Tucupita is a city in the Guayana Region of Venezuela.
Tucupita is the capital town of the Delta Amacuro state in Venezuela. it's a slow paced warm town, where you can enjoy your time and have a rest to plan your further stay in the country. Warao influence is very noticeable, both in the physical aspect of the inhabitants as in their way to interact with each other and with outsiders. Contracting prices and services with people here is not a game as it is in the Western or Arabic cultures so think twice if you really want to bargain about $1.
The buses to Tucupita leave from San Félix. An easy way to get to Tucupita is to take a carrito from Puerto Ordaz. It takes 1.5 hour and costs BsF 500 (April 2015, $2.5) per person. The connection to Maturín is just as good, it takes longer (two hours) and costs the same for carritos (shared taxi). There are also morning 6-7am buses for BsF 250= 1.2 USD (as of Apr 2015).
walk or take a taxi (fixed rate BsF 50=0.25USD as of Apr 2015), the central area is mostly safe also after dark. the riverside walk gets more crowded after sunset and stays so until around 22:00.
there isn't much to "see" here, just enjoy the heat and look at the birds flying to their sleeping trees along the river as dark falls.
go to the market and ask the friendly market people about the names of the fish being sold there. the market closes at lunch time (before 13:00) so if you want to have a good cheap lunch there, be early.
Tucupita is a good base for organizing your own trip to the Warao area in Delta Orinoco. Due to low standards of the tours and lack of professional services it is better to arrive with low expectations and go with the flow.
It is better to avoid touts approaching you at the riverside park. You could use the services of far too expensive tour operators. Don't expect the tours operators to act professionally. Require them to take fruit and juices or they will just provide for beer, rum and pepsi. Make sure they make your day start timely, or they will offer breakfast after 7:00 and leave the camp around 9:30.
Handicraft produced by the Warao can be divided in three classes: that what they learned from the catholic nuns (very fine moriche baskets, the finest in Venezuela), that what they learned from the protestant missions (mostly vivid coloured animal figures made of balsa wood or sangrito root) and finally what they always produced for their own use (large baskets they use as wardrobes and moriche hammocks). a two-person hammock sells for 300 BsF(2010), roughly 40€.
check where locals have their breakfast and join them. there's plenty of fritanga facilities in most streets. the best lunches are served at the market before 12:00. you can have have a honest evening pizza at the ugly constructions downstream along the river. the only real restaurant is "mi tasca" and it does serve good laulau but it has no windows and no outside light and strong air conditioning.
Donato, Italian man managing the hotel, prepares delicious meals for BsF 250 for a big portion, worth trying.
There are plenty of bus connections to different cities in Venezuela such as Caracas, Maturin, Valencia, Maracay and others. Be sure you arrive early to bus terminal (5am) to secure purchase of your ticket. Buses to Maturín leave at 6-7am and cost BsF 250 =$1.2 (March 2015).