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The Lost World
- Trip code VZ Walking and Trekking
Days 15
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Why book this trip?

On this pioneering adventure to Venezuela we travel deep into territory virtually unknown to the outside world. Canoeing to Canaima we discover the awe-inspiring Angel Falls - the world's tallest waterfall. We also trek to the table mountain of Roraima and marvel at the spectacular views of tropical forest and lush grassland, which inspired Arthur Conan Doyle's novel 'The Lost World'.

    • Included meals

      Breakfast: 14

      Lunch: 10

      Dinner: 9

    • Trip staff

      Explore Tour Leader(s)

      Boat Crew

      Driver(s)

      Porter(s)

    • Transport

      Bus

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      Accommodation

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      Walking grade:

      Challenging

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      Group Size:

      10 - 16

    Itinerary

    Itineraries on some departure dates may differ, please select the itinerary that you wish to explore.

    Trip information

    Country information
    Budgeting and packing

    Optional activities

    The following excursions and/or activities are usually available and may be arranged locally. Estimated costs are provided below for guidance only, are on a per person basis unless shown otherwise, and may depend on the number of participants. Prices quoted are correct as of the date these tour notes were originally issued but may change at any time due to currency fluctuations. Please note: These activities are booked and paid for direct with the supplier and do not form part of your Explore holiday contract.


    Kamarata - Kavak canyon and caves US$ 50.
    Canaima - Overflight of Angel Falls (during wet season) US$ 65.
    Chichirivichi - Snorkelling equipment US$ 12.

    Clothing

    Thick sweater/fleece jacket A thick sweater or fleece jacket is necessary as nights can be cold. Make sure that your waterproof jacket is loose enough to wear over your sweater or fleece.

    Socks It is best to wear a pair of liner socks under a pair of fairly thick loop stitch socks. This helps to protect your feet against blisters. Avoid nylon socks, they are abrasive, don't breathe well and can cause blisters.

    Waterproofs Breathable waterproofs made from material such as Goretex not only protects against rain and wind but also stops you from overheating. They \ breathe' and avoid condensation which you will experience from nylon waterproofs.

    Shorts Shorts can be very comfortable to walk in but you must carry long trousers with you in case you get either sunburned or cold and to protect against sand flies in the morning and early evening.

    Track suit Comfortable around camp and much more practical (and warmer) to sleep in than pyjamas.

    Long Trousers For everyday walking, light cotton trousers are the most suitable. These help protect from sunburn and the cold and also from sand flies. Jeans are not recommended as they are often difficult to walk in over longer distances and are cumbersome when wet.

    Swimming costume

    Footwear

    Trainers or Trekking sandals Useful around camp, in towns, when travelling and for river crossings on trek.

    Walking Boots Probably the trickiest part of all. We strongly recommend walking in good boots. Trainers, tennis shoes etc simply do not give the ankle support afforded by a decent pair of boots. Many people now trek in the lighter weight Goretex or leather boots. They have the advantage that they take little breaking in. The slightly heavier traditional leather walking boots are also good. Avoid the types often found in high street shoe shops which are simply cheap trainers with a higher canvas side sewn on - they give little support. Above all, your boots must be well broken in and comfortable. We do not recommend borrowing or renting boots. It is a good idea to carry your boots in your hand luggage on international flights or wear them - should your luggage be delayed, your well broken in boots are the one thing which will be irreplaceable.

    Luggage

    15Kg

    Luggage: On tour

    You will need 3 bags for this trip. Before starting the Roraima hike, there is plenty of time to re-sort luggage into what you need on trek and what can be left behind in Santa Elena . Advice on how to pack will also be given at the trek briefing. You will also need a rucksack - minimum capacity 50 litres. This needs to be large enough to carry everything you need (essentials only) on the Roraima hike - including your sleeping bag. You must be able to carry this yourself unless you wish to hire a porter. The rest of your luggage will be forwarded by road to the start of the river journey in Kamarata. Please also note that due to several river crossings during the trek - this bag will get wet, so remember to pack plastic bags (bin liners are ideal) to keep the contents dry!

    It is also suggested you bring a small rucksack/daypack - If you choose to hire a porter, you will not have access to your rucksack during the course of a trekking day. Therefore you will need a daypack that is large enough to carry items such as your water bottle, camera, sun cream, packed lunch etc. Camera equipment can be heavy so think carefully when deciding what to take. Other optional items might be binoculars, a diary or a book to read at lunch time.

    Equipment


    The following equipment is provided by Explore once you are on the trek:
    2-man tents.
    All cooking and kitchen gear.

