Sierra Perijá National Park is a national park, located in the Cordillera de Perija. It spans the municipalities of Perija and Colon of Zulia state in Venezuela. It was established on the 12th of December , 1978. It covers an area of 295,288 ha. (2,952 sq km).
The heights of the different peaks vary between 800 and 3,500 m, highlighting Cerro Pintado (3,650 meters) and Pico Téctari (3,750 m). The altitude enables the development of several climatic zones and different types of vegetation.
The landscape is made up of vertical mountains that rise abruptly above the plains of Lake Maracaibo.
The main source of income for the communities living in the area is the cultivation of coffee, bananas and other plants.
The mountain range marks an important stretch of the border between Colombia and Venezuela, with the Colombian department of Norte de Santander, Cesar and La Guajira to the west and the Venezuelan state of Zulia east.
Machiques, Edo. Zulia
3 days 2 nights
Departure from Maracaibo to Machiques de Perija (time approx. 3 hours), and then travel to the indigenous community of Toromo which is the last village accessible by road, and is at the foothills of the mountains (time approx. 45 min) .Once there,we will proceed to register with the national parks system and then we begin our trek towards the community of Shirimi.(time approx. 3 hours) Along the way we will find a river where we can rehydrate and take a short break, we can also take a refreshing swim if we like; then climb the so-called "Cuesta del diablo" referred by the locals for being a steep shadowless climb .
Once in the community, we will take a break for lunch, chat with the community and see some crafts before continuing making our way to Ayapaina, where the Yukpa indigenous community reside.(time approx. 1 hr 30 min). Along the way we can observe the diverse fauna and flora of the area; We will pass through the green organic coffee crops, and once we arrive in Ayapaina we will have the opportunity to shower, and get ready for the next day.
Prepares breakfast. Then a hike takes to the community Plateau Kunana (time approx. 1 hr 30 min), on the way we observe different landscapes and a variety of different fauna and flora. In this community we will make time for lunch, and take the time to converse and and share with the community. We will then return to our camp in time to see the beautiful sunset and the impressive peak with 3650 m Téctari . We will prepare dinner and walk around community to observe crafts, learn about their customs and interact with the natives.
After watching the sunrise and drinking a delicious coffee, breakfast is prepared and we will begin the hike to the community of Shirimi (time approx. 1h). We have the opportunity of bathing at the Shirimi waterfall before continuing our journey back home. After 45 minutes of travel we reach the river, we eat a snack and continue along the slopes of the mountains to the ranger station in the community of Toromo. Return to Maracaibo. End of our services.
It is suggested that toiletries are biodegradable: bath soap, shampoo, etc.
The order of the tour may change without notice, without altering the program described above.