|Costs||£2340 / $4695 (US) / €3023|
|Group Size||1 - 6|
|Dates||19 Jul to 27 Sep 2010|
27 Sep to 06 Dec 2010
03 Jan to 14 Mar 2011
28 Feb to 09 May 2011
25 Apr to 04 Jul 2011
- 20 Jun to 29 Aug 2011
- 18 Jul to 26 Sep 2011
- 26 Sep to 05 Dec 2011
- 21 Nov 2011 to 30 Jan 2012
- 02 Jan to 12 Mar 2012
- 27 Feb to 07 May 2012
- 23 Apr to 02 Jul 2012
- 18 Jun to 27 Aug 2012
- 16 Jul to 24 Sep 2012
- 24 Sep to 03 Dec 2012
- 19 Nov 2012 to 28 Jan 2013
Venezuela Scuba and Adventure Expedition: Full Itinerary
Week 1 and 2 - Learn two PADI scuba diving qualifications, dive in Caribbean waters, learn Spanish, sea kayak and relax among palm trees
Your plane touches down in Barcelona, Venezuela, where a representative will take you to your new home amid the coconut palm trees of the Playa Colorada (literally the ‘Red Beach’ in Spanish). Here, surrounded by azure waters and pink sands, you will spend the opening fortnight of your adventure learning Spanish, completing the PADI Open Water and Advanced Open Water qualifications and having amazing dives in the warm Caribbean waters.
During the week, four hours of intensive Spanish tuition will be fitted around the best diving times of the day. Each lesson is comprised of four 45-minute sessions with 15-minute breaks and focuses on developing student comprehension of the four main language skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing. The lessons are designed to teach Spanish in a natural and spontaneous fashion by imitating the way people acquire their mother tongue, so you will be speaking Spanish from the very first day and practising it in specially designed exercises such as role plays, situational dialogues and work projects. This will not only improve your vocabulary and accent, but also give you the confidence to actively use and improve your Spanish outside the classroom. Visiting the area’s vibrant markets and beautiful surrounding towns will provide you with the opportunity to interact with native speakers and also experience the colourful South American culture of the area.
After the Spanish lesson of the day, you will head to the warm Caribbean waters to scuba dive. Unless you are already a qualified diver, you will begin learning the PADI Open Water diving qualification in the form of lectures, skills exercises, and qualifying dives at sea; covering subjects that include hand signals, equipment set up, buoyancy control and over 20 other skills. Once qualified, you will then be able to relax and hone your scuba diving technique in plenty of fun dives amid the startling mass of marine life that the Caribbean contains. You will then complete the PADI Advanced Open Water qualification; a course that will further your knowledge and practical experience, whilst developing important skills and improving your technique. You will pick from a number of modules to learn about, such as search and recovery, deep diving, underwater photography and more. Once you have received your qualifications, you will have plenty of dives to relax and enjoy your underwater experiences (on a total of ten pleasure dives).
At night you can relax at your beautiful lodge and fall to sleep to the sounds of the sea. When you are not diving or learning Spanish you can explore the area, play sport on the beach, soak up the colourful local culture, swim in sea, kayak to over 30 stunning surrounding islands of Mochima and see the gorgeous wildlife of Venezuela.
Please note: Anyone who already has a PADI qualification need not worry as there will be something for you as well!If you have PADI Open Water you will learn:
PADI Open Water Advanced
PADI Rescue Diver
Plus have ten pleasure dives.
If you have PADI Advanced Open Water you will learn:
PADI Rescue Diver
Plus have 15 Pleasure dives
Please note: To complete the Rescue Diver course you will need to complete the Emergency First Response (EFR) course in your home country before coming to Venezuela.
Weeks 3, 4 and 5 - Learn Spanish, kayak to local islands, kayak on a three-day dolphin adventure, learn to rock climb and abseil, and enjoy a tour of Caripe
After spending two weeks diving, you will start the adventure part of your expedition. During these weeks you will continue spending time each day learning Spanish, before enjoying a range of adventure activities that will give you the chance to kayak to a variety of islands nearby, learn to climb and even abseil down a waterfall. You will also be taught how to cook the local dishes such as Calamari, Arepas and Pabellon and during the evenings you will have the opportunity to learn to Salsa dance and master the Merengue!
