Why visit Los Llanos
The Llanos, a vast, blistering plain in the centre of Venezuela was colonised and exploited in the 16th century and today is a region known as ‘cattle country’. The ‘llaneros’ who live here have a unique and interesting culture of their own and their mastery over the horse is legendary and fascinating to watch. In addition to this lingering Wild West atmosphere, the Llanos are one of the most interesting regions in South America as far as wildlife is concerned, and they are paradise for bird watchers.
About Los Llanos
The climate reaches extreme temperatures both in the dry and rainy season. During the rains (May to November) the plains are completely flooded by the many rivers that run through it. This creates ideal conditions for more than 50 mammal species, including the well-known capybara, the world’s largest rodent, and also tapirs, anacondas, monkeys, anteaters, otters and even jaguars, while local rivers are inhabited by fresh-water porpoises and by the largest American crocodile, the Orinoco caiman. Bird species such as macaws, egrets, herons, storks and fish eagles, white, scarlet and glossy ibis, black vultures and hummingbirds are also abundant. The incredible wildlife, the amazing landscape and the llaneros’ lifestyle and folklore are all worth knowing and the best way to enjoy this fascinating world is to stay at one of the ‘hatos’, a local farm converted into a guest lodge or hotel.
- Step back in time to the chant of the llanero ‘joropo’ accompanied by a harp, maracas and a guitar
- Marvel at the llanero on horseback or join them for a ride across the plains watching for amazing wildlife along the way
- Enjoy home-cooked fayre at a local farmstead