Day 1: We will arrive to Merida and from there we will be transported to Gavidia. In Gavidia we will have dinner and spend the night in a Mucuposada (Andean rural inn).
Day 2: We will have breakfast in the posada. Afterwards we will initiate a long journey through “Llano del Trigo” to the “Alto de Micarache” (3.640 m.s.n.m.), to start the descent through the páramo and the transition area until we get to the cloud forest or mountain jungle, following the course of the Canaguá river until we get to the rural settlement of “Carrizal”. We will stop for a picnic lunch on the way. Dinner and lodging will be in a Mucuposada.
Estimated trekking time: 9 hours .
Day 3: Additional day in Carrizal to enjoy the place and its surroundings (thermal springs, crops, trout fishing, beekeeping, swimming in the river, etc) at the same time we get the chance to relax and rest from yesterday’s long journey.
Day 4: We will have breakfast in the posada. Then we will continue the trekking through the exuberant mountain jungle, crossing the rivers by suspension bridges until we arrive to San José from where you have a magnificent view of the plains. On one side the impressive mountains and on the other the grassland’s plains. We will stop during the journey to have a picnic lunch. We will have dinner and spend the night in a Mucuposada. Estimated trekking time: 5 hours
Day 5: After breakfast we will continue our trekking, walking through coffee plantations through a shadowy forest until we arrive to the “Alto de La Aguada” where there is a simple church built by Juan Félix Sánchez (famous andean folk artist). From there we will descend the final stretch of the range through grasslands to arrive at the end of the journey: Santa María de Canaguá. Here, we will have lunch in the posada. After lunch we can dedicate the rest of the afternoon to enjoy the nearby river. Afterwards you can enjoy a relaxing massage (optional), dinner and lodging.
Day 6: After breakfast you will be taken to the Barinas airport to take your flight back, or initiate your return by road, as you choose.