For three days you will head off on a kayaking expedition. You will have the chance to explore some offshore Caribbean islands, snorkel brilliantly clear waters, hopefully see some dolphins and camp on deserted beaches beneath the stars. You will then head off to Caripe to see Venezuela’s most famous cave, Guachero Cave, which was declared the first natural monument of Venezuela in 1949. Guachero Cave is considered to be one of the most complete cave ecosystems on earth and is the home to a vast array of wildlife, including an important colony of Guacharos, the only nocturnal bird in the world that feeds on fruit. After marvelling at the incredible stalactites and stalagmites that have been amazingly sculpted by nature in the cave, you will then have the chance to visit the surrounding coffee plantations, fruit and vegetable farms, and local markets.
Weeks 6 and 7 - Go on an exciting Orinoco Delta kayak adventure to visit remote Warao families, learn to survive in the jungle, see an abundance of wildlife, go fishing and live like Warao Indians
During the fourth and fifth weeks you will go on a spectacular kayaking adventure through the Orinoco Delta, an intricate labyrinth of waterways that weave through a lush jungle. The Orinoco Delta is one of the largest unspoilt wetlands in the world, and has species of great scientific and biological importance. It is the home to a rainbow of birds, including hummingbirds, kingfishers, parrots and hawks, as well as howler monkeys, river otters, manatee and the bottle-nose river dolphin.
The Orinoco Delta is also the home of the Warao Indians (Warao meaning ‘people of the water’). The Warao are indigenous people who live in thatched-roof huts built on stilts and are masters of weaving, using their skills to turn plants into baskets, hammocks and other products. You will visit the Warao families to see their way of life, be taught skills such as weaving and even pick up a few cooking techniques. You will also be shown how to survive in the jungle, fish, make shelters, forage for food and cook like the Waraos have done for 20,000 years.
Weeks 8, 9 and 10 - Learn Spanish, play beach sports, snorkel in crystal clear waters, visit historical sites, go on a Jeep safari to the mystical highlands and trek to the top of Mount Roraima
By now your Spanish should be progressing well and at a level that enables you to have basic conversations, although there is absolutely no pressure to as everyone progresses at their own speed. After living like a Warao Indian, everyone will head back to the base to spend more time learning Spanish in the morning. In the afternoon you then get the chance to snorkel, climb, kayak, abseil, relax on the beach or practise for the volleyball tournament that you will be entered into with the local community!
During these final weeks you will also visit and explore the beautiful cities of Cumaná and Barcelona to see some historical sites and explore the old streets. Cumaná, the capital of Venezuela's Sucre State, is a busy maritime city with a wide variety of colonial-style architecture, which is situated at the mouth of the Manzanares River on the Caribbean coast. Barcelona is set in beautiful surroundings and has a well-preserved colonial architecture, due to its historical buildings and tourism infrastructure.
Week eight will take you hiking to the top of Mount Roraima, the location that inspired Arthur Conan Doyle to write The Lost World. Therefore you should be on the lookout for dinosaurs as you trek the beautiful route to the top of the mountain. Each night you will sleep in tents and listen for the sort of sounds you heard on Jurassic Park! During the five to six days journey, you will pass cloud forests, waterfalls and rock formations to reach the summit. The top of this 3,000 foot Tepuy is huge and moon-like in its appearance, and has incredible views all around. You normally sleep for two nights on the top to fully experience this amazing environment.
You will also spend a week going on a jeep safari into the mystical highlands of Venezuela. On the safari you will visit various indigenous settlements, explore the amazing array of huge waterfalls and marvel at amazing Tepuy (huge vertical 3,000 foot mountains that stand like islands in the Sabana). You will also stay with Pemon Indians, who regard the tepuy (meaning 'mountain' in their tongue) as the source of all waters, the home of the Goddess Kuín and the grandmother of all Men.
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