for the direct flight to Puerto Ordaz then we will instead fly to Ciudad Bolivar and then transfer by road across to the airport at Puerto Ordaz.
    Standard Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 14

    Depart Caracas.

    Today we'll have a short transfer to Caracas airport where the trip ends. Those on group flights will continue their journey back to London.

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 15

Essential Info

Visas

Venezuela

For holders of British, Australian, New Zealand, Canadian, and most EU passports, a visa is not required if arriving by air - a 90-day tourist card will be issued on arrival at Caracas airport. If entering via a land or sea border, visas are required and must be obtained in advance from your nearest Venezuelan embassy or consulate. US citizens planning on travelling to Venezuela need to apply for a visa.

Vaccinations

Venezuela

There are no mandatory vaccination requirements. Recommended vaccinations are: Polio, Tetanus, Diphtheria, Hepatitis A. The risk of malaria is slight but you may wish to consult your GP or travel health clinic for further advice. The above information can change at short notice; as we are not qualified to answer all your questions about travel health we strongly recommend you contact your Medical Professional or a Travel Health Clinic at least 8 weeks prior to departure for up‐to‐date information.

Eating and Drinking

As we will be camping and staying in simple accommodation for much of the trip, the choice of food is quite limited. Many meals served in the posadas will be from set menus rather than a la carte. Vegetarians can be catered for on the trip, but you should note that in much of Latin America meat is simply replaced with additional vegetables rather than with a specially prepared vegetarian dish. Please advise us at the time of booking if you have any special dietary requirements.

Weather

Venezuela is a tropical country and you should be prepared mainly for very hot weather and some tropical downpours. For the majority of the trip it will generally be very humid, with a likelihood of rain at any time of the year. As we ascend Roraima, it will get steadily cooler, with an average night time temperature of around 15ºC at the base camp and around 5ºC at the summit, although during the day it is still hot and humid. Conditions remain constant during the June to December wet season, and although temperatures do not change dramatically year round there is less rain between January and May. Water levels in the Angel Falls and the surrounding rivers can be low in the dry season, and it is therefore not always possible to reach the falls by boat at this time of year.

Caracas

Is this trip for you?

There are parts of the ascent and descent of Roraima where there are exposed sections in which your hands are needed to help you up: confident footwork is essential. It can be hot, humid and wet in this area of Venezuela and although the climb is not technically difficult, these conditions can make the going quite challenging in places. We travel to a remote part of Venezuela on this trip, and most of the towns that we pass through have limited facilities (except for Ciudad Bolivar). You should be prepared to stay in reasonably basic accommodation and also to spend one night in hammocks (in order to get close to Angel Falls). We reduce the driving distance covered on this trip by using internal flights chartered especially for the group - these are a highlight in themselves as they enable us to experience the savannah from the air!

Accommodation

Guesthouses & Hotels

You will spend 6 nights in en suite guesthouses and hotels. 1 night will be spent in a basic hotel, 5 nights will be in wild camps and for 1 night you sleep in a hammock. All communal gear will be carried for you while trekking. We recommend taking a sleeping bag or liner for the hammock.

Expert Blog Entries

  • Reviewed November 2016
    Jacqueline Arnold
    This was an amazing trip. I think I'd only focused on the Angel Falls section but the rest of the trip was equally as fantastic! Trekking through savannah, climbing Mt Roraima and camping at the top, 6 hour boat trips in sun and phenomenal rainstorms and walking behind waterfalls.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Well....all of these include water......getting caught beneath a waterfall at the wrong moment and getting drenched with nothing else to do but laugh is something I will never forget. A true moment. Also the rainstorm whilst travelling to Angel falls in the boat was unreal!

