Kavak in Pemón means “macaw” – it is a small community close to the Pemón villages of Kamarata and Santa Marta that consists of several comfortable churuata dwellings built specifically for tourism – where one can chose hammocks or beds as their bedding down of choice.
The lodges were constructed close to Kavak River – that winds its way into a gorgeous canyon at the end of which is the beautiful Kavak waterfall. In order to enter the canyon one must join the Pemón guide in an indigenous chant to the spirits. A truly spiritual place to visit.
The airstrip at Kavak is cut out of the savanna and the flight, should one be taking that mode of transport, is spectacular! Flying over lakes, tropical rainforests, jungles and if you are fortunate, the world’s tallest waterfall – Angel Falls at 979 metres (3,212 feet tall).
Kavak is another jewel of Kamarata Valley and like its neighbour Uruyén (Yurwan) is a magical place and pretty much off the beaten track. It is located in beautiful Kamarata Valley situated in a savanna ecosystem within hiking distance of the local Pemón settlements (villages) of Kamarata, Santa Marta, Old Uruyén and nearby waterfalls, as well of course to the impressive Kavak canyon.
Activities include a stiff hike up to La Toma, the viewpoint overlooking Kamarata Valley and Kavak waterfall. Other local hikes are possible to neighbouring indigenous settlements, as well as trekking, cultural visits / dances, swimming, visits to local waterfalls dotted around the area and even curiara trips on the neighbouring rivers.