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  • Canoe, Orinoco Delta
    Canoe, Orinoco Delta
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  • One of the plants you can see
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    Paddle your own canoe

    by SallyM Updated Jan 17, 2015

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    Whilst staying at the Orinoco Delta Lodge we were taken to a more remote lodge under the same ownership where we had an opportunity to explore in a dugout canoe. These are able to penetrate into the narrower channels where motor boats can't go.

    My canoe trip was unfortunately curtailed by bad weather, but not before I had seen a turtle, capuchin monkeys and a huge blue butterfly that looked about the size of a dinner plate.

    If you are lucky, someone else will do the paddling. I did my best but it's surprisingly hard work!

    Canoe, Orinoco Delta Exploring the Orinoco Delta by canoe
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    • Birdwatching
    • Jungle and Rain Forest
    • Eco-Tourism

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    Boat rides in the Delta

    by SallyM Updated May 19, 2010

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    You travel along the main in a fast motorboat, but your guide will stop the boat when there is something of interest to see. It's a good idea to wear sunglasses, even if it's a bit overcast, so that they can double as goggles. Beware: if it rains, it will really sting whilst you are travelling at speed. We were given a plastic sheet to hold up to keep the rain off - but ended up semi-suffocated by wet plastic sheet. When it gets too unpleasant, they stop the boat until the weather eases.

    In the side channels, the boats travel at a much more sedate pace.

    We saw pink river dolphins, red howler monkeys, parrots, toucans and a host of other birds and plants.

    Exploring the Delta by boat Red howler monkeys One of the plants you can see Toucan
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    • Birdwatching
    • Jungle and Rain Forest
    • Eco-Tourism

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    Piranha Fishing

    by SallyM Updated Feb 27, 2010

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    I had been a bit nervous about the promised piranha fishing expedition, having read stories about people wading into the water with the piranhas.

    It was not like that at all. We were taken in a boat to a nice, quiet backwater, given a rod (well, long stick) with a nylon line and twisted wire hook and a piece of meat as bait.

    The technique is to beat the end of the rod on the surface of the water a few times before dropping the hook and bait in, and wait until you feel something nibbling at the bait. If you're not quick enough, you will find an empty hook, with all the bait gone. (It is rather more like feeding the piranhas than catching them.)

    If you are lucky enough to catch any and take them back to your camp, the staff will cook them for you. I managed to catch one fairly small and embarrassed looking piranha, whilst my other half managed to catch a submerged log and break his stick (er, fishing rod).

    Piranhas are quite tasty, but there is very little flesh on them.

    Piranha fishing I think it's blushing...
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    • Jungle and Rain Forest
    • Fishing

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    Jungle walk

    by SallyM Written Feb 5, 2009

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    A walk in the jungle enables you to see some of the plants up close. Your guide may even give you an opportunity to taste some of them.

    Be careful - the ground is very muddy and slippery. Your lodge will supply wellies. Make sure that you also have plenty of insect repellent (with a high % of DEET), and are wearing long trousers and a top with long sleeves and (ideally) a high neckline.

    Demonstrating the preparation of plant
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    Internet and long distance telephony

    by cochinjew Written May 17, 2005

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    Cantv has offices which are open until 8 pm where you could put your name down to use the internet as there are always lines of people waiting to use it. but the waits are not that long, perhaps twenty minutes which you could profitably spend sipping a cafe pequeno next door.
    there are facilities to call all over venezuela and abroad. it is better to buy telephone cards to make international calls as they tend to be cheaper

    cantv store for internet

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    Vulcan the port in the river orinoco for trips

    by cochinjew Written May 17, 2005

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    At vulcan the market scene is hectic like everywhere else but amenities are lacking such as public toilets. that is where this restaurant comes in handy. order a coffee sit down and sip it and if you wish to use the bathroom you may and it is reasonably clean. especially after a long boat trip you may wish a cup of coffee and use a clean toilet

    roadside attraction in vulcan

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    the port of Vulcan 10 km away

    by cochinjew Written May 17, 2005

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    this is where you would come to catch a boat to the delta. On wednesdays there is the govt owned slow boat whcih may take up to eight hours but only 4 usd. for this river journey of 70 miles. private boats may charge you up to 100 usd. generally the less touristy you look the better but some boats leaving will take you on if they have space and you just give them some thing little for the trip. perhaps about 5usd.

    the port of vulcan

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