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Elke........Fantastic and exceptional.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Yes.....the volume of money you will receive is immense! I struggled to actually fit it in my bags as I had packed to the limit with the smaller recommended bag. In addition, make sure everything is in dry sacks. I had everything in my bag in 5 dry sacks which was great when we had to separate out belongings for different stages of the trip. I would recommend taking these as a minimum and if you have a small foldaway rucksack that would be useful too. The guidance about wearing socks in the waterfalls or for river crossings is worth taking notice of. The puri puri flies and mossies are limitless.....stay covered up as much as you can.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    This was just a tough but great trip. I don't think there has been a day since returning that I haven't thought about it.....
  • Reviewed December 2015
    Robin Thomson
    Stunning scenery and excellent itinerary, let down by ancient faulty tour bus and very poor camping equipment. Single tents are tiny, and insufficient when camping in rain. No mess tent or chairs provided, so lots of standing around huddled in the cooking tent.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Angel Falls is a must for any world traveler. The beauty of Roraima Tepuy a major bonus. The scenery alone makes this an excellent tour. Plenty of Waterfalls. See other reviews

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Elke managed the perennial problems of travel in Venezuela well.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    1. Don't change any money until you arrive at Hotel. Black-market rate superb but volatile. 2. Bring cushion mat for sitting on esp. boat ride. 3. Single traveler. Unless Exodus improve the camping equipment, Don't pay single supplement: buy/bring a cheap 2 man tent, sleeping airbed/mat and camp chair. Pay porter to carry all your equipment up Roraima (only $50 at current rates). Ditch tent, and chair after Roraima (avoid 10kg limit on Cessna). Ditch airbed after Angel Fall (alternative to hammocks). Hotels: if sharing, upgrade hotel rooms where possible (local currency cheap).

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    If vegetarian, stress to tour leader that you will want an alternative to the meat, rather than just salad and rice. Don't worry too much about the 10kg limit on Cessnas. The real restriction is bag size, as there is not much luggage space.
  • Reviewed December 2015
    David Anderson
    The trek to the Grand Savannah, with the ascent of the Roraima Tepuy and the Angel Falls trek, and several enjoyable soakings in the many waterfalls/pools in the region make this a multi-highlight trip.............with loads of highs. It needs to be as there are several undoubted lows - an imploding economy; a lot of lengthy travel, some uncomfortable, to get to and from trek start/stop points; an attacking insect world that never lets up! Was it worth it - my gawd, it was!

