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Venezuela Wildlife Aventure, Discover Catatumbo Lightning

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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 2 - 3 day(s)
Group Size: 4 - 20 people
Destination(s): Venezuela  
Specialty Categories: Wildlife Viewing  
Season: January - December
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: No
Minimum Per Person Price: 120 US Dollar (USD)
Maximum Per Person Price: 200 US Dollar (USD)

Witness one of the most interesting atmospheric phenomenon that occurs only over the mouth of the Catatumbo River in Maracaibo Lake especially between April to November. The Catatumbo Delta, with its wildlife, tropical forest and the largest lake in South America, stilt villages and the incredible Catatumbo lightning, is an absolute must while traveling in Venezuela.

Itinerary:
Day 1: Merida- Catatumbo.

We depart from Merida and our first stop is at a sugarcane plantation where will learn about the process of transforming the sugar cane juice to brown sugar locally known as “panela”. After that, we will have a short visit to the only salt lake of Venezuela known as Urao Lagoon to continue our drive in the cloud forest of to visit a Coffee Farm where we can see the old machines and get immersed in the coffee process. Lunch en route and we drive southwest to the flatlands of the Maracaibo depression with cattle, plantain and fruit farms surrounding this landscape. In the early afternoon, we begin our wildlife adventure with a 5 km boat trip through the dense flooded forest. Howler monkeys are common along with iguanas, butterflies and different species of birds. This forest is part of the Cienagas de Juan Manuel National Park, a 2300 sq. km. natural reserve. We may spot Capuchin Monkeys, Collared Aracaris, Ospreys, Purple Gallinule, Giant River Otters, Spectacle Caimans, Lesser Anteaters and Sotalia Fresh water river dolphins. By late afternoon we will reach our basic stilt lodge on the biggest lake in South America: the Maracaibo Lake. With a surface area of 13000 sq. km., this lake looks just like the ocean. Tasty Dinner, drinks and we ride the boat for an amazing night tour to spotting Spectacle Caimans, Snakes and the rare Giant Potoo. As we return, we will get our hammock to sleep for the balance of the night waiting for the lightning show which is usually after 2am and lasts for a few hours.

Day 2: Catatumbo.

After breakfast, we ride the boat to head a bit further in the Lake to observe the local fishermen in their activities. The blue crabs are on the main products of this region which is even for exportation. We will ride the boat back to the pier with more wildlife observation on the way and heading back to Merida after stopping in La Azulita forest to practice Zip Lining and visit the Pirates Cave. A refreshing bath at La Palmita falls is a must before taking up to Tierra Negra and close our adventure with a Paragliding Tandem flight of 20-30 minutes; no experience needed and all flights are with highly experienced instructors. Our tour ends by 5 pm and we drive you back to your accommodation in Merida or beyond.

Notes:
Airfare is not included in the tour price.

Price Includes:
– All meals and soft drinks in the excursions, except Breakfast on Day 1 and Dinner on Day 2
– English speaking tour guide
– All land and boat transfers
– Zip Lining helmets, belts, and all equipment
– Paragliding Equipment and protection
– Overnight at rustic lodge with shared bathroom, great location and best service

Price Excludes:
– Trip insurance – mandatory
– Souvenirs.
– Tips to staff, allow US$ 10 per person

About This Supplier
Location: Venezuela
Joined InfoHub: Mar 2009

Our company was founded by Ben Rodriguez in April 2002. It is a 100% Venezuelan Nature Tourism company, which offers products to independent travelers who have a limited or large budget. It shows up in Lonely Planet Venezuela 2007 and in Lonely Planet South America on a Shoestring 2007, as one of the most competitive...

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