Ubication: Zulia State
the Perijá Range, in the southwestern extreme of the
state, on the border with Colombia.
How to get there
land from Maracaibo to Machiques, and then to the
vicinity of the park, following the roads that lead to
the villages of La Sierra and Ariguaisa.
park occupies a good portion of the Perijá Sierra,
along the border, in what is also known as the Sierra de
los Motilones, the aboriginal inhabitants of the region.
It has a rugged relief and is covered by an almost
impenetrable dense vegetation. The mountains rise like a
vertical wall from the plains of the Maracaibo Lake. It
is an important hydrological reserve.
main vegetation formations are cloud forest and paramo
vegetation. Many species are represented, like the
cedar, trumpetwood, "The Children", yellow
poui, several species of palms, ferntrees, Spanish moss,
orchids and bromeliads.
is a rich and abundant wildlife. Among mammals there are
capuchin monkeys and red howler monkeys, the spectacled
bear, the paca, the giant anteater, the margay and the
porcupine. The most important birds are the Wood Stork,
the King Vulture, Plumbeous Kite, the Black-and-chestnut
Eagle, the Fork-tailed Woodnymph, the Helmeted Curassow,
the Southern Lapwing, etc.
to the characteristics of the park and its location, it
is not advisable to go at night or alone.
Wild and inaccessible, a place of interest is the
Indigenous Mission of Tukuko, run by the Capuchin
fathers. This is Yucpa territory.
range between 6° C. and 28° C. Hot and humid, with an
annual precipitation of over 2,000 mm.
Tlf. (061) 61.93.55*92.98* (02) 285.50.56* 43.60*48.59.