Overview

The river Orinoco is one of the world’s great river systems, though it is much less well known than its counterpart to the south, the Amazon. The waterway, in places 20km wide, splits into a labyrinth of 40 caños (channels), creating hundreds of mangrove-fringed islands in an immense delta (now a Unesco World Biosphere Reserve). Here indigenous tribes live simply on the banks of the spider’s web of dark, sluggish waterways.

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The weather in Orinoco Delta is wide and varied

The lesser-known Orinoco Delta is one of the world’s great river systems, with a web of tributaries flowing into vast wetlands. The area teems with wildlife, including ocelots, tapirs, anteaters, howler monkeys, snakes and capybara. In the murky waters you may find manatees, alligators, piranhas and turtles. Keen birders can spot everything from the striking scarlet ibis to the endemic Orinoco goose. It rains throughout the year here, though the driest months are usually January - March. You can expect a hot and humid climate all the year round too, with temperatures averaging 26°C.

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