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Observe the preparation of chocolate from cacao, the region also produces banana and maize.
guarapitas, alcoholic juice drinks,  a regional specialty.

emerge from the forest at paradisiacal beaches

Chocolate 101
In 1810, Venezuela was producing 50 percent of the world's cacao whereas today it produces less than 2 percent, but those beans are arguably the finest. Here, along the Paria Peninsula, south of the Caribbean—as well as on the shores of Lake Maracaibo and in the Andean foothills on the Colombian border—the criollo and trinitario varieties thrive. Less than ten percent of the world's cacao supply is criollo or trinitario; most is forastero. forastero beans grown in Africa and Brazil that produce higher yields than Venezuela's criollos. However the hardier strain is much less flavorful strain. The cocoa in most common candy bars comes from forastero beans, fine chocolate always includes at least some criollo or trinitario. It's these varieties that separate good chocolate from the rest of the pack. Enormous bucare trees that are the hacienda's namesake. Some experts say that the cacao plant withers in full sun; others argue that the necessity for shade has to do with the midges that pollinate its flowers: These little insects are most content in the shade, ideally in an environment with a soil rich in composting leaves and pods.
world's best chocolate
La Praline has a shop in the quiet Los Palos Grandes neighborhood According to Chantal Coady, an authority on chocolate, the author of three books on the subject, and the owner of London's acclaimed chocolate boutique Rococo, La Praline's are even better than Godiva's and Mary's, the purveyor to the Belgian royal family.
"El Rey has been compared with  with the venerable French company Valrhona, for world's best

 Krön another of  Caracas's leading chocolatiers

Origin of Venezuela
The name Venezuela is believed to have originated from the cartographer Amerigo Vespucci who, together with Alonso de Ojeda, led a 1499 naval expedition along the northwestern coast's Gulf of Venezuela. Upon reaching the Guajira Peninsula, the crew observed the distinctive stilt villages (palafitos) that the indigenous Añu people had built over the water. This reminded Vespucci of the city of Venice (Venezia in Italian); as a result the region was named Veneziela. Some argue that this actually meant Little Venice, later evolving to Venezuela. Other historians (notably Francisco Herrera Luque), noted that the Spanish suffix -zuela usually has a pejorative meaning (e.g., mujerzuela, cazuela) and sustain the thesis that the name more implied the notion of a second-rate Venice.

On the other hand, the Spanish geographer Martín Fernández de Enciso, a member of the same crew, says in his work Summa de Geografía that the aforementioned population was called Veneciuela, and that it was built on a large, plain rock. According to this theory, the name Venezuela could be a native word. Nevertheless, the first account remains by far the most popular and accepted version of the origin of the country's name.
RUM Carupano
Destilería Carúpano nestles in a valley amid the humid and fertile earth of the Hacienda Altamira in Macarapana. Founded in 1762, by a Spanish slave trader, captain Felix del Fierro, when aguardiente or firewater was produced and went unsold, it was kept in barrels imported from Europe, which originally had contained wine. The result was Aged Rum, a term denoting sugar cane alcohol that needs more time and care for its preparation, closer to a true liqueur art than just an adequate distillation technique.
As the true heir of these traditions, Destilería Carúpano produces only the best rums, selecting the best alcohols from its unique distillation process and, for over two centuries, using only the purest water drawn from its own springs. White American oak barrels increase the rum's complexity; exacerbate its fragrance and subtleness, create astringency and help to develop color, mixing together with other flavors emanating from previous use of the barrels when aging Bourbon. The time and the wood make the rum.
A history of experience, attention to detail and its present production capacity, allows Destileria Carupano to manufacture, not only the best rums, but also dry and sweet liqueurs, flavored drinks and spirits such as brandy, whisky, vodka and gin.
[more at ]

Paria Peninsula -Carúpano - Rio Caribe

The Paria Peninsula enjoys a mild climate year-round. High season—when most room rates jump 10 to 20 percent—is defined by the Venezuelan vacation season and runs from July through mid-September, and includes the last two weeks of December, Carnival, and Easter.
Carúpano Carnaval
On the nearby coast the colorful and joyous carnivals of Carúpano in the state of Sucre are recognized as among the best in Venezuela. The Carnival of Carúpano is known as one of most colorful ones in Latin America. During Carnival the population in Carúpano raises from 150,000 to more than a million people, who gather to celebrate the carnival in a cheerful and peaceful way.

