Humboldt Route Expedition
During this expedition we will be travelling up the Orinoco River, leaving from Samariapo port just before the start of the Maipures Rapids. We will sail upriver stopping at the riverside villages and overnighting in some of them; we will sleep in hammocks in the village huts. Throughout the journey we will point out all the river’s tributaries and the guides will highlight the region’s particular characteristics and points of interest and share their general knowledge of the route.
We will only sail during daylight hours and we will endeavour to break the journey by interspersing it with various activities and visits; there will be time to explore smaller rivers, to go fishing and to observe life on the riverbanks up close.
The main appeal of the Amazon lies in its unspoilt nature which can be found in its particular range of ecosystems. The savannah and jungle, the numerous rivers with their dark, clear water and the extraordinary rock formations, eroded over millions of years, all bring the vast plains alive.
Several indigenous groups and communities live in these various environments. They are classified into five large family groups: Yanomami, Guahibo, Piaroa Ye’kwana or Maquiritare and Arawak. More detailed information about these groups can be found in the town’s Ethnological Museum.
Day 1: Arrival at the International Airport. One of our representatives will transfer you to a hotel for overnight.
Day 2: Transfer to the airport for the morning flight to Puerto Ayacucho. Transfer to the city where you will meet the guide and crew. Visit the ethnology museum and the native market. Accommodation will be provided in a hotel in the city, in double rooms.
Day 3: 0800hrs transfer to Puerto de Samariapo (1 hour by jeep) where your journey along the Orinoco River begins. We will visit Ratón Island, San Fernando de Atabapo and then spend the nightin hammocks. B/L/D.
Day 4: Our boat trip along the Orinoco continues; we’ll visit the Environmental Ministry (C.V.G.) station in Trapichote where we’ll observe natural rubber plants. Then we’ll visit Santa Barbara and the mouth of the Ventuari River. The night will be spent in hammocks. B/L/D.
Day 5: We continue cruising along the Orinoco from where we can enjoy views of Yapacana hill. Visit the national park and learn about the illegal extraction of gold and then pay a visit to the Carida community. The night will be spent in hammocks. B/L/D.
Day 6: We sail to the Yanomami village of Cejal and visit the Tamatama mission. The night will be spent in hammocks. B/L/D.
Day 7: We continue by boat to La Esmeralda, where we’ll visit the Humboldt Research Center, before continuing to the Casiquiare tributary. The night will be spent in hammocks. B/L/D.
Day 8: Today we explore the area around Casiquiare and visit the Yanomami village of Coromoto. The night will be spent in hammocks. B/L/D.
Day 9: Cruise and explore the Siapa River. The night will be spent in hammocks. B/L/D.
Day 10: Sail to the Río Negro (Black River). The night will be spent in hammocks. B/L/D.
Day 11: Visit San Carlos, located on the riverbank (Río Negro), and a Colombian village. The night will be spent in hammocks. B/L/D.
Day 12: We sail to the Cocuy Rock, the triple border between Colombia, Brazil and Venezuela. The night will be spent in hammocks. B/L/D.
Day 13: Excursion to the area surrounding the Cocuy Rock and to a Brazilian village. The night will be spent in hammocks. B/L/D.
Day 14: We return to San Carlos by boat along the Río Negro. B/L.
Day 15: Transfer from the airport. From here on you have two options for the return journey: Return by plane and spend the rest of the day at leisure. OR Continue the journey back by boat with the crew and the food supplies for five more days until we arrive at Samariapo. The journey is pretty much non-stop, but short visits can be arranged and we spend the night wherever we find ourselves at nightfall. 19th Day: Arrival at Samariapo; transfer to Puerto Ayacucho.