"Los Llanos" Mantecal by MalenaN

Mantecal Travel Guide: 2 reviews and 60 photos

Los Llanos is a part of Venezuela which consists of vast grass plains. In Venezuela Los Llanos covers 300 000 sq km, almost a third of the country. But not much of the population is living here. The soil is low in nutrients and the farms are mostly cattle ranches. You will most certainly see a Llanero in a cowboy hat sitting on a horse during your visit. Around in the landscape there are islands of woodland and many rivers and streams. Along the roads there are water filled dikes.

The climate can be extreme in Los Llanos. There is a wet season between May - November when it rains frequently and much of the landscape can be flooded (not when I visited in June/July). During the dry season, December - April, it can on the other hand be very warm and dry, and many of the water holes dries up.

The reason to come here as a tourist is mainly to see the abundant wildlife. There are about 50 species of mammals and 350 species of birds. During my visit I saw an anaconda, capybaras, caimans, turtles and lots and lots of birds. The dry season is considered the high season as the animals then concentrate around the water there is and is easier to spot, but during the wet season on the other hand they are everywhere. As many other tourists I visited on a tour from Mérida. We stayed at a camp in Apure State, surrounded by the grass plains.

  • Last visit to Mantecal: Jun 2008
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  • balhannah's Profile Photo
    Oct 28, 2014 at 2:47 AM

    Nice photos! I wish we had the scarlet Ibis here, all of ours are white or black, nowhere near as pretty!

    • MalenaN's Profile Photo
      Oct 28, 2014 at 3:47 AM

      This is the only Scarlet Ibis I have seen. It was beautiful!

    • balhannah's Profile Photo
      Oct 28, 2014 at 2:19 PM

      I have seen lots in Bird parks. They are soooo pretty!

  • Mikebond's Profile Photo
    Jul 21, 2009 at 2:59 AM

    Wonderful photos, Malena!

  • yumyum's Profile Photo
    Jun 13, 2009 at 8:15 AM

    What a fantastic wildlife trip! Wouldn't want to wear the Anacona shawl though ;)

  • Bwana_Brown's Profile Photo
    May 27, 2009 at 11:33 AM

    Well done Malena - you really know how to enjoy yourself on an adventure trip! I'd love to visit such a wildlife paradise myself. Excellent pics in your T'logues, especially you battling that huge Anaconda!!!

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