Carupano Carnaval, well known as far back as 1887,  begins its season's festivities in January and finishes with parades of elaborate costumes, comparsas, and clever elaborate floats.
This Carnaval history salutes with
 the government of Antonio White Guzmán, who set out to end the constant aggression of the water fights at carnival by elevating the celebration through  song, dance organized into costumed comparsas parades.
In December of 1963, organizers revived the famous celebration of life with a new campaign against the water fights showcasing dances and Queen competitions. Since then the floats, dances, live music, comparsas, and collection of participants coming to participate from wide and far has made this Carnaval Venezuela's most widely known and allowed
Carúpano to be known as the capital of Venezuelan Carnaval. Among the most distinctive elements are the dancing girls who synchronize there routines with impressive samba rhythm s and bunda action.
The parade is the main event growing in scale and luxury each day until Carnaval Monday and Tuesday when it peaks.
Rum flows plentifully and cheapy. Everyone wants to dance in the streets with hot couples dancing
salsa, merengue or rude bum draw a crowd.
If in doubt just go to the beach, peruse the hundreds of special Carnaval vendors and tip your Cuba Libres to the sound of the pounding surf. As in Brazil, the locals repeatedly warn you to be wary of crime and not carry a camera.
There is no doubt you are in the thick of Carnaval spirit
WHEN: Carnaval in Venezuela is pre-Lenten with the main events concentrated in the five days before Ash Wednesday - a floating holiday In Carupano there is a parade every day getting more spectacular with adult groups on Carnaval Monday and Carnaval Tuesday.

Beauty Queens form the state of Sucre are special [more]
" The carnival queen was wheeled back and forth smiling and waving in the manner you would expect from a country with a history of beauty contest winners.....The marching bands were high-school America with a samba twist: the girls twirled their batons wearing smart blazers and matching Shako hats, but instead of stiff backed striding, they shook their petite backsides to some heavy samba beats with a vengeance. I was mesmerised by the dancing - even eight-year-old children were dancing like professionals. Some seemed as if they were in a trance, just shaking their booty as they paraded for miles."
Sonia for
Trip Reports - Carnaval
"We thought Carnivale was crazy until we experienced it here. We were told, with some pride, that the celebration here was second only to Rio de Janeiro. What this means, is that it’s a time of depravity and recklessness. Unlike Mardi Gras in New Orleans, there weren’t really many tourists in the city, so when you flash somebody, you’re quite likely to see them again sometime. In the rest of the mission, most missionaries stayed indoors during the week of Carnivale, in Carupano it was mandatory, and the blinds had to be shut as well."

Symbolic Carúpano
Although you wouldn't have thought it now, Carúpano once basked as one of the richest towns in Venezuela. It boasted a tramway and an opera house, and avenues where sophisticated doñas donned their white gloves for their evening paseo.

Little remains of these halcyon days. Approaching Carúpano from the west, you have to pass the municipal dump. For miles either side of it, plastic bags and trash muffle roadside shrubs, and the overwhelming stench makes you gag. .... He told me that Paria is not only bucolic - fulfilling Europeans' and North Americans' visions of a terrestrial Paradise - it is also symbolic. It was the first encuentro (meeting) of European and Amerindian cultures.[more from Dominic Hamilton at ]

Trip Reports: Chocolate

"I'd come here in search of the world's most famous cacao, and what I'd found was an unspoiled Caribbean that seems increasingly elusive. "

Trip Reports: Wildlife
"There are no motorways, golf courses, fast food restaurants or hotel resorts. Some villages are accessible only by sea. Nightlife is non-existent, apart from the nocturnal animal variety. The serene silence is broken only by the sound of birds, frogs, cicadas and palm fronds rustling in the wind. You can have a whole beach to yourself. This place is, for the moment, largely unspoilt and unvisited."
travel/paria 2005
"We had promised ourselves for some time a trip to Playa Medina, which I have seen described in several independent places as the most perfect beach in Venezuela."
 Luke Mastin beach remains much the same after his confirmation 10+ years later
"Macuro is Venezuela's first and last town."

