Orinoco

  • In the news

  • Iran Interested in Venezuela Exploration
    Forbes -
    ... 5 oil exporter, has announced plans to grant licenses for development by foreign companies in the Orinoco area, where Venezuela has an estimated 30.7 billion ...
  • Proxim introduces Wi-Fi access point for SME market
    Telecom Paper (subscription), Netherlands -
    Global provider of wireless networking equipment for Wi-Fi and broadband wireless networks Proxim enhanced its portfolio of Orinoco Wi-Fi access points with a ...
  • Proxim's Network Planner
    Wi-Fi Planet, United States -
    ... The new AP, the ORiNOCO AP-700, is a the latest generation up from the AP-600. The new product will support the draft for the 802.11 ...
  • ORiNOCO Access Points
    Enterprise IT Planet, CT -
    The ORiNOCO Access Point product line, served by Proxim Corp, provides a range of 802.11a/b/g LAN connectivity to wireless devices for both enterprise and small ...
  • New Proxim Wireless Software Suite Delivers Centralized Access ...
    PR Newswire (press release) -
    ORiNOCO Smart Wireless Suite Combines Leading Software Applications for Wi-Fi Planning, Deployment and Management SUNNYVALE, Calif., Sept. ...

With a length of 2140 km, the Orinoco is one of the largest rivers of South America. It flows through Venezuela, having its source in Parima on the Brazilian frontier, and from there making a wide arc, first flowing southwest, then west, north and finally northeast, into the Atlantic Ocean.

At its mouth it forms a wide delta that branches off into hundreds of rivers and waterways that flow through 41000 Km2 of swampy forests. In the rainy season it can swell to a breadth of 22 kilometres and a depth of 100 meters. Most of the important Venezuelan rivers are tributaries of the Orinoco, the largest being the Caroni. The river is navigable for most of its length, and dredging enables ocean ships to go as far as Ciudad Bolivar, 435 km upstream. You can find it at about 9 degrees north (latitude) and 60 degrees west (longitude).

A peculiarity of the Orinoco river system is the Casiquiare, which starts as an arm of the Orinoco, and finds its way to the Rio Negro, a tributary of the Amazon, thus forming a 'natural canal' between the Orinoco and the Amazon.

Irish singer Enya had a hit with Orinoco Flow (Sail Away). Also, The Boto, or Amazon River Dolphin, is known to inhabit the Orinoco River system.


Orinoco is also the name of one of The Wombles, all of whom take their names from an old atlas.