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Angel Falls - we flew over it several times; we saw it at dawn and dusk; we climbed to it and soaked in its spray - it has to be seen in full flow; luckily (!) it rained heavily all night, whilst in our hammocks - the morning views were stunning! Our two days on Roraima were equally rewarding - the tiny black frog, the one-off flora, the rock formations and drop edge views............relaxed trekking at its best. A further unexpected highlight for me were the walks behind the torrential waterfalls at Caimina..........magnificent and un-matched elsewhere.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Elka is a one-off. Her undoubted strengths are her ability to laugh her way through any adverse circumstance and make the best of what ever happens. Any misfortune is countered by a tale of a far worse circumstance that we had yet to or didn't encounter. She was up at the crack of dawn and last to bed - always turning her hand to something to help out (especially on the Roraima trek). The economic circumstances in Venezuela are dire and her sympathy with its people to make ends meet was evident and touching. A guide with some real charm.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Don't change money at airport - you get 4 times the official rate on the blackmarket - which the hotel/guide will sort out. 100 USD is equivalent to 2.1kg of notes, which you carry in your hand luggage! You will get bitten - prepare to do your utmost to limit attack - bring a mosquito net and 100% deet. Travel as light as possible and wash stuff as you go...........no more than 10kg rucksack plus 5 kg hand luggage. I carried everything the whole way..............and I'm 67...... so it is not too hard.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Angel Falls is one of the 2003 BBC's list of '50 Places to see before your Die' - this was my 46th, and probably the hardest to get to remote wise.................but truly one of the best. Our group was fortunate to have it to ourselves (the Germans and Americans have given the visit up) in spate and in sunshine - surely the two weeks travel in and out were more than worth it.
  • Reviewed October 2015
    Larry Meyers
    It is all about the scenery. It starts with the Great Plains and the trek up Roraima Tepuy. It ends in Canaima with its lush tropical forests and the most amazing waterfalls.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Constantly looking back over the Great Plains as we worked our way up Roraima. At the end feeling like you were on top of the world.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Never have I seen a group leader put through all the challenges Elke had to deal with. It started on Day 2 with a nonviolent protest that blocked the highway followed later by a violent rainstorm that knocked down trees in multiple areas and thus blocking the highway. At the end of a twenty hour day she managed to have a hot meal waiting for us at our lodging. Throw in lack of cell phone coverage, a delayed flight, dealing with thefts of travelers personal items and various other normal Venezuela issues and well, we had one amazing group leader. She maintained her humor and professionalism and constantly adapted our trip to minimize the hiccups that occurred.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Start by reading Richard Lowry's August 2015 Trip Notes on this topic. Money matters--at the hotel you are advised not to exchange more than $50 US to start with. The exchange rate throughout the trip was 500-600 Bolivars to the $1 US. If you hire a porter from Roraima the cost is 36,000 Bolivars. You will have bundles of 50 & 100 Bolivar notes to deal with so be prepared to carry them. You need US$ to pay for the "optional flight over Angel Falls" ($80 US) and for tipping the group leader. Bolivar currency is used for the remainder of your expenses. ( $50 & $20 US notes are all you need to bring). Note airport taxes combined were 320 Bolivars, bottle water as little as 100 Bolivars, beer 200-600 Bolivars, soda 300 Bolivars and a nice meal 1500-2000 Bolivars. The trekking staff is tipped 10,000 Bolivars. The porters work hard and the money means a lot to them. For that reason I would hire (you can share one as well) to carry your heavy gear--you will enjoy the trek more and help the local economy. Trekking. For bugs use 100% deet or wear long pants and long sleeved shirts starting with first day of Roraima trek. Suggest treating all clothes with Pemethrin before the trip--it really works. Hiking poles if you are use to them but not necessary especially going up and down steep part of Roraima where you will need your hands especially if wet. A rain jacket for sure. Ponchos will only work at certain times--not good for brush or where you need to see your feet. An umbrella can be handy. 10kg limit only applies on the Cessena flights. The planes are commercial flights and carry 5 passengers plus pilot and your gear. So weight could be an issue if all seats are filled with passengers and some heavy bags. You have an option of leaving a bag at your hotel on Day 1, also at Santa Elena prior to starting the Roraima Trek. Several travelers did not received their checked baggage until after the Roraima Trek--suggest packing your carry on with essentials.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    The Roraima Trek is very basic camping with few luxuries. All groups use the same camping sites going up and down. Canaima seems like a resort paradise after trekking. Venezuela is a troubled country. You may not be able to purchase certain food or drink items as you progress through the trip. Leave valuables at home. Pack lightly. Exchange rates quoted above will be close enough for the Nov '15 departure. For those departing in 2016 do your own research about money and safety. Finally, go with the flow and enjoy the amazing sights.
  • Reviewed August 2015
    Richard Lowry
    Superb scenery. Amazing trek up Roraima Tepuy; tough wild camping (expect the unexpected!); Oh and WOW- Angel Falls! Research this trip fully and in particular the country's exchange rates.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Breathtaking views from Kukenan window on Roraima Tepuy. Angel Falls was spectacular- I soon forgot I had been woken up at 4am when I reached the viewing area. Then swimming at the base of Angel Falls topped it all off!

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Elke did amazingly well considering it was Venezuela. It felt a bit disorganised at the start- she rambled a bit. She made it clear this would be her last trip and it felt as if we were just another group, here we go again. BUT, during the trip her passion for Roraima soon masked these feelings. I do think though that for her age, she did amazingly well, to cope with all the stresses caused by such external factors- namely a very unstable country!

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Venezuela 'time'- be prepared to be open minded and flexible! The trip notes were very inaccurate and need urgent review. Venezuela is very unstable- locals are queuing for food, fuel etc They have elections soon so things could get worse and more dangerous. The main issue is the cost/exchange rates- these are always changing but are nothing like on the trip notes. The strict weight allowance of 10kg was not actually a concern either. This is now my second experience of Exodus not being given uptodate information from its local tour operator and therefore not passing on relevant uptodate information to its customers. I would fully research this trip beforehand. I would advise taking a small fold up foam mat to sit on as 2 campsites we used had no seats/benches for eating- we made use of rocks, cliff walls or stood! This will also help on the river trip- tight seating was very uncomfortable for 3 hours+. 2 boats would have allowed one person per seat on the boat and a much more pleasant journey. Beware of sand flies- cover up and use plenty of 100% deet. Many of the group were bitten badly especially when crossing the rivers by foot (oh, and the use of socks definetely works!).