Eduardo Rothe, the curator of Museo Mucuro. The museum has fossils, pre-Columbian pottery and a handmade airplane.

The Paria Peninsula; the slim finger pointing at the island of Trinidad from the north eastern corner of Trinidad is sometimes called the “chocolate coast” for its many cocoa trees banked from coast to coast.  Today, the fisherman wonder about their future as both oil exploration and tourist promoters eye the  region as high in potential for development.

The majestic beaches of sands golden, crystalline waters and abundant coconut palms are joined by an enormous colonial inheritance that is breathed everywhere, in his houses, churches, seats, as well as in his people. As you tour the area you will be tempted by roadside stands selling bolas de cacao puro ("pure cacao balls") and enchanted by ubiquitous hummingbirds. This is a land of beautiful beaches, exotic landscapes, delicious food, but mainly, is full of friendly and warm people. This land of fisherman, artisans, hard-working farmers, kilometers of white-sand beaches, tropical forests and cacao fincas,  is slowly rising from its isolation.

This is also Carnaval country and you can count on every village to know where the best opportunity to delight in the senses and unleash the imagination might be during this magical time of year. The gateway city to the Peninsula is Carupano with both a ferry and airport. It holds the title for not only the best Carnaval in the state of Sucre but the entire country of Venezuela

There are no large hotels on either of the two peninsulas. Club Med attempted  to open a resort on the Paria Peninsula, but locals are determined to maintain the region's placid existence and keep the negative effects of tourism at bay as long as possible. The first phase did give the area its cachet as owning the state's best yet isolated beach--Playa Medina. It is the land of the Cumanagotos Indians, famous pearl divers and large mysterious mansions which might be related to drugs. Unforgettable palm-lined beach nestled in the verdant foothills bordering Paria National Park on the north side of the Paria Peninsula You can enjoy the region without too much hassle by booking  a custom tour from the visitor mecca on Margarita Island 

The road from Carupano through the mountains, past farms and cacao plantations, is quite beautiful. Small villages dot the countryside, whose farmers still work the land with oxen and primitive plows to cultivate maize, yams, dasheen, cassava, cush-cush, bananas, and plantains. T


Carúpano is a perfect place to get to know the surroundings of the state of Sucre. An excellent departing point to visit the two peninsulas it sits at the center of: Araya and Paria. Situated at the opening of two valleys, 65 miles northeast of the city of Cumaná. Visitors find the narrow shopping streets charming. Eventually you discover Plaza Colón, where everyone stops to sit and talk under the trees.

Carúpano is a nice little coastal city, with a university and technical school. There are two rum factories that you can visit. One is called “El Muco” (after the suburb in which it is found) and it is easy to get to by public transportation.

Carúpano is the commercial nucleus and principal port of this agricultural area, the principal export of which is cacao. Other exports and crops include: coffee, sugar, cotton, timber and rum have been important exports of CarúpanoIn other times it has been a very important city because of cocoa and coffee trade. Some sulfur mines close to the city made it the most important harbor at the end of the 19th century. The telegraph office of the first transatlantic cable to reach South America when the City was joined with the French city of Marseille back in the late XIX century. This is  where Simon Bolivar, the liberator of Venezuela, issued a decree ending slavery in 1814.   A perfect city to experience some of the rich history that Venezuela has to offer.

Four national parks are close by, Venezuela’s most beautiful beaches are found here, thermal springs, cocoa plantations, rivers and jungle - and all of this is well within reach.

 This house is today the headquarter of the Tomas Merle foundation and the Paria Project, two organizations that are trying to improve the region through a model where tourism, industry, nature and people can coexist with harmony.

