navigation of the Orinoco River and the Casiquiare, the
primary purpose of German naturalist Alexander von Humboldt
during his travels in Venezuela, is a true expedition
rather than an excursion. Not only because of the solitude
and the length of the journey, but also for the very distinctiveness
of the experience, most part of the trip taking place
far from any settled place and participants depending
on their own resources in all senses.
is without any doubt the most extraordinary alternative
between all the routes in the Venezuelan Amazon.
It is full of thrilling experiences and unbelievable landscapes,
a sort of profound immersion in primitive nature. It is
also the toughest, because of the weather conditions,
the topography itself and the lack of common “comforts”
have procured, nevertheless, to diminish the unfavorable
conditions to the minimum, so the enjoyment of the trip
is not blurred for the hassles of the environment. We
count with adequate equipment to even guarantee hot meals
and cold beverages. The expedition takes place in a traditional
wooden embarkation, a roofed Bongo with outboard engines,
which will serve as a base camp as well.
diverse conditions of the river in the singular seasons
of rains and drought make our tour to differ occasionally
in regards to the daily distance we cover and the camping
sites, although the route itself and its total day duration
offer three options in this itinerary, the first one lasts
10 days and covers
the journey from Samariapo (the closest port to Puerto
Ayacucho) to a little bit more up of the Casiquiare mouth.
The second one last 20
days and includes the complete navigation of the Casiquiare
followed by the navigation of the Rio Negro all the way
down to the Brazilian border. The third one lasts 12
days and finishes with a return flight to Puerto Ayacucho
from San Carlos de Rio Negro. Other several side options
surge from this route, such as the navigation of the different
rivers that flow into the main course we tour, or a prolongation
of the stay in any of the native communities we visit.
The travel plan, as in any true expedition, is simply
a general orientation of our direction.