3 days excursion: Orinoco Delta & Eco Camp

This excursion to the Orinoco Delta offers a 3 days / 2 nights stay in the Orinoco Eco Camp and includes piraña fishing; day and night-time canoe and motorboat trips on the river to see the local plant and animal life; visits to/overnight stays in the villages of the Warao people, and guided walks through the forest.

Please note that the following itinerary is for your guidance only. The order of the activities may vary without prior notice depending on local weather conditions and water levels.

The Orinoco Eco Camp Travelling by motorized boat Warao style hut in the Orinoco Eco-camp Inside a hut in the Eco-camp Group departing camp by boat Experienced guide explaining the ecosystem Visiting a small Warao community Warao children Hoatzin bird (Opisthocomus hoazin) in the Orinoco Delta Dugout Warao canoes of the camp Rubber boots of the camp Souvenirs sold in the Eco Camp

Daily Itinerary

Day 1

Starting from the Port of San José de Buja. Here our tour begins into the Orinoco Delta. We will negotiate our way through the river on our journey to the Orinoco Eco Camp. When we arrive, there will be a small tour of the camp to familiarise yourself with your surroundings and we will provide you with a presentation explaining the aims, goals and achievements of our ecological camp inside the delta. After you have made yourselves at home, we can provide you with poles and bait the hooks with raw meat to fish for piraña. If you catch one, our kitchen can prepare it for a snack.

After lunch we take a boat and explore the surrounding jungle. We will take you through some of the small channels inside the delta where you can get a feel for the natural habitat. There will be many opportunities to observe the wildlife in the area. There are macaws, toucans, howler monkeys, dolphins and butterflies with a variety of colours. There is also a collection of flora indigenous to the Orinoco delta.

Towards the end of this trip we will stop the boat at an ideal location and serve some refreshments as you enjoy a beautiful sun setting on the horizon of the Orinoco delta. After sunset we take you back to the camp for dinner and socialising. There will be an option for a night trip to search the nocturnal world of alligators and snakes. This will be available before or after dinner depending on river conditions.

(- / Lunch / Dinner)

Day 2

In the morning, after breakfast we take a full day travelling around the delta by boat. We will visit the Warao indians and learn about this native South American tribal community. After a light lunch, a Warao guide will locate an ideal place in the jungle where you will take a walk and get a feeling of life inside this unforgiving environment. You will notice pungent odours weaving their way through a tapestry of crawling plants and giant trees racing towards the sky for sunlight. A perfect non-human system in an imperfect human world. At sunset we will return to the camp for dinner.

(Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner)

Day 3

Early in the morning we are often woken by the calls of howler monkeys communicating across the jungle. At this time we will give you the chance to go on the river in a hand crafted dug out canoe. Here we will give you oars and a pilot to assist you in a short venture where you can experience the dawning of a sunrise on the Orinoco delta. This is a time when the environment prepares itself for the coming heat of the sun and is often the best time to observe the wildlife.

Our camp is the only camp located on a natural reserve and inside virgin jungle. Whereas 3/4 of the delta is savanna and gallery jungle. After breakfast we will take you to see this landscape. Here you will get the chance to visit a small farm and increase your perspective of the delta environment. You can observe a different wildlife including egrets, water buffalo, horn screamer´s, black ibis etc.

Either before or after lunch depending on your itinerary - and onwards to the next part of your Venezuela adventure.

(Breakfast / Lunch / -)

Price 3 days / 2 nights 125 US$

approx. price per person

What is included?

  • Transport by river from San José de Buja and back
  • Accommodation in 1 or 2 bed Warao-style huts with mosquito nets
  • Access to shower and toilet block and communal area
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • Non-alcoholic drinks
  • All excursions led by English and Spanish speaking guides (with rubber boots for jungle walks)

What is not included?

  • Transport by car or van from Maturín, Puerto Ordaz, Ciudad Bolívar, Puerto la Cruz, Cumana or Carupano (Rio Caribe) and back (can be organized with additional charge)
  • Alcoholic drinks (available from the camp bar)
  • Snacks between meals (should be purchased before arriving at the camp)
  • Tips for camp staff (cooks and guides)
  • Personal accident and health insurance
  • Additional expenses encountered because of flight delays, cancellations or missed connections

NB: No refunds will be given if you do not arrive at the pick-up point at the agreed time. If this happens you may have to pay an additional charge for the rescheduled pick-up.

What you need to bring

  • Valid passport/identity card
  • Travel/health insurance
  • Anti-mosquito spray/cream
  • Sun block cream
  • Photography equipment (the camp has an electricity generator to recharge camera batteries)
  • Long-sleeve shirt, long trousers and socks to minimize insect bites in the evenings
  • Swimsuit
  • Snacks (nuts, crisps, chocolate– not available at the camp)
  • Any medication you may need

Other Important Information

Overnight trips in jungle camps are not recommended for travellers with serious health problems, as emergency medical treatment is not easily available in the area. If you are taking anti-malarial medicine we recommend Mefloquine because malarial strains in Venezuela are Chloroquine resistant.

For those travelers who are going to make trips to the area of thick jungle, it is also recommended to have been vaccinated against polio, yellow fever and measles.