The Orinoco Delta
The Delta Amacuro is a 220 miles wide gigantic maze of rivers and creeks through which the mighty Orinoco pours its waters in the Atlantic ocean. The Northern part of the delta is the most humid and swampy, but nevertheless where is most concentrated the native population.
A typical characteristic of the delta is the mangrove (Rhizophora mangle) which allows the stability of a land in constant formation by the continuous sedimentation of the river.
It is on these shores, flooded daily by the flow of tides (and especially during the swelling of the Orinoco around August), that are erected, almost two meters above the water, the restangular houses made of manaca and moriche palm trees of the local population, the Warao Indians.
The Warao, of which the translation would be “people of curiara” wa arao, are born-sailors. Perfectly adapted to this environment, the curiara, or dugout canoe, is not only their principal mean of transportation it is a central object accompanying them all along their life, as a toy from their childhood to their last days.
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Discover the delta and its people through one of these two programs:
a seven days expedition, three days crossing the Orinoco delta, followed by four days of sea and forest in the peninsula of Paria