This place was sold to us as the Vexplorer Lodge by Cacao Travel who booked us in for half board there.
Santa Elena de Uairén is limited in what is on offer, but is the best base in order to see Kukenan & Roraima.
The Lodge, very basic in its facilities, is located on the outskirts of town, just far enough to make it a bit of a deal, although taxis are plentiful and cheap to get back.
Perhaps it was an unhappy coincidence, the owners (including the cook we were told) were away on their vacation whilst we were guests at their lodge, the caretakers were a young couple who seemed to be at a bit of a loss, they certainly couldn´t cook.
+ Clean, new mattress.
- Sheets too small for the bed not changed for the four hot, humid days we were there.
- Damp towels only changed on request.
- Noisy: Caged toucan provides effective wake-up shriek, day or night.
Local disco music till 03.00 Friday & Saturday night. Thin dividing walls.
- Slippy shower.
- Indifferent electric shower heater.
- Cold water only sink.
- Abysmal lighting in both the rooms and common areas.
Broken toilet flush was repaired the next day.
We asked several times to see a different room, a cabin up the hill, but we were told it was occupied for just our first night.
We never saw the occupant, or the room, subsequent days.
We were clearly the only guests the first night, after being served dinner of tepid cut up Hot Dog and rice (more of that later) the caretakers drove off leaving us quite alone.
Cooking was on a level of student food (actually, that´s not fair to students)
Dinner: Sliced Hot Dog with tomato sauce / boiled rice/ shredded lettuce
Breakfast: Processed ham slice / processed cheese slice / bread
Dinner: Lentil / Vegetable stew
Breakfast: Cold pancake / processed cheese slice
Dinner: Spaghetti Bolognese
Breakfast: Scrambled egg
Dinner: Chicken & cold mashed potato
Breakfast: Tuna & mayo / processed cheese slice
All the food was served lukewarm or cold – no excuse, I checked, there was a microwave.
Before the end both us and the only other guests to arrive, a Polish family were desperate to get out, we lasted four of our five booked nights.
We had tried to leave earlier (see my Venezuela Trip Report), Sta. Elena has a number of hostels/hotels, try another.
You might do better, you couldn´t do worse.
- Also Known As:
- Venezuela Explorer Ecolodge Santa Elena De Uairen