Welcome to Amazonas, the southernmost sector of Venezuela, is one of the few natural ecosystems on earth that still retains its pristine conditions. Entering its green surroundings is a true adventure, only possible via its rivers or by flying in to landing sites. Once there, visitors are immersed in the beauty and silence of a jungle world where the eternal process of renovation never ceases, where each passing generates more life in an infinite variety of animal and plant species. We are still light years from knowing and comprehending all the biological and mineral abundance of Amazonian life. Amazon's landscapes, which seem to remain stationary in time, await visitors with unending and magical routes of wonder. At night, while floating in the warm, red-wine colored waters of the Atabapo River, marked by its scarcity of animal life, you can clearly W pick out the fascinating spectacle of the Milky Way, that river of stars hidden from city dwellers by civilization's lights and the contaminated atmosphere.
You can travel the 320 kilometers of the Casiquiare's turbulent waters that detour off of the Orinoco, join the Guainia River to form the legendary Rio Negro, and then flow on into Brazil's Amazonas. Then decipher the thoughts in the head of the Indian that is piedra del Cocuy, as it eternally gazes up at the cloud-covered sky. You can glory in the fury of the Atures and Maipures Water falls that first smash together the volumes of crystalline, amber and earth-colored waters as some of the Orinoco's more than 700 tributaries unite... The first drops that form this great river rise out of the Parima at an altitude of 1,047 meters, and go on to unite in a sea of water that travels some 2,140 kilometers until they offer themselves to the mighty Atlantic Ocean. Even as you see imposing trees rising 80 to 100 meters above the jungle floor, you will also view mountains like Marahuaca, El Duida and La Neblina, and the "severed trunk" of rose colored sandstone that is Autana, the "Tree of Life," cut through from side to side by immense caverns close to its summit of 1,450 meters. Indians, the first inhabitants of the Amazon region, know how to take advantage of each plant, animal or mineral for their subsistence, either in the jungle or on the rivers; each day they use only what is strictly necessary. They determine their activities according to atmospheric conditions, the time of year, and the changing of the moon; if necessary, they guide themselves by the stars. This knowledge has kept them from being conquered by outsiders and merits our respect, because they are the first champions, protectors and guardians of our Amazon world. A visit to Amazonas leaves a profound impression and will affect all your senses, as it will also give you a sensation of having been closer to God.
In the center of Amazonas, in the dense jungle that gives oxygen to the world, is the town of Culebra, home to the Yekuanas, deep inside the tepuys of Duida, Marahuaka, and Hua-chamakari, on the left bank of the Cunucunuma River. It's a majestic place in the Venezuelan Amazon Jungle where many adventure activities are possible. Kayak trips through the Cunucunuma River can take a few minutes or many days, depending on what you're looking for. But promise that when you're kayaking on this black water river with white sands, surrounded by millenary tepuys and listening to the jungle's thrumming, you won't want to go anywhere else. Don't forget to bring insect repellent, pants, and long sleeves.
•In order to visit remote localities or native zones you need to have a special permit. You can consult Amazonas Travel for detailed information about the requirements and get help in organizing the whole tour.
•Remember that when you visit a native community you are taking part in their daily routine. Be respectful of the population's spaces, avoid interfering in their normal routines, and always ask permission of the headman before you try to mingle with the community.
•Selling handicrafts with animal parts such as feathers, beaks, skins and claws is prohibited by law, because it contributes to the extinction of certain species. Avoid acquiring products of this type.
•Always carry with you government-issued identity documents and necessary permits, as well as raincoat, insect repellent and sun block. Do not skimp on the amount of water you carry, whether walking in a city or hiking m the countryside.