The Venezuelan Jungle to Andes Expedition - Practical Information

Know before you go  -  Practical information  VENEZUELA

Venezuela horse riding expedition Not for moaners nor whiners. This is big adventure!
 
Practical info
    Riding level: Suitable for all riders. On this trail ride it is more important to have an adventurous spirit than
       being a top rider. The pace is mainly walking due to the difficult terrain.
    The riding: Trailride, 9 days on horseback, riding from one place to the other, average of 7 hours per day in the saddle.
    Weight: riders weight limit: 95 Kg 
    Age: minimum age is 16 years, only allowed if accompanied by an adult. 
    Group size: groups comprise a minimum of 8 riders and maximum of 10riders.
    Horses: Venezuelan cross breed ponies
    Saddles: Venezuelan ranch saddles
    Guides: professional and multilingual guides 
    Comfort: basic during the camping + simple but comfortable at the guesthouses.
    International Passport: Required for most foreigners (still 6 months valid)
    Visa: most European and Latin American citizens do not need a visa to travel to Venezuela.
        North Americans need a Visa! Contact the Venezuelan Embassy in your country for more info. 
    Vaccinations: not required 

You are alone?
Do not worry, you can individually register/book and join in a group with other riders. Most participants are people who register individually and may just like you, not know the other riders in your group. Since everyone has the same points of interest (horseback riding, nature, travel, culture) there is always a good atmosphere and understanding among the participants. Participants come from all corners of the world, so you can be part of a group with riders from the United Kingdom, Belgium, Spain, France, Sweden, Canada, USA, Australia, Brazil and many others countries. Your friends are suddenly so much more international!  A standard group consists of 8 to 10 riders. In general there are as many female as male participants.

Are your foreign languages not so well? 
No worries, local trip leader Paul is fluent in 6 languages and will help and translate with pleasure where needed.
Trips are always fun as we all speak the same equestrian language.

Travel Gear
•    Valid international passport 
•    Travel Insurance
•    Pocket money (do not change money at the airport! - bring small USD bills) 
•    A warm sweater 
•    A warm jacket 
•    A waterproof poncho ( or eventually impermeable jacket and pants)
•    4 or 5 T-shirts and minimum 2 a shirts with long sleeves.
•     jodhpurs or jeans to ride with 
•    Riding/hiking shoes or boots / riding shoes with mini-chaps or long chaps
•    .A second pair of shoes for the evening
•    .A pair of rubber boots (not specific riding boots) is a good idea to bring along too
•     Comfortable clothing + a Hat to protect you from the sun
•    One towel
•    Swimsuit 
•    Toiletries
•     Sun Cream
•     Water canteen 
•     Mosquito Repellent
•    Sleeping bag comfortable to sleep at -7C° + sleeping mattress
•    Warm hat – gloves – scarf/buff
•    Camera…
•    2 large plastic garbage bags
* we have saddle bags available for you
* It is recommended to put your luggage in a travel bag instead of a hard suitcase. Bags are easier to load on a mule than a suitcase.  A bag pack or a waterproof North Face kind of bag are ideal. 20 kg of luggage is allowed on the trail ride.

Luggage
The maximum allowable weight of your luggage depends from airline to airline. Check with the airline or travel agent how many kilograms and pieces of luggage you can take. Your personal luggage is transported on mules during the trek to the various stopovers. Therefor It is recommended to put your luggage in a travel bag instead of a hard suitcase. Bags are easier to load on a mule than a suitcase.  A bag pack or a waterproof North Face kind of bag are ideal. 20 kg of luggage is allowed on the trail ride.

Flights
If you either depart from Europe, The States, South-America, Australia or elsewhere, there is a large choice of airlines flying to Venezuela.  Gateway is CARACAS (CCS). You do not have to worry about your domestic flight in Venezuela, your domestic flight it is included in the program.  We do not reserve the international flight to Venezuela for you, but we will be happy to help you with information concenring flights and how to get to destination.

Important information
We will do everything possible to follow the indicated itinerary, although spot changes can occur due to unforeseen circumstances. Rides are subject to change depending on weather, location and difficulty of terrain  In the unlikely event that this happens on your trip, we ask you flexibility and understanding. This is a sporty and adventurous vacation!
   wimps & moaners not allowed on this trip! 

Currency 
The Venezuela currency is the BOLIVAR  
1 EURO = approx. : 1.300 Bolivar (march 2016)
1 USD    = approx. : 1.100 Bolivar  (march 2016)
Cash dispensers can be found in all towns and cities.
In the cities you can pay with credit cards. (Visa, Mastercard, Maestro, American Express, ...)
You hardly will need money during the trail ride.
 
Electricity and plugs 
http://www.power-plugs-sockets.com/venezuela 
 
Mobile phone 
In towns and villages there is mobile phone coverage everywhere. During the riding trip the will be little or no mobile phone network.

Internet 
In cities and bigger towns there is everywhere Internet access. During the riding trip there is NO internet access.

Time in Venezuela
http://www.worldtimeserver.com/ 

Weather in Venezuela during the Riding Expedition
Humidity in the jungle and cloud forest is high
Sunny but rain is always possible 
Daytime temperatures between 16C° & 28C°
Temperature at night between 20C° & -7C° 

Travel Insurance
We request you take a travel Insurance. Ask your local insurance company or travel agent about it. You will not be allowed to participate at the Trail Ride without having a personal travel insurance. Your insurance details will be requested on arrival.

Trip Cancellation Insurance recommended
In order to protect yourself against unforeseen circumstances interfering with your vacation, we strongly suggest that you purchase trip cancellation insurance. You can use any travel insurance company you are comfortable with.

Release Agreement
“The Venezuelan Jungle to Andes Trail Ride” guests are required to sign a release agreement at the time of check-in. This is mandatory and guests cannot participate in the tour without signing the release agreement (all moneys paid are non-refundable). Please feel free to read the release agreement prior to your arrival. Parents or legal guardians of minor children are required to sign the release agreement on their children’s behalf. Please direct all questions to the office.

Safety 
Although Venezuela is going through some internal political problems (and this has been the fact since the last 20 years) the country is safe to visit and the locals love to meet and receive foreigners. There is no need to worry at all. You will be welcomed with open arms.

Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/venezuela 
 
Rules
We are not so much into rules, but we reserve the right to refuse service to any individual who jeopardizes the health, safety and welfare of any of our guests, staff, family & community members, animals & livestock, or who refuses to follow the rules we have established for your safety and welfare during your visit with us.