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Beautiful and amazing experience!

You have to hike a good bit too get there but it is worth it too see the Angel Falls close up and... read more

Reviewed 25 November 2016
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Incredible place not many people see!

It's in a very remote area but it's so worth the trip, especially during the wet season! From... read more

Reviewed 11 November 2016
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Reviewed 25 November 2016 via mobile

You have to hike a good bit too get there but it is worth it too see the Angel Falls close up and to swim there! Make sure you have a tour booked that will bring you there!

Date of experience: November 2016
1  Thank sofiag176
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Reviewed 11 November 2016

It's in a very remote area but it's so worth the trip, especially during the wet season!

From canaima (which itself is a nice place), it's 4 hours canoe up stream and then an hours walk into the rain forest! Some time to see the falls and swim in the pool at the base of it before heading back.

We spent a night in a camp near the falls which could be seen in the morning through the trees. Lovely views and experience!

Don't be put off by the terrible state of Venezuela, be clever and don't get into trouble near Caracas, we stayed outside in Macuto and near the airport which is way outside the city. The countryside of Canaima is perfectly safe!

Date of experience: November 2016
2  Thank Chris8111
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Reviewed 18 August 2016

Tours of Angel Falls are Brilliant! they include a tour of Canaima Lagoon and a visit to Sapo falls which you get to walk behind! wow is all I can say. This is the very best Venezuela has to offer- it is fantastic, and in summer 2016, you get unspoiled views as tourists are not visiting in large numbers. Just go! before the rest of the world wakes up to what they are missing. June-August=wet season so more water - and you are there to see a waterfall, so if you can do it during that time, you will be happy.

Safety: Canaima is isolated and therefore relatively safe, but take usual precautions to take care of yourself and your property.

Phone/WIFI: hahaha forget it, enjoy the downtime.

People: really nice, very friendly and helpful.

Tipping: Remember to tip your guides and hotel staff, it means so much, and costs you very little. 10,000 bolivars in July 2016 was about $10 USD.

Agencies: I went with HIKE VENEZUELA. The Tour was well organised by their agents Kavac Tours and everything went smoothly. Hike Venezuela offered a good value tour and payment was easy via paypal or bank transfer. I found them to be trust worthy and responsive. I would recommend using them. Other agencies include Osprey tours and Waku Lodge Tours (the most upscale, but with flights to Canaima park from Puerto Ordaz, using large but still small planes and reducing transfers and therefore time out of your holiday). All are well reviewed, WAKU Lodge offer direct flights and additional tours to Kavac (about a hour flight away, a canyon and waterfall).

Accommodation: I upgraded my accommodation in advance to get a hotel (called a camp) on the edge of the lagoon (called Venetor camp). it was worth the upgrade for the waterfall views and the beach outside and high quality food and service, but the basic accommodation is clean and well managed, the food was good etc. so fit your own budget.

Tours: Arrangements for the the tours were excellent. The guides spoke English and Spanish. Itineraries and what you would need for the different parts of the tours was always explained clearly in advance. Would recommend tours in this order:
1. Canaima Lagoon and Sapo Falls tour (day 1- an afternoon tour 2-6pm) and
2. Angel Falls tour (start day 2- 8.30am all day and night, day 3 7am-1pm), canoe, walk to falls, overnight in hammock.
if you are booking extra / have the time
3. Kavac Tour (day 3- 8.30-4pm).