    We ask you to bring:

    Trekking poles

    Sleeping Bag This may be down or synthetic, and should be 2/3-season. A cotton liner helps to keep your bag clean and can be used
    to sleep in if hot. 2 season (temperature 0°C to 5°C), 3 season (temperature -5°C to 0°C).

    Sleeping Mat or Thermarest A good quality sleeping mat or a thermarest is essential and is NOT available locally. Bring your own.

    Water Bottle Water during the hike must never be considered as drinkable. Take a 2 litre personal water bottle.

    Water Purifying Tablets. If you dislike the taste of sterilised water, it is a good idea to add some powdered fruit juice. Also energy snacks including chocolate and sweets are recommended whilst on trek.

    Sunglasses A good pair of sunglasses are essential for protection against UV rays and glare.

    Sun Hat, High Factor Sun Cream/Block and Lipsalve Choose a high factor suncream (Factor 15 or more) to protect your skin against the sun. A combination sunblock/ lipsalve is ideal for facial protection.

    Torch/Batteries A small torch is essential for finding things at night etc. Often a head torch is useful. Remember to bring some spare batteries.

    Travel Towel Useful - fast drying and compact.

    Toiletries Try to keep heavy cosmetics to a minimum. Essentials are toothbrush/paste, soap, small towel, toilet roll, small nail brush. 'Wet Wipes' are great for a quick clean up, so bring a pack of those (nonperfumed to avoid rashes). Due to the environmentally sensitive areas we visit, bio-degradable soap is recommended. Insect repellent is essential in the jungle though mosquito nets are provided. Bring 50-100% deet.

    Whilst full provision has been made for your trip our local representative in Venezuela is recommending that you bring a few personal items with you as a precaution due to current shortages in Venezuela. These include - toilet paper, tea and any necessary sanitary items that you might require. If you find that you don't use all or any of the items, we would recommend donating them to local communities who are in short supply.

    Tipping

    Local crew
    Although entirely voluntary, tipping is a recognised part of life in this region of the world. Some local staff will look to members of the group for personal recognition of particular services provided. Accordingly, you should allow US$ 70 for tipping.

    In order to make things easier for you, the Tour Leaders may organise a group's tips kitty and if this is the case, they will account for it throughout the tour.


    Transport, Accommodation & Meals

    Transport Information

    Bus, Boat, Flight

    Essential Information

    FCO Advice

    We strongly recommend that you check your government's travel advisory for up-to-date information and advice about your destination: safety and security, entry requirements, health, local laws and customs. For UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office advice click here.

    For more information from Explore about travel advice, click here
     

    Under 18 immigration guidance

    Please note that some countries require proof of parental consent when travelling overseas with under 18s. Please check requirements with the relevant embassy or consular office well in advance of travel if this applies to your party.

    Price Guarantee

    Once your booking has been confirmed we guarantee the price will not increase, whatever the circumstances. Before booking please ensure you have read our important tour pricing information.Booking Conditions

    Visa and Passport Information


    Venezuela: Citizens from UK, New Zealand, Australia, New Zealand and Canada require a Venezuelan Tourist Card to enter. This is obtained from the check-in desk of the airline or on arrival and needs to be kept until exit. Other nationalities should consult the relevant consulate.

    On March 3 2015, the Venezuelan Embassy in Washington, DC posted updated tourist visa information for U.S. citizens planning travel to Venezuela. All U.S. citizens must have a tourist visa and should plan to apply for a visa three months in advance of travel and expect to pay $30 for a one-year, multiple-entry visa good for a 90 day stay in Venezuela.

    You should confirm all visa related issues with the relevant Embassy prior to departure.

    USA: (including those in transit) Citizens of the UK, New Zealand, Australia, Canada and passport holders from several EU countries can enter the United States without a visa under the Visa Waiver Program (VWP) - where you apply for an ESTA (Electronic System for Travel Authorisation), which applies if you enter the country by sea or by air. This must be done on line - https://esta.cbp.dhs.gov no later than 72 hours prior to travel. Travellers who have not registered before their trip are likely be refused boarding.

    You must have an electronic passport with a digital chip containing biometric information about the passport owner. UK passports which are biometric feature a small gold symbol (camera) at the bottom of the front cover.

    If you have visited Iraq, Syria, Iran or Sudan since 2011 or are dual nationals of these countries, you cannot travel with an ESTA and instead you will need to apply for a visa from the nearest US Embassy or Consulate. If you are unable to provide a valid visa before boarding flights to the US, or entering via another method, you may not be permitted to travel.