Carupano Airport - (CUP),  VE
(Aeropuerto Jose Francisco Bermudez)
Avior_Airlines []

By Air  From Caracas Airport, transfer to a prop plane flying direct to Carupano. Daily one-hour flights from Caracas on Avior Airlines (212-955-3811 in Caracas

 Go Margarita Island and Carupano. In 2006 they  had 2-3 flights/day between Caracas & Carúpano Teléfono: +58 (0294) 331.2867

Bus: Buses to Guiria take 2.5 hours and por puesto take 2 hours from Carupano
By Boat: Boats should anchor inside the harbour and take the dinghy to the steps. All offices are near the port and formalities are simple. Only immigration works at weekends and will clear boats on arrival. The customs and port captain offices are only open on weekdays.
Day Trips

Carúpano is a perfect place to get to know the surroundings of the state of Sucre. Four national parks and Venezuela’s most beautiful beaches are found here. There's thermal springs, cocoa plantations, rivers and lots of virgin jungle

Rio Caribe
Río Caribe is a small town on northern side of the Península de Paria. In the early 1900s, pleasant Rio Caribe was one of the country's major cacao-exporting centres, and the pretty pastel-coloured colonial buildings from its heyday still survive although the main industry is now fishing. The town of 15,000 is attracting a stylish set who are converting fine old houses built when Río Caribe was a successful cacao port developed by Corsican immigrants.  On a hill to the south, a statue reminiscent of of Rio's Christ the Redeemer, erected in the '50s, oversees the town. There are 3 large plazas, a hospital and St. Michael's Church build soon after the founding of the town in 1713. There are also the chapels of El Calvario and La Ermita and a large cross high on a hill.

The pleasant location has long stretch of beach nearby and is a good base  to explore the surrounding area. It is regularly serviced by local buses. The town serves as point of entry to the region beautiful beaches--such as Playa Medina and Playa Pui Pui.

Annual Events: Rio Caribe
FEB: Riocaribenos love their annual festivals and Carnaval is the big one. Many return from their homes elsewhere for the event which has a float parade and steel pan music.
APR: There is a large Easter procession for Semana Santa where they begin from La Ermita a chapel facing the sea above the town and head to the Cristo Rey, a large crucifix on a hill.
July 16:Virgen del Carmen is brought out of her shrine at La Ermita to lead the procession of decorated sea boats for a meeting with San Ramon, patron saint of El Morro de Puerto Santo. Fireworks blast off as they meet.
SEP:The town's patron saint is St. Miguel the Archangel and he is celebrated in a week-long cultural festival at the end of September.
Getting there and beyond
 From Carupano two routes lead to Paria Peninsula. Buses to Guiria go south and east via El Pilar, The longer 2nd route follows the dazzling coast through fishing villages and beaches. About 18km beyond Carupano is Rio Caribe. There is no road eastward after Rio Caribe. To reach the beautiful bays beyond you must either contract with a boatsman or take the southeast Bohordad route.
Bus: Coaches to/from Caracas park on the northeast side of Plaza Bolivar Cruceros Oriente Sur Also on Plaza Bolivar you can catch a por puesto to Carupano.

San Juan de las Galdonas
The small fishing village boasts over four beaches, three good posadas, two roads, one food stall. Parque Nacional Península de Paria begins in earnest, stretching to Venezuela's easternmost tip.
Guiria is where most of the eastward traffic stops although the road to Macuro has been improved and it is hoping that and other recent infrastructure upgrades will lead to more visitors. Guiria is an industrial city of 30,000 that has not attracted visitors for some time.
(GUI) Guiria Airport, VE

Check Flightstats for scheduled flights

Buses  Buses wait on the streets around the triangular Plaza Sucre at the west edge of town 6 blocks from the bay as there is no bus terminal. to Caracaus is 12 hours or more usually traveling at night. To Carupano take 2.5 hours and por puesto take 2 hours.
Boat: The Windward Lines ferry service from Guiria to Trinidad, St. Vincent and Barbados was suspended in 2000. In its place Pier 1 Cruise sailed weekly with a 105 pleasure craft but this too has ended.
A December 2006 article in the monthly Trinidad advises not arriving on a weekend for clearance to travel on to other parts of Venezuela such as the nearby bay of Ensenada Enquirito and to hire an agent [Gollo @ 0494-982-0169] early on to avoid undue delays [more pdf]

 On the stretch from El Pilar east to Tunapay get off the bus in Guaraunos [2.5km west of Tunapuy] and go south on the paved road

Columbus and Day of the Americas

To mark the quincentenary of Columbus' landing, the minuscule town of Macuro became the country's capital for a day, on August 5, 1998. It was renamed Puerto Colón. Macuro at the tip of the peninsula usually receives its radio and TV signals from Trinidad. The first road connecting Mucuro to Venezuela opened in 2000 and was upgraded by current President Hugo Chavez who also gave the town a 450 W power plant, sewage plant and ambulance boat.

