Los Llanos

The region of Los Llanos (the plains) is characterized by a flat savannah covered by grass and gallery forests along the rivers. It covered nearly a third of the Venezuelan territory, the entire central area from the Andes down to the Orinoco River. The plains of Los Llanos are barley populated by humans, but animal life is abundant. The huge savannah changes its scenery from the dry season (December to May) to the flooding of the rainy season (June to November). The main attraction of Los Llanos is its wildlife, it offers great opportunities for wildlife and bird watching. Because of the open landscape the animals are relatively easy to watch. Wildlife is abundant in both rainy and dry seasons. The main difference is that in the dry season most animals are concentrated near the scarce sources of water, which makes them easy to spot.

Day 1

Our Los Llanos tour offers you a travel experience off the beaten track. We start the jeep safari in Merida and we travel up the valley and over the mountains to Barinas, a city on the north western edge of Los Llanos right at the end of the Andes. The mountain scenery of the Andes is not to be missed. In Barinas, where the flat lands begin we start our drive through the savannah. Here you will get the first impact of Los Llanos with the chance to see the first animals and birds. After a day of travelling we arrive at our eco-tourist camp right in the middle of Los Llanos, where we will spend the three nights of the tour sleeping in hammocks. (Campamento turistico Los Mangos). At the camp we will spend our time together with a local ìllaneroî family that runs its farm together with his camp. The Llaneros(Venezuelan Cowboy's) main activity is the cattle raising. Their typical music is the famous Joropo, which you will probably have the opportunity to enjoy during your evenings in the camp.

Day 2 and 3

Here in Los Llanos we have two full days to enjoy what the region offers. We will be staying in one of the best places for wildlife and bird watching. You will have a good chance to see capybara (locally named chig¸ire), the largest rodent in the world, spectacled caimans (ìbabasî), anteaters, the legendary anaconda, boa constrictors, piranhas, freshwater dolphins (ìtoninasî), monkeys, iguanas, turtles and more. Los Llanos is also a bird heaven, with more then 350 different species including egrets, seven different species of ibises, Jaribus, numerous Scarlet Macaws, fisher kings, hoatzin (a prehistoric-looking bird), between many others. The different activities this trip involves are canoeing down the river through gallery forest, safari and horseback riding throughout the endless savannah to observe the wildlife. You will also fish for piranhas which you may choose to have for dinner. The typical Los Llanos day will end with a spectacular sunset. ( B / L / D )

Day 4

The last day of the tour we will come back to Merida or if you like you can stay in Barinas where you can continue your journey by bus or plane. ( B / L / - )

B = breakfast, L = lunch, D = dinner

GETTING THERE AND AWAY

Flights and Busses

Three airlines fly daily from Caracas to Merida or Vigia (56km to the south east from Merida)

Between Barinas and Merida two airline offer 3 to 4 flights daily.

There are buses leaving from Caracas to Merida and Barinas several times a the journey takes 10-12 hours. Most travlers use night buses because they are faster.

Recommended bus lines are

Please note

If you take a bus in Venezuela, the driver used to turn on the air condition at full power and it can get very cold in the bus down to 7*C (45F). Take warm clothes inside the bus.

You can book now all internal flights with the KAMADAC travel service, as well as airport assistances and Pick-up services. We offer a pick-up service from all airports in Venezuela (including Isla Maragarita). Our driver will wait for your flight at the airport with a sign bearing your name. This is for your security, so you can be sure you are in safe hands, which is particularly important if you arrive late at night. The driver will then transport you and your luggage safely to your hostel/hotel. We gladly organize your round trip from and to Caracas as your wish.

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GENERAL REMARKS

For your information

This tour can be done all year long.

During the rainy season it is possible to combine the Los Llanos tour with a rafting experience in the rivers of Barinas.

You can combine this tour with the Canyoning tour or with the Pico Bolivar mountain climbing.

The camp offers a limited number of beds for the people who canít sleep in hammocks. If you want a bed just donít forget to book for it.

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