Welcome to Cueva del Guácharo
Venezuela’s longest and most magnificent cave, Cueva del Guácharo, 12km from Caripe toward the coast, has 10km of caverns. An impressive portal and cave system, it’s inhabited by the shrieking guácharo (oilbird), which lives in total darkness and leaves the cave only at night in search of food. Guácharos have a radar-location system (similar to bats) and enormous whiskers that enable them to navigate in the dark. From August to December, the population in the cave is estimated at 10,000 and occasionally up to 15,000. Within its maze of stalactites and stalagmites, the cave also shelters crabs, fish and rodents. If you want to see the birds leaving the cave, arrange a late taxi pickup after closing time. Alternatively, camp for a small fee across from the cave entrance and witness the birds pouring out of the cave mouth at around 6:30pm and returning at about 4am.
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