Day 1: We start our in Maturín. We travel by road to the Buja River, and then by water-taxi to our camp–Boca de Tigre Lodge. The camp is located in the middle of dense rainforest, on one of the many tributaries of the Orinoco river. From the comfort of your water taxi you can observe a wide variety of flora and fauna - water hyacinth, pink dolphins, giant river otters, anacondas, and sideneck turtles. Along the riverbanks you will see Indian villages with their unique raised dwellings (palafitos), built over the river's edge. Upon arrival at the camp you will be shown to your private cabins, and afforded some time to relax before lunch and your first excursion.
After lunch, it’s time to take a leisurely walk through the rainforest that surrounds the Orinoco. Here you will experience the wild, natural habitat of the virgin jungle. Once under the canopy, your Warao guide will point out edible plants which you will get a chance to taste, or if your stomach is strong enough you can try the juicy grubs that can be found living in the dead trees and vegetation!
When you return to the camp, you will be able to relax before dinner. If you wish, you may take a swim in the river by the camp, or just sit and observe one of the fabulous delta sunsets. After a delicious dinner you will have the chance of enjoying the silence of the Orinoco river from the harbor of the camp.
Day 2: The morning will see you navigate the Orinoco in search of the various species that live there - among the highlights are river dolphins and spectacled caiman in the water, capuchin and red howler monkeys up in the dense foliage, hummingbirds and kingfishers in the skies above. After returning to the camp for lunch, it’s back into the boats for a trip to some of the Warao villages and palafitos that line the riverbanks in this part of the Orinoco. Your guide will explain about Warao culture, and the flow of the community's daily life – a truly fascinating experience. Here we will have an opportunity to meet some of their craftsmen, and inspect some of their workmanship, first-hand. Back to camp in the evening for a hearty meal and maybe even a few beers or Cuba libres!
Day 3: This morning you will be taken out to a quiet spot in the river to do some Piranha fishing, and then, conditions permitting, to the Orinoco ‘beach’ in the middle of the river where you can swim and relax. After lunch we travel by river one last time to rejoin the Buja river and drive up to Maturín.
Items to bring along:
- Hiking boots and socks
- River shoes or sandals with good tread and closed toes
- Light cotton trousers, shorts, tee shirts, long-sleeved shirt
- Rain protection (poncho)
- 2 bathing suits, one towel
- Sun protection/sun block
- Head protection - baseball cap, hat or scarf
- Insect repellent (suggestion - Johnson's Baby Oil, alcohol and/or “deet”)
- Small flash light and spare batteries
- Small backpack for daily essentials
- Camera with plenty of film and a spare battery is advised!
- Plastic bag for your wet clothes.
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