Venezuela: Casa Maria and Hato Piñero: A Relaxed & Easy Tour : Jan 09—17, 2016

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Departs: Caracas
Tour Limit: 9
Operations Manager: Greg Lopez
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David Ascanio

David Ascanio, a Venezuelan birder and naturalist, has spent 33 years guiding birding tours ...


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Scarlet Ibis

Scarlet Ibis— Photo: David Ascanio

Enjoy great biodiversity where many threatened bird species are easy to see due to decades of conservation efforts. Large tracts of tropical dry forest, grasslands, and amazing concentrations of waterbirds. Good chance for seeing many Neotropical mammals.

VENT is proud to offer this short trip to two bird-rich areas: Casa Maria and Hato Piñero. Both locations combine cloud forest and one of the best tropical dry forests of South America with the vast savannas and wetlands of the Llanos.

In Hato Piñero, you can expect a wealth of tropical birds and some of the easiest and most pleasant birding anywhere. During the tour, many participants really get to know the 300-plus species that include such spectacular birds as Yellow-knobbed Curassow, Sunbittern, Whistling Heron, both Great and Common potoos, Scarlet Macaw, Jabiru, Gray-necked Wood-Rail, and many others. Evening spotlighting of mammals, night birds, reptiles, and amphibians from the custom-designed, observation truck is superb and often considered the highlight of our tour.

VIDEO/SLIDESHOW by David Ascanio from VENT’s 2014 Venezuela: Casa Maria and Hato Pinero Relaxed & Easy Tour

Venezuela has a very rich avifauna and many productive areas that are easily accessible, often from paved roads. All these treats and Steve Hilty’s exceptional field guide combine to assure a superb tour that affords a cross section of many diverse habitats in the upper Llanos and the Coastal Cordillera of Venezuela.

For added diversity, we will also spend two days at Casa Maria, a beautiful facility offering a gentle and bird-filled introduction to Venezuela.

Good accommodations; all nights at two locations; morning, afternoon, and evening outings in safari trucks; easy non-strenuous terrain; midday breaks; warm climate.