A small mission-town was formally established in 1738 under the name of San Carlos Barromeo de Macuro and lived off the harvest of cocoa and cotton. Towards the end of the 19th century the Venezuelan government decided to build a port to serving as intermediate transfer point for cargo. In 1903, president Cipriano Castro inaugurated the Cristobal Colon port. Its deep waters were ideal for receiving large ships. The town became the capital of Cristobal Colon Federal Territory and enjoyed a considerable level of activity. However in 1935 the government decided to relocate all the equipment and facilities to Guiria, 65 kilometers away.

Early in the 20th Century when seaplanes started to become the main means of air travel, Pan Am used the bay of Macuro as the place where its passengers to Trinidad would disembark, due to the serenity of its waters; from there they would be taken by boat to the island a few miles away. Today a gypsum extraction facility and fishing are the main industries leading many to leave the town looking for employment elsewhere.

Today the town is sustained by fishing and small agricultural plots. There is said to be smuggling income too since it is only 4 miles from Trinidad and this is a natural route for the big business of cocaine and parrot smuggling to ocean worthy vessels. The national guard permanently operates a small naval station to patrol the area.

Each year a large number of sea turtles lay their eggs in the beaches of Macuro.
Two trails lead from Macuro to the north coast and the villages of Uquire and Don Pedro. It's a 6 hour walk and you can do it faster by boat. Uquire has an excellent beach and good snokling while Don Pedro, 2 hours further on the trail is very quiet.
You are surrounded by the Paria National Park here which is very wild. The lack of marked trail and snakes means you should venture forth with the assistance of a guide.

Places To Stay
Eurocaribe International Hotel, [90 rooms]Av. Perimetral Rómulo Gallegos, Edf. Euro - Caribe Carúpano,  Sucre   6124
Teléfono: +58 (294) 3313911 Fax: +58 (294) 3313651
   just in the Colonial area,  1 km from the famous Carúpano Market and at 3 kms from the Airport.
El aeropuerto mas cercano del Hotel se encuentra en la Ciudad de Carúpano, tres compañías aéreas cubren este destino (Avior, Lai, Rutaca) y aseguran vuelos diarios desde Maiquetía Porlamar, Maturín, y Cumana Posada la Escollera, Carupano, Sucre
Posada Panda at 4 km away from Carupano.  7 rooms w/ bathroom
Posada Panda lies directly on the snow-white beach of Playa Copey,    swimming pool  roof-covered hammocks  beach restaurant
Playa Copey
Carúpano- Estado Sucre
Phone : 0058 294 3317297 or 8083602
In Venezuela: 0294 3317297 and 0294 8083602
The nicest and most recommended Posada in
In 1998 the Sucre Dept. of Tourism published this list of hotels in Cumaná






