"Llanos Ferry Landing on the Orinoco" Cabruta by atufft

Cabruta Travel Guide: 4 reviews and 18 photos

Chaguaramas to Cabruta Highway

It's about a four hour drive, without any gas stations, from Chaguaramas to Cabruta. Along the way, Llaneros can be seen herding Brahma breed cattle, and watching the waterfowl rise from the wetlands is also part of this scenic route. The road itself is one of worst in Venezuela, a nation of oil but generally poor asphalt. This poverty of asphalt isn't entirely the fault of the nation as the heavy tropical rains create potholes in a day. On one trip, we made our way late in the day, expecting to take the last ferry across to Caicara, on the south side of the Orinoco. The potholes became landmines to avoid as we raced along this generally empty stretch of highway.

Cabruta itself is not much...

The very small pueblo of Cabruta is entirely devoted to the ferry landing, itself which is not much. Cars and trucks line up and wait until the Ferry arrives from Caicara. Hundreds of miles inland, the Orinoco river at this point is wider than any part of the Mississippi, the Nile, the Niger, or any river I've seen in Europe. One can see only a thin line of green on the horizon, marking the other side. Building a bridge through this part of the river would be a major engineering feat. Also, at this point on the river, both sides are lines with virgin forest, making this wide navigable river an industrialists dream. Fortunately, the industry of Europe and United States have not yet tapped into this natural beauty, although Caicara on the other side of the river has big plans for an aluminum plant.

The Orinoco at Sunset...

When the ferry finally arrived, trucks loaded with vegetables and fruits for sale on the other side lumbered aboard. Our small car fit between such loads. At sunset, children still played in the water at Cabruta, and I began to take sunset shots. The water hyacenth floated like islands in the river, and occasionally a river launch passed by. It was completely dark by the time we arrived in Caicara, and so the city's lights provided a target for navigational purposes.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:This is the fastest ferry route through to Puerto Ayacucho
  • Cons:If you miss the ferry, accomodations will be very meager
  • In a nutshell:The end of Los Llanos at Cabruta marks the beginning of Las Amazonas
  • Last visit to Cabruta: Jul 1992
  • Intro Updated Mar 31, 2006
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  • wise23girl's Profile Photo
    Mar 15, 2012 at 2:43 AM

    We have long drives without petrol stations too. Nice photos

  • mircaskirca's Profile Photo
    Jul 18, 2007 at 12:39 PM

    I see that rivers are one of your favourites! Magic Orinoco sunset! How long did you stay around? Ah, yes, children are always interesting object to take pictures! :)

  • globetrott's Profile Photo
    Feb 6, 2007 at 10:22 PM

    great pics of the Orinoco and the lovely scenery of everyday life there !

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