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PEMÓN LODGES OF KAMARATA VALLEY, CANAIMA NATIONAL PARK

Angel Conservation is sponsoring a web site for Kamarata Valley dedicated to sustainable tourism in the valley which will shortly to be under construction (www.kamarakoto.com). All of the stakeholders, in this case the Pemón families and communities of Uruyén, Kamarata, Kavak and Kamadak have collaborated to promote a unique destination to be marketed internationally and nationally as “The Valley of the Lost World”.

Visit “The Valley of the Lost World” and stay in authentic churuatas in Uruyén or Kavak.

 
Uruyén Lodge (Kamarata Valley)

Uruyén LodgeUruyén Lodge was built specifically to receive tourists; the Carballo family of the Kamarakoto tribe operates it. The lodge, situated in a savanna ecosystem deep in Canaima National Park is only accessible by small plane or many days walking! And what a flight to get there! Flying over Lake Guri, tropical rainforests, jungles and the world’s tallest waterfall – Angel Falls at 979 metres (3,212 feet tall). Not to mention some of the 160 majestic tepuis, the tabletop mountains that tower above Canaima National Park.

Uruyén (Yurwan) is a magical place, well off the beaten track and virtually unvisited by regular tourists. The lodge consisting of a number of comfortable churuatas (typical indigenous dwellings) is nestled alongside Yurwan River and close to where it flows into the Aicha River. It is located in beautiful Kamarata Valley within hiking distance of local Pemón settlements (villages) of Old Uruyén, Santa Marta, Kavak, Kamarata, nearby waterfalls and the impressive Yurwan canyon. The location is spectacular, neither words nor photos do it justice! The lodge itself is overlooked on all sides by spectacular tepuis – Auyántepui in particular – and situated at the edge of the savanna where both Jimmie Angel and Ruth Robertson landed (see links below).

Uruyén was derived from a mythical story of Yurwan (meaning “big fish” in Pemón) and is the famous site where both Jimmie Angel and Ruth Robertson set up base camp back in the 30’s / 40’s respectively before their expeditions to Angel Falls. Please refer to the following web sites for some background history of Jimmie and Ruth plus some wonderful black and white photos of the era. Jimmie Angel - www.jimmieangel.org and Ruth Robertson - www.ruthrobertson.org

The recommended stay here would be for three or four nights. However it is a good starting point for other destinations in Kamarata Valley (Kavak, Kamadak and Kamarata) as well as a couple of the longer tours by land and river to Angel Falls and Canaima Lagoon. Also Uruyén is the last stop before accessing the only route available to trek to the top of Auyántepui (a six day excursion to the summit and back). Activities include hiking, trekking, cultural visits / dances, swimming and visits to local waterfalls dotted around the area.

 
Kavak Lodges - (Kamarata Valley)

Kavak LodgesKavak in Pemón means “macaw” - it is a small community close to the Pemón villages of Kamarata and Santa Marta that consists of several comfortable churuata dwellings built specifically for tourism – where one can chose hammocks or beds as their bedding down of choice. Kavak combines three separate lodges operated by two local Pemón families (Calcaño and Sandoval) and the community of Kamarata. The lodges are known as Macunaima, Excursiones Kavak and Kavak-Yeuta.

The lodges were constructed close to Kavak River - that winds its way into a gorgeous canyon at the end of which is the beautiful Kavak waterfall. In order to enter the canyon one must join the Pemón guide in an indigenous chant to the spirits. A truly spiritual place to visit.

The airstrip at Kavak is cut out of the savanna and is slightly larger than the one at Uruyén. The flight, should one be taking that mode of transport, is spectacular! Flying over lakes, tropical rainforests, jungles and if you are fortunate, the world’s tallest waterfall – Angel Falls at 979 metres (3,212 feet tall).

Kavak is another jewel of Kamarata Valley and like its neighbour Uruyén (Yurwan) is a magical place and pretty much off the beaten track. Hence it is highly likely that you may have the lodge completely to yourselves when visiting. It is located in beautiful Kamarata Valley situated in a savanna ecosystem within hiking distance of the local Pemón settlements (villages) of Kamarata, Santa Marta, Old Uruyén and nearby waterfalls, as well of course to the impressive Kavak canyon. Needless to say the location is serenity itself - a personal visit is a must – a great place to unwind! The “community” is overlooked on all sides by spectacular tepuis – Auyántepui in particular – and situated at the edge of the savanna.

The recommended stay here would be for one, two or three nights and is en route to other local destinations such as Kamarata, Kamadak, Arenal, Angel Falls and Canaima Lagoon.

Activities include a stiff hike up to La Toma, the viewpoint overlooking Kamarata Valley and Kavak waterfall. Here there is a rock perching precariously on another called “La Murey” – the local myth says that if this rock ever topples off the other, the world will come to an end! Go see it for yourself it defies the laws of gravity. Other local hikes are possible to neighbouring indigenous settlements, as well as trekking, cultural visits / dances, swimming, visits to local waterfalls dotted around the area and even curiara trips on the neighbouring rivers. If really energetic it is possible to invite the Pemón teenagers to rally for a game of football (soccer) – they love the game.

 

FOR MORE INFORMATION AND TO BOOK URUYEN AND KAVAK LODGE PLEASE CLICK HERE.

Below is a list of established tour operators that operate tours in the region and that work well with the community.

 
Angel-Eco Tours – www.angel-ecotours.com
Eco Venezuela – www.ecovenezuela.com
Viva Trek Tours – www.vivatrek.com
Osprey Expeditions – www.ospreyexpeditions.com
 
 
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