Picture: Alan Highton
The Catatumbo delta is located in the northeast Venezuela. It originates in Colombia and flows in the Andes towards Catatumbo Delta.
The Catatumbo Delta is the home of different kinds of monkeys, caimans, exotic birds that we regularly observe while riding the boat in the Delta. It is also the home of of the „Northern Screamer“ bird and several macows and parrots kinds.
The phenomenon of the Catatumbo lightning can be regarded at night from stilt houses.
1 Day: Drive from Merida to Maracaibo Lake
From Mérida we drive to Maracaibo lake. The road takes us in Sierra La Culata national park passing by the colonial andean town of Jají with its waterfalls. Later on we drive through subtropical cloudforest regarding on the way Bromeliads, Orchids, Cecropias (ant trees) and enormous Cyatheales (treeferns) till we reach the village of La Azulita where we stop for lunch. After a short visit to the pirate cave we continue our way through coffee plantations till we reach Puerto Concha, the harbour of Maracaibo Lake.
A boat ride through mangrove vegetation of Catatumbo Delta take us to the stilt houses where we spend the night on hammocks. 300 days a year we can observe this natural phenomenom over the surface of the lake: the Catatumbo Lake lighting.
2 Day: Boat ride on Maracaibo Lake
In the morning we do a three hour boat ride on the Maracibo lake and on the river streams to look for howler monkeys and dolphines. Around noon we drive back to Merida , passing by las Gonzales, one of the driest valleys in the Venezuelan Andes.
Catatumbo / Maracaibo Lake / West Venezuela
Duration: 2 days
Level of difficulty: 1 (0-5)
Services: Transfer, guide (en./sp.), accomodation and full board (non-alcoholic drinks included)
Price: 185 Euro/Person (from 3 People)
What to bring:
- Bug repelent
- Light wear
- Fleece jacket for the Andes
- Trekking Sandals
- Hiking shoes
- Swimming clothing and things
- Flashlight or headlight