square miles across Venezuela's interior, the Llanos (pronounced
Ya-nos) grasslands offer the greatest opportunity to see Venezuela's
wildlife. Over 300 species of birds
have been identified.
Grasslands are home to cattle ranches
and rich wildlife.
forest edges and lagoons come to life with active birds and
animals in the morning and evening hours. The dry season, December
to April, offers the best time to see the most animals as they
congregate around small watering holes left as the floodplains
dry up. Anteaters, capybaras, fox, howler monkeys, wild horses
and caimans are among the animals you may see. The rivers teem
with piranha, peacock bass, countless colorful tropical fish
and even freshwater dolphins. During the rainy season it is
very probable that a journey in a dugout canoe will be a portion
of your transfer to or from your selected Llanos lodge. Large
cattle ranches are home to hearty cowboys called Llaneros whose
hard-working lifestyle and unforgettable folk music has become
a unique facet of Venezuela's diverse culture.