scarlet-ibis1Los Llanos is a large flat region which become shallowly flooded during the wet season and then progressively drain and dry out during the dry season. As the areas of water gradually shrink the birds and animals become concentrated in and around the water holes providing unsurpassed opportunities to view large numbers and great diversity of birds, both resident and migratory.   Although the landscape of Los Llanos is flat there is a variety of habitats ranging from the large expanses of grassland where cattle are grazed to gallery forest along the main watercourses and these different habitats support the wide range of species present. There are a great number of different waterbirds present at Los Llanos, but undoubtedly the signature bird of Los Llanos is the Scarlet Ibis.

Special CommentIt goes without saying that all our accommodation is of the usual very high standard as all Worldwide Birding Tours. This tour is relaxed and recommended if comfort and easy pace is required. The Scarlet Ibis inhabit the Orinoco River Delta for part of the year but migrate to Los Llanos as the dry season progresses. There can be few more stunning sights than a large flock of these brilliant scarlet birds. The water holes are also frequented by other waterbirds including the large Orinoco Goose and the smaller Black-bellied and White-faced Whistling Ducks, Brazilian Teal and Wattled Jacana.  Although the birds of Los Llanos are a major attraction the animals provide a real additional interest and should not be overlooked.
The bizarre Giant Anteater with its huge brush-like tail, the many Spectacled Caiman and the Green Anaconda are all worthy of attention and interest. The Anaconda is a truly massive snake growing to more than 8.8 m in length, with a huge girth and weighing up to 227 kg.
The gallery forest along the waterways provides an opportunity to see a completely different  range of birds and animals. Commonly observed is the strange, primitive Hoatzin, together with Amazon Kingfisher, Green Kingfisher, Pygmy Kingfisher and various members of the parrot family. In the rivers it is also possible to see the Pink River Dolphins, although they barely break the surface of the water to breathe which makes photography nearly impossible and the handsome Giant River Otter with its inquisitive nature.

A visit to Los Llanos should be combined with trips to other parts of the beautiful country of Venezuela. hoatzinThe cloud forests on the slopes of the Andes contain myriad Hummingbirds, Quetzals and Trogons, while the Paramo, above 4000 m altitude, is a fantastic landscape which, at the right season, is covered with flowers. The mountain rivers flowing down from the high Andes provide the ideal habitat for the elusive Torrent Duck with its unbelievable ability to navigate the turbulent waters. Venezuela also has a lek for the strange Cock-of-the-Rock where twice a day without fail 15-20 male birds display in an amazing and noisy performance.
The arduous trek to the lek is well worth the effort. As a high point to any trip a visit to see the Harpy Eagle at a nest site is a must. Venezuela is probably the most dependable location in South America to see this massive raptor which feeds on monkeys, sloths and armadillos. To complete the spectrum of habitats a stay in the Orinoco River Delta provides an opportunity to see true rainforest viewed with ease from a boat on the main rivers or tributaries.


All our guests always have regular options, either join-in with the tour group birding and wildlife viewing or opt-out and enjoy your own company. You, the client, have choices unlike with so many other group tours!

Reserving your place is both easy and inexpensive. A deposit of € 250 is all we require! Book online...

Venezuela Tour Info

  • Tour dates
    2nd of - 20th of February 2018
  • Price
    € 4.695 p.p.
    € 600 Single supplement
  • Deposit
    € 250 p.p.
  • Includes
    All accommodation, all meals and transport (including domestic flights), fulltime guiding, Nature reserve entrance fees, and airport transfers
  • Excludes
    International Flights, insurance and personal costs.
  • Tour party
    Minimum 6, maximum 8 persons

 

Itinerary at a Glance

  • Day 1 - Costa Real Suites- Arrival in Caracas
  • Day 2 - Posada Casa Vieja, Tabay - Flight to Vigea, Birding La Mucuy Sierra Nevada N.P.
  • Day 3 - Posada Casa Vieja, Tabay - Birding Humboldt trail Sierra Nevada N.P.
  • Day 4 - La Trucha Azul, Santo Domingo - Visit Paramo region
  • Day 5 - Casa Vieja, Altamira - Visit Cock of the Rock lek.
  • Day 6 - Casa Vieja, Altamira - Birding in the region
  • Day 7 - Hato El Cedral, Llanos - Transfer to Los Llanos
  • Day 8 - Hato El Cedral, Llanos - All day birding, wildlife viewing
  • Day 9 - Hato El Cedral, Llanos - All day birding, wildlife viewing
  • Day 10 - Hato Pinero, Llanos Altos - Transfer to Llanos Altos
  • Day 11 - Hato Pinero, Llanos Altos - All day birding, wildlife viewing
  • Day 12 - Hato Pinero, Llanos Altos - All day birding, wildlife viewing
  • Day 13 - Costa Real Suites - Birding & game viewing
  • Day 14 - Parador Turistico, Taguapire - Flight ot Puerto Ordaz, birding in the afternoon
  • Day 15 - Parador Turistico, Taguapire - Birding in the area, concentrating on Harpy Eagle
  • Day 16 - Orinoco Delta Lodge - Transfer to Boca de Uraco, boat ride
  • Day 17 - Orinoco Delta Lodge - all day birding by boat
  • Day 18 - Costa Real Suites - Transfer to Maturin Airport, flight back to Caracas
  • Day 19 - Departure back home

* Depending on availability days 10-12 can be changes for Cano Fistola