Venezuela Expedition 2016

JBL Expedition 2016 Venezuela

JBL Expedition 2016 Venezuela

Indigenous Villages

Around the Orinoco Eco Lodge there were practically no tourists. Just the houses of indigenous people, also built on stilts, were dotted around the river bank. Thanks to our guide who was friends with most of the families we were allowed to visit the natives, to examine their pets and to ask questions through our guide. Since our team members like all kinds of animals they immediately bonded with the pigs, dogs, parrots, capybaras, peccaries, monkeys, snakes, caimans and turtles. The average indigenous family owns more pets than any private petting zoo in Germany! In two villages we saw uninhabited stone houses because the natives prefer their open stilt dwellings. Several years ago, when Venezuela was in a better position financially, the government built these houses to provide the natives with solid houses. Unfortunately this project was carried out without asking them first! Now they are empty and used as rubbish dumps.

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