Calle Sucre No. 51

23 Rooms

0293 4332708

Bahía Azul Av. Perimetral 56 Rooms 0293 416 0152


Calle Sucre No. 53

22 Rooms.

0293 4314077


Calle Sucre No. 55

10 Rooms

0293 4310545


Calle Comercio No. 9 Edificio Papín

30 Rooms

0293 4321955


Calle Sucre No. 71

19 Rooms

0293 4333678


Av. Humboldt Plaza Miranda

11 Rooms



Calle Cantaura No. 9

7 Rooms

0293 4311769


Av. Arismendi No. 1

51 Rooms

0293 4311073

Dos Mil

Urdaneta entre Av. Mariño

27 Rooms

0293 4323414


Av. Bermúdez No. 26

55 Rooms

0293 4310321



Calle Junín con Mariño

78 Rooms

0293 4320751


Av. Cristóbal Colón

126 Rooms

0293 4314471


Av. Perimetral

47 Rooms

0293 4321455

Don Bosco

Av. Perimetral Calle 19 de Abril

14 Rooms

0293 4310969

Sol y Mar

Av. Universidad

32 Rooms.

0293 4512725


Av. Universidad

50 Rooms

0293 4514884


Av. Universidad Zona Industrial San Luis

40 Rooms

0293 4511274

Gran Hotel

Av. Universidad

50 Rooms

0293 4510218


Av. Universidad

19 Rooms

0293 4514548

Villa Coral

Av. Universidad

18 Rooms

0293 4513282

Nueva Toledo

Final Av. Universidad

64 Suites

0293 4519595


Final Av. Universidad Sector San Luis

163 Rooms 

0293 430 1400

Fax 452 1877

Rio Caribe and east Posada Caribana is (294-646-1242;  doubles, $50) restaurant bar, hall reading and solarium.
social club where the gran cacaos whiled away the hours waiting for their precious pods to ripen. Most of the 11 rooms face a central courtyard with a gurgling fountain. The others lie beyond the courtyard, above a lush garden with a patio where breakfast and dinner are served daily.
--"the top choice" John Newtone
Cabañas de Playa Medina (tel 0294/331-5241, playamedina@; US$25–US$60)
The only beds on the best beach  so best to reserve a few weeks ahead of time
 Hacienda Termales Aguasana (tel 0212/265-9150; US$25–40) [6 rooms]
about 45 minutes from Río Caribe, the is situated right on a geographic fault, with seventeen small thermal baths of varied temperatures. The water and mud are reputed to have therapeutic properties, and it is best to go in the early evening when it's a bit cooler outside. Day visits costs about US$2, but some choose to spend the evening there.Massages are  available.
Posada Playa de Uva is a private, secluded beach with a stunning posada of the same name 12 rooms (tel 0416/781-3705,; US$40–60), built by the owner of the Caribana.

This beautiful hideaway is set in the grounds of a lime plantation, in a narrow valley surrounded by lush tropical vegetation that extends right to the beach. Perfect combination of nature and adventure. Account with 12 rooms with private bath and Vista to the sea, hut restaurant and bar on the sea 15 minutes walking to two beaches.Optional: transfers from Carúpano airport and outings to hot springs, Peninsula de Paria, excursions to the Orinoco Delta