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    I think Exodus should provide a larger plane for the 3rd domestic return flight to guarantee everyone travels together; less waiting around for 3 Cessnas to arrive plus it is surely more energy efficient/sustainable to use 1 plane rather than 3. Exodus needs to ensure there are seats at all national park campsites and bring more/better tarpaulins to cover the shelters as we had a shelter with many holes which then became very wet.
  • Reviewed August 2015
    Shaun Claridge
    It was my birthday on the 13th August, it started at 4am with the local guide turning on the generator and the two lights came on to illuminate 14 swinging hammocks; some slept well some didn’t. We’d gone to bed at about 8pm listening to the downpour of rain and the lightening show, we had all hoped for this, to fuel the waterfall. We started with coffee and cake and at 4:30am we were off. We crossed the river and the walk began step by step over black roots, pink stones and orange water pools. The humidity hit several in the group as we gradually climbed, sweet dripping, but the goal was deep in our minds. And then all of a sudden a break in the trees and we got our first view of the Angel Falls. Blue sky and wispy clouds above, and below the falls waters full, crashing down to spray into a perfect rainbow as the early morning light hit the pink and orange cliff face. Perfect, we all stopped for a second and gazed in amazement, silence. We then swapped cameras and took the obligatory pictures before a further walk closer to the base and stripped to swimmers for a careful refreshing swim in the falls lower waterfall pool, strong currents but so refreshing. Then back to the camp for a real breakfast of eggs and corn breads. We then paired up and boarded the long boat for a 4hr return journey down the river and rapids, rain forest trees and Tepuy cliffs surrounding us, the sunny warming us up after every comical soaking as we moved through each rapid. The race was then on to get back to the hotel for a three course lunch of soup, fish and caramel custard. With full stomachs and hearts we separated to swim in the bay, sort bags, walk in the village, read, relax and have a hot shower. We re-joined for dinner and several of us went on to the local club in an open wooden shack with the seven waterfalls as a back drop to end the evening salsa dancing till midnight aided by a couple of rums!! This is one of my most memorable birthdays (or days) ever...

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The whole trip form start to finish! From the six day trek up Roraima Tepuy to that magical moment of seeing the Angel Falls for the first time

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Elke Wilken was the star of the trip, no problem was a problem unsolvable!

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Take one set of old socks for walking the rivers, take long trousers and long sleeved tops to stop getting fly bites; and even take a thin scarf to protect your face on the evenings. Pack really light. Washing kit for on Roraima Tepuy only needs to be wet wipes as you wash in the streams/rivers. Take a thermal rest sleep matrass as the camp site surfaces are the worst you'll ever experience. Take antihistamine tablets, enough for at least two per day; the flies will get you! Consider taking a very thin pair of gloves to protect your hands from the sun, and use for the cold evening on top of Roraima. Some people took a small foot square sit mat which is useful. I consider poncho's better than a coat due to humidity and this can also cover your back pack. Not sure it's worth taking water proof trousers. Take clothing that can dry quickly; one minute it's wet and the next it's sunny. Strange but I take a plastic coat hanger, which is useful to dry your shirt.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    This trip is not for the faint hearted, I think everyone in the group hit a low at some point, tears from both girls and boys. But this trip also has some of the highest highs you'll ever have. If you're reading this, go for it!!
  • Reviewed September 2014
    Clive Perceval
    A challenging but rewarding trip

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Bathing in the pool at the foot of Angel falls. The top of the falls was clouded in mist & cloud but then there was a break in the cloud, the sun shone through and we looked up almost 1 kilometer to the top of the tallest falls in the world.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Very good and supportive of the whole group

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Take food........the food provided was often poor and repetetive
  • Reviewed December 2013
    Anonymous
    If this trip is not on every trekkers "bucket list" it should be! One should not compare trips but for me Kala Pattar and Kilimanjaro were "cake" Roraima (not to be missed) was the "icing"!

