Venezuela’s longest and most magnificent cave is 12km from Caripe on the road toward the coast. Alexander von Humboldt, the eminent scientist, penetrated 472m into the grotto in September 1799, and it was he who first classified its namesake inhabitant, the guácharo, or oilbird.
We drive from Maturín, Mochima or Peninsula de Paria for about 3-4 hours to check in at our hotel nicely located in town. After that, you can experience on your own a visit to El Guacharo National Park and Alexander Von Humboldt Natural Monument for nearly 3 hours.
Take a taxi for about 8 minutes and get your ticket to enter the Monument; English speaking tour guides are available at no extra cost. Within the cave confines, shadows invade the dense humid forest and rocky edges of limestone formations, this cave declared a natural monument in 1975 is inhabited by the largest, known colony of Oilbirds (Guacharos) and is one of the natural wonders of Venezuela. Enjoy the local restaurants in Caripe at dinner time. Overnight included at local standard hotel.
Go for breakfast at local restaurants in town and explore the very pleasant and very easygoing town of Caripe located nearly half way between the Orinoco Delta and the Caribbean Sea at 1000 meters above the sea level. Our driver will collect you at 2pm to take you to your next destination.
– All land transfers
– Overnight at standard posada in Caripe
– Trip insurance – mandatory
– National Park fee and airport taxes, allow US$ 15 per person
– Tips to staff, allow US$ 10 per person
– Join this tour anytime during the year
– This tour can be shortened or even extended, ask us how!
– We can arrange hotel accommodation in Caracas and flights IN & OUT, ask us about this
– Perfect as family tour although we recommend a minimum age of 8 years old
– Weekends or high seasons are not the best to visit Cueva del Guacharo/
– Natural Monument is closed on mondays
– The itinerary presented is a guideline. Things may change with little or no notice due to local circumstances such as weather conditions, difficult access and other unpredictable or unforeseeable circumstances, events or any factor that might put the safety or well-being of our clients at risk.
Suggested Items to Bring
– Hiking shoes + River shoes + sandals with good tread and closed toes
– Light cotton trousers, shorts, tee shirts, long-sleeved shirt
– Rain protection (poncho) + Head protection – baseball cap, hat or scarf
– Bathing suit + Microfiber fast drying towel
– Sun protection / sun block + insect repellent
– Small flash light and spare batteries (ideally a “free hands” head torch lamp)
– Small backpack for daily essentials + plastic bag for wet clothes
– Camera + memory cards and a spare battery.
– Phone and Camera charger (110V for Venezuela)
– Phone + Whatsapp application
– Cash money (at least US$ 50 per person for every 2-3 days of travelling)
– Snorkeling gear
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