Mochima National Park (Parque Nacional Mochima)

Parque Nacional Mochima


Location: Sucre state Map

Area: 949 sq km


Description of Mochima National Park


Mochima National Park or Parque Nacional Mochima is a massive protected area in the Sucre State in in the North Venezuela. It covers a total area of over 949 sq km that covers shoreline biosphere between Puerto La Cruz and Cumaná as well as 32 islands offshore. You can visit islands of Mochima National Park by taking a boat from Puerto La Cruz for a total price of 80 Bolivar fuerte. Major islands include Arapito, Chimana Granda, Monos and las Borrachas and many others. They are covered by untouched pristine forests and coral reefs just off shore. You can spend a day relaxing on a private quiet beaches or do some snorkeling and scuba diving. If you want to spend more time in Mochima National Park you can also spend a night on a shore. Camping permit is only 10 Bolivar fuerte per night per person.


The Mochima National Park is located between latitudes 10 ° 9'50 ″ and 10 ° 26'0 ″ North and longitudes 64 ° 13'20 ″ and 64 ° 47'32 ″ West between the cities of Puerto La Cruz and Cumaná. It has an area of ​​94,935 hectares, 1 of which 52% is marine area.

It is constituted by a group of islands that contain scenarios of bays, cliffs, gulfs, deep water coasts, white sand beaches, coral reefs, islands and islets and inlets, as well as mountainous areas of leafy vegetation cover.

The climate of the Mochima National Park is semi-arid. The climate is coastal with temperatures ranging between 22 ° C and 28 ° C, and has two seasons:

A dry season that runs from January to May, with an average rainfall of 3.5 mm / month.
A rainy season between June and December, with an average rainfall of 60-70 mm / month.

Mochima town

In the park there is a variety of vegetation, where cacti, shrubs, ferns and orchids predominate, finding larger trees in the highest area of ​​the park.

The fauna is also very rich in species: Birds, sea turtles and other reptiles such as iguanas, black lizards, snakes predominate, as well as a great diversity of fish. The most notable mammals are: the common dolphin, herring whale, caramerudo deer, cachicamos, barnacles, rabbits, jaguars, foxes and capuchin monkeys. You can see birds like seagulls, pelicans, paraulatas, pigeons, guacharacas and conotos.