Why this trip ?
Kill two birds with one stone by following in the footsteps of Alexander Humboldt and visiting two incredible natural national parks in Colombia in one tour. Ecotourism plus ethnotourism, a crazy cocktail for those who want to live an exceptional adventure with memorable cultural exchanges.
For a better respect of the communities and the environment, some recommendations are to be taken into account, we will be happy to inform you on the subject.
Highlights of this Trip
Tuparro, the vast green savannah with its 320 species of birds, many of which are associated with water bodies.
Three huge rocks, called Mavicure, Mono and Pajarito that serve as an impressive viewpoint over the jungles of Guainía.
Cultural immersion in indigenous communities of the region.
Day by day
Welcome at Cesar Gaviria airport, lunch and transfer to the port. Then we travel by boat for two hours up the Inírida River to the Mavicure Hills, rocky outcrops that are part of the Guiana Shield and are sacred sites for several ethnic groups in the region such as the Puinaves, as they are home to several culturally important plant species. Here we find the indigenous community of El Remanso, where we set up our base camp and have dinner. Before going to bed, we receive all the recommendations for the next day’s activities.
Mavecure – El Remanso Community
Depending on the weather conditions of the day, we visit Cerro Mavecure, if it rains the lichen on the rock makes it very slippery and prevents climbing. If it is not possible to climb this hill, the activity will be postponed to the next day and in exchange we do other activities with the inhabitants of the community, such as walking in the savannah to admire the Inírida flower or visiting and bathing in the Caño San Joaquín, whose characteristic red colour is due to the tannin in the leaves of the trees. In the late afternoon we return to the camp for dinner and rest.
Cerro de Mavecure – River Star
After breakfast, depending on the activities carried out the day before and following the indications of the local guides of the indigenous community of El Remanso, we move through the Amazonian savannah to see the Inírida flower. Then we sail along the Inírida River to the Estrella River (Ramsar site) located at the mouth of the Guaviare River on the Orinoco River, here we stay in the Moru Nature Reserve, after settling in we have lunch and in the afternoon we can enjoy the beautiful white sandy beaches of the Atabapo River where we will take a refreshing bath in its tannic waters. At the end of the afternoon, already settled in the reserve, we have dinner and rest.
Moru Reserve – Mataven Jungle
We have breakfast and then hike through the Moru Reserve to the Laguna de la Nutria. We then return to the lodge to collect our luggage and continue our journey along the Orinoco River to the Mataven jungle, where we settle in Sarrapia, an indigenous Puinave community. After lunch and following the directions of our hosts, we will navigate the Fruta channel to the mouth of Mataven, where we will climb the Mataveni hill to appreciate the immensity of the jungle and the savannah of the Altillanura. We will be able to canoe down the Fruta channel to enjoy the scenery and see the dolphins in the river. We return to the community for dinner.
Mataven – Tuparro
After breakfast, we leave the Mataven jungle and continue our journey along the Orinoco River to the Maipures rapids, a journey of about three hours. Arriving at the mouth of the Tuparro River, we set up camp on the island of Pedro Camejo. Once settled, we have lunch and in the afternoon we visit the impressive Maipures Creek, catalogued by the explorer and naturalist Alexander von Humboldt as the eighth wonder of the world. Dinner and rest.
Tuparro National Nature Park
After breakfast, we start the journey along the Orinoco and Tuparro rivers to the indigenous community of Sikuani Raudalito Caño Lapa. Here we can observe the process of elaboration of the manioc, the mañoco, and appreciate the churuatas that are built with wood and palm. Finally, we visit the Caño Lapa waterfall to take a refreshing bath in its beautiful crystal clear waters. In the afternoon we climb the Cerro del Guahibo to enjoy the beautiful landscape of the savannah.
Tuparro – Puerto Carreño
We have breakfast and begin our journey along the Orinoco River to Puerto Carreño, passing through the Raudales de Atures. The visit is by boat, but when we reach the area of the rapids, we take a walk to see the petroglyphs, enjoy the scenery and take a swim at Playa Mar. Then we continue to Cazuarito towards Puerto Carreño in a 4×4 truck to enjoy the beauty of the landscape given by the savannahs and hills. We settle down at the hotel for dinner and rest.
End of the adventure
We leave from the pier in Puerto Carreño to observe river dolphins (Inia geoffrensis) at the mouth of the Rio Meta on the Orinoco. Later we will visit the mouth of the Bita River, which is a Ramsar site and the subject of research programs for its high level of biodiversity and conservation. Afterward, we visit the Bojonawi Nature Reserve to see the Laguna El Pañuelo and appreciate various species of wildlife. At noon we return to the hotel to pack our bags and transfer to Germán Olano airport for our return to Bogotá city.
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