Here is a summary of the main questions of travelers who are preparing to visit Venezuela. Click on a title below to be automatically redirected to the topic of your choice! Your active participation in the development of this page is greatly appreciated. Do not hesitate to send us your comments! Last update on 10/05/2022
The "rate A", "rate B" and "rate C" prices hikes do not include transport to the starting point or arrival point of the treks. Why ? In order to significantly reduce costs and allow travelers to choose the best solution for them. How to do ? There are 3 possibilities: A- You are autonomous on site and do not need help. B- Use public transport at a lower cost and in the company of your guides. This type of transport is available on most of the tours offered. C- On simple request, we can organize private transport for you.
The "rate A", "rate B" and "rate C" prices hikes do not include meals during the treks but only breakfast from day 2. Why only breakfast? In order to significantly reduce costs and allow travelers to choose the best solution for them. How to do ? There are 3 possibilities: A- You are autonomous on site and do not need help. B- Go shopping the day before departure with your guides in order to benefit from their help and recommendations. 3- Ask for full board option 25USD/day/pers with 2 meals and 2 snacks on first and last day, 3 meals and 2 snack the other days.
Yes, departure dates are free, you can choose! However once you have decided on this one, you will have to stick to it. Conversely, group circuits have fixed & predetermined dates.
The number of guides varies according to the number of hikers. The minimum is one guides for 1 to 2 participants. Then, there is at least one additional guide for every three additional participants.
The "rate A", "rate B" and "rate C" prices hikes do not include porters during the treks. Why ? In order to significantly reduce costs and allow travelers to choose the best solution for them. How to do ? There are 2 possibilities: A- You are independent and do not need help. B- As an option, we offer the 8KG carrier service for 30 USD/day. This is more or less the weight of your tent and your food.
The tours are evaluated according to their difficulty on a scale of 1 to 5.
Level 1: non-technical hike up to 3 hours of walking per day.
Level 2: non-technical hike up to 6 hours of walking per day.
Level 3: intermediate technical hike (extreme cold below 0°C, high altitude from 4000m to 5000m) up to 8 hours of walking per day.
Level 4: upper intermediate technical hike (extreme cold below 0°C, high altitude from 4000m to 5000m, Vertical walls) up to 8 hours of walking per day.
Level 5: high technical hiking (extreme cold below 0°C, high altitude from 4000m to 5000m, Vertical walls, level III climbing, abseiling) and up to 8 hours of walking per day.
Here's what you should have in your backpack. The MAXIMUM recommended total weight - excluding tent and food - is 12kg.
(E) = Essential (R) = Recommended (O) = Optional
The big items:
1- Waterproof mountain shoes (E)
2- Backpack (minimum 30L with straps to attach tent, sleeping bag and mattress) . (E)
3- Tent (E)
4- Insulating mattress (R)
5- Sleeping bag (E)
6- Sunscreen (R)
7- Cap or hat (E)
8- Sunglasses (R)
Protection against cold:
9- Gloves (R)
10- Beanie (E)
11- Lycra type T-shirt (E)
12- Lycra type pants (R)
13- Big cold and walking socks (E)
14- Fleece jacket (E)
Protection against humidity:
15- Waterproof jacket (E)
16- Waterproof pants (R)
During the day:
17- Shorts (E)
18- A T-shirt (E)
19- Underwear (R)
20- Power bank (O)
21- Plate and cutlery (R)
22- Plastic cup (R)
23- Water bottle type Coca-Cola (light and resistant) (E)
24- Can opener (O)
25- Hygiene products (soap, toothpaste, toilet paper, etc.) (R)
26- Headlamp (R)
27- Light sandals ( R)
28- Plastic bags to keep your belongings dry (E)
29- Personal medication (E)
30- Download the GAIAGPS application to receive the GPX of the hike from us. (O)
List of recommended foods for people who do not have camping stoves:
A healthy and suitable diet is essential to be able to face the mountains and the cold. The main selection criteria when establishing a menu should be the following:
a) Energy: choose energy foods in order to withstand the cold and physical effort.
b) Food preservation.: since we don't have a fridge in our backpacks, choose foods that have good preservation.
c) Weight and dimensions: both the space available in the backpack and its weight are the enemy of the hiker.
d) Energy at any time: in addition to the three traditional daily meals, we recommend providing energy foods such as fruit, cakes, chocolate, etc., in the middle of the morning and in the afternoon.
e) In fact we recommend:
*- Cooked eggs: in addition to feeding the body very well, as long as the shell is intact, the conservation easily exceeds a week. With a damaged shell, conservation should not exceed 3 days.
*- Bread: we recommend Arabic bread for its preservation and low volume.
*- Cheese: cheese keeps well for several days outside of a refrigerator.
*- Ham: the "Fiambre" type ham for its highly industrial origin, can easily be kept for several days outside a refrigerator.
*- Tin cans: sometimes heavy and expensive, they allow you to eat properly during the last days of the circuit.
*- Pre-cooked meals: rice, pasta, potatoes can only rarely be kept for more than 36 hours outside a refrigerator. We recommend them for the first day.
*- Chocolate, cereal bars and cakes: they must not be missing!
*- Fruits: bananas are very energetic but do not support more than 24 hours in a backpack. Beyond 24 hours, we recommend apples, pineapples and mangoes.
*- Condensed milk: we recommend an easy to open and close packaging. It has a good preservation and is very energizing.