Enjoy an exciting experience into the Venezuelan western Llanos interacting with the amazing nature and wildlife and the Llaneros. Catch an anaconda, fish for piranha, ride a boat onto Guaritico river and go bridwatching. Departures every 3 days from Mérida or Barinas.
This complex ecosystem is incredibly beautiful and by far one of the most rewarding places to visit in Venezuela. Fish for Piranha, ride horseback and even catch anaconda in this vast and sparsely populated landscape, which is home to an enormous range of plants reptiles, birds, insects and mammals.
The journey from Merida to Los Llanos is an adventure in itself. Passing through the Venezuelan highlands your driver will stop in Andean towns and the beautiful Sierra Nevada National Park. You will also visit the local Cocoa and coffee farms located on the foothills of the Andean rainforest. Once you descend from the Andes down into the vast plains of the Llanos you can feel the air warm and you begin to notice the wildlife around you including; Spectacle alligators, hoatzins, egrets, herons, red scarlet ibis, iguanas, kingfishers, storks, armadillos and red howler monkeys. Lunch at a local restaurant where you will sample various local dishes.
When you arrive at the camp, located near Guaritico wildlife sanctuary, you will be given a candlelight dinner, after which you can get to know some of the other travellers and have a few drinks before falling asleep in your bed to the song of the Llanos.
After a wholesome cooked breakfast you will board a small boat and drift through the Guaritico wildlife sanctuary where you can observe pink dolphins, turtles and alligators along with numerous species of birds including ospreys, hoatzins, black collared hawk, jacanas, sunbitterns and the great black hawk among others. We will fish for piranha, the infamous man eating fish that live in abundance in the Llanos. Assuming you survive the piranha fishing, another leisurely lunch at the camp in the afternoon. Then hunting for cayman and anacondas which, at almost 12 metres, are easily the largest snake in existence. (without killing them). Overnight in shared bedrooms at local camp; the piranha look much less dangerous once they have been marinated in garlic and lightly fried.
After Breakfast you will set off on an exciting horseback riding tour across the savannah gallery forest. Your guide will be there to spot birds and reptiles and let you know more about their characteristics and other interesting topics. After lunch, we will drive to the Acequias River on the Andes foothill for dinner and overnight in bunk beds at local rafting camp.
Final breakfast and Rafting activities by the camp at the Acequias River (schedule permitting) and drive back up through the Andes to Mérida or drop off at Barinas bus station or Airport.
Rafting tour in an Andean foothill river with an expert guide and all equipment (time permitting).
· Guide service in English & Spanish
· All meals.
· Land and boat transfers.
· Overnight in Camps in hammock and bunk beds
· Daily guided excursions.
· Tips to guides
· Alcoholic beverages
· Trip insurance – Strongly recommended for inward and outward bound travel
· Breakfast on first day / Lunch and dinner on the last day of the program
Suggested Items to Bring
· Hiking boots and socks
· Tennis shoes / sneakers / sandals with good tread
· Light cotton trousers, shorts, tee shirts, long-sleeved shirt
· Rain protection (poncho)
· Sun protection / sun block
· Head protection – baseball cap, hat or scarf
· Insect repellent
· Small flash light and spare batteries
· Small backpack for daily essentials
· Camera with plenty of memory and spare battery is advised!
· Please, no aerosols.
Towel and Plastic bag for your wet clothes