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Cueva del Guácharo National Park

Cueva del Guácharo



Location: 12 km from Caripe, Monagas state   Map

Area: 627 km²

Tel. 0292 641 7543

Entrance Fee: $6, kids $3

Open: 8am- 4pm




Description of Guácharo Cave

Cueva del Guácharo National Park is located 12 km from aripe in Monagas state of Northwest Venezuela. This national park covers an area of 627 km² and protects the delicate ecosystem of Guácharo Cave that also gives the name to this nature reserve. Guácharo Cave is largest natural underground system that measures a total of 10.2 km (6.3 miles) in length. One of the first visitor of the cave was famous German (Prussian) biologist Alexander von Humboldt. Cueva del Guachara gets its name from guacharo birds or oilbird that live inside. This nocturnal bird lives in the cave system by day and leaves it to hunt by night. It has a radar location system similar to bats to navigate underground as well as night rain forests. You can camp out at the entrance to the cave and watch these beautiful rare birds leave the cave around 6pm and come back early in the morning around 4 am.
You can get here by bus or by getting a car from Caripe or Cumana, closest large settlement close to the cave entrance. Try to keep your voice down then you enter the cave. Many of its local inhabitants like oil birds and bats might be scarred by loud sudden noises. The temperature inside the cave usually remains at the comfortable 19 °C with humidity up to 100%. Although the whole underground system measures over 10 km in length only small fraction of this is open to the public.






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