Join one of the most interesting treks of the Venezuelan Andes mountains in Sierra de La Culata National Park surrounded by crystalline creeks, waterfalls, a lagoon and a glacial moraine with stunning views of Maracaibo Lake and snow covered peaks until you reach Pan de Azucar peak with nearly 4600 meters high, one of the highest peaks of Venezuela.
Merida- Sierra de La Culata National Park
Depart from Mérida (1600m) and drive to the northeast by private transportation to the entrance of Sierra de La Culata National Park (2950m) where we will start the hike for about 3-4 hours to reach the campsite at 3600m surrounded by Speletia Flowers ideal for acclimatization. Overnight in tents.
Pan de Azucar
Our hike today starts after breakfast, we will walk through plains, hills and wet -swampy terrain and on the Andean “paramo” (highlands) towards Pan De Azucar peak with spectacular views of Maracaibo Lake and many other peaks scattered along the Andean Mountains like Pico Bolivar (weather permitting). After reaching the summit at 4680 meters, descending will be much easier, we will trek through an Andean dry desert. After returning to the campsite, you will continue to La Carbonera, where you will spend the night at the end of 3 different lakes in tents
Hot Springs and return to Merida
After breakfast, you will hike downhill for about 4 hours to one of the landmarks of Sierra de La Culata National Park: La Musui Host Springs (3000m). Here we will relax and enjoy a hot bath in the natural pool with temperatures around 32-38 Celsius degrees. After a tasty picnic, you will continue hiking for about one more hour until you reach the meeting point for your car transfer back to Mérida for about 2 hours.
-All land transfers
– All meals & drinks
– All cooking and camping gear
– English speaking Andes Mountain guide
Do you need accommodation in Merida city?
Combine this trek with Llanos or Catatumbo for a superb nature experience!
Suggested Items to Bring
– Hiking shoes
– Light cotton trousers, shorts, tee shirts, long-sleeved shirt
– Rain protection (poncho) + Head protection – baseball cap, hat or scarf
– 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
– 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)
– This mountain can be climbed anytime of the year but the best is during the dry seasons. December – March has very good weather.
– Minimal Requirements: Good physical condition, being able to walk at least 6 hours per day, some previous basic hiking experience.
– Temperatures during the day from 5 Celsius up to 25 Celsius degrees.
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