Visit the mangrove swamps and virgin jungle of the Warao Indians and enjoy the abundance of tropical flora and fauna in this intricate labyrinth of waterways that form one of the largest deltas in the world with 40.000 sq Kms.
We start our tour in Maturín or Puerto Ordaz. We travel by road to the Uracoa pier and then by boat to our jungle lodge. The camp is located in the middle of the dense rainforest, on one of the many tributaries of the Orinoco river. From the comfort of your boat you can observe a wide variety of flora and fauna – water hyacinths, pink dolphins, giant river otters, anacondas, tortoises and red howler monkeys, etc. Along the riverbanks you will see Warao Indigenous villages with their unique raised dwellings (palafitos), built over the river’s edge. Upon arrival at the camp, you will be shown to your private cabins, and afforded some time to relax before lunch and your first excursion. After lunch, it’s time to take a leisurely walk through the rainforest that surrounds the Orinoco. Here you will experience the wild, natural habitat of the virgin jungle. Once under the canopy, your Warao guide will point out edible plants which you will get a chance to taste, or if your stomach is strong enough you can try the juicy grubs that can be found living in the dead trees and vegetation! When you return to the camp, you will relax before dinner. If you wish, you may swim in the river by the camp, or just sit and observe one of the fabulous delta sunsets. After a delicious dinner you will have the chance of enjoying the silence of the Orinoco river from the harbor of the camp.
The morning will take you into navigation the Orinoco river in search of various species that live there- among the highlights; there are river dolphins and spectacled caiman in the water, capuchin and red howler monkeys up in the dense foliage, hummingbirds and kingfishers in the skies above. Back to the camp for lunch, you will be taken on a boat trip to some of the Warao villages and palafitos that line the riverbanks in this part of Orinoco. Your guide will explain about Warao culture, and the flow of the community’s daily life –a truly fascinating experience. Here, we will have an opportunity to meet some of their craftsmen, and inspect some of their workmanship, first-hand. In the evening, you will be offered a hearty meal and maybe even a few beers or Cuba libres (local Rum and Coca Cola)! Night tours available at extra cost, ask your tour guide.
This morning you will be taken out to a quiet spot in the river to do some Piranha fishing and after lunch we travel by river one last time to Uracoa pier and drive up to Maturín or Puerto Ordaz.
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From here you can continue your trip up to the northeast coast in Mochima National Park or Paria Peninsula or visit the impressive Humboldt Natural Monument also known as Guacharo’s Cave; you can also combine Orinoco Delta with Angel Falls Expedition for 5 or 6 days experience, click here
This great tour can be also completed in 2 days and 1 night without compromising its big features.