a unique product of evolution in a unique place of the world.
H.P. was the first National Park founded in Venezuela
in 1937 motivated by the ideas of the swiss scientific Henri Pittier.
It was first named Rancho Grande and renamed after him in
1953. It has an extension of 107 800 hectares and is located north of Aragua
Turmero to Chuao trail.
The history of this trail dates back all the way to the spaniards conquerors times.
Day 1: Our hike starts in the afternoon. It is way to hot to be walking at midday. Starting point is at aprox. 450 meters where we will observe the semi dry deciduous woods and savannah vegetation as well as many creeks and water sources coming down from the mountains. With good weather after sunset we will see the city lights of Maracay and surroundings. We will reach the campsite "Simon Machado" well after dark and enjoy of running water , good cooking facilities and a marvelous open view of the landscape. The night will be gently cold...
Day 2: Today we are still trekking towards the crest of the mountains... but this time we have the opportunity to enjoy one of the richest biodiversities on the planet - the cloud forest. We will descend towards Rio del Medio for lunch and then continue to a small hamlet called "El Paraiso"... at this stage we will be entering the xerofite, coastal landscape. Chuao and the worlds most famous cocoa plantations are very close now... and so is the lovely tropical beach. We will stay overnight in the small hamlet of Chuao in a rustical posada.
Day 3: In the afternoon we will take a local fisher boat and ship over to Choroni (Puerto Colombia) where bongo drums and dancing awaits us. Be careful with la "guarapita", a local drink with passion fruits and rum. You might just never want to leave the place again. Our journey ends here... but there is more to see in Venezuela.
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TREK C.A. - V.T. 2256
Mérida - Venezuela
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