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Venezuela Orinoco Delta

Orinoco Delta of the Orinoco River is located in eastern Venezuela. The vast delta is mainly composed by two major waterways or caños; the caño Manamo, going to the north, and Rio Grande, to the east. The Orinoco River and its fertile delta composed of several islands is inhabited by Warao people who live in thatched-roof huts built upon stilts. Wildlife includes Howler monkeys, Giant otters and Pink dolphins. Also, Macaws, Toucans and Hummingbirds.

Beginning in the spectacular Andean valley, journey through the immense plains of Los Llanos to witness a myriad of tropical creatures in their natural environment, including crocodiles and jaguars. Follow the Orinoco River that cuts through the heart of the Llanos landscape. Explore its diverse landscape of dry forests and grasslands that seasonally get flooded by the mighty Orinoco before it disperses into a river delta of swamp forests and coastal mangroves as it approaches the Atlantic.

TRAVEL UNTAMED ON THIS 10-DAY ORINOCO RIVER EXPERIENCE…
And, stay in ecotourism camps established on the ranches or hatos.
 

What We Love
  • Stay at ecotourism camps established on the ranches or hatos and see impressive wildlife.
  • Visit Merida with lush green mountains, the second largest tourist destination in Venezuela.
  • Journey through the labyrinth of waterways in the spectacular Orinoco Delta
  • Travel any day – shorten or lengthen the tour to suite your wishes.
  • This tour is designed to provide maximum outdoor experience.
What to Know
  • This is a relaxed tour but may require walking on rough surfaces.  
  • We carefully select the world's local activity providers in each destination.
  • We offer 24/7 support to give you complete peace of mind during your holiday.
  • We strongly recommend that you take travel insurance for this holiday.

Venezuela Orinoco Delta

Caracas, Merida, Los Llanos, Puerto Ordaz, Delta Orinoco,
(10 Days – Travel Any Day)


Day 1 – Arrive
Caracas Meet and greet at the airport and take a private transfer to your hotel.
Overnight: Hotel Alba Caracas.

Day 2 – Transfer
Mérida Transfer to airport for our flight to Mérida in Andes. Meet and greet on arrival and transfer to a charming posada in the heart of Merida’s colonial district. It’s known for its Spanish colonial architecture, its parks and squares, and as a base for outdoor activities in the nearby Sierra Nevada and Sierra La Culata national parks. If time permits, take a guided tour to local villages, to the coffee and sugar cane plantation or to the Páramos.
Overnight: Posada Casa Sol (B)

Day 3 – Private Touring
Higher Andes Explore the Páramo region of the higher Andes and visit the Andean villages where a special type of mountain dog is bred. At Laguna Mucubají, we will hike for about 2 hours to Laguna Negra – a beautiful glacial lagoon at 3,000 meters, whose dark waters mirror the surrounding landscape. We will visit the biological station of Mifafi, working to protect the endangered Frontino Bear, and to reintroduce the Condor to the Venezuelan Andes. Then drive along Pico El Aguila, at 4,100 meters, the highest mountain pass in the Venezuelan Andes, marvelling at the spectacular views.
Overnight: Hotel Los Frailes (B, L, D)

Day 4 – Private Touring
Llanos After breakfast we will wind our way down to the Llanos, the vast plains which dominate the central area of Venezuela. It is an incredible place to see wildlife. There are a variety of birds and mammal species, including the well-known capybara, the world’s largest rodent, opossum, tapirs, ocelots and magnificent jaguars. The local rivers are inhabited by fresh-water porpoises and the largest American crocodile, the Orinoco caiman, among a variety of other tropical species.

Enjoy your stay at a working cattle ranch, whose mission is to protect the spectacular wildlife of the Llanos. Morning and afternoon animal-watching excursions are done on open trucks, boat, or on foot.
Overnight at Hato el Cedral (B, L, D)

Day 5 – Working of a Ranch
Llanos Today we will enjoy a full day of animal watching and learn the working of ranch.  
Overnight at Hato el Cedral (B, L, D)

Day 6 – Transfer
Puerto Ordaz Transfer to the Barinas airport (3 hours approx.) for your flight to Puerto Ordaz via Caracas. Meet with your guide and transfer to your hotel for your overnight stay.
Overnight: Hotel Intercontinental Ciudad Guayana (B)

Day 7 – Transfer
Orinoco Delta Travel by car and boat to our camp in the Orinoco River Delta. The Orinoco is the second largest in the American continent second only to the Amazonian delta. It is a labyrinth of canals that form impenetrable green islands which give the impression of the jungle expanding and swallowing the course of the river. In the midst of these canals, you may see small paddle canoes travelling between villages. You may also visit the Warao Indians, who inhabit the shores of the canals in typical wooden and thatched houses built in stitches over the water.
Overnight: Orinoco Delta Lodge (B, L, D)

Day 8 & 9 – Experience Warao Culture
Orinoco River Delta Travel by fast boat to the most remote and primitive areas of the delta with various breaks to visit the Warao communities and enter the narrowest canals. Return to the lodge for lunch. In the afternoon, enjoy a fantastic jungle-walk to discover the local flora and fauna identified by your fantastic expert local guides.
Overnight: Orinoco Delta Lodge (B, L, D)

Day 10 – Depart
Caracas After breakfast, depart by flight to Caracas. Upon arrival, meet your guide for airport assistance to connect with your onward flight. (B)
 

 
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Make this your holiday

  • Exclusive Tour: your own private multilingual guide throughout the trip  
  • Price Guarantee: costing 25-30% less than similar tours of the same flexibility and quality
  • Tailor Made: customised itinerary to create your dream holiday
  • Duration: shorten or lengthen the tour to suit your wishes
  • Dates: depart and return whenever you choose
  • Hotels: change hotel grade to suit your budget
  • Group Discounts: call 020 8350 6199


Getting There The Avior and SBA Airlines offer direct flights to Miami but not to any other US or European destinations. European carriers such as Air France, Iberia and Air Europa operate direct flights from mainland Europe. Nearly all international visitors arrive at Caracas' Aeropuerto Internacional Simón Bolívar in Maiquetía, 26km from Caracas. The national carrier is Conviasa.

When to go Venezuela’s proximity to the Equator allows few climatic variations making it a year-round destination. The best time however, is the dry season, which runs from December to April. The wet season runs from May to November and is not all that bad for some sights, including the famous Angel Falls that are certainly more impressive in the wet season.

In Los Llanos, wildlife spotting is much more abundant during the dry season, when the animals congregate at the few watering holes, and hordes of pesky mosquitoes make walking very unpleasant during the wet season. Also Guayana region is more comfortable during this dry season, though Angel Falls tends to be fuller and more spectacular during the wet season.