Welcome to Delta del Orinoco
A deep-green labyrinth of islands, channels and mangrove swamps engulfing nearly 30,000 sq km – the size of Belgium – this is one of the world's great river deltas and a mesmerizing region to explore. Mixed forest blankets most of the land, which includes a variety of palms. Of these, the moriche palm is the most typical and important, as it is the traditional staple food for the delta's inhabitants, the Warao people, and provides material for their crafts, tools, wine and houses.
The best time to see the wildlife in the delta is in the dry season (January to May), when wide, orange, sandy beaches emerge along the shores of the channels. In the rainy months (August and September), when rivers are full, boat travel is easier, but the wildlife disperses and is more difficult to see.
All-inclusive three-day tours average US$150 to US$200. The recommended companies listed here have their own campamentos (camps).
Orinoco Queen This German-run camp is a new edition to the Orinoco's river lodges and gets great reviews from travelers.Campamento Oridelta Runs trips in the Río Grande area of the Delta del Orinoco, with a campamento in Piacoa. The owner, Roger Ruffenach, is an authority on the wildlife of the delta, speaks English, German and French, and personally guides all the trips, which never have more than 10 guests.Orinoco Eco Camp Within the Reserva Nacional de Fauna Silvestre Gran Morichal; traveler recommended.Cooperativa Osibu XIV This longstanding family-owned business conducts tours to San Francisco de Guayo, in the far eastern part of the delta. It’s a four-hour boat ride to their cabaña camp with beds. Minimum six people.Viajes & Excursiones Turísticas Delta One of the least expensive agencies (almost half as much as the others), with a hammock-only campamento in Pedernales.