Between 2014-2017 Young Pioneer Tours ran group and independent tours to Venezuela, or to give its full pomp and ceremony the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela.
The YPT yearly trip and homage to the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela was extremely popular, and if you have been on and enjoyed a DPRK or Cuba tour with us, then this would have been the trip for you. We did all the socialist government stuff by meeting people very involved in the ongoing revolution, the mausoleum of Mr Chavez, and more socialist art than you can shake a stick at, all the while staying at the former Hilton, the very Yanggakdo-esque Alba Hotel. We also took time in Caracas to check out the opposition take on things, as well everything there is to do with Simon Bolivar.
The second part of the trip had us flying down to Ciudad Bolivar, a colonial city where independence was declared before embarking on a plane geeks dream, 6 pax propeller planes up to Angel Falls.
The Angel Falls part was no less adventurous with us taking a boat up to the falls and camping out in the jungle for 2 nights before transferring back to Caracas via Bolivar, with the tour generally being combined with our May Day tour to Cuba.
Obviously, things have become a lot less stable in Venezuela over the last few years, so we are not currently offering Venezuela Tours.
Currently independent travel to Venezuela is not recommended, but we have some excellent guides in Venezuela and beyond for when things do improve.
As things stand we are not currently planning any 2020 tours to Venezuela, although we are always keeping our eyes open with hope that things do change, and we can again visit Venezuela.
*This is what our itinerary looked like, tours to Venezuela are suspended until further notice*
Monday 18th April
Guests arrive at their own schedule (or from Havana) to be picked up by the local guide at the airport
We transfer to the former Caracas Hilton, now known as the Alba Hotel. If you’ve enjoyed hotels like the Yanggakdo, or Nacional in Cuba then this will truly give that state hotel feel
The group head for dinner in the city
Tuesday 19th April
We get up early for one of the trip highlights the barracks, museum and final resting place of the father of Bolivarianism Hugo Chavez. No shorts allowed for this part of the trip
Following the mausoleum we take a walk around the surrounding slum areas that have benefited the most from Chavez being in power, taking time to take pictures of the numerous socialist art that litters the area.
We visit one of the local cooperative programs that are run in the area and look after the social programs for poorer Venezuelans
Lunch in the city
We take a trip to the former home and museum of Bolivar
Mausoleum of Simon Bolivar
We flex our collective financial muscle by heading into town for a big dinner before finishing the evening checking out the many late bars of the area
Overnight in the Alba
Wednesday 20th April
We finish our time in Caracas by seeing the flip side of the coin by checking out the main areas of anti-government protests that have seen people dying over the last few years
We visit the rich part of Caracas for a walk around and lunch to get a true understanding of the contrasting aspects of the country
Walking tour of central Caracas where it will be possible to purchase the legendary Chavez baseball jacket
We finish the evening with dinner and drinks by the pool in the Alba followed by a visit to the hotel nightclub
Overnight in Alba
Thursday 21st April
We head to the airport for our short flight to Boliva
On arrival in Bolivar we transfer to our guesthouse which is a converted colonial building and one of the nicest places we stay
Lunch in hostel
City tour of Bolivar, which is a great chance to take photos of this old Colonial sleepy town
Dinner drinks and overnight in guesthouse
Friday 22nd April
Up nice and early for our 8 am flights to Angel Falls aboard the 6 seater prop planes. A truly amazing experience.
The Angel Falls are located impenetrably deep inside Canaima national park. Your tour begins with an impressive flight in a light aircraft to the camp, close to the Laguna de Canaima, from which you can see the beautiful Hacha Falls.
After a tasty local lunch in the indigenous village you will be taken across the lagoon and past the Hacha falls in a small boat. From this side of the lagoon you will walk along the pink sand banks and up, through the jungle, to the majestic Sapo Falls. From here you can swim in the lake before walking up through the jungle and behind the falls and enjoy the scenery through the powerful curtain of water.
Dinner at the camp before falling asleep in your private room to the sound of crickets.
Saturday 23rd April
After breakfast at the camp you will walk through the jungle before taking a motorized canoe along the Carrao and the Churún Rivers, to the spectacular Angel falls. As you travel along the rivers you have time to take in the lush scenery and the dramatic Tepuys and enjoy a light lunch.
Only when you arrive at Devil’s Canyon can you see the Angel Falls cascading over 1km from the top of the Auyán-Tepuy to the Rio Churún. From here we will walk up through the jungle for an hour to the Mirador Laime vantage point and then down to the rock pools near the base of the falls where you can swim in the fresh water.
At night you will eat a delicious, freshly prepared meal at a camp close to the falls before falling asleep in your hammock to the sound of the falls.
Sunday 24th April
Lunch before we jump back on our little planes to Bolivar
Afternoon arrival in Bolivar
Dinner in guesthouse
Walking tour of the Malecon and drinks
Overnight in guesthouse
Monday 25th April
Up early for the 5 am, but extremely scenic drive back to Caracas
Breakfast stop in Barcelona
Early afternoon arrival, transfer to airport and end of tour. For those carrying on to the next part of the trip we will transfer directly.