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National Park Tuparro

The National Park Tuparro is located at the Orinoco river at the border of Colombia with Venezuela. The park itself is in Colombia in the Vichada department. The border of the park are the rivers Tomo in the north and the river Tuparro, Tuparrito and Caño Maipures in the south. The region is a sanctuary for birds, orchids, monkeys, snakes and freshwater dolphins. It was also the habitat of the extinct Maipures Indians. The parks name refers to the Cerros del Tuparro, some enormous rocks that where millions of years ago a part of the oldest mountain area of Latin America (Macizo de Gauyana) the Tepuys of Roraima in Venezuela were also a part of this old mountain area.

The easiest way to get to the park is over Venezuelan territory as a boat tour over the river is to dangerous due to strong currents. The biggest attraction there is he river current of Maipures (Raudal Maipures) which is most impressive during the dry season. There are also many other highlights like Pozo Azul, Caño Lapa, Cerro Thomas, Cerro Peinillas, the flora and fauna of the savanna etc. This park is beautiful in rainy season as well as in dry season, to really get to know the splendor of this park you have to visit twice, once during rainy season and once during dry season.

The packages that we offer for this area are custom made and depend on the season (dry or rainy). Here we mention a standard package with some highlights of the National Park Tuparro. Normally we fly to Puerto Carreño, from there we go to the park over land and over water, that on itself is a tour of minimal 2 days. Instead of flying we can also offer the option to travel with a boat from Puerto Gaitan to Puerto Carreño over the Rio Meta. This boat tour is also a tour of minimal 2 days.

The area and the rivers around NP Tuparro are ideal for sport fishing. Especially in the summer months from January to March this is a popular sport in the area. On request we can organize special sport fishing tours to the area.

Packing list:
- Good walking shoes and an extra pair shoes or sandals
- Clothes for a warm and humid climate
- Clothes with long sleeves and pants with long trousers for the evenings and nights
- Swim suit and towel
- Raincoat and plastic bags to keep you luggage dry
- Hat or cap to protect yourself against the sun
- Flash light
- Sun block and mosquito repellent
- Sun glasses
- Personal first aid kit
- Backpack for luggage and a small backpack for day tours

Important: as we also travel over Venezuelan territory to get to the park, it is wise to check if you need a visa to enter Venezuelan territory. If your nationality requires a visa you need to arrange that visa beforehand as nothing can be arranged at the border control on that location. To visit the area you are obligated to have a yellow fever vaccination and be able to proof this, so bring your vaccination card. The park has a very basic tourism infrastructure, all programs that we offer to this area are for the adventurers. There are two sections in the park where we can stay, the section Maypures where they have a couple cabañas and an administrative section that is actually only for the researchers in the park but can be used as accommodation for tourists as well. There are only 4 flights per week, which are at the moment Monday, Tuesday, Friday and Saturday. When looking at the flights and the passport stamps it is only possible to offer the here mentioned program leaving on a Monday and going back on a Saturday. With a custom made program we can choose any of the days as long as we keep the flights and the required passport stamps in mind. If you decide to go back by boat than any departure day is possible as the boats go daily.

El Balancin in de Orinoco Rivier

Bloem in NP Tuparro

Uitzicht vanaf Cerro in Tuparro

Spiegeling van de jungle in Orinoco Rivier

Verse vangst voor het avondeten

Water rappid in Orinoco Rivier

Day 1 (start tour on Monday)
Flight Bogota to Puerto Carreño with Satena. Upon arrival we go to the DAS office to get our Passports stamped.  Depeding on our time of arrival we stay in Puerto Carreño for the night or we go to Puerto Ayacucho in Venezuela (a trip of 20 minutes over the Orinoco River and thereafter around an hour in a bus).

Day 2
If we didn´t had time to travel to Puerto Ayacucho we do that today in the early morning. In Puerto Ayacucho we need to go to the Venezuelan border patrol for stamps in our passport. Thereafter we go to Montaña Fria from which we take the boat (that will take us around 90 minutes) to the park. Here we stay in tents in the sector Maypures. In te afternoon we make a walk along the Raudales de Maypures of the Orinoco River and we will see 'El Balancín', an enormous rock in the middle of the rapid (best time to see the rock is in the dry season), and we will go to the Cerro Autana for a view over the surrounding area. We spend the night in cabañas in the park.

Day 3
Early morning we climb the 'Cerro Peinillas', an enormous rock in front of the park for amazing views. In the afternoon we go by boat to the administration part of the park where we will make an ecological walk to ´Cerro Thomas', another stone rock in the park with some great views and we visit the natural water pool 'Pozo Azul', for a swim. We spend the night in tents in the park.

Day 4
Depending on the season we will go to 'Caño Lapa', a beautiful river with crystal clear water and green water plants. We can only visit this place when there is enough water and that is most of the time in rainy season. If it is too dry we make a different walk to see more flora and fauna in the region (for example birds, babillas and others) or we go fishing on one of the nearby rivers (perfect activity for dry season). In the afternoon back with the boat to Montaña Fria and with a bus to Puerto Ayacucho where we will stay in a hotel in the centre.

Day 5
We will visit the Venezuelan border control for our exit stamp and then take the bus and boat back to Puerto Carreño where we will stamp our passport in the DAS office. This afternoon we will take a boat tour to the Fluvial of the rivers Orinoco and Meta to see the freshwater dolphins. We spend the night in a hotel in Puerto Carreño.

Day 6 (departure on Saturday)
Transfer to the airport of Puerto Carreño and flight back to Bogota with Satena.

Prices on request

Inclusive:
- National flight Bogota-Puerto Carreño-Bogota
- Transfers and transport over land as mentioned in program
- Transport by boat as mentioned in program
- 3 nights in a hotel in Puerto Carreño and Puerto Ayacucho
- 2 nights in tents in the Park Tuparro
- Food during our stay (2 days) in Park Tuparro
- Mentioned activities in the program
- DE UNA Guide
- Local guides to accompany us in the Park Tuparro

Not inclusive:
- Food besides our stay in park Tuparro
- Personal expenses
- Visa for Venezuela (if necessary)

Optional:
- Transport over the Río Meta instead of a national flight
- Sport fishing program
- Extra days in the park
- Visit the park from Puerto Inirida

Important: There are only 4 flights per week, which are at the moment Monday, Tuesday, Friday and Saturday. When looking at the flights and the passport stamps it is only possible to offer the here mentioned program leaving on a Monday and going back on a Saturday. With a custom made program we can choose any of the days as long as we keep the flights in mind. If you decide to go back by boat than any departure day is possible as the boats go daily.

Cabañas in het park Tuparro

Savanne van NP Tuparro

El Balancin in Rio Orinoco

Frisse duik in Pozo Azul

Uitzicht vanaf Cerro

Caño Lapa

Publiek transport over Rio Meta

Boot over Rio Orinoco