Boat trip on the Orinoco River
Maipures Raudal, NP Tuparro

Maipures Rapid, NP Tuparro

El Raudal de Maipures (Maipures rapids): this is the estuary where the Tuparro river meets the Orinoco. It is named after the – now extinct – indigenous tribe that inhabited the area and was the former capital of Vichada. Less than 100 people inhabit Maipures. It is well worth your visit, as you will see what Von Humboldt once marked as the “Eighth Wonder of the World”: giant smooth granite rocks in the rapids of Maipures.

El balancin

One of them is called “el balancín”, a huge rock balancing on another one in an inexplicable way. Despite the strong currents it has already been steady for hundreds of years.

On the banks of the river, decorated by huge rocks that form part of the Guyanese shield, it is possible to camp and see some carved figures in the rocks that are more than 200 years old.

Raudales de Atures, Orinoco River

El Raudal de Atures (Atures rapids): considered to be the widest rapids in the world, the Atures rapids are stretched out over 10 km of the Orinoco river. For whitewater kayaking lovers, the river difficulty scale is set between 3 and 3.5 (intermediate – advanced).

Spotting river dolphins

Freshwater dolphins: these dolphins, also called tuna dolphins, can be found only in this part of the world. They mainly reside where one river flows into another, for instance where the Meta and Orinoco river meet, as the other stream brings them different kinds of food and minerals. The dolphins swim in groups of about 25, and may swim along during part of your boat trip, playfully jumping around.

Cerro Peinillas and Cerro Thomas: climb these two large rocks for splendid views of the Tuparro national park. During the walks you will encounter plenty of flora and fauna.

Water plants at Caño Lapa

Pozo Azul: hiking to this natural swimming pool is rewarded with a fresh dive in clear blue water.

Caño Lapa: a clear river containing bright green water plants moving along with the rhythm of the stream. This spot can only be visited when there is enough water in the river, which is usually only during the rainy season (May-November).

Fishing expedition: the rivers in the Tuparro national park are ideal for sport fishing. Especially during the summer months January until March this is a popular activity in the region, as the water tide is lowest. Have us arrange a fishing expedition to for instance the Nimajay sanctuary, where you will fish in the Bita river, internationally known as one of the four best rivers to fish according to the ‘catch and release’ principle. It contains over a hundred species of exotic and colorful fishes, such as the giant peacock bass.

Wildlife spotting: during a hike or boat trip it is possible to see, amongst other animals, freshwater dolphins, otters, capybaras, tigers, anteaters, foxes, parrots, eagles and other birds, tapirs, monkeys, anteaters and snakes. If you are looking for a destination where you will definitely see lots of wildlife, we would recommend you to take a look at Casanare, also in the Los Llanos area.