The Catatumbo lightning is a unique meteorological phenomenon that occurs in the basin of Lake Maracaibo in Venezuela but mainly in the south of the lake area and the lower basin of the Catatumbo river, whence its name.
This phenomenon is characterized by appearance of a series of lightning showers almost continuously and virtually silent. Due to the long distances required to observe the phenomenon, which occurs in large vertical clouds developing electrical discharges between 2 and 10 kilometers high (sometimes more) , as the trade winds penetrate the surface of the lake in the afternoon (when evaporation is greater) and are forced to climb the Perija mountain range (3,750 m) and the Cordillera de Merida, The Venezuelan Andes (up to 5,000 meters, approximately).
The origin of this phenomenon is in the orographic effect of these mountain ranges that enclose and hold back the winds from the northeast; and clouds of great vertical development, mainly concentrated in the Catatumbo river basin occur. This phenomenon can be seen from hundreds of kilometers away, but nothing like getting a closer view.
On January 28, 2014 the Catatumbo Lightning was officially entered into the Guinness book of world records for having the highest average global lightning per square kilometer per year. Lightning Catatumbo now has a lead of 92 lightning flashes per square kilometer.
This natural wonder is capable of producing one million 176 thousand lightning strikes per year (equivalent to 250 lightning flashes per square kilometer), quantity for which he traveled to the region Kifuka in the Democratic Republic of the congo. Each of these strikes and flashes, creates enough power to power one hundred million light bulbs, meaning that 15 minutes of activity is sufficient to power all the light bulbs of SouthAmerica.
Zulia State, Venezuela
3 days 2 nights
Departure from El Vigia to Puerto Concha (duration: 2 hours. Approx), then 30 minutes to navigate the La Chamita. Lunch. In the afternoon departure by boat to the coast of the National Park Marshes Juan Manuel de Aguas Claras Sewage and to observe some birds, mammals and unique flora of the area. At night dine and night safari, wildlife watching where snakes and alligators can be seen in the surrounding mangroves in the area where the stilts. Observing the phenomenon of Catatumbo Lightning, overnight.
Breakfast and then sail back to Puerto Concha. We moved to the village of La Azulita, where we have lunch at the inn, and a walk to one of the waterfalls in the area, along the way you can appreciate the fauna and at night you can see the lightning again.
Breakfast. Observation of wild bird species in the area.
Return to the city of Vigia.
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If you want to take with rechargeable batteries and / or chargers for your cell phone / camera, it has electric plant for certain periods of time during dusk / dawn. It is suggested that toiletries are biodegradable: soap, shampoo, etc.