Turpial Travel is happy to assist you in booking national park vacations in Venezuela and Chile. Read on to learn more about some of our top destinations:
Canaima National Park, Venezuela
A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Canaima National Park includes the world’s highest waterfall, beautiful and unusual topography and some fascinating archeological sites. Known for its table mountain or tepui formations, the area resembles the mesas of the southwestern United States and shows geographic similarity to western Africa. The type of sandstone found in the park is the same as the sandstone found in the Western Sahara, as the area was once connected to Africa.
Canaima National Park vacations must include Angel Falls. At over 3,200 feet, Angel Falls is the world’s highest water fall. A trip to Angel Falls can be complicated as there are no roads in that region, and it can only be reached by air.
Much of the park is uninhabited wilderness, although there is a road from Ciudad Bolivar that runs through the eastern section of Canaima and provides access for tourists. Hotels and camping options are available. The region has been inhabited for 10,000 years and hand-made tools found in the park date back to 9,000 years ago.
Torres del Paine, Chile
Torres del Paine National Park in Patagonia is one of the top South American national park vacations. The park offers almost 500,000 acres of spectacular scenery and encompasses four distinct habitats: forest, scrubland, tundra and mountains, each with its own species of plants and animals. It’s a great place for bird watching with over 100 recorded species, including eagles, swans and Andean condors. You may also see pumas, guanacos and Chillean foxes.
Hiking is a highlight of a vacation to Torres del Paine National Park. Choose a day hike to the Salto Grande waterfall or the spectacular views of mountain lakes at Mirador Nordenskjöld. If you are up for a longer hike, the Circuit takes five to eight days through the park, while the W is a bit shorter and can be completed in three or four. Glacier trekking and mountain climbing tours are available to the truly adventurous. Other popular activities include kayaking, fishing, horseback riding and wildlife photography.
The park’s busy season is October to April, which is spring and summer in Chile. Mild temperatures in the lower elevations–highs in the 60s and lows in the 30s or 40s–make this a year-round destination. Hotels and camping are both available in the park and the admission fee is $38 US dollars.
Rapa Nui National Park (Easter Island)
The mysterious stone heads of Easter Island are an iconic image and one of the most notable national park vacations. Known as moai, the giant sculptures are made of volcanic rock, and their average height is 13 feet and weight is 14 tons. There are no written records of the methods the island’s inhabitants used to move or create the moai or what their purpose may have been, but they are a sight not to be missed.
Plan to include the Ranu Raraku quarry in your vacation itinerary. This is where the giant heads were carved, and the island’s early inhabitants left over 400 sculptures in various stages of completion.
It is easy to get around the island with cars, motorcycles and bicycles, which you can rent. The best time to visit is January through March, when excellent diving, surfing and swimming are available.