Caura River Tour
The Caura river region has kept its original caracter till now, because only a few tourists are visiting this beautiful area. The lodge is situated in the middle of the rain forest, directly at Caura river front.
From the lodge we start a boat trip to Salto Para, an extraordinary waterfull surrounded by virgin rain forest. Accompained by the Ye´kwana indigenous we learn a lot about their habits and the peculiarity of the rain forest.
At the Caura Lodge the visitor can choose between hammocks and double rooms with private bathrooms. During our three days trip to the waterfalls we sleep in hammocks with mosquito nets.
Discover the Caura River
200 years ago more than 2000 people were attracted by the virgin forest of the Caura river and the Sarapia-fruit growing there. The Sarapia, a sort of nut-fruit, was valuable for medicine and perfume industries because of its oil.
Huge granit rocks prevented paddle-wheel-boats to push forward on the Caura into the untouched forests. Where the first rocks bared the way of those ships the “Sarrapia-Searchers” settled down. The natural trench presented by rocks gave “Las Trincheras” its name. The Caura river has been the only “street” with a connection to the civilization. A partly paved dirt-road leads through a dense jungle to Las Trincheras. Today the amount of residents settled at about 80-100. Because of the oil-boom a lot of them left for cities.
Today the “Trinchereños” live by fishing and their “conucos” (small fields made by fire-clearing) or by our lodge.
Cooperating with the local residents we offer a jungle-tour to the “Para Falls” using an Indian canoe on the Caura. With its rapids and scattered rocks from the former Guyana-shield the river offers an exciting trip. With a little luck we will be accompanied by river dolphins “toninas”, turtles, otters, a lot of birds like herons, kingfishers, the seldom hoatzin, parrots, macaws, hawks, flycatchers, tanagers and if you have good luck you can see the Harpy Eagle.
Our small lodge is situated at the edge of the village, directly at the Caura river. The terrace with view over the bizarre landscape of rocks, is the center for almost every event taking place here like breakfast, dinner or just relaxing. Fishing, bathing or exploring the river with a kayak are just some possibilities to spend the day. Additionally, we offer daily excursions to an island of granite-rock in the Caura river, to the “La Leona Falls” in the Sierra de Maigualida and animal observations in the “Caño Mato”.
A colonial-style house, run by our hostesses, invites us with a big kitchen, living-room and two bathrooms. The cock spoils his guests with a delicious kitchen. We sleep beneath palm covered Indian huts using hammocks, accompanied by the sounds of the rain forest. The one who likes it more confortable can stay in double rooms with private bath.
You are warmly welcome to meet this paradise on earth.
Day 1: Flight from Maiquetia, Caracas to Ciudad Bolivar. Drive from Ciudad Bolivar (Bolivar state) to the Caura Lodge at the River. Hammocks or double room and private bath. (Dinner).
Day 2: 5 – 6 hours passage in an Indian canoe called “bongo” to a sandbank “El Playon” at the rapids of Caura river. Hammocks. (Breakfast, lunch and dinner).
Day 3: Jungle – hiking to the “Para Falls”. Hammocks. (Breakfast, lunch and dinner).
Day 4: Return to Caura Lodge. Hammocks or double room and private bath. (Breakfast, lunch and dinner).
Day 5: Breakfast. Drive to Ciudad Bolivar and take the flight to Caracas.
About the Caura:
The Caura is the third largest river in Venezela with some 723 kilometers of longitude, and it is one of the principal tributaries of the Orinoco. The Orinoco, of course, is the largest river of Venezuela as well as the third longest in the world. The headwaters of the Caura are protected by a 5,000,00 hectare forest reserve, the largest forest reserve in the country. These are still primary, untouched forests. One of the major attractions of this river are the spectacular Para Falls, where the river divides into seven torrents. During the rainy season the volume of water over the Para surpasses that of Victoria Falls in Africa as well as the no less famous falls of Iguazú in Brazil. This is the area of the Ye´kwana or Makiritare indigenous peoples. Makiritare in their language means “man of the river.”
Posada La Fe – Corozopando
Posada La Fe – Corozopando is located in Guarico State, on the main road from Calabozo to San Fernando de Apure. The Posada is part of the Hato San Juan de Corozopando, with an extension of 1,070 hectares for agricultural, cattle ranch activities and nature conservancy. Its natural attractive include a beautiful Caño (branch of a river), for enjoying outings in boat during 9 months of the year, gallery forests, morichals (outcroppings of Moriche Palm) and dunes, covered with grass, where the visitors can enjoy a great variety of birds and nature splendor of the Llanos.
The central plains of Venezuela are known as Los Llanos. In this vast land of the most pronunced contrasts you will know a great variety of flora and fauna. More than 300 species of birds have been identified: ducks, storks, ibis, herons, hoatzin, parrots, hawks, eagles, kingfishers, woodpeckers and much more (list available upon prior request); and other species such as monkeys, anteaters, foxes, capybaras, caimans, etc. There are many natural attractives in the Posada boundaries, such as an outstanding Private Wild Life Reserve and Biological Station “Hato Masaguaral”, where a conservation project to preserve the local alligator, the Orinoco´s Caiman, have been developed
The facilities were design and built in a traditional Ranch Style and adapted to the natural surroundings. (capacity 10 – 14 persons). The excursions are in 4X4 vehicle, boat or horseback.