Venezuela The Venezuelan Llanos
On a holiday to Venezuela, visit Los Llanos wetlands in the floodplains of the Orinoco river, replete with wildlife, great for bird watching. Book with Journey Latin America.
Los llanos are the floodplains of one of Latin America’s great river systems, the Orinoco. Like the Pantanal in Brazil, this area of sweeping grasslands and marshes cut through by rivers and punctuated by stands of tropical trees is shared between a vibrant wildlife (capybaras, anacondas, toucans, Scarlet ibis, Hyacinth macaws, parakeets all abound) and the livestock of the cattle ranches, or hatos, which colonise the region. Sparsely populated (cattle outnumber people) it’s the heart of the llanero cowboy culture, where rural human society lives harmoniously alongside one of Latin America's most extraordinary wildlife habitats.
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The weather in The Venezuelan Llanos is wide and varied
Vast, sweeping grasslands and marshes, flooded by the Orinoco river system, are home to a cornucopia of vibrant wildlife. As well as the livestock of local llanero cowboys, discover capybaras, anacondas, toucans, Scarlet ibis, Hyacinth macaws and parakeets. The tropical climate is split into the wet season (May - November) with extremely hot, humid weather and submerged lowlands, and the dry season (December - April) with clearer skies and cooling breezes. The best period to visit is probably at the end of the rains- it is less humid and the water levels have dropped, but you can still explore by boat.View our The Venezuelan Llanos weather guide
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