On arrival at Maiquetia international airport you will meet your local guide and be transferred to your accommodation, level 3* – Hotel Miramar Suites. You will have your welcome to Venezuela meal and prepare to explore the regions herpetology.
Merida Cloud Forests
This morning you will catch a flight from Caracas south to the cloud forests. After lunch you will have a guided walk through the cloud forests and climb the 2400m to a very unusual plateau. Here salamanders, lizards and snakes, such as (Lampropeltis triangulum and L. andesiana) are the main focus. After dark we will search for the rare and endemic Merida tree frog and during the daylight hours the variety of birds, especially hummingbirds are great to find and watch. Your evening meal will be at your accommodation, level – local estancia (Estancia la Bravera).
Merida Cloud Forests
This morning you will explore the lower cloud forests and try to find the marsupial frog, glass frog and many other species. In addition to the frogs we may happen across the tarantula (Xenestis monstrosa) which is one of the most beautiful tarantulas is the world. Once again your evening meal will be at your accommodation, level – local estancia (Estancia la Bravera).
This morning you will be transferred to the town of Merida for some lunch before continuing on to Los Frailes. During the evening (if it is not too rainy and foggy) a walk can produce many surprises such as moorland rain frogs. The weather up here (3300m) can be a little cold so your hot evening meal will be very welcome at your accommodation, level – 3* Hotel (Hotel Los Frailes).
This morning you will explore wilderness of this amazing region. We will try and find the apparently extinct Rancho Grande harlequin frog and rare skunk frog. After lunch at Santo Domingo you will descend through the Andean foothills where the nanny frogs are a treat to find. When we explore the rainforests here there are plenty of lizards (Polychrus marmoratus) and snakes such as (Mastigodryas boddaerti). After your evening meal at your accommodation, level – camp (Grados Alta Adventura Camp) there is the chance of a night walk which could show up giant tree frogs and the water snake (Helicops pastazae).
This morning you will be transferred to your accommodation, local estancia (Hato El Cedral), this ranch is by far the best in terms of wildlife and is located in a prime position to base any herpetology tour of los Llanos. During the afternoon you can relax and take in this new ecosystem. Los Llanos is one of the most biodiverse regions in the world and it is a stunning setting for you evening meal.
The next couple of day will be spent trying to find as many of the animals here as possible, particularly the green anacondas which we will find by using our feet to feel them out. This area has had more studies conducted on anacondas than anywhere else in the world and they are quite common here. We will also look out for the thousands of capybaras, deer, caiman and Orinoco crocodiles which make the swamp their home. You will have your meals at the accommodation, local estancia (Hato El Cedral).
Today will once again be spent searching out anacondas as well as the many other reptiles of the area including huge iguanas, anoles, runner lizards, geckos, four species of freshwater turtles, South American rattlesnake and boa constrictors. Frogs, like the dairy frog are also seen here but during the dry season they are best seen in the accommodation, local estancia (Hato El Cedral) in the bathrooms. Other animals which are often seen here include hundreds of species of birds, jaguars, giant anteaters, tapirs and peccaries.
This morning after breakfast you will be transferred to the Barinas airport for your return flight to Caracas. Once here you will be taken to your accommodation, 3* Hotel (Hotel Mirama Suites) for your evening meal and de-briefing.
Today after breakfast you will be transferred to Maiquetia international airport in time to catch your return flight home.
Please note that the itinerary stated above is correct as our planned intentions for the tour. However adverse weather conditions and other local considerations can necessitate some modifications of the itinerary during the course of the tour; any changes will be made to make the best of the time and weather conditions available to us.
This tour is available on different date (subject to availability) please contact us for more details about running this tour on a date which suits you more.