Orinoco Delta

Orinoco Delta

The tropical sun slaps the waters of the Orinoco River as you lazily drift in a canoe under a lush canopy of trees. Suddenly, the jungle explodes with sounds as a howler monkey’s screech scares hundreds of colourful birds into flight. You grab for your binoculars while your travel companion focuses her camera. 

Flying into the sky are macaws, toucans, pelicans, parrots, kingfishers and dozens of exotic species that you have never seen before. The sounds of squawking and screeching and flapping wings then subside. The jungle quiets down once again beneath the steamy noontime sun. 

As you drift in your canoe, you may see a bottle-nosed river dolphins jump out the water. This is why you left your home to visit Venezuela

Welcome to your incredible bird watching and animal viewing “river cruise” vacation from Angel-Eco Tours.

Orinoco Delta - Venezuela
Crimson Crested Woodpecker.

Itinerary

Our cruiser to explore the Orinoco.

Day 1: Barcelona / Maturín / Puerto Ordaz – Orinoco River

Fly to the interior from Caracas then transfer to Uracoa pier and on to our lodge by river. The lodge is located in the middle of the dense rainforest.

From the comfort of your launch observe a wide variety of flora and fauna – including water hyacinths, pink dolphins, capuchin and red howler monkeys and any number of birds such as anhingas, kingfishers, toucans, macaws, parrots etc. Along the riverbanks we will pass small Warao settlements – the Warao are the indigenous people that live here in unique stilted dwellings known as “palafitos” built over the river’s edge.

Excursions from the lodge include a brief “jungle” walk with a Warao guide. He will point out edible plants, such as the heart of palm and other edible delicacies that the Warao survive on.

Later at the lodge relax in your room or in a hammock before dinner. (S, D)

Day 2. Orinoco Delta – Full day

Rise early to the cacophony of sounds – birds singing or the screeching (more like roaring) of red howler monkeys. Explore in a larger boat and search for river dolphins, spectacled caiman, capuchin, red howler monkeys, macaws, toucans, hummingbirds, kingfishers and more.

We may visit some Warao settlements but generally they will arrive at the lodge to sell their handcrafts like beautifully woven hammocks made from the surrounding palm tree fronds, bowls, trinkets etc.

In the evening, maybe for a nominal cost, take a fascinating nocturnal tour of the surrounding waterways. (B, L, D)

A Warao woman weaves a hammock

Red Howler Monkey

Day 3. Orinoco Delta – Barcelona / Maturín / Puerto Ordaz / Canaima

Should you be up for it, this morning you will be taken out to a quiet spot in the river to do some Piranha fishing and after an early lunch we travel by river one last time to Uracoa pier and drive back to your departing airport. Time permitting, we may even stop to see if we can find tarantulas alongside the river. (B, L)

Notes: there are local Warao families that tend to visit the lodge whilst you are staying there. We would suggest you save a little cash, preferably dollars to buy some goods from them so no-one will be disappointed – every little helps them and their families. You can negotiate with bags of rice, cooking oil, olive oil and even medicines. The children here suffer from bad nutrition, headaches and sadly, diarrhoea, so any medicines you could bring would be really appreciated.

The Warao families are quite large often with 6-10 children so clothing for adults and the children are also very MUCH appreciated. 

For your  comfort and peace of mind – we suggest that you bring some bottled water with you, Loperan tablets and a strong mosquito spray (non-deet if possible) to be comfortable. There are mosquitos and these are prevalent on the jungle / canopy tour and especially at dusk. Loperan is a medicine for the prevention of tummy sickness such as diarrhoea – not to worry unduly but if you are sampling “delights” from the jungle then it may help. 

How Can you Help The Local Warrao?

There are local Warao families that tend to visit the lodge whilst you are staying there. 

We would suggest you save a little cash, preferably dollars to buy some goods from them so no-one will be disappointed – every little helps them and their families. You can even negotiate with bags of rice, cooking oil, olive oil and even medicines. The children here suffer from bad nutrition, headaches and sadly, diarrhoea, so any medicines you could bring would also be really appreciated.

The Warao families are quite large, often with large families of 6-10 children so even clothing for adults and the children are also very MUCH appreciated. 

For your  comfort and peace of mind – we suggest that you bring some bottled water with you, Loperan tablets and a strong mosquito spray (non-deet if possible) to be comfortable. There are mosquitos and these are prevalent on the jungle / canopy tour and especially at dusk. Loperan is a medicine for the prevention of tummy sickness such as diarrhoea – not to worry unduly but if you are sampling “delights” from the jungle then it may help. 

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