No matter if it's your first visit or have already lost count of how many times you have traveled the route of La Gran Sabana of Bolivar state, is totally captivating! In the southeast of Bolivar state, most of the 3,500,000
hectares of La Gran Sabana crosses the 3 million Canaima National Park. However, its southern boundary continues to the border with Brazil (while the east side of the park boundary is the Caroni River) and also includes all the territory east of the road between San Isidro (km 713) and 842 km (not is inside the park). The eastern part is what most tourists know of "La Gran Sabana", the only part where a paved road passes suitable for any vehicle. The distance between the start of the park / La Gran Sabana and Santa Elena is only 251 k, however, will need all day to enjoy the various attractions. To use the time of your tour.
No matter if it's your first visit or have already lost count of how many times you have traveled the route of La Gran Sabana of Bolivar state, is totally captivating!
In the southeast of Bolivar state, most of the 3.5 million hectares of La Gran Sabana crosses the 3 million Canaima National Park. However, its southern boundary continues to the border with Brazil (while the east side of the park boundary is the Caroni River) and also includes all the territory east of the road between San Isidro (km 713) and 842 km (not is inside the park).
The eastern part is what most tourists know of "La Gran Sabana", the only part where a paved road passes suitable for any vehicle.
The distance between the start of the park / La Gran Sabana and Santa Elena is only 251 k, however, will need all day to enjoy the various attractions. To make your travel time to the fullest, I recommend spending the night in Las Claritas (just 13.5 km from the start) the night before to have the whole day ahead.
The best option is Camp Anaconda. In the center of the mining town of Las Claritas, has 13 spacious and cozy chalet style cabins (four now with "king" and the other with twin beds), all have sofa bed duplex, bath / hot shower. It is a pleasant walled complex with green areas, a roofed terrace with foosball table next to a module with room (meals available upon request), bar and pool table just for guest use. If you are looking for something cheaper, Residences Ayita the southern end of town, has 12 single rooms with bath / cold water, air, refrigerator and cable TV.
How to GET There are several bus routes from Ciudad Bolívar and Ciudad Guayana covering the route and tour companies that offer tours in their own vehicles. However, if possible, travel in your own car to stop when and where you want to take pictures and explore on foot!
THE ROUTE The fascination starts from entering the Canaima National Park and La Gran Sabana with its combination of forests, great plains (with an average of 1,440 meters above sea level) and plateaus called tepuis rising very steep profiles and arise abruptly on the horizon . The first section of the park (which is the northern boundary of the Virgin Stone) crosses Imataca Forest Reserve in the Sierra de Lema. That a notice informing you that the base is part of the Guiana Shield Precambrian stone 2 or 3 billion years old (from the oldest of the planet). The forest vegetation is dense and relatively cool temperature.
Sure you have to focus on the road while driving, but always with one eye on colors and striking forms of flowers on the road and in the trees. Well, walk with reduced speed and park often beside the road in areas where your vehicle is clearly visible at a distance in both directions (due to the many curves) and walk to observe flora closely. I have had little luck finding the names of the flora of the area. But even without the names of the species, it is important to appreciate its beauty. After leaving the forest, presented as a dramatic act when the curtain rises, will have his first unforgettable view of this undulating high plateau.
From this point to the rapid Kamoirán (km 795.5) is home to the largest concentration of ground orchids long stem with a "ball" of small flowers on ranging from white to pink.
This time I also admire other beautiful species distinct from light green with brown dots and in the detour to San Juan de Kamoirán, a large purple. In this same section also observe many parts with the ground covered with a siliceous sand as white as snow. There are many colonies of carnivorous plants like Drosera small, bright red and "green" with a number of appendices that give a hairy appearance.
Once the insect touches one of these appendices, is attached to it and the surrounding tentacles begin to move in the direction of the dam, holding the insect and covering it with mucilage droplets containing digestive enzymes.
Other looks like a high green tube with a flower that extends from the inside. The flower is to attract insects but if they enter the tube does not come out alive. You may also notice huge nests that look like hives of land belonging to termites.
The soil of the savanna is extremely fragile, so when you walk to observe the flora, try not to step on any kills and do not remove anything at all except park photos.
The Pemon (the only ones with permission to build within the park) have developed many areas to assemble tents or accommodation close to rivers with beautiful waterfalls.
Kamoirán Rapids has 30 single rooms (the newer ones next to the public toilets are the most beautiful and conche furnished) with bath / cold water, electricity between 6:00 p. and 12:00. It also has a wine cellar, E / S PDV, three restaurants (the largest and most beautiful in the back), CANTV telephone card, and a camping area with grills next to the river.
A 1 km later, a sign indicating the exit for Manakachi waterfalls. There's a group of churuatas without walls where you can set up tents or hammocks and there are communal bathrooms.
At km 810, there is a turn to jump La Golondrina (cute and rare with a few circular holes as punch bowls at the bottom of the river below the jump), also churuatas, but with a little friendly owner.
On the left side at km 820 can enjoy a beautiful series of waterfalls on the basis of jasper with pools to swim in the jump Kawi.
Also, there are three different deals Castro family members, six churuatas in the middle to hang hammocks, including one with two bunk beds - no lingerie, restaurant (service in high season or custom), the others are just for camping sites.
At km 848, near diving Kama (the length and breadth of this route), two different families rented accommodation and let people assemble tents. Posada El Kama consists of a nice big restaurant on the right as you enter four churuatas left (with 16 rooms for four, shared bathroom outside), for 5-8 single rooms with bath / cold water in the stone building the left, and five more in the form of two-story behind these rooms without / with bathroom.
The other option is Camp Karanao, with three highly basic triple rooms - also has restaurant.
There are two nearby alternatives and just before Quebrada Pacheco (Arap-Meru) at km 863. The first consists of a group of about 25 huts. The second has churatas but empty walls and cafe (only temp. Higher). Both latrines.
The River Tourist Parador Soroape (km 868) has a spa (not too flashy), a number of huts and churuatas, plus a restaurant & module but it seems that the owners are here only in very strong seasons.
San Francisco Yuruaní (km 874) is a large Pemon community with various offers basic hosting and restaurants (the latter usually only service in high season or for large groups). It is also the starting point for excursions to Roraima (the highest tepui in La Gran Sabana to 2,810 m) and Kukenán (whose jump Kamaivak-Meru is the second longest free fall in the world, 610 m) dominating the skyline Eastern.
Mapaurí Tourist Camp (km 896) is back with six churuatas empty.
Jasper Creek (km 898.5) is one of the most photographed waterfalls in the route. When the current jasper covers its base to highlight the strong colors of red, yellow and orange is gorgeous! Because glued trees on its banks, the best time to appreciate its color is at noon. Here also offers a very rustic lodge.
NOTE With the gas supply problem in the area, it is essential to fill your tank at every opportunity after Upata.
In San Isidro (3 km south of Las Claritas) as tourist or the third age, you can jump the queue formed at the side of the road and getting residents queue directly the suppliers of the service station.
Then, the only fuel supply sites within this route are at the military base in Luepa and Kamoirán Rapids (which almost always has fuel, 83 km after San Isidro).
Arriving in Santa Elena de Uairén, if you have plate ending with an odd number, you must use the E / S of Texaco, with plate ending in even number of PDV (as a tourist, entering the north). Go in the morning, as they usually close around 3:00 pm.
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