We were recommended to stay at El Cedral rather than one of the other hatos as we were told it is the best one for wildlife. I can't comment on other hatos, but El Cedral certainly is amazing for animals and birds. We had no sooner turned off the main road onto the 7km track to the ranch when it was as if a curtain had been lifted and the performance started - herds (?) of capybaras grazed, exotic birds flew or perched on fences, beautifully marked iguanas and bright green geckos ran in front of the vehicle. The next couple of days did not disappoint, we saw so much it was sometimes hard to know where to look! As it was the end of the dry season we mostly drove on rutted tracks in an open sided converted truck. Not particularly comfortable but effective, and a cool box filled with bottled water and soft drinks was provided. We took one boat trip amongst turtles and caiman, and our guide held pieces of meat aloft to encourage the caiman to leap for their snack! Our food was a bit dull (apart from delicious freshly squeezed juices), wine was available the first 2 nights but then it ran out and no more was delivered. The lodge and bedrooms are simple, and quite shabby. The air con in the room was welcome but very noisy - no chance of hearing the sounds of wildlife, even the howler monkeys howling in a tree by the small pool. But as the future of the hato is uncertain, we could understand there is no point in spending money on it at the moment. Rather than divide the land into small holdings, it would be so much better to keep it as a wildlife sanctuary, spend some money on the place and market it as one of the great sights of Venezuela - indeed the natural world.
- Also Known As:
- Hato El Cedral Hotel Caracas