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Puerto Ayacucho is the capital and largest city of Amazonas state in Venezuela. Puerto Ayacucho is located across the Orinoco River from the Colombian village of Casuarito. In 1997 its population was approximately 70,000.

The city was founded to facilate the transport of goods past the rapids on the Orinoco River in the late 19th century (mostly rubber). Now the economy is supported by both national and international tourism. Also based here is the Venezuelan army and navy, conducting a continuous low level campaign against incursions and drug-runners from nearby Colombia. The climate is equatorial and the surrounding rainforests are some of the worlds least explored and most untouched. The nearby forested mountains (Tepuis) contain some the worlds least investigated micro systems.

Two hundred km to the south is one of the natural world's great wonders, the Brazo Casaquiary, a waterway that links South America's two greatest river systems, the Amazon and the Orinoco. This was discovered by Humboldt in the nineteenth century; nowadays tourists can organise a trip along it from Puerto Ayacucho. The water in this link can flow into the Rio Negro, tributary of the Amazon, or the Orinoco depending on where it's raining at the time!

90Km to the East is the second highest waterfall in Venezuela, the 2,200ft Yutaje falls. Nearby is the Yutaje Tourist Lodge with it's own airstrip in the jungle. Walks and river trips can be undertaken from here in the nearby selva. Of note is the large population of greenwing macaws, ara chloroptera. There are also jaguars, pink river dolphins, numerous monkeys and other bird life.

The inhabitants are mostly Creole – mixed indigenous and Spanish blood. There are a number of local indigenous tribes including the Yanomami, the Bari, Piaroa, and Guajibo (also known as jibis). Puerto Ayacucho has a small airport and has good bus connections to San Félix and Ciudad Bolívar. There is little traffic on the river these days. There is a range of medium and low cost hotels. While the city itself is not generally considered attractive, most visitors agree that the surrounding country is magnificent.

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