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Sierra de Perijá

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


  • Private transport from Maracaibo (Return)
  • Experienced guide
  • Mules to transport food, eating and cooking utensils, luggage (backpacks)
  • All meals and soft drinks
  • Camping equipment
  • Private Camp (area with basic services: bathroom, kitchen and camping area)
  • Overnight (hammocks and / or tents)
  • First aid kit
  • Visit to indigenous communities
  • Visit rivers and waterfalls in the area


  • Tips
  • Breakfast - Day 1
  • Insurance of any kind.
  • Alcohol.
  • Personal items
  • Airfare (If needed)


First day

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.

Second 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.

Third day

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.

What should I bring?

Identity card or passport

Cash for purchases

Insect repellent


Hat / cap


Rain jacket


Personal medication (if needed)


Trekking shoes


Shirts, pants and underwear

Sweater / fleece

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.


  • Among the Yukpa communities living in the Sierra de Perija, are Toromo, Shirimi, Ayapaina and Kunana Plateau, the latter being the furthest from the town of Machiques. The main indigenous communities living are Yukpas and Bari.

  • Some of the species that inhabit the Sierra de Perija National Park are:

    Capuchin monkey (Cebus capucinus)

    Mono Araguato

    Lapa (Agouti paca)

    Andean condor (Vultur gryphus)

    King vulture or royal condor (Sarcoramphus potato)

    Guácharo (Steatornis caripensis)

    Helmeted Curassow (Pauxi pauxi)

    Green macaw (Ara militaris)

    Black Parrot (Psittacinae)

    Red forehead Perico (Aratinga wagleri wagleri)

    Various toucans as the peak bottle (Ramphastidae)