About La Cueva del Guacharo
First To Review: Marcel S.
Aug 7, 2010
Guácharo Cave is located between the states of Monagas and Sucre, in the extreme east of the mountains of Turimiquire. 4 km from the town of Caripe. You can reach the park by road, following the route of Caripe from Maturin, Cumana or Carúpano.
This represents the longest cave in the country, Guacharo cave covers an area of 63 200 hectares. It was created under Decree No. 943 of May 27, 1975 (Official Gazette No. 30 704) and extended on 25 January 1990 by Decree No. 639 (Official Gazette No. 4158).
Natural Monument was the first enacted in Venezuela in 1949 under the name of the German scientist Alexander Von Humboldt (Sabio Naturalista) was interested in giving it to the world, who explored the cave in 1799 for scientific reasons and who in 1816 announced the most relevant of the 1,500 caves inventoried in our country.
The 63 200 hectares which occupies the park are divided into two major sectors. The Black Mountain area, with 15,000 hectares and the Media Sector River Basin Caripe, with 47 200 hectares.
Subsequently, in 1975 was declared National Park when it extended the protection area in order to preserve its ecosystem, thus ensuring the biological processes of the cave.
This natural monument is 10.2 km long considered one of the most interesting cave formations of the continent.
Throughout the day, offers its visitors a tour of dazzling beauty in strange formations in the walls of the cave and the cries of birds (Guácharos) that live there. The output in flocks of these birds Guácharos (Steatornis caripensis) in the afternoon is one of most important shows to see in this cave. During the evening, these birds that live in the dark out in search of food such as fruits and seeds of some species of palms and other trees. His intolerance of light explains that frugivorous birds have chosen to live in the dark. To fly in the cave during their flight emitted a shrill cries at a frequency of between six and nine thousand cycles per second that serve as sound. Its habitat is concentrated in the Humboldt Room, where they spend the day digesting the food collected during the night.
Guácharo Cave has an entrance 23 feet high and 28 wide, where most tourists visiting dare to travel only to the first 1,500 meters, crossing the Humboldt Room and the Hall of Silence (with training Cardon baptized like the Virgen del Carmen, Angel de la Guarda, the Alcatraz in Picada) until the Sublime Salon, where you can see stalactites and stalagmites formed by the constant action of water on rock. For further exploration of the cave, covering the 7513 meters long after the first installment, you need a special permit must apply for and obtain from the authorities of this National Park.
Visiting hours are 8:00 am to 4:00 pm, but after 3:00 pm the tour is short, only 1500 meters can be covered, up to 825 meters and so there guácharos used diesel oil lamps very discreet light as these birds are photophobic.
Not allowed to use flash or flashlights. The stone walkways to prevent slipping in the mud, especially in the rainy season. The guides are university students who work for tips and passion to what they do tell them about every curiosity of the cave.
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