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Paddling the Karuay River

by  Biotrek

$3,500.00 / person

Trip Overview

In the Gran Sabana National Park lies the Karuay River, located 1200 km from Caracas, in the state of Bolívar, and 28 km from the town of Kavanayen; Your departure port is Karuay Camp. The crossing will be carried out downstream, taking advantage of the current, navigating between Tepuys, rains and geographical accidents. You will have to row, pull and even load the kayaks, to overcome the waterfalls and cataracts that have formed over thousands of years. During the whole trip you will find rapids class I or class I +. technical skills are required. You will be camping on the river beaches and in some indigenous Pemones camps. It is an exciting and demanding excursion in one of the virgin regions of geography, truly a world-class destination. A Major League Expedition.

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Safety Notes

Once you are on the river, medical assistance will be 4 or 5 days away. Bring your personal medication, always use the life jacket, don't disturb the fauna, and tell the guide of any maneuver that feels unsecure.

Gear Notes

The weather is hot during the day, the nights are fresh, the water is warm, rainy days are common, there are mosquitoes, so bring light clothes for day, dry and comfortable clothes for nights, wet shoes and comfortable shoes for portage, hat, rain jacket and insect repellent.


This route is demanding. Requires good physical condition and technical knowledge.

Portage Notes

You will have to portage the kayaks and equipment, to overcome the waterfalls and cataracts. Also may be necessary at some rapids.

Trip Details

  • Departure Months: January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December
  • Trip Duration: Extended Trip
  • Sport/Activity: Kayaking
  • Skill Level: Intermediate, Advanced
  • Water Type: Flat/Sheltered Water, River/Creek (Up to Class II)
  • Services Available: Guided, Route Planning, Shuttle, Gear Rental, Meals
  • Skill Level: Yes
  • Number of Portages: 3

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