Tucupita (Spanish pronunciation: [tukuˈpita]) is the capital city of the Venezuelan state of Delta Amacuro.

Tucupita
Divina Pastora Cathedral.
Divina Pastora Cathedral.
Flag of Tucupita
Official seal of Tucupita
Tucupita is located in Venezuela
Tucupita
Tucupita
Coordinates: 09°03′33″N 62°04′05″W / 9.05917°N 62.06806°W / 9.05917; -62.06806Coordinates: 09°03′33″N 62°04′05″W / 9.05917°N 62.06806°W / 9.05917; -62.06806
CountryVenezuela Venezuela
StateDelta Amacuro
MunicipalityTucupita
Founded1848
Government
 • MayorAlexis Gonzales
Elevation
5 m (16 ft)
Population
 (2011)
 • Total86,487
 • Density6.6/km2 (17/sq mi)
 • Demonym
Tucupiteño(a)
Time zoneUTC−4 (VET)
Postal code
6401
Area code(s)0287
ClimateAw
WebsiteAlcaldía de Tucupita (in Spanish)

GeographyEdit

Delta Amacuro consists almost entirely of the swampy Orinoco River delta. Tucupita is hot and humid, and lies well into the delta on the Caño Manamo river (one of the two major branches of the Orinoco river delta). It is approached by a road which runs along the top of a barrier constructed in the 1960s to create dry land. The project is considered by many to be a failure since little dry land was created and massive ecological disruption was caused by salt water penetration of the delta.[citation needed]

The delta is covered mostly by mangrove swamp but there is a huge range of other flora and fauna, making it one of the world's more ecologically diverse places. Significant amounts of oil have been discovered in the western parts of the delta and there is apprehension that exploitation of this oil will cause substantial ecological damage.[citation needed]

ReligionEdit

Tucupita is the cathedral see of the Roman Catholic Apostolic Vicariate of Tucupita, with the Cathedral of the Divine Shepherdess.

(Eco-)TourismEdit

 
Chicharronera in Tucupita.

The main income of Tucupita comes from eco-tourism. The attractions are the birds, mammals and reptiles of the delta, and the villages of the local Indians, the Warao. Tourists can visit the remote parts of the delta and stay in the stilted houses of the Warao in the delta itself.

There are bus connections to Bolivar City and other towns in the north of Venezuela, but in the delta itself only travel by boat is possible.