Witness one of the most interesting atmospheric phenomenon that occurs only over the mouth of the Catatumbo River in Maracaibo Lake especially between April to November.
The Catatumbo Delta, with its wildlife, tropical forest and the largest lake in South America, stilt villages and the incredible Catatumbo lightning, is an absolute must while travelling in Venezuela.
Day 1. Merida - Catatumbo
We depart from Merida and our first stop is at a sugarcane plantation where will learn about the process of transforming the sugar cane juice to brown sugar locally known as “panela” . After that, we will have a short visit to the only salt lake of Venezuela known as Urao Lagoon to continue our drive in the cloud forest of to visit a Coffee Farm where we can see the old machines and get immersed in the coffee process. Lunch en route and we drive southwest to the flat lands of the Maracaibo depression with cattle, plantain and fruit farms surrounding this landscape.
In the early afternoon we begin our wildlife adventure with a 5 kms boat trip through dense flooded forest. Howler monkeys are common along with iguanas, butterflies and different species of birds. This forest is part of the Cienagas de Juan Manuel National Park, a 2300 sq. km. natural reserve.
We may spot Capuchin Monkeys, Collared Aracaris, Ospreys, Purple Gallinule, Giant River Otters, Spectacle Caimans, Lesser Anteaters and Sotalia Fresh water river dolphins.
By late afternoon we will reach our basic stilt lodge on the biggest lake in South America: the Maracaibo Lake. With a surface area of 13000 sq. km., this lake looks just like the ocean.
Tasty Dinner, drinks and we ride the boat for an amazing night tour to spotting Spectacle Caimans, Snakes and the rare Giant Potoo. As we return, we will get our hammock to sleep for the balance of the night waiting for the lightning show which is usually after 2am and lasts for a few hours.
Day 2. Catatumbo
After breakfast we ride the boat to head a bit further in the Lake to observe the local fishermen in their activities. The blue crabs are one the main products of this region which is even for exportation. We will ride the boat back to the pier with more wildlife observation on the way and heading back to Merida after stopping in La Azulita forest to practice Zip Lining and visit the Pirates Cave. A refreshing bath at La Palmita falls is a must before taking up to Tierra Negra and close our adventure with a Paragliding Tandem flight of 20-30 minutes; no experience needed and all flights are with highly experienced instructors.
Our tour ends by 5pm and we drive you back to your accommodation in Merida or beyond.
Basic Tour info
Hiking: 3 Kms or 1,86 miles
By boat: about 40kms each way
Moderate hiking. The hike to the base of Angel Falls is 3 kms in the jungle, 80% flat and 20% steep walking on wet roots, sand and rocks. Sometimes muddy/slippery trails.
Best time to go
Rainy season is actually the best to see the waterfalls in full.
Best time: June- December
January- April: Dry season
May: Begining of Rainy Season
Hot and humid.
From 12 to 35 Celsius
Flights over Angel Falls
Only to be arranged on spot.
Minimum of 4 passengers per flight. From US$ 180 to US$ 250 per person. 30 mins approximately.
Book in advance
Contact us to open a departure. We run tours with a minimum of 6 people. Booking in advance will ease things for us and make it more affordable for you.