for approximately 38,600 square miles across Venezuelas
vast interior, the Llanos
(pronounced Ya-nos) grasslands have been dubbed by many as the
"Serengeti of South America." The wide floodplain of
the Orinoco River extends over an area of grassy savanna, interrupted
by gallery forest and hammocks of woodland.
paradise, more than 300 species have been identified here including
three species of stork, six varieties of ibis and numerous other
shallow-water wading birds, songbirds and waterfowl. In the early
morning and evening in particular, the riverbanks, forest edges
and lagoons come to life with active birds and animals.
Large cattle ranches are home to hearty cowboys called Llaneros
whose hard-working lifestyle and unforgettable folk music has
become a unique facet of Venezuelas diverse culture. They
are admired for their toughness, honesty and frontier spirit.
Most of the Llanos wildlife lodges are also working ranches,
and visitors can experience this way of life first-hand during
a trip to this remarkable area.
Mountains are also excellent birding destinations. The famous
Cock-of-the-Rock bird inhabits the mountains as well as the giant
Itineraries with Birding
|A Taste of Venezuela||Venezuelan Highlights: Andes Mountains, Angel Falls and Los Roques|
11 nights ~ from $3931
|Andes Mountains and Llanos Grasslands||An active adventure in the Andes and the wildlife of the Llanos|
7 nights ~ from $1958
|Traveler||Journey to the base of Angel Falls, Experience the wildlife of the Llanos|
7 nights ~ from $3236