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Trek to Pan de Azúcar 3D/2N - Venezuela

The Pico Pan de Azúcar, at 4,680 meters above sea level, is the ninth highest mountain of Venezuela, and the third highest of the Sierra de la Culata mountain range. Its name, which translates as "Bread of Sugar", is due to the sandy slopes of the mountain, which resembles "pan dulce", a kind of bread sprinkled with sugar eaten in the country. The summit offers a scenic view, including Lake Maracaibo, the Sierra Nevada and the surrounding mountains of the Sierra de la Culata.

Detailed program

trail to sugar peak Andes Venezuela
Day 01: Welcome to the Sierra de la Culata National Park

A Toyota Land Cruiser will take you on a 50-minute trip to the Sierra de la Culata National Park. On our way to the park, we will pass by a small village called El Valle (the Valley), which is the most important one in the area. Once we reach the entrance to the park, we’ll say good-bye to civilisation and start our 3-day journey in these amazing mountains. Do not be surprised if it’s a little bit difficult for you to breathe; we are here at an altitude of 3,000 metres above sea level and will go even higher than that! While hiking up the path, landscapes will switch between meadows and dense vegetation that is composed mainly of rosette plants, shrubs and grasses. In the evening, we'll set up camp by a crystal waterfall at an altitude of 3,800 metres.
Accommodation: Tents.
Transport: Toyota Land Cruiser.
Communication: No network.

Important: Bring hats, raincoats, swimsuits, fleece jackets, hiking boots, shorts, long pants, t-shirts, flip flops, towels, sunscreen, bug spray, and flashlights.

Páramo of Mérida
Day 2: Pico Pan de Azúcar at 4,640 Metres above Sea Level

Today we’re going to walk to the base of the peak; once we get there, we'll leave the unnecessary belongings and start hiking up to the summit of Pan de Azúcar. On our way to this gorgeous peak, we’ll walk along a pathway that goes across a sandy area with frailejón plants that are 3 metres tall. Then we’ll reach a higher altitudinal zone where vegetation does not exist anymore; it’s a sandy desert that begins at around 4,400 metres above sea level. After walking a certain distance, we’ll finally reach the top of the mountain, at an altitude of 4,640 meters. From here, we will have an extraordinary view of the highest mountains, valleys and lakes. If it's clear enough, it will be possible to see Lake Maracaibo to the north and the Sierra Nevada to the south. To return, we’ll take the same path that leads to the base of the peak. Next, we will pick up the things we had left there earlier and we’ll start walking east, downhill along a winding path that passes by some little peaceful lakes. In the evening, we’ll set up camp among spectacular giant mountains.
Meals: (B-L-D).
Accommodation: Tents.
Communication: No network.
A Valley in the Páramo
Day 3: Back in Mérida

Today we will continue to walk downhill for a few hours before we reach La Musui hot springs, a pleasant, outdoor, geothermal spa located at an altitude of 3,500 metres above sea level, which makes them the highest hot springs in Venezuela. Swimming here at such high altitude while enjoying the spectacular view of the Sierra Nevada National Park’s peaks is just priceless. This is the perfect place for you to unwind after this arduous 3-day journey hiking in the mountains. After this relaxing bath, a final short 30-minute walk awaits us before finally hitting the road for a long car journey back to Mérida.
Meals: (B-L).
Accommodation: Hacienda Colonial Buenaventura. Hot water and electricity.
Transportation: Toyota Land Cruiser 70 series.
Communication: Mobile network 3G.
  • 4 people or more: 240 Euros/person
  • 2 people: 360 Euros/person
  • High season rates: +15%

The following is included in this price:
  • - All of the forms of Transport, 4WD, taxis from Mérida and to Mérida
  • - All of the accommodation facilities.
  • - Meals when specified (B-L-D) = (Breakfast-Lunch-Diner).
  • - Specialised guides on each tour speak English & Spanish.
  • - All of the excursions and safaris mentioned in the tour package, except in Ciudad Bolívar.
Not included:
  • - International flights.
  • - Airport taxes (about 5 euros/person/flight).
  • - Alcoholic drinks.
  • - Meals when not specified (by yourself) (--) = no meals included.
  • - Private English-speaking guide during your whole trip.
  • - Personal expenses.
  • - All sorts of insurance.
  • - Everything that’s not specified below « The Following is included in this price».
Travel organization:
Our programmes are individually organised in terms of dates and content. However, our tours are not fully private, so you could meet other travellers at different stages of your trip.
What to Bring?
Hat; sunscreen; water bottle; hike pants; insect repellent; headlamp; raincoat; passport copy; sleeping bag liner; you don’t need big, heavy or cumbersome shoes, but good trainers (orienteering shoes); plastic bags to keep water away from electronic devices; first-aid-kit; polar fleece jacket; bath towel.
Tips when Planing your Trip to Venezuela:
Don't forget your travel insurance! You can benefit from the travel cancellation insurance offered by your credit-card company when paying for your tourist package at our point of sale. You must get neither a visa nor vaccination to come to Venezuela. However, Franbrasil Tour’s C.A. recommends you should get the yellow fever vaccine and the preventive treatment of malaria. You also need to have a valid passport for at least six months before arriving in Venezuela, and you have to carry it with you when travelling within the country.
Means of Transport are mentioned as examples of the models of vehicles used most often.
map of the trekking Mucuposada Venezuela