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This is a small group guided holiday. The group is usually between 4 and 16 in size, with an average of 12 like-minded clients booking individually, in a couple or as friends together.
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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.
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!
Elke........Fantastic and exceptional.
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.
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.....
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.
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
Elke managed the perennial problems of travel in Venezuela well.
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).
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
You walk for a couple of days across gently rolling hills, and ford a couple of shallow rivers before arriving at the base of Roraima. These 2 days are easy, it can get hot but the walking itself is fine. The day up to the top of the tepuy is the most strenuous.
The first few hours are through rainforest and jungle, until you emerge about halfway up on a wide ledge for a breather. From here, you follow a (wide) trail along the side of the cliff, and it can be rocky underfoot in places. The final push is a bit of a scramble over a small boulder field, under a very light waterfall (more mist than water!) until you pop out on the top.
The route back is the same, just in reverse.
Tim Fearn - Product Manager
It can get hot and sweaty here at times, so lightweight cotton (or quick-drying fabrics) is best as a starting point! Long sleeved shirts and trousers will help prevent mosquito bites, especially in the evenings when they could be buzzing around. You should also take a jacket and/or sweater for evenings, as it will cool down. Essential kit includes some sunglasses and a sunhat, along with good sunscreen. A lightweight waterproof jacket or rain poncho is optional, as you can get some tropical rain here now and again!
Karol Rogacki - Americas Operations
This is only a recommendation, but you should try and pack as light as possible for this trip. The main problem are the internal Cessna flights, as they are very small aircraft and luggage is very restricted. The exact arrangements can change from trip to trip, depending on what weight luggage people have taken.
There is no hold in the airplanes, it all travels in the back with you, and if there is too much, then it either has to be sent by road or an extra airplane seat has to be bought to balance the weight. If this cost is split between the group, it's not too bad but you should realistically allow $100 for this. It's expected that most people will be over 10kg to some extent, but you should try and be as little over as possible.
Brendan Phelan - Customer Operations
Yes, taking a mix of dollar denominations is the best idea for this trip. Taking cash is fine, as long you exercise the same degree of common sense you would at home. The leader will best advise you on changing it once you arrive. ATMs are becoming more common but you shouldn't rely on them 100%, in case there are any problems.
Brendan Phelan - Customer Operations
Because of the distances involved, and the road conditions, some drives can feel long. However, there are ample opportunities to stop so you can grab something to eat or use the toilet. A long lunch stop is also within the itinerary, so you should have plenty of chances to stretch your legs!.
Karol Rogacki - Customer Operations
Some bug spray is definitely a must, as the nights in the jungle will attract all manner of insects! You do have mosquito nets over the hammocks, but it's wise to cover ankles and arms morning and evening.
Brendan Phelan - Customer Operations
Most clients are eligible to travel via the US under the US Visa Waiver Programme, however to do this you must register for an ETA (Electronic Travel Authority). This must be done prior to departure - more details can be found at www.exodus.co.uk/usvisa.
Rebecca Caldicott - Customer Operations
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