First, this is a "working cattle ranch". Lodging, food, noise and roads is what is expected at a true ranch. Thank goodness Hato el Cedral is NOT A PLUSH RESORT. There is a reason so many birds and wild animals are abundant on the ranch grounds. The workers and managers at the ranch do an amazing job of keeping the grounds clean and the buildings in good condition. Steps are on-going for goals for increased eco-sustainability and nature conservation.
We booked 3 days/3 nights for Hato Cedral ourselves and traveled there without a guide. My wife and I do not speak any spanish and had zero problems with communications while at the ranch.
The meals were delicious with great variety. All meals were typical Venezuelan type food with something different at each meal. The meal bell rang precisely at 7 am for breakfast, noon for lunch and 7 pm for dinner.
Wildlife excursions were 8 - 11:30 in the morning and 3 to sundown in the evening. Each excursion was by truck or boat and the staff made sure that no guest had a "repeat" route while at the ranch. Excursions were designed based on water levels and reported animal sightings. Lots of guides who spoke Spanish, English, German and French.
During your free time you can wander the ranch, take a dip in the pool, have a afternoon nap in your room or sit by the bar and have an ice cold beer! Price of beer at the bar was equivalent to fifty cents U.S.
Yes, the air conditioners in the rooms are loud and need to be upgraded. Although the only bug we ever encountered in our room was a single pesky fly, I can see that you may get an occasional insect in the room but think about where you are located.
We had a delayed flight then a three hour drive from the Barinas airport to the ranch, yet a truck was waiting for us in the dark at the front gate. Then before even checking in, they still had a warm dinner waiting for us at 8:30 pm.
Hato el Cedral is a very unique place that will provide you a wonderful experience. Feel free to contact me for more information or check out our video at www.quickadventures.net
- Also Known As:
- Hato El Cedral Hotel Caracas