    Please note for your ESTA application you will be required to supply Point of Contact information. Explore' s USA contact information will be listed on your final documentation which you will receive approximately 3-4 weeks before departure. If you are leaving for the USA before this, please call the Explore team to get this information.(Not necessary if in transit)

    For further information please check out the US embassy website. Visa applications - http://london.usembassy.gov/niv/apply.html

    Canada: An electronic travel authorisation (ETA) is required by British citizens transiting via Canada. For more information see the official Canadian government website: http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/visit/eta.asp
    Other nationalities should consult their local embassy or consular office.


    If you do require assistance in obtaining a visa then you may consider applying through Explore's recommended visa service in the UK, Travcour. See www.travcour.com to download the relevant visa application for your trip, if applicable (UK citizens only), along with details of how to apply for your visa through Travcour. The Team at Travcour will be happy to answer specific questions relating to visa applications, please call them directly on 0208 5431846.

    It is your responsibility to ensure that you are in possession of a full passport, with the correct validity for your chosen destination.
     

    Booking conditions

    Before booking your Explore trip, please ensure that you read both our Essential Information and Booking Conditions.

    Transfers

    Find out more about Trip Transfer Terms and Conditions before you book.

    Booking a land only package with Explore

    Customers who have chosen to book on the ‘Land Only’ arrangements of our tour, please ensure that you have checked your tour specific ‘Joining Instructions’ prior to booking your own travel arrangements. Your joining instructions can be found below in the dates and prices information. 

    You may also be eligible for the Free Explore Transfer.


    Joining Tour Abroad

    Customers booked on the ‘Land Only’ arrangements will now receive a Free Transfer, provided you arrive and depart on the tour only itinerary start and end dates. The complimentary transfers will be arranged from the Explore designated airport or train station to your trips joining point, and then back from the ending point to the designated airport or train station. Generally the airport or station that Explore have selected will be the one that is closest to the town or city where the trip starts, or the one nearest to the joining point. It will be either an airport or train station but not both.

    The exception to this rule is customers who are booked on a tour where the joining and ending point is at the designated airport or train station.  

    Free transfers are not available for Self-Guided, Polar, Tailormade or Tours for Churches customers.

    If you are not eligible for the Free Transfer then you will need to make your own way through to the joining and ending point. On a majority of our tours Explore will be able to provide a private transfer at an additional cost. Please ask for a quote at the time of booking.  


    For more information regarding the Explore Free Transfer click here

    Insurance

    It is a condition of booking with Explore that you have adequate valid travel insurance. It is your responsibility to arrange appropriate travel insurance and ensure you have read and understood the full terms and conditions of your travel insurance policy to ensure that you are covered for all activities you intend to undertake whilst on the tour, including all optional activities. Your Insurance Policy must fully cover you for medical expenses and emergency repatriation to your home country. Please ensure your policy includes medical emergency helicopter evacuation in the event of illness or injury and covers the entire duration of your holiday. If you are trekking at altitude please ensure that there is no upper altitude limit which may limit or exclude cover for your trip. The cost of many of our Polar Voyages will exceed the capped amount covered by standard insurance premiums and you will be required to pay an additional premium to cover the full value of your trip. Please ensure that you are covered for the full amount of your holiday cost, as insufficient cover could invalidate a claim under the policy. Medical and repatriation insurance cover is not mandatory for UK residents who are travelling on trips within the United Kingdom.
    Read more information about what travel insurance is required.

    Flight information

    Explore offers a wide range of flexible flying options to make joining and leaving our trips easy. Read more about them here.


    Flight Information

    You are able to book this tour on a 'land only' basis or as a ‘flight inclusive’ package. Your flight inclusive package will be fully protected by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) ATOL protection scheme.

      

    Booking a flight inclusive package with Explore

    We have a good selection of flights not only from London but from many regional airports around the UK allowing us to compare fares between scheduled carriers as well as low cost and charter airlines. Our dedicated flights team will match the best flight options to your arrival and departure airport.

    On our website we display a UK flight inclusive package guide price which is generally based on a London departure. To avoid paying supplements or to secure your preferred flight option, we recommend booking as early as possible, especially for peak travel dates.

    Walking and Trekking information
    Walking grade
    Challenging
    Trek details
    Trek for 5 days for between 4 to 5 hours each day, plus one optional trek of 7 hours. Maximum altitude 2810m, the summit of Mount Roraima. We have graded this trek as challenging.

    Trek terrain
    To enjoy any trek such as the hike up Roraima on this Lost World Trip, it is essential to be in shape before you arrive. It is not wise to regard a trek as a means of getting into shape or losing excess weight. Start a programme of conditioning well before departure - in fact as soon as you book - and be aware that short walks on the flat do little to prepare you for the gradients involved on this trek.
    Running, hill walking and other more active sports are suitable.

    Dates, prices and booking

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