A unique frontier community in
the Gran Sabana, Bolívar State, southeastern Venezuela
El Pauji en Espańol
Where to stay : --
El Paují may seem like any other village in the Latin American
outback. It has a few shops, a few houses, a campamento
or two, and the obligatory stray dog and furtive chicken. It's
only when you're fortunate to spend more time there, that you
realise it's much more than that.
described below are the organised establishments, which have running
water (not hot), kitchens and bathrooms. Most also accept campers.
Nearly all the villagers however will be glad to take you in for
a few days and show you the sights and their lives.
There are seven different places to stay in and around the village,
all offering rustic accommodation (no hot water, some electricity
at certain hours) for about the same prices (starting at $10 a
night per person).
Reservations for most campamentos can be made through
Marielis Gil: (+58) (0)289 808 1033 email firstname.lastname@example.org
In town :
by Marielis Gil, which is also a restaurant and has three double
cabins and one single. 0289 808 1033.
camp with two doubles and a single, plus al fresco cooking facilities.
Contact him, or his daughter Luna, in Santa Elena: 0414 886
1661 / 0414 886 2000.
Chimanta run by the Scott family with four doubles.
They also have a serpentarium and cook good meals. Tel 0289
Out of town:
El Caminante, just before the town by the river, has
four cabins and tent space and can prepare meals for you or
rent the kitchen out.
Weimure, run by the Matheus family, now with only a
small, but delightful, house for guests (above) -- the bigger
one burnt down tragically!
Situated before the village on the River Paují. They can prepare
meals or let you use the kitchen. Fantastic swimming down by
the river. Contact email@example.com.
next to the Dancehall (right>) and small river.
Amariba can sleep up to 20 and has a separate kitchen area.
It also has a lovely little separate two-story cabin. Alí
now runs it. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
by Otto and Zaira, with 9 cabins, on the approach of the village.
Reservations through Maripak.
Campamento El Paují,
run by Miguel Angel Robaina and his family. Has about six doubles
and more under construction. Reservations through Maripak.
about five kms west of the village, has four cabins. Run by
Vilma and Hernan.
by Mauro and Elsa. Very attractive camp with more sophisticated
sleeping for eight, about 10 kms west of Paují. Tel 0414 995
Most campamentos will allow you
to camp for a small fee.
Doña Aura's restaurant offers
filling food in the village, or else head to Yusmeli's maloca,
just west of the village crossroads.
There are two general stores. Jose's
is cheaper. Get to them early before the fresh food is sold.
The future of the medical clinic was uncertain in late 2002. It's
best to bring all your medication and first-aid kits with you.
Radio calls to airline companies, tour operators and other villagers
can be made at Marielis Gil's Maripak. As can expensive satellite