Venezuela is the jewel in the crown of northern South America in terms of wildlife and especially birds. With hundreds of species and some great rarities this tour explores all the best places to find them with the help of local expert guides. The country is one of the top 10 in the world for biodiversity and this is well represented in the bird species. From dazzling hummingbirds to robust toucans and glorious crested quetzals to huge Andean condors this tour will showcase some of the best birding in the world and some of the most beautiful species too.
Visit the Condor Rehabilitaion Centre
Excellent Birding Through Cloudforests
Hundreds of Species of Birds
Andean & Paramo Birding
Expert Local Birding Experts
3 Days Birding in Los Llanos
Tour Dates: 13/3/2021 – 25/4/2021
Duration: 12 nights
Type / Focus: Birds
On arrival at Simon Bolivar international airport in Maiquetia 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 birdlife.
This morning you will catch a flight from Caracas south to the cloud forests. After lunch you will have a drive through the greatly changing environment from cloud forest to desert. Along this journey you will probably find black-mandibled toucan, crested oropendulas and the endemic rose-headed parakeet You will also be treated to a guided walk through the secondary forest here in search of emerald toucanet, black phoebe, Blackburnian warbler and southern rough-winged swallow before your evening meal at your accommodation, level – local estancia (Estancia la Bravera). The estancia has a very pleasant garden with many hummingbird feeders around and even in the dining room. These flowers and feeders attract over 20 species including Lazuline sabrewing, orange-throated sunangel, buff-tailed coronet, gorgeted woodstar, sooty-caped hermit, golden-bellied starfrontlet, long-tailed sylph and spangled coquette natural to name a few.
This morning will start with some early morning birding with shiny cowbirds, yellow-necked orioles, thick-billed euphonias, green-rumped parrolets, long-billed starthroat, bronzy Inca, Crested quetzal, Andean guan, barred forest falcon and many more all on our list to find. Once again your evening meal will be at your accommodation, level – local estancia (Estancia la Bravera).
Today you will be transferred up into the Andean foothills and the paramo. This tussock grass ecosystem is surprisingly high in bird life and on a trip to the Black Lagoon we shall try to find the endemic bearded helmetcrests, paramo wrens as well as other birds such as Andean siskins, paramo tits and the massive Andean condor. We will stop by the Andean Condor Reintroduction Station at Pico Aguila. Your evening meal will be at your accommodation, level – camp (Grados Alta Aventura Camp).
Today will again be spent in the Andean foothills searching some of the other birdlife here such as blue-winged teal, torrent ducks, black-chestnut buzzard eagles, white-tipped doves, bar-winged cinclodes and many more bird species. All the birding here will be done with the help of an expert bird naturalist who knows the birds here like no one else. The help of a naturalist guide is so important as there are hundreds of birds here and the differences can be subtle at times. Your evening meal will again be at your accommodation, level – camp (Grados Alta Aventura Camp).
Today you will be transferred to your amazing accommodation, level – local hato (Hato El Cedral) in the heart of the incredible Los Llanos where you will spend the next three days. This afternoon you will have an excursion with a local tracker in search of the many bird species here which including wood storks, hoatzins, Maguari storks, red-capped cardinals, black skimmers, white-faced whistling ducks, yellow-headed parrot and literally hundreds more species. Your evening meal will be at the accommodation where a you can watch an incredible sunset over Los Llanos.
Today will be your first full day here in Los Llanos and you will have morning and afternoon birding tours either on foot, by boat or 4×4. We will try and find some of the many raptor species here, such as turkey vultures, ospreys, ornate hawk-eagle, lesser yellow-headed vultures, black vultures, yellow-headed caracaras and crested caracaras. Once again your evening meal will be at your accommodation, level – local hato (Hato El Cedral).
Today is your last day in Los Llanos and once again you will have morning and afternoon guided birding trips around the area. Many more birds could be found today such as scarlet macaws, ruby topaz, Orinocan saltator, copper-rumped hummingbird, yellow-knobbled curassow, white-fringed antwren and plenty more. There is so many birds here that you will never be disappointed. You will have your evening meal in view of the amazing sunset again at your accommodation, level – local hato (Hato El Cedral).
