Accommodation in Venezuela: The Llanos
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Hato Cedral (Estancia/Ranch - Mantecal)
Near Mantecal in Apure state (the low Llanos), is the 55,000ha ranch of Hato Cedral. Formerly owned by King Ranch (originators of the Santa Gertrudis breed of cattle). The capybaras on the entrance road are probably the tamest in Venezuela! View details
Hato Cristero (Estancia/Ranch - Just outside Barinas)
A traditional, family run ranch with a large pool just outside Barinas surrounded by colourful gardens. The owners pride themselves on their hospitality and wonderful home cooked cuisine. View details
Hato El Frío (Estancia/Ranch - Mantecal)
This 80,000 hectare ranch between Mantecal and El Samán is owned by the Maldonado family, and the Biological Station is the centre of the tourist operation. The accommodation has recently been upgraded and twin bedded rooms, with private bathrooms are now available (no hot water). Meals and local drinks are included as are twice-daily excursions. The vehicles (mainly enclosed jeeps with side-facing benches) are not as satisfactory as those provided by Cedral or Piñero, but the boat trips are good, and wildlife is similar. We previously recommended El Frío as a relatively low-cost alternative, but prices have increased so one must now consider the better road and transport infrastructure at Cedral and Piñero before making a decision. They have an interesting programme of re-training to the wild for ocelots and jaguars that have been illegally captured. View details
Hato Garza (Estancia/Ranch - Apure State (the low Llanos))
A beautiful property and the most comfortable in the area. The swimming pool is beautiful and overlooks the Llanos. There is a lounging area by its side and a telescope for wildlife spotting and star gazing. There is also a bar and separate dining room where guests can eat together or on their own. View details
Hato Piñero (Estancia/Ranch - El Baúl, Cojedes)
Sadly Hato Piñero is no longer open for tourism, having been expropriated by the government of Hugo Chavez.
Wildlife farm in the state of Cojedes, on the edge of the central plains, which apart from the wet-lands also has plateau and gallery forest on rolling hills, surrounded by four rivers. Here you can see an incredible diversity of wildlife that shows almost no fear for human observers. View details