Wildlife holidays in Venezuela
Tell me about Venezuela …
Venezuela is a former Spanish colony which became independent in 1821.
It is a tropical South American country with numerous islands off the coast in the Caribbean Sea.
It has 2,800 kilometres of coastline. Its main geographical regions are a central plain called the llanos, the Andes in the northwest which continue along the Caribbean coast, and the Orinoco Delta in the east.
Our Venezuela specialist recommends...
"Our ‘Venezuela – Off the Beaten Track’ 9-day birdwatching tour visits the outstanding wetland of Morrocoy National Park and the cloudforest of Yacambu, the site of the Great Antpitta, a recent discovery."
Whats special about its wildlife?
Venezuela is listed as one of the 17 megadiverse countries in the world and has a high degree of endemism. Notable mammals include Giant Anteater, Jaguar, Capybara & Boto River Dolphins, while its cloudforests and lowlands rainforests are home to a staggering 25,000 species of orchids!
Venezuela is one of the countries with most bird species on Earth. Over 1380 species have been recorded making Venezuela the worlds sixth most bird species rich nation. Forty-nine of these bird species are found only in Venezuela and a further 117 have most of their distribution within Venezuela.
What birds might I see?
Well known, charismatic species that occur in Venezuela include Torrent Duck, Greater Flamingo, Agami Heron, Scarlet Ibis, Andean Condor, Harpy Eagle, four species of large macaws, Red-fan Parrot, Hoatzin, over 100 hummingbirds, four quetzals, 18 toucans, over 90 antbirds, over 160 flycatchers, two species of Cock-of-the-Rock, White and Bearded Bellbirds, Black-capped Donacobius, Musician Wren and over 100 tanagers.
Naturetrek tours to Venezuela
Naturetrek offers a selection of wildlife holidays and natural history tours in Venezuela. These include:
- A bargain bird watching tour in search of Andean endemics in the Sierra Nevada & a visit to the famous San Isidro tunnel
- A bargain bird watching holiday in Venezuelas llanos region, visiting the Henri Pittier National Park
- Birds of Morrocy National Park & the cloudforest at Yacambu, site of the recent discovery of Giant Antpitta
- A 16-day bird watching and wildlife holiday which includes visits to Oilbird Cave, Guayana Shield & Table Mountains
- Extension to the Angel Falls
WHAT YOU'VE BEEN SAYING ABOUT OUR Venezuela HOLIDAYS
The tour leader Alexandro was a good birder and knew all the calls. Our party liked him and got on well. He was very helpful and his all round natural history knowledge was great. His sense of humour was also appreciated.
Cecilia is a highly competent birder, and excellent guide and a fun person. The accommodation was entirely sufficient for a bargain holiday... food was good and so was the service of friendly staff. The general population was also friendly. The birdwatching was great and more the 250 species in 7 days was most rewarding and interesting. Gabriel was a good driver... personal security never seemed the slightest problem.
This is probably the best Naturetrek holiday I have had. Cecilia is a first rate guide, she is sharp eyed and enthusiastic and her knowledge of bird calls excellent. It was her birding knowledge and excellent English that turned this from a good/very good tour into a first class tour. The ‘picnic’ breakfasts served on cotton tablecloths with tables and chairs were a really nice touch and the quality of the food was first class, as it was throughout the rest of the tour. Praise, praise and more praise this really was a first class tour!