Orinoco River cruise

Pequeño Caño, Rio Orinoco, Amazonas Venezuela (Photo credit: Don Perucho)

Are you looking for holiday options? Why not try an amazing river cruise. Mix beauty with adventure, fun and relaxation while cruising along on the Orinoco River.

The Orinoco River is said to be one of South America’s longest rivers, it is situated in Venezuela and is about 1500 to 1700 miles long. There are many beautiful, interesting and rare birds that can be spotted on the cruise, from herons to humming birds and even wild chattering monkeys. If you are really lucky, you might just be the one to see the dolphins jumping in the water or the giant otter swimming, or the world famous anaconda.

The length of the cruises may vary, depending on your choice. There are options for a two day cruise or even up to a week or more. The accommodations are mostly simple but very comfortable with good service, and you could even sleep in a hammock, which is perfect for an adventure seeking person. There may also be boat rides, walking treks through the jungle, swimming and piranha fishing.

A must do on your trip would be to visit the local Warao Indian villages. These villagers live in raised stilt dwellings, called palafitos, which are built over the river’s bank. Their lifestyle is completely centered on the Orinoco River; and they use curiaras as their only mode of transportation. They are expert fishermen and hunters and are also incredible craftsmen, they can create animal figures carved from white wood and baskets and hammocks made of moriche palm fibers. Every visitor must make a trip to visit their communities, and experience the wonders of these natives fascinating culture.

Do not miss an exciting Orinoco River cruise for you and your family. Bring your camera, binoculars and sunhats for this will be an experience you will never forget.

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