Other options.
- Flight over Angel falls,
- Fflight over Kavac.
These are short, but a good option if you are short on time, or can't do the physical demands of the 3hrs in canoe walk to falls and hammocks over night and 1 hour hike up to the falls.

day 1
8am: Ciudad Bolivar airport to Canaima airport- 1 hour flight in 6 seater plane (an experience in itself...
10.30ish arrive in Canaima airport. Get off plane. go to the entrance hut at the side of the main building to pay park entrance (880 bolivars, which is around $1). They also check your flight ticket- keep this with your passport for the return.
10.30ish the guides are all at the tables in the main building go say hi. once everyone has arrived they take you to your accommodation and tell you about what happens next, what you need for your tour etc.
11am-2pm arrive at accommodation, unpack and get lunch
2pm-5.30/6pm sapo falls tour. bring water, camera in a waterproof bag, socks (to walk under the falls), swimwear, sunscreen and deet. you are collected. boat tour across canaima lagoon, 20 min walk, walk behind falls (omg), photos at side and top of waterfall, back under the falls (wow!) walk back to lagoon, boat back, return to accommodation. alternatively there is a bar on the beach at venetour camp - i recommend it to have a beer while watching the sunset on the lagoon and the falls. I don't know why they don't include this as part of the tour. Dinner at accommodation (seem to be all inclusive except alcohol).

Day 2
Eat breakfast
8.30am pick up- truck to motorised canoe, 3hr canoe trip to the camp (up river, starting at the top of yesterday's waterfall - not for the faint hearted)
12ish- arrive at the destination, view falls from canoe (ahhhhh), go into the camp to leave your stuff (the boat crew look after it) and have lunch.
2pm- cut across the river in the canoe, walk up to the falls. about 1 hour walk - 30 mins on flatish ground (between tree routes) and 30 minutes upwards on rocks and routes. It is fine, if you find it challenging take your time. Requires co-ordination more than anything.
3pm- arrive at viewing point to see the falls (wow). you are opposite the falls. The viewing point is close enough for the spray to hit you. in low season there is an opportunity to swim near them, but water was too high and fast when i went. stay for a hour or so. walk back down and back to camp.
5.30-7.30 arrive at camp, swim (maybe), wash and have dinner.lighting is by generator so it is only on for a short while.
8ish sleep in hammocks.
7am-8am wake breakfast
9am - back in the canoe- down river this time, return journey take just over 2 hours
12 noon - lunch
12.30ish - transfer to canaima airport (unless you are staying for additional days or additional tours. Arrange this in advance, note that the flights leave Canaima Airport to Ciudad Bolivar and Puerto Ordaz by 1/2pm. There are no evening flights, so if taking a whole day tour to Kavac, you may need to stay 2 extra nights or do Angel Falls in one day instead of overnight. The one day tour is doable, but quite tough going.

Did I mention you should go?


Date of experience: July 2016
3  Thank summer2016FTraveller
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Reviewed 18 May 2016 via mobile

Everyone needs to see this beautiful world wonder! We went with Kavac excursions - they were excellent! Very professional, great food and good accommodation in Canaima.
We did the usual 2 nights, where we got a boat trip to the camp near the falls and walked to the falls the next morning. It was so stunning! You could see the falls from camp and it is truly awe inspiring!
The walk is only 1 hour there and the falls are even more majestic close up - when you get to the site where the falls land, you suddenly realise how powerful they are.
This was a perfect time of year to go - enough rain so that we didn't have to push the boat and there was water at the falls (enough to be truly impressive) but not the rainy season so that you were constantly in rain and mist. It rained in the afternoons, which was fine because usually have seen the falls by then.
Take mosquito repellent and long sleeved clothes and trousers.

Date of experience: May 2016
Thank ellypilavachi
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Reviewed 6 January 2016 via mobile

The entire national park is stunning and the boat ride to the falls is incredible! Angel falls is well worth it! The boat ride itself is 5 hours long and it's tough on the body. You have to spend the night at an area just in front of the falls and then it's an hour or more trek up to the falls. But the moment you see it you are just left breath taken. Even before you get to the falls every single thing you look at makes you feel lucky to witness the journey on our amazing planet. El gran Auyantepuy where angel falls is will just knock your socks off!! All in all you have to rough it out a bit but oh boy I would do it all over again in a heartbeat!

Date of experience: January 2016
Thank sgummadi
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