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    After leaving the last basecamp for the climb up to the top of Roraima and standing on the summit. It was not an easy "walk up" nor was it a technical climb. Nevertheless I felt as if I had "earned" that feeling of triump on the top!  Definitly a "Feel More Alive" moment" of my life! The summit plateau was the most mystical, magical place I have ever seen. A constatnly changing "light show", fog, mist, sometimes sun, revealed more mysteries than we had time to explore. There seemed to be a primal energy that could only be felt. 

    What did you think of your group leader?

    I greatly appreicated and enjoyed her relaxed but efficient leadership style.  She has lived in Venezuela for 35 year and it was apparent that she had a genuine joy, love and knowledge of the area we traveled.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    I would recommend hiking hills for conditioning and be sure your hiking boots are well broken in before this trek. Hiking poles could be useful crossing the two rivers but not so on the actual steep climb and descent. I did find it useful to have a piece of thin foam or similar materail to sit on for meals.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    I brought too many "power bars" and dried food. The food served was always more than enough. I love food and the meals prepared by our porters and leader were generous and tasty, something to look forward to  3 times a day.  A special treat once down form the 5 day trek was a wonderful buffet lunch brought from Santa Elena, the closest town. I could not help but notice that other tourists in the vicinity glancing our way had "Exodus Envy"!Thanks Exodus for an unforgettable experience and memories.
  • Reviewed August 2013
    Anonymous
    Beyond my expectation! First time travelling with Exodus. Packed in so much and really felt like you were getting a look at the culture and not the tourist surface. Mt. Roraima was a great achievement, the views on the top out of this world, and Angel Falls spectacular.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Our day atop Roraima, it poured with rain and we were stuck in it. By the time we got back to camp we were all drenched and out of dry socks. However, the sky started to clear and Elke made us go back to the viewpoint. When we arrived the clouds cleared and the rainforest stretched out before us. The fantastic views made it all worth the effort. We had a beautiful sunset and sat watching the stars. We were so glad that Elke made us go back out, it turned the day around.

    What did you think of your group leader?

     Guide was fantastic and had a palpable adoration for Mt Roraima and the rainforest. Elke took everything in her stride, like getting stuck in a protest for 12 hours on a bus, and looked after us.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    The climb up to Roraima is tough and requires the use of your hands, however, the summit is definitely worth it. If you want to see Angel Falls at it's most spectacular then be sure to go in the wet season! But accept that you will get drenched, re-waterproof your boots and bring plenty socks! Venezuela can be a bit temperamental, for example, the protest I mentioned, where we were stuck for 12 hours, however, our guide and driver were brilliant and eventually we got to our destination. You just have to take it in your stride and listen to your guide. But if you live by strict deadlines and can't handle a slight change in itinerary then maybe re-think your destination. Make sure you have plenty water purification tablets, although you can buy some whilst you are there. Speaking as someone who got a pretty nasty upset stomach one night, I would advise taking some re-hydration sachets and plenty Imodium. Lastly, just be aware what you are signing up for, you will not have access to a shower, you will bathe in the river, you will have a toilet tent and the climb up Roraima could make you think 'What am I doing!', maybe, maybe not, however, if you're willing to do this, it is absolutely worth it. Just be aware that if you don't like camping and cannot go three days without a shower, then this may not be for you.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    I will definitely use Exodus again, that says it all.
  • Reviewed January 2013
    Anonymous
    I would highly recommend this for someone considering something a little bit off the beaten trail.  There is a fair bit of travelling involved, but being able to walk in such spectacular scenery without being swamped by hordes of other travellers definitely makes it worthwhile. I also quite liked the fact that there is more to the trip than just the trek - a few days exploring Canaima and travelling up river to Angel Falls made it seem like a few holidays rolled into one.  The guide and support crew were all fantastic and - along with my fellow travellers - helped make the trip.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Peeking my head over the edge of Roaima mountain - a sheer kilometre drop which is not for the faint hearted.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Both our group leader and the other support staff were great.  I was initially quite surprised that we didn't have a local Venezuelen tour leader, but Elke has lived there for thirty years which means she knows the place like a local but can also have a bit of distance to discuss the objectively.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    The trip notes don't include any reference to water purification tablets so we ended up scrambling around to find some at the airport.  There is plenty of fresh waterfall water if you want to risk it (which many of us did - with mixed digestive results) and the guide does have a central store, but having your own would give you a bit more flexibility in terms of grabbing some top-ups along the way. 

