Cueva del Guácharo


Venezuela’s longest and most magnificent cave is 12km from Caripe on the road toward the coast. Alexander von Humboldt, the eminent scientist, penetrated 472m into the grotto in September 1799, and it was he who first classified its namesake inhabitant, the guácharo, or oilbird. To visit the cave you must join a guided tour, given in Spanish only (though some guides do speak English).