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Visit Warao people settlementin Maturin, Venezuela

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Orinoco delta is inhabited by Warnao people. They gladly exchange rare birds for any kind of provision.
How to visit Warao people settlement in Maturin
Warao - "the boat people" - wandering people that live mainly in northeast Venezuela.

The name of the tribe comes from their way of living: warao build their houses just rigt on the bogs or rivers and travel by canoe. Warao eat fish and birds they catch.

Warao houses are built on the stilt without walls and covered with palm leaves, Maturin
Photo: Warao houses are built on the stilt without walls and covered with palm leaves

How to do?

1. San Jose de Buja inhabited by Warao is placed 70 kilometers from Maturin. In the village there are a few shops, bar, first-aid post and also eco-lodges for tourists (with comfortable beds, shower and toilet).

2. You can book a motorboat excursion to Warao settlement. Departure time is about 8am from San Jose de Buja, the way takes 40 minutes. In jungles over the river if you're lucky you can see exotic birds - toucan, macaw, sun bittern and boatbill and also fresh-water dolphins and capuchin monkeys.

Toucan that has been caught by warao people in order to sell out to the tourists, Maturin
Photo: Toucan that has been caught by warao people in order to sell out to tourists, © clayrsmithjr | flickr

Buy warao souvenirs made of wood balsa and palm trees moriche, Maturin
Photo: Buy warao souvenirs made of wood balsa and palm trees moriche

3. If you're planning to stay overnight in ecolodge, experience night boat safari - it is a chance to ride among crocodiles and see night snakes.

Where to do?

#1Orinoco deltaOrinoco delta

It is placed in east Venezuela and branches into 60 canals and 40 tributaries. The delta occupies 41 000-kilometer territory and is inhabited by Indians Warao. The way to here takes 2 hours by car from Maturin and then 1 hour by a motorboat.

How much?

One-day excursion with lunch in ecolodge starts at $60.

Tips and hints

Take a flashlight and repellents. Don't forget to leave some tips for the staff.

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Guest27 April 2018