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.
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.
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.
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.