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National Park

Sierra de San Luis

 

* Ubication: Falcón State

* Location

In the central part of the state, in the districts of Miranda, Colia, Petit and Bolívar.

* How to get there

By land, following the route to the sierra which links Barquisimeto with Coro.

* Characteristics

The Sierra of San Luis is a natural protected zone, a vital source of the waters from all the coastal area, and with many beautiful features. The largest subterranean lakes of the country are found here, the one of the Acarite river being the first one. The altitude of the park ranges from 200 to 1,500 m., and the highest elevation is Galicia hill, in the western section of the park. The micro basin of Curimagua is found here, where there are caves with large galleries, halls and chasms.

* Vegetation

The park has diverse biotopic characteristics. Vegetation varies according to the altitude. In the piedmont of the sierra, there are typical species like the sweet acacia, mesquite and the prickly pear. In the premontane forest, between 500 and 900 m., there are species like trumpetwood, wild cotton. On the summit, there are endemic species which have not been inventoried yet.

* Fauna

There is no inventory of fauna, but it seems to be representative of the respective altitudinal levels which serve as refuge and feeding grounds.

* Recomendations

A special permit is required to spend the night and conduct research in the park. Contact INPARQUES. There are different excursion trails, but it is advisable to undertake them with a specialized guide.

* Facilities

Very few, except for lodging available in neichboring peasant villages. Swimming is possible in the falls which form on the Ricoa and Hueque rivers. Certain caves, like those in Acarite, Coy-Coy de Uria, La Dolorita, Pereguey, can be visited with difficulty.

* Climate

Temperatures range between 15° C. and 25° C. Moderate rainfall that ranges from 1,000 to 1,400 mm. annually.

* Surface

20.000 ha.

* Information

INPARQUES
Tlf.(068)78.582. Fax 78.451 * (02) 285.50.56. Fax (02) 285.30.70.


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