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National Park

El Tamá

 

* Ubication:  Táchira and Apure State

* Location

In the southwestern extreme of the country, south of San Cristóbal, at the beginning of the Andes.

* How to get there

y air or land to San Cristóbal. Then by road via Rubio-Santa Ana or Chururú.

* Characteristics

The park, located on the border with Colombia, is a portion of the Venezuelan Andes formed by mountain chains, among which the most important are the páramo de Tamá, the sierra of Santa Bárbara, The Judío páramo, and the Páramo of El Cobre. It serves as protection to the high basins of the Cutufí, Sarere, Negro, Frío, Chiquito and Quinimaní rivers, and it has a rugged topography.

* Vegetation

Its different altitudinal levels define four vegetation formations: premontane forest, humid forest, cloud forest and sub-Alpine paramo. The endemic species found there are those common to the Venezuelan Andes.

* Fauna

A precise inventory does not exist, but it is estimated to be varied. The mammals which can be found there are the spectacled bear, the paca, the tapir, the giant anteater, the margay. Among birds, there is the Collared Inca, the Venezuelan Wood-quail, the Rufous Wren, the Sunangel, etc.

* Recomendations

The same as for any national park.

* Facilities

Very scarce. There are lodging facilities and food in the villages that surround the park. As a tourist attraction, the páramos of Tamá, El Cobre and El Judío, can be traveled, with the necessary precautions of ap-propriate clothing, good walking shoes, etc.

* Climate

Temperatures range between 6° C. and 16° C. Annual rainfall between 2,000 mm. and 4,000 mm.

Area* Surface

139.000 ha.

* Information

INPARQUES
Tlf. (076) 46.52.16. Fax 47.01.83 * (02) 285.50.56*43.60*48.59. Fax 285.30.70.


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