Day 1: Maiquetia - Catia La Mar. Welcome to Venezuela! Upon arrival at the airport, our travel assistant will greet you, answer all your questions and transfer you to your hotel. Overnight at a hotel.
Day 2: Catia La Mar - Choroní and Puerto Colombia. Today, you will be transferred to the Henry Pittier National Park. The national park is very famous between birdwatchers. It is located between Aragua and Carabobo States and is the largest and oldest national park of the Coastal Mountain Range region in Venezuela. The park's elevation gradient ranges from sea level to 2,346 meters (7697 feet) above sea level.
Henry Pittier National Park has a vast biological diversity and it has more than 500 different bird species to offer to bird lovers. It holds over 140 species of mammals, 97 reptiles and 38 amphibians. The number of insect species is estimated to be over one million! Birdwatching Henri Pittier National Park offers an interesting mix between mountains, sea coast and rivers.
Bird species to be found at the National Park are: the Bay-headed Tanager, the Blood-eared Parakeet, the Blue-winged Mountain-Tanager, the Blue-grey Tanager, the Brown Booby, the Buff-fronted Foliage-Gleaner, the Crimson-crested Woodpecker, the Crested Oropendola, the Green Honeycreeper, the Green-tailed Emerald, the Groove-billed Toucanet, the Handsome Fruit eater, the Red-eared Parakeet, the Rufous Nightjar, the Swallow-Tanager, the Thick-billed Euphonia, the Yellow-rumped Cacique, the White-tipped Quetzal, hummingbirds, and eagles.
We will also see the Bicolored Hawk, the Rufous-breasted Hermit, the Stripe-throated Hermit, the Russet-throated Puffbird, the Black-crested Antshrike, the Black-backed Antshrike, Northern White-fringed Antwren, White-bellied Antbird, Fuscous Flycatcher, and Venezuelan Flycatcher. Overnights at a posada. Includes: (B, L).
Day 3: Choroní and Puerto Colombia. Today we will explore the Rancho Grande station, a perfect and special place for nature lovers, with a giant biological diversity. It is considered one of the world’s greatest cloud forests! Includes: (B, L).
Day 4: Choroní and Puerto Colombia - Ocumare de la Costa. Today we will explore the Cumboto Area, close to Ocumare de La Costa. Includes: (B, L).
Day 5: Choroní and Puerto Colombia - Mantecal. Leave early in the morning you will be transferred to a Hato (ranch)in the wetland area of Venezuela. On our way to the Hato we will stop in water ponds to enjoy birds such as the Scarlet Ibis, Sunbittern, several species of egrets, Jabiru Stork and other waterbirds. We will drive through the Venezuelan Llanos, or flatlands, which provide a wildlife spectacle you will never forget.
During the wet season the flatlands flood, turning parts of it into a vast lake. During the dry season the waters drop and caiman, anacondas and capybaras congregate around the remaining water sources to feed. The abundance of wildlife concentrated along streams during the dry season must be seen to be believed! Includes: (B, L, D).
Day 6: Mantecal. At the Hato we will observe one of the greatest scenes of bird life in South America! Hato Piñero produces birds such as the Bare-faced, Buff-necked, and Scarlet ibises and a few Sharp-tailed, White and Glossy ibises, and Green Ibis (but this is rare). Other well-known species include the Yellow-chinned Spinetail, Pied Water-Tyrant, Oriole Blackbird, and Venezuela’s national bird, the Turpial.
In the lagoons or drying pools we will see the Jabirus, Wood Storks, Limpkins, and hundreds of herons, egrets, and ibises (seven species are possible). We will also see large birds, such as Yellow-knobbed Curassows, Scarlet Macaws, Rufescent Tiger-Herons, and an occasional Capped Heron or Horned Screamer.
In the dry forest, we will see the Ruby-topaz Hummingbird, Glittering-throated Emerald, Russet-throated Puffbird, Ochre-lored Flycatcher, and flocks of seedeaters and Saffron Finches. If we are lucky, we might see an Orinocan Saltator or Pale-headed Jacamar.
We will observe wildlife from a boat in the Caño San Jeronimo. Here we may see several hundred Hoatzins, several dozen Gray-necked Wood-Rails, several species of raptors, Rusty-backed Spinetail, four or five species of kingfishers, many Sunbitterns, and, with a little luck, an Agami Heron. We have an excellent chance of seeing pairs or small groups of Yellow-knobbed Curassows on these river trips.
Last but not least, the Hato has a population of spectacled caiman estimated at 75,000! Other mammals present are the jaguar - though our chances of actually seeing one are very slight - the Brazilian tapir, giant anteater, hog-nosed skunk, crab-eating raccoon, ocelot, puma, crab-eating fox, collared and white-lipped peccaries, southern tamandua and tropical cottontail rabbit, Great and Common potoos, Great Horned, Mottled, Spectacled, and Striped owls, Tropical Screech-Owl, and several nightjar species. Overnight at a ranch. Includes: (B, L, D).
Day 7: Mantecal. Another day at the ranch searching for native bird species. Includes: (B, L, D).
Day 8: Mantecal. Another day at the ranch searching for native bird species. Includes: (B, L, D).
Day 9: Mantecal. Another day at the ranch searching for native bird species. Includes: (B, L, D).
Day 10: Mantecal - Maiquetia. Early transfer to the Barinas airport to take a flight to Caracas. Includes: (B).
- Insect repellent
- Sun protection
- Light clothing
- Good walking shoes
- Flashlight, pocket knife and your passport.
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