Venezuela travel guide



Venezuela Travel Guide

Los Llanos

Los Llanos is one of the most beautiful regions in Venezuela, comprised by a vast range of plains where only the horizon stops your sigh is Venezuela's greatest repository of wildlife, you can find more than 320 bird species (includes ibis, herons, cormorants, egrets, jacanas, gallinules and darters) and more than 50 mammals (includes the capybara, the worlds largest rodent, armadillos, peccaries, opossums, tapirs, ocelots). Also the Orinoco Cayman - threatened with extinction - lives here.

Los Llanos covers 300,000 square kilometers of Venezuela, or about one third of the country and is sparsely inhabited by the ‘llaneros’ who are independent, tough and hospitable people and have raised cattle here on horseback for a dozen generations.

The entire region is subjected to two strong and contrasting seasons: The wet season with torrential rains that often cause rivers to overflow and flood most of the savanna and is when the nature is more spectacular. The dry season is the best moment to watch the animals, because all the animals must concentrate in few spots where the water is.

Los Llanos is divided into large cattle ranches know as ‘Hatos’ and number of them have turned to tourism with organized excursions to show guests the local wildlife. They have taken a serious approach introducing measures to protect wildlife within their ranches and installing biological research stations.

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