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Orinoco Delta Lodge: Beware of the Parrot!
The Orinoco Delta Lodge is operated by Tucupita Expeditions.
It comprises 37 individual cabins with private facilities (toilet, washbasin and cold water shower), linked by wooden walkways and a large communal dining and bar area. There is electricity from 6.00 a.m. until 11.00 p.m. Internet access is available (via satellite) but is quite expensive.
Stays at the Lodge are on a full board basis (food is excellent), and activities include boat trips to see the birds, animals and plants of the Orinoco Delta, jungle walks, visits to Warao settlements and piranha fishing.
We booked through a tour operator as part of a longer trip to Venezuela and so I don't know the cost per person per night.
The Lodge is home to a number of pet animals. When we visited there were two cats and two kittens, three dogs, and a blue and gold macaw, called Rumba. Any or all of these may drop by at mealtimes in search of scraps.
On one occasion, after we had finished eating, Rumba the macaw swooped down, landed on our table and started to eat the leftover catfish, managing to drop most of it on the floor, to the delight of the cats.
There is also a puma in its own enclosure, and an eagle and frog who drop by.
The motorboats used for ferrying guests to and from the pick up point at Boca de Uracoa and on the trips in the Delta are surprisingly fast - sunglasses are a good idea even on a dull day, just to act as goggles.
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