Lost World sets weekly adventures

DECATUR, Ga. -- Lost World Adventures is offering weekly departures year-round on two programs.

Bird-watchers in the Venezuelan Andes. The first combines Venezuela's pristine rain forests with Caribbean Sea attractions. The second takes clients from the Andes Mountains to the Caribbean coast and includes a sailing cruise along Los Roques archipelago.

The eight-night Amazon Rainforest & Caribbean program starts in Caracas for one night and then continues by air to Puerto Ayacucho for a three-night stay at Yataje, a comfortable lodge on the Coro Coro River.

Accommodations are in private cabanas with bathrooms, and facilities include an open-air bar and lounge. In the rain forest, activities will include a boat ride to Coro Coro Falls for swimming a guided jungle walk, a nighttime boat ride for bird-watching and alligator viewing and a boat ride on the Manapiare River.

Travelers return to Caracas by air and continue overland through a cloud forest to the Henri Pittier National Park, home to more than 400 species of birds and more than 30,000 classified plants.

The drive continues through the Portachuelo mountain pass, a bird-watchers' haven, to the colonial town of Choroni on the Caribbean coast for a three-night stay at a hacienda-style lodge. A lot of time is scheduled for swimming and snorkeling as well as for boat rides to remote beaches and the picturesque coastal village of Chuao for lunch and a tropical fruit plantation visit. The tour ends with a final night in Caracas.

The $1,995 price per person includes two nights in Caracas in a five-star hotel; three nights each in Amazon and Caribbean lodges, with all meals and guided excursions; private transfers, and domestic flights.

International air is not included. The 11-night Scenic Andes and Los Roques program combines the Andes Mountains with Angel Falls at Canaima. It also features the beaches of Venezuela's Caribbean coast during a three-day sailboat cruise through Los Roques archipelago.

For the four-night Scenic Andean Adventure, travelers fly to Merida, staying three nights there and one night in the mountains at the Hotel Los Frailes. This tour includes extensive overland sightseeing to Andean villages and highland plateaus. An optional ride is available on the world's longest and highest aerial cable car (about 11,000 feet).

During a two-night stay in Canaima, travelers fly over Devils Canyon, Auyan-tepi and Angel Falls in a DC-3 and take a boat excursion in the Canaima lagoon for a close-up view of Hacha Falls.

An optional full-day tour is available by air to Kavak. The cruise in Los Roques archipelago will include swimming and snorkeling. This program is priced at $2,498 per person, double.

It includes two nights' accommodations at the Caracas Hilton; four nights on a Scenic Andes adventure; guided excursions and an Angel Falls overflight; a three-night sailing at Los Roques; airport transfers, and domestic flights.

Lost World Adventures

Phone: (800) 999-0558 or (404) 373-5820

Fax: (404) 377-1902

Web: www.lostworldadventures.com

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