TOUR | SAFARI LOS LLANOS

NO DOUBT THIS IS THE LARGEST RESERVOIR OF WILDLIFE IN VENEZUELA. MORE THAN 300 SPECIES OF BIRDS, ENORMOUS REPTILES, ENDLESS SAVANNAS LOST IN THE HORIZON, AND THE CULTURE OF THE "LLANERO" AWAIT FOR YOU IN THIS: OUR FAVORITE DESTINATION IN VENEZUELA!
Description: 

The Plains, or Los Llanos as locally known,¬†represent 45% of the total surface of ‚Äč‚ÄčVenezuela, its vast plains and savannahs are crossed by rivers that flooded in the rainy season, create¬†marshy and swamp habitats that host a myriad of wildlife species. Considered one of the largest reservoirs of biodiversity in the Americas, is comparable only to the Everglades of Florida and the Brazilian Pantanal. A unique landscape where you can see more than¬†300 species of birds, huge reptiles like the green anaconda and the spectacled caiman, amazing mammals like the Capybara (locally known as Chig√ľire) and the anteater, just to name a few species. Our trips to Los Llanos take place in Apure State, the largest of the region,¬†with an area of ‚Äč‚Äč76,500 km2, and a very¬†low population density, which results in a¬†greatest concentration of wildlife.

For years we have specialized in this location, which not only offers visitors a unique landscape always facing the horizon and in contact with multiple species of wildlife, but also brings us closer to one of the cradles of Venezuelan traditions, the culture of The Llaneros, an important character in the historical and cultural development of Venezuela.

AVAILABLE TOURS TO LOS LLANOS

 

1.- TOUR | SAFARI "LOS LLANOS" 4D / 3N, OVERNIGHT IN HAMMOCKS IN BASIC CAMP

Duration: 4 days and 3 nights

Dificulty: Easy

Lenght: 4 days y 3 nights
Difficuly: Easy - All travelers
An unforgettable experience! a 4 days itinerary to get the most out of this region and have time enough to search for as much wildlife as we can. 4 Days of relaxation and contemplation of this vast savannas filled up with life!
 
Day to day program: 
  1. Day 1: Arrival to the city of Barinas (see remarks & notes) at noon for lunch and continue our journey south. Now we are in Los Llanos! down the road we will enjoy a beautiful scenery of savanna and villages and birds such as cattle egrets. Hopefully we will have the opportunity to have our first encounters with see some alligators and capybaras. Arrival at the camp at the end of the afternoon, we will have our cabins and there will be time for a shower and dinner. During dinner will present the program for the next two days (L / D)

  2. Day 2: Awakening in Los Llanos is a unique experience of nature sounds, we recommend consulting the guide about sunrise time since is worthwhile to see. Breakfast and departure by 4x4 vehicles for a safari recognition, we will take time to carefully observe birds like the savannah hawk, the scarlet ibis, several species of herons, the impressive Jabiru and also visit colonies of capybaras and alligators. We also will strat our swamps reserach where hopefully we will find the green anaconda. We always ask our clients for caution and respect when handling these animals, beacuse despite its grandeur and apparent strength they may be highly sensitive to certain contacts. Return to camp for lunch and rest. In the afternoon we will have a motor boat ride through the Ca√Īo Guaritico river where we will see iguanas, alligators, birds like the black collared hawk, curassows, agami herons, kingfishers and many more. Find freshwater dolphins, locally called "toninas" and hopefully we can see the prehistoric mata mata turtle. In the afternoon return to camp for dinner. (B / L/ D)

  3. Day 3: After breakfast we board our 4x4 vehicles to continue exploring for more species of wildlife, also dedicate part of the morning for piranha fishing, which are going to be our dinner!. Lunch at the camp. Afternoon we will see and visit the savannah from a new perspective, LLanero style! The horseback ride that will last 3 hours is perfect to have closer views of wildlife since the horse is part of the environment. Incredible views of Savannah and interaction with the horse, Los LLanos is just the perfect place for this activity. Return to camp and dinner. If required by the group, we can organize a party with a Joropo Band, the traditional music and dance of Venezuela. (B / L / D)

  4. Day 4: After breakfast we say goodbye to Llanos, and enjoy our last views of the savannah. If you continue your travel, we can leave you at convenient points in the way. If you travel to Puerto Ayacucho in the Amazon we can drop you off in Mantecal, but from the city of Barinas there are many bus and plane connections to major destinations in the country. Lunch in Barinas where transportation will continue to their place of origin (Merida and Coro) to where we guarantee the transfer. (B / L)

2.- TOUR | SAFARI "LOS LLANOS" + RAFTING IN BARINAS 4 DAYS / 3 NIGHTS

Lenght: 4 days and 3 nights

Dificulty: Easy

Lenght: 4 days y 3 nights
Difficuly: Easy - All travelers
Spice up your Llanos Safari with some extra adrenaline in the most beautiful rivers in Venezuela. An unforgettable experience, 3 days in Los Llanos observating wildlife and a full day of activities and sports in Barinas' foothill.
Day to day program: 
  1. Day 1: Arrival to the city of Barinas (see remarks & notes) at noon for lunch and continue our journey south. Now we are in Los Llanos! down the road we will enjoy a beautiful scenery of savanna and villages and birds such as cattle egrets. Hopefully we will have the opportunity to have our first encounters with see some alligators and capybaras. Arrival at the camp at the end of the afternoon, we will have our cabins and there will be time for a shower and dinner. During dinner will present the program for the next two days (L / D)