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Go for it - well worth the trip!

Dates & Prices

An overview of flight options

Exodus is committed to making joining our tours as easy as possible, wherever you live. We generally only block book seats from London, but this certainly does not mean that you need to fly from there. Depending on the route and airlines available, there will usually be various options available for those who want to fly from their local airport.

This page aims to provide a useful overview of the options available to our clients. However, the best flight arrangements should be tailored to your personal requirements, so please contact our Sales team for expert advice.

 

What kind of options do I have ?

1. We can book for you: Flights from anywhere in the world - not via London  

Depending on the route, this may be direct or via an overseas hub like Amsterdam, the Middle East or elsewhere. On short haul routes there may be direct flights with low cost airlines, charter flights or scheduled airlines. Exodus can book most, but not all, of these for you. The most appropriate airline may be different to that which we use for the group flight from London, but many people now travel on different airlines and meet up with their fellow passengers at the destination.

Pros Cons
  • May be the most direct route
  • Often the extra fare compared to the London flight is minimal.
  • As you will be in the hands a single airline for your entire journey, the airline will be responsible for your bags and your connections.
  • You may not be able to join the group transfers. However, we can usually arrange private transfers, or book your flights to try and coincide with the group transfers. See notes on transfer arrangements below.

 

2. We can book for you: Connecting flights from your local airport to London

Exodus can book connecting flights to London so you can join the group flight there. Connecting times will be followed according to airline advice, or as requested by clients. There are two types of fares we can use for this option: a 'through-fare' or a 'published fare'.
 
a) A 'through-fare' is where you will be in the main airline's care throughout. You change planes, but your bags are checked all the way through to your final destination. 

b) A 'published fare' ticket is completely seperate from your onward ticket from London. It is usually cheaper than a through-fare but will need to be paid for and issued as soon as it is booked. This can be a problem if your tour has not yet reached minimum numbers. On 'published fares' neither airline is aware that you have connecting flights, so Exodus is responsible for timing your connection, not the airlines involved. The tickets are also usually non changeable and non refundable.

Pros Cons
  • Depending on the fare type, Exodus or the airline is responsible for flight connections.
  • Through fare tickets can be expensive.
  • On a published fare, tickets must be issued immediately; tickets on published fares can be very difficult to change if onward flight times change; bags are not checked though to your final destination.
  • Published fares are non-refundable.

 

3. Booking some or all of the flights yourself

You can also book connecting air travel yourself, either to London, or all the way to the start point. There may be certain airlines or routes we don't have access to, so this is always an option. However, if you make your own travel arrangements you become liable for any delays, cancellations or missed connections, and Exodus is not required to offer refunds if you have trouble reaching the start of your trip.

Pros Cons
  • You might find cheaper fares, or routes not available to Exodus.
  • You are responsible for any delays or missed connections, and the cost of the tour is not protected should you miss your flight be cancelled.

 

 Notes on transfer arrangements

Sometimes it is possible to travel on a different airline to the group flight from London. Where this is the case, we need to think about ensuring you meet up with the group with minimum extra cost and hassle.

  • On certain trips, it is easy to arrive on a different flight and still meet the group at the hotel with time in hand. We can usually arrange private transfers (at extra cost) or offer advice on taking a taxi to the start hotel.
  • On other trips (especially in Europe), the transfer meets the group flight and then travels some distance to the first night's accommodation. Where this is the case, our Sales team will try to arrange flights that arrive before (and depart after) the group. However, we do have to make it clear in your final documentation that if your flights are delayed, the transfer cannot wait for you. While Exodus or our local operators will do what we can to help you reach the start point of the tour, any additional costs must be paid by the client. 

 

Next steps? 

Call our Sales team on: 0203 733 0698

Email your query: [email protected]

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