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Overland adventure takes in Brazil and Venezuela

15th January 2010 Print

Adventure travel specialist Kumuka Worldwide has devised a unique, one-off overland adventure offering those with time on their hands – 49 days of it – the chance to explore Brazil and Venezuela.

Setting off from Rio de Janeiro on 17 February 2010, the day after Carnival, ‘Rio to Caracas Exploration’ is a fully-escorted tour by overland truck with just 20 places on offer for this trip of a lifetime. The itinerary includes colonial towns, pristine beaches, towering mountains, the depths of the rainforest, nature reserves and caves.

There’s a chance to interact with Pataxo Indians at Barra Velha, one of the last strongholds of this dwindling indigenous people.  In contrast, the tour arrives in Pelourinho for the Tuesday night street party that throbs to the beat of Afro-Brazilian sounds.

A five-day journey by boat up the Amazon means sleeping in a hammock and practising Portuguese with the locals in the lively bar on deck.  Journey’s end on the Amazon is the junction of the Negro and Solimao rivers – the ‘birthplace’ of the Amazon, where pink and grey dolphins may be seen.

The next challenge is six days of trekking into the Roraima region, climbing through humid rainforests filled with hummingbirds and orchids up to the highest peaks of Mount Roraima. But the highlight of Venezuela is undoubtedly the three-day trip by air, dugout and on foot to the world’s highest waterfall, Angel Falls.

The 49-day trip costs £3,200 and includes a mix of camping, lodge and hotel accommodation, most meals, all travel within South America by truck, air, boat and on foot, a host of excursions including national park and other entrance fees – accompanied by an English-speaking tour leader and a driver. International flights are not included, but can be booked on request.

For more information and bookings, visit