|The Llanos is a vast area of plains, savannas, ponds and rivers that cover most of western lowlands of Venezuela. Reminiscent of the Pantanal in Brazil, it's a prime wildlife watching destination. Several lodges has been estblished in this area, that allow you to explore the surrounding plains in search for caimans, capybaras, foxes, deer, anteaters, several species of cat and of course many birds. We stayed at Hato Piñero, a 800 km2 (!!) cattle ranch, on which poaching has been banned for 50 years now. As a result, many animals find refuge here. In fact, this hato is generally acknowledged to be one of the best places in America, if not the best, to watch felines. No less than six cat species, including jaguar, roam the forests and plains surrounding the lodge. We stayed 2 nights on this hato, which was just enough to get an impression. Every morning and evening we went on a game drive assisted by a knowledgable guide. The evening game drive included a night drive on the way back to the Hato, for which a search light was used to spot eyes of nocturnal animals. That's when we were lucky to see a beautiful ocelot crossing the road. We sincerely hope that the Venezuelan government will not confiscate the ranch and will keep its hands off this truly wonderful place.|
|This gem of a National Park should be on the list of every person interested in nature. It's the oldest National park of Venezuela and enompasses the mountain range lies along the coast of Venezuela. It's covered in lush tropical rain- and cloudforest and is home to a staggering 600 species of birds and many other animals. Especially for birdwatchers it's a paradise. Many endemic species as well as a great place to watch migratory birds during spring or fall. There are two main raods crossing the park ending up at the coast where many beautiful palm-fringed beaches can be found. The road leading up to Rancho Grande, a biological station at 1000m altitude is a perfect spot to watch birds at the different vegatation zones. The eastern road is extremely scenic and winds down to the coast to Choroní, which is a perfect little town to chill on one of its beaches. |
Keep in mind that in the weekend the roads and beaches will be very crowded with Venezuelan daytrippers.
|Physical activities: |
eg Walking / Rafting / swimming
eg National Park / Reserve
City / Cultural site