  2. Day 2: Awakening in Los Llanos is a unique experience of nature sounds, we recommend consulting the guide about sunrise time since is worthwhile to see. Breakfast and departure by 4x4 vehicles for a safari recognition, we will take time to carefully observe birds like the savannah hawk, the scarlet ibis, several species of herons, the impressive Jabiru and also visit colonies of capybaras and alligators. We also will strat our swamps reserach where hopefully we will find the green anaconda. We always ask our clients for caution and respect when handling these animals, beacuse despite its grandeur and apparent strength they may be highly sensitive to certain contacts. Return to camp for lunch and rest. In the afternoon we will have a motor boat ride through the Ca√Īo Guaritico river where we will see iguanas, alligators, birds like the black collared hawk, curassows, agami herons, kingfishers and many more. Find freshwater dolphins, locally called "toninas" and hopefully we can see the prehistoric mata mata turtle. In the afternoon return to camp for dinner. (B / L/ D)

  3. Day 3: After breakfast we board our 4x4 vehicles to continue exploring for more species of wildlife, also dedicate part of the morning for piranha fishing, or horse back ridding. After lunch we will travel towards Barinas and continue all the way to the small village of Acequía. Venezuela's capital of withewater rafting. Arrival late at night and accommodation in a cozy adventure camp. (B / L / D)

  4. Day 4: After breakfast we wil dedicate our morning to do rafting in the beautiful Acequia and Sinig√ľis rivers¬†and several other extreme activities such¬†as rappeling and canopy or ziplining.¬†¬†After lunch we will continue towards Barinas a city with¬†many bus and plane connections to major destinations in the country. Our ransportation will continue to it's¬†place of origin (Merida and Coro) to where we guarantee the transfer. (B / L)

     LOS LLANOS GEAR LIST:

You can copy and paste this list into a text file and use it as a "checklist" before the trip
  • [ ] Passport or original identity document (always at had, beacuse its required at checkpoints on the road)
  • [ ] Swimsuit¬†
  • [ ] Sun protection (cream, sunglasses and hat)¬†
  • [ ] Raincoat¬†
  • [ ] Flashlight¬†
  • [ ] Closed shoes and sandals preferably the hiking kind
  • [ ] Towel¬†
  • [ ] Short and long trousers¬†
  • [ ] Light clothes - Temperatures are quite high during the day
  • [ ] Pulover with long sleeves for the night (the temperature drops a little)¬†
  • [ ] Insect repellent.¬†
  • [ ] Ensure sufficient charged batteries and storage for your¬†photographic gear to cover the stay as generators are not always available.

LOS LLANOS TOURS INCLUDE:

  • 4x4 ¬†Transportation from Merida or Coro¬†
  • Bilingual guide specialized in the area¬†
  • All activities described in the program¬†
  • 3 nights accommodation in hammocks or beds if required.¬†
  • All meals (presented in the program as B = Breakfast, L: lunch, D: dinner)¬†
  • Non-alcoholic beverages

LOS LLANOS TOURS INCLUDE:

  • Alcoholic Beverages
  • Tips
  • Any form of transport or activities not mentioned in the program.

REMARKS & NOTES:

  • We offer trips to Los Llanos from Coro and Merida, but they can be arranged from anywhere in Venezuela, since all tpurs converge in the city of Barinas. No matter where you are, you can join one of our tours. The morning of the first day will be used for¬†the trip to Barinas. In case of departure from Merida this will be in the morning and you'll cross the scenic trasandina road, making stops at emblematic¬†sites such as the stone chapel of San Rafael de Mucuch√≠es and the beautiful Laguna Mucubaj√≠ on the highest point of the route at 3,500 meters. If you go on a tour¬†from Coro, the trip to Barinas will be a little longer, so iwe'll start earlier in the morning. We'll take the coast road and have beautiful views of the Morrocoy National Park.

 

  • This itinerary may change depending on weather conditions at the time and the influx of visitors. Los Llanos can be visited throughout the year, but keep in mind that nature changes radically in the dry and rainy seasons. During the dry season, the savanna is very arid and dry with some water repositories, where most of the wildlife gathers. During the rainy season much of the territory is covered with water, creating a vast and majestic scenery but the wildlife is more scattered. In both cases, Los Llanos is a¬†unique experience and one of the "must" destinations of Venezuela¬†

 POSSIBLE TOUR COMBINATIONS:

Los Llanos can be combined with a dose of adrenaline at a rafting camp in the foothills of Barinas (+2 days) Merida and surroundings (+3-4 days), The Catatumbo lightining (+2-3 Days) And with flights from Barinas you can connect with the east of the country in order to visit (Canaima, Delta and Gran Sabana). Ask us about these possible combinations that will gladly help you to enrich your visit to this beautiful region of Venezuela!

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