Merida, Andes & Llanos

5 Nights / 6 Days

Day 1 Caracas

Arrive Caracas. You will be met on arrival and transferred to your hotel near the airport

Day 2 Merida

Transfer to the airport and fly to Merida in the heart of the Venezuelan Andes. On arrival transfer to your comfortable Pousada .

Time to explore the town this afternoon

Day 3 Merida –Los Andes (B,L)

We will explore the Paramo region of the higher Andes. We will visit the Andean villages of Tabay, Mucuruba and Mucuchies (where a special type of large and fluffy mountain dogs is bred). We reach Laguna Mucubaji, from where we hike for 2 hours to Laguna Negra, a beautiful glacial lagoon at 3000 meters, whose dark waters mirror the surrounding landscape. We will visit the biological station of Mifafi, working to protect the endangered Frontino Bear, and to reintroduce the Condor to the Venezuelan Andes. We will drive along Pico El Aguila, at 4100 meters, the highest mountain pass in the Venezuelan Andes, with spectacular views. Lunch en route. Arrival at Hotel Los Frailes.

Day 4 Los Andes – Llanos (B,D)

After breakfast we wind our way down to the Llanos, to Hato El Cedral

Hato El Cedral is a working cattle ranch, with the mission of protecting the spectacular wildlife of the Llanos.

Day 5   Llanos (B,L,D)

Morning and afternoon animal-watching excursions are done by open trucks, boat, or on foot. A true paradise for naturalists, birdwatchers and everybody who wants to discover nature from close up with the guidance of professional naturalist guides.

Day 6 Llanos – Caracas (B)

Return by car to Barinas and connect by air to Caracas. Arrangements terminate on arrival or you may extend your stay in Caracas

Dates & Prices:

Departures:  Daily

2014

Prices Per Person US$

                                                  3 Star                   4 Star               5 Star

Double/Twin                          $1220                   $1260               $1315

Single Supplement               $135                     $180                  $210

Inclusions: Accommodation in hotel category of your choice – all rooms with private facilities , local service charges & hotel taxes, transfers and tours as specified in the itinerary on a seat in coach basis with local English speaking guides, breakfast daily plus other meals as specified in the itinerary.

Exclusions:  Airfares,items of a personal nature, tips and gratuities, airport taxes, excess baggage charges, meals not specified in itinerary.

Airport tax for domestic flights (approx. $ 8 per flight); International departure tax (approx. US$ 38);

Airfares:  We can provide a separate quotation for the applicable airfares in conjunction with this package