Posada La Colina [17 rooms]
Located in the city of Carúpano,  all with conditioned air, telephone and TV. Social areas with swimming pool and restaurant. Near  the Church of Santa Rosa
Cabañas de Playa Pui Puy
Located in the beautiful and transatlantic beach of Pui Puy, between the exuberant vegetation of coconut palms, 18 beautiful cabins constructed using modern ecological concepts, all with private bath and ventilator. The lodging is an all-inclusive.
Posada El Milagro (tel 0416/794-5291; US$15–25), 2km before the Medina beach, just before the split in the road
La Rua de Cacao [10 rooms] 2km out of town
Horse ranch used as a base for horseback explorations of Paria Peninsual Otilia Campos tel: 0414 994.0115 Hacienda Bukare, Via Playa Medina, Chacaracual [4 rooms] 294-808-1504 road that drives from Río Caribe to Playa Medina, you will find a very special lodge: The Bukare farm. This lodge is in the middle of a cacao plantation and inside a colonial house
“The cocoa plantation has been described as ‘green anarchy’,” explains plantation owner Billy Esser, who has just cracked open a fresh pod and scooped out the beans for me to taste. “The trees grow where they want to grow, and the pickers remember where each tree is when it’s time to harvest.”
Catherine Quinn on the trip of a lifetime to Venezuela’s Paria Peninsula The flavor of Venezuela at
San Juan de las Galdonas
Leaving Rio Caribe arrive at the cross road for Playa Medina. Turn right till the sign San Juan -Unare. Continue the road till arrive to San Juan de Las Galdonas Hotel la Pionera, San Juan de las Galdonas, Sucre  Telefonos: + 58 294 3315101 / 8081509 fax : + 58 294 3319908 / 8081508 Cel: 0416 - 694.08.43 Posada Habitat Paria, San Juan de las Galdonas, Sucre
Caripe - in the adjoining Monagas state with a cool mountain valley climate 
Las Reservaciones se realizan llamando directamente a los teléfonos: 0292-414.8968 / 0292-545.1326 y 0414-767.29.68 2 night minimum, deposit req'd
Rio Caribe Beach
A nice beach, closer to Rio Caribe than Playas Medina and Puipuy is Los Cocos (towards Carúpano) $0.50 from Rio Caribe, ask to be let off at the "escalera de Los Cocos". Camping is permitted and there is a restaurant and bar, and public loos.
Playa Puipuy Beach
Camping is permitted for $1 / day p/ tent which includes use of the public bathrooms on the beach (shower extra for $0.50pp). The beach is cleaned every day and there is a security guard. Parking $0.50 /day. There is a restaurant open to the public which serves lunch and supper. To get there you can take a taxi or boat from Rio Caribe. 
Further east, where the roads end and the Parque Nacional Peninsula de Paria begins, you can really have beaches all to yourself. Many beaches are accessible only by boat which also makes it possible to snorkel in the hidden coves.
Playa Medina. A half-mile long, palm-fringed cove with golden sand is the main beach in the region.  lush mountain backdrop. Lying in a protected cove,makes it ideal for swimming. On weekends and holidays, local vendors offer delicious fried fish for around US$3
Playa Medina"My next turn off took me through more glorious scenery, back down towards the coast, and to what must still be one of Venezuela's best-kept secrets. Friends had recommended Playa Medina as our kind of place, but knowing that there were package tours from Caracas I assumed that it had already been over-developed and spoilt beyond redemption. But, after quite a drag over steep dirt roads, I finally arrived and, no, it is still almost perfect. It is set in a secluded cove between rocky headlands and backed by a copra palm plantation, like so many other Venezuelan beaches, but this one is clean and well looked after, with a little thatched bar and a handful of rustic chalets set back discreetly in the palms, and absolutely no naff plastic beach chairs, no encroaching barrios, and no ghetto-blasters pumping out salsa music. Quite charming!

Playa Pui-Puy 8km beyond Playa Medina and 2km long. Its currents have made it popular with surfers, but swimming is not advisable.
Playa Chaguaramas mile long, quiet and remote
Playa de Uva is a private, secluded beach with a posada on it
Other Attractions
thermal springs of El Pilar This melting pot of nature with its  ambient sulfur

Moises Termal Waters
· Poza Azul Termal Waters

Cerro Humo (smoke mountain),  its 1350m peak is usually covered in puffs of smoke-like cloud. A lush environment favored by botanists and bird-watchers
Mirna de Matos sells fruit juices, cacao, and other liqueurs from her store on Avenida Bermúdez in Río Caribe
"Cacaíto is made from mashed cacao, syrup and rum, while Chingüirito from molasses, white rum, cinnamon, aniseed and various spices. My favorite was the Singa Parao, a wicked combination of cherry, pineapple, passion fruit, guava, orange, white rum and syrup. The name, nudge-nudge wink-wink, means "Stand-up Shag." PARIADISE FOUND at
Buffalo ranches are within an hour of Río Caribe, both owned and run by Germans who came to the area many years ago to employ innovative sustainable development practices. Typical visits involve education tours of the premises, canoeing in water channels amongst water buffalo and birdwatching.
Hato Río de Agua
(tel 0416/894-4122, wilfried at, owned by Wilfried Merle, is a mostly flooded 540-hectare ranch home to over 500 water buffalo. Small tourist camp of six thatched cabins, powered by solar power and biogas digesters.
Hacienda Vuelta Larga
(tel 0294/666-9052) is owned by Klaus Muller, whose son Daniel gives excellent tours in English or Spanish. The ranch is home to 450 water buffalo and 230 species of birds.
Cueva del Guácharo near Carppe

