Catatumbo-Delta in Maracaibo Lake
|Lenght of time:
||2 days TIPP ask for our 3 day Catatumbo program
||Transfer, Guide (en./sp.), Lodging and Meals (no alcoholic drinks)
||Rates on request
River comes from Colombia and gets to the Catatumbo Delta into the Maracaibo
Lake in Venezuela. The Catatumbo Delta has
the famous lighting of Catatumbo.
A permanent phenomenon which occurs at interval of time, converting the night
Scientifics haven't yet explained the mystery of this spectacle.
Some say that this energy comes from the magnetic field of our planet and that
it discharges from there to the cosmos.
Catatumbo Delta there are lots of different monkey species, plenty of birds and
dolphins can be seen! At night excursions we can see the eyes of spectacled
1. day: From Mérida we´ll take the
old road to Maracaibo Lake driving through the national park la Culata
until we reach the colonial village of Jají. Then, we cross a
subtropical cloud forest observing typical vegetation like orchids,
bromeliads, cecropias and lots of ferns. La Azulita will be the next
town on our journey where we´ll have lunch. After the break,
we´ll visit the pirate cave and later a coffee plantation.
Finally, we´ll reach Puerto Concha, the departing port to
By boat we´ll drive along mangrove vegetation until we reach a
stilt house where we´ll spend the night in hammocks on Maracaibo
Lake. During 300 days a year, it is possible to observe the famous
lighting phenomenon: an electric discharge in form of lighting falling
right into the lake.
2. day: In the morning we´ll make a boat
excursion for approximately 3 hours into the Delta, a great opportunity
to look for red howler monkeys, Orinoco dolphins and lots of birds.
On the way back to Mérida we´ll drive by Las Gonzales, the
driest territory of the Venezuelan Andes, formed by a cactus canyon
whose vegetation consists of prickly pears and pillar cactus.