Venezuelan hammocks are also known as jungle hammocks. They are capable of being used near water areas infested with flying insects because they offer compartments which keep the user safe.
I’ve been exposed to hammocks since the 70’s while living in Guadalajara and later with my many travels to the Yucatan, all without really appreciating just how comfortable, practical and interesting it is to sleep suspended in air. My fiancee is from Cacacas and turned me on to the Venezuelas hammocks which are a total delight to sleep or nap in. While not inexpensive ($200.00) they are still very cost effective for someone on a budget, and they provide superb sleep. In the Yucatan many bedrooms have one at the foot of the bed…this last trip to the yucatan (2012) made a believer out of me, and as soon as we got back to the states, we had one put in our bedroom and it’s great, especially if the legs are a bit rammy or you just need personal space…these could be marriage savers. I’ll never be without one now.
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Jungle or Venezuelan hammocks are usually made with durable synthetic netting. These hammocks typically come with non-stretch suspension ropes. They are intended to accommodate the sleeper along its length, as opposed to other designs in which the occupant sleeps across the hammock.
Travelers to Central and South America in the twentieth century were introduced to the Venezuelan hammock. They embraced them for their comfort and practicality. The breathable material of this hammock helped to prevent fungal infections and was cool in the sweltering climate. Fine netting placed over the hammock protected users from venomous snakes and insects. Waterproof sheets warded off the continual rain. Drips strips placed on the suspension ropes kept rain from streaming into the hammock. Insecticide rubbed on suspension ropes deters unwanted six legged boarders.