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Caura River

by  Biotrek

Trip Overview

The Caura River is the third largest river in Venezuela. You will start in the small village of Trincheras where you are going to take a “Curiara” (aboriginal motor boat). You will travel upstream to El Playon, a sandy beach on the banks of the river, where lives a community of the natives “Yekuanas”. You are going to visit the incredible waterfall, known as Pará Falls, which creates the frontier between the high Caura and the low Caura. An incredible waterfalls of 5.608 meters long and 64 deep. It is the second largest cataract in the world (total width) and the largest in the Americas. The next five days you will paddle downstream, visiting aboriginal communities and sleeping on camps. During the expedition you are going to travel over dark waters of the rivers, paddling 150km of incredible jungle with indescribable scenery. You will have the opportunity to see fresh water dolphins, otters, toucan, macaws, monkeys and more. Some rapids along the way make the trip more exciting.

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Safety Notes

Throughout the paddling trip there are rapids. Depending on the water level and the experience of the people, the rapids can be navigated or sorted walking through the riverside, there are not medical assistance until 5 days away, bring all medicine you will need, and prevention is the more important tool.

Gear Notes

Your travel is self supporting - all equipment, food, and drinking water, must be stored in the kayaks, so you must bring the most essential stuff in small bag. It is a jungle, sometimes raining, but is also hot during the day, the good news is there are NO mosquitoes.


This route is demanding because of the long distance paddling during the day. Requires good physical condition and technical knowledge.

Portage Notes

The portages you will have are from the truck to the native motor boat, to go upstream, from the motor boat to the native village, both in the firs day, and the last day from the end trip beach to the truck.

Trip Details

  • Departure Months: January, June, July, August, September, October, November, December
  • Trip Duration: Extended Trip
  • Sport/Activity: Kayaking
  • Skill Level: Intermediate, Advanced
  • Water Type: Flat/Sheltered Water
  • Services Available: Guided, Route Planning, Shuttle, Gear Rental, Meals
  • Skill Level: Yes
  • Number of Portages: 3

Trip Location


Excellent place, magnificent view, amazing experience

Submitted by: paddler489734 on 8/27/2019

The access for the place is an adventure, you have to move by land for 14 hours, but you will arrive to and incredible posada, the next day the motor boat travel is 8 more hours, but you can appreciate the whole route you are going to paddle the next days, the camp sites, the water fall, the river, the jungle, the aborigine people, the water temperature, no mosquitoes at all , you most have to put this destination in you “ I WISH LIST”
the tour operator is professional, they know what they are doing, the equipment aren’t new, but are in excellent condition, good meals, they do their best and you can feel the compromise to service you