 biggest cave in South America

The Cueva del Guácharo National Park covers an area of 45,500ha. The largest of the many caves in Venezuela, with over 11km explored so far, and the huge 25m cave mouth is set into a sheer wall of rock and spiked with stalactites and stalagmites.  It was discovered along with its unique inhabitant, the guácharo (oilbird) by the scientist and explorer Alexander Humboldt in 1799. A unique, frugiverous (fruit-eating) species, the oilbird leaves the cave at dusk to search for food, using echolocation to maneuver in the dark. The colony numbers around 18,000 and occupies the first chamber of the cave together with mice, crickets and crabs. Oil-birds  are the only birds known to fly in absolute darkness, finding their way with an echo-location system very similar to that of bats. Visitors are guided by lanterns down a concrete path that meanders alongside a stream and amongst vast piles of decomposing palm-seeds dropped by the guácharos. Spindly palm-seedlings sprout from these mounds, but soon die, starved of light. Ornate stalactites and stalagmites and other intriguing geological formations decorate the entire subterranean network, many of which resemble and are named after plants, animals and famous landmarks.

THERE: Cueva del Guácharo (Cave of the Oil-birds)walk down a well-marked but steep trail which leads  to a La Paila waterfall,  lush forest  surrounds the cave. The cave has, adequate parking, a ticket office, restaurant, multi-lingual guides, information plaques and leaflets  Visitors have access to the first sector of the cave; deeper exploration is possible but only with specialized equipment and permission from the park's authorities. Access varies according to the time of year, as the caves are liable to flood during the rainy season in August and September.

The remainder of the park, accessible by trails, encompasses thick, lush forest and a waterfall and is home to a variety of birds and plants.
GETTING THERE: Near the town of Caripe which has a Caracas-like climate at 900m above sea-level, and it s set quite spectacularly in a deep valley between rugged forested mountain. The beautiful village Caripe  is called  "el jardin del oriente" ("the garden of the east").
By Boat: anchor near the village of El Muelle, located at the end of the Gulf. It's a one and one-half hour trip across wonderful mountain scenery,

Paria Peninsula National Park, spot more than 300 bird species can be spotted. Santa Isabel, a remote town on the edge of the Park.

Occupying some 37,500ha, the Península de Paría National Park encompasses the single mountain range on the northeast tip of the peninsula. The relief is relatively low; coastal lowlands rise into steep slopes reaching the height of Cerro Humo at 1,356 meters. Encompassing the park is a magnificent cloud forest, as low as 800 meters, with a lush canopy and verdant fauna of palms, tree ferns, lianas, epiphytes, and huge buttressed trees. The arid coastline is rich in xerophytes while thick deciduous, tropical moist and cloud forests cover the mountain sides, fostering a diversity of bromeliads, heliconias, lianas, orchids and an abundance of climbers and endemic epiphytes. The endemic colored parakeet inhabits the park, and mammal species include puma, ocelot, deer, armadillo and monkey. Many mammal species are shared with the Guyana region, including the two-toed and three-toed sloths (Choloepus didactylus and Bradypus tridactylus) and the silky anteater (Cyclopes didactylus

Trails that crisscross the park's rarely visited mountains offer the chance of some close-up views of the wildlife. This includes several species of birds found nowhere else in the world, like the yellow-faced redstart, the white-throated barbtail and the scissor-tailed hummingbird. Care should be taken, such as going with an experienced guide, , to avoid close contact with the  poisonous bushmaster and fer-de-lance snakes that abound here.

Paria Peninsula National Park was created the 12 th of December, 1978, and is.
GETTING THERE: .  Best accessed by boat but the park is via the road between Carúpano and Güiria or by boat. Tours are available.

Av. Bolívar , Edificio Grano de Oro ,Planta Baja , Local C , Chacao 1060 Caracas – Venezuela.By Phone: + 58(212) 264-27-69 / 266-86-63+ 58(212) 715-54-33
Fax: + 58(212) 264-00-80
Has Paria Peninsula Guides  organized by Kreis deutschsprachiger Posadas mit Tourangeboten.
Paria Peninsula & Orinoco Delta at  This trip is recommended only to the most adventurous traveller. You will share the life conditions of the warao Indians,  Beaches- Nationalparks - Caves and more!

Venezuela is a dramatic country of extremes. Its history has been chequered with periods of political turbulence and (oil-generated) extreme opulence. Geographically it has been blessed with a glorious Caribbean coastline, snowy Andean peaks, untouched jungle and prairies teeming with wildlife.


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