Today you will be taken to Barinas airport in order to catch your flight back to Caracas. Once you get back to the capital you will be transported to your accommodation, level – 4* Hotel (Hotel Avila). Here you will have your meals and get ready for the second part of your Venezuelan birding adventure.
Henry Pittier National Park
This morning after breakfast you will travel for around 5hrs to Henry Pittier National Park. Once you arrive today you will have time for an afternoon guided birding excursion into the park, before your evening meal at your accommodation, level – 3-4* Guesthouse (Posada El Limon).
Henry Pittier National Park
The park is an absolute must for all birders and the number of Neo-Tropical birds here is remarkable. Over 550 species in a relatively tiny park (half the size of Snowdonia National Park in Wales). Specialties are Venezuelan wood-quails, white-tipped quetzals, groove-billed toucanets, guttulated foliage-gleaner, black-throated spinetails, Venezuelan antvireo, scallop-breasted antpittas, solitary eagles, black-and-white hawk eagles and many others. Many of the species are much easier to see here than elsewhere in their range such as the white-fronted tyrannulet. After a full day spent inside the park birding you will have your well deserved evening meal at the accommodation, level 3-4* Guesthouse (Posada El Limon).
After breakfast this morning you will be transferred back to Caracas and to your accommodation, level – 3* Hotel (Hotel Miramar Suites). Here you will have your evening meal and look back over a magical birding experience.
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.
The weather in Venezuela is very nice in February and March with an average temperature of 19 degrees C and very little rainfall.
Everything mentioned in the itinerary is included. Including three meals per day (breakfast, lunch and dinner). There will be an amount of bottled water (approx 1ltr) available for each guest each day. We have our own private vehicle to be driven by a local guide. You will also have a local birding guide who is familiar with all of the bird species here. Internal flights are also included.
All our excursions including treks, guided walks, canoe trips and park entrance fees are also included.
We recommend you bring along your own binoculars or scope as well as appropriate clothing; which should be warm clothes for the nights in the Andes (such as a fleece, woolly hat and gloves) as well as waterproofs (although rain is scarce it can still pour down from time to time). Comfortable waterproof walking shoes are a must. Insect repellent is needed. Any medication, books or other items of a personal nature is of course up to you to bring along. Oh and please bring plenty of memory cards or film for your camera. Also do not forget sun cream, sun hat and sun glasses as the sun can be very strong here during the day.
We provide a comprehensive species list of all the vertebrates present in the areas we are visiting as well as some of the best field guides and reference books for the areas we are visiting. There is usually a spare pair of binoculars but in a group of 4-6 people these do not stretch too far. A spotlight is usually provided for nocturnal wildlife watching (when local conditions allow) and Camera Traps will also be used to try and capture hard to see wildlife in the dead of night.
Nearly everything is included in this tour. The only things not included are international flights, travel insurance (contact us for more information one what is required from your insurance policy), any food bought outside of the three main meals, drinks outside of any offered with the meals and the bottled water provided each day and any items of a personal nature such as souvenirs and tips. Any departure taxes applicable when leaving are not included (but may be included in the cost of your flights), Please check this before hand.
As we are based in Manchester we recommend flights from Manchester International Airport
We recommend Iberia as a good airline for flights to Caracas. One of the best websites to search for the best fares for all these flights is www.opodo.co.uk; who are ATOL bonded and IATA accredited this is a link direct to their site. Please check our terms and conditions regarding booking flights.
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All UK passport holders are not required to have a visa for Venezuela. However things change so the easiest way to find information is by visiting http://venezuela.visahq.com/ (be aware that these links leave our site and we at Royle Safaris hold no responsibility for information on the site).
There are no mandatory vaccinations needed to visit Venezuela, but it is recommended to be protected against TB, polio, typhoid, tetanus and hepatitis It is however very important to be taking a form of malaria prophylactics during your time in Venezuela. Please consult your GP about your individual requirements for visiting Venezuela as soon as you have decided on this trip.
John Smyth, Gloucestershire
Col. Hooper, Humberside
Brecht & Claire, UK