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Hike Chaac from the Andes to Lake Maracaibo

Great crossing of the Andes from the high peaks to reach Maracaibo Lake. A unique experience with landscapes as varied as the climate where you will see neither roads nor traces of modern civilization. An experience to live.

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  • -A hike that goes from 4450 meters to 300 meters above sea level!
  • -Very varied campsites at each stage, forests, plains, high mountains...
  • -Trek in one way, the outward and return journeys are made by different paths.
  • -Public transport relatively easy to use both outward and return.
  • -Numerous drinking water sources.
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  • -The path being not very used, it is not uncommon for there to get portions where the path disappears into the vegetation. In such case your guide will be equipped with a machete to open a passage.

Level of difficulty : 3/5
Duration adaptable from 4 to 6 days.

Hike Chaac from the Andes to Lake Maracaibo
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Hike Chaac from the Andes to Lake Maracaibo
Day 1: From Mérida to Pan de Azúcar Base Camp

Departure in the morning from Mérida by public transport towards La Culata. After about 1 hour of driving, we will reach the end of the road at La Culata at 3000 meters above sea level. On the way, vast meadows alternate with dense vegetation, made up of frailejones with their fine stems and fluffy leaves, from the edelweiss family. We camp in the evening at the base camp of Pan de Azúcar peak at an altitude of 4200 meters after 6 to 7 hours of walking. Note: the Chaac hike theoretically begins at El Banco. This place being almost inaccessible by public transport, we advantageously chose La Culata as a starting point, this affecting neither the duration nor the landscapes of the trek.

Accommodation: Night in a tent.
Communication: No network.
Hike Chaac from the Andes to Lake Maracaibo
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Hike Chaac from the Andes to Lake Maracaibo
Day 2: Walk to Llano del Trigo and Refugio El Oso

Today we will reach the highest point of our hike at 4450 meters above sea level via a pass without vegetation where sand and rocks alternate. The view is splendid on the entire descent to Lake Maracaibo which seems so close to us! We will gradually descend to the El Oso shelter at 3200 meters where we will camp after 6 to 7 hours of walking.

Accommodation: Night in a tent.
Communication: No network.
Hike Chaac from the Andes to Lake Maracaibo
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Hike Chaac from the Andes to Lake Maracaibo
Day 3: Del Amparo to Llano Rucio

The forest is in front of us, majestic, humid and compact! We leave the high altitudes almost bare for this new landscape experience. The path is getting smaller and smaller, we have to step over tree trunks that have fallen to the ground, brambles are not uncommon and the many small streams of water are sometimes difficult to cross. Your guide using a machete will open part of the path in front of you! The experience is worth living, even if it is tough. Night in Llano Rucio at 2800 meters above sea level after 6 to 7 hours of walking.

Accommodation: Night in a tent.
Communication: No network.
Hike Chaac from the Andes to Lake Maracaibo
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Hike Chaac from the Andes to Lake Maracaibo
Jour 4 : De llano Rucio to Los Curos

Encore 2 heures from marche avant from pouvoir enfin retrouver un chemin correctement marqué dans la forêt, il était temps. La progression est désormais plus rapide, les torrents s'enchainent les uns après les autres, la chaleur grimpe....une petite baignade vous tente? Nous retrouvons les premières granges parfois habitées où les locaux vivent d'élevage et d'un peu d'agriculture. Nous dormirons to 1500 mètres d'altitude dans une prairie proche from la rivière après 6 to 7 heures from marche.

Accommodation: Night in a tent.
Communication: No network.
Hike Chaac from the Andes to Lake Maracaibo
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Hike Chaac from the Andes to Lake Maracaibo
Day 5: Return to civilization at Mesa Julia

The heat is now insolent and the slightest small river makes you want to! The small mountain houses are getting closer, banana trees and coffee trees have appeared, what a change of scenery! The path becomes a track to finally lead to Mesa Julia marking the return of the tarmac! Using a taxi or motorcycle taxi we will reach the Tucani bus station where we will take a bus to Mérida. We will have walked 5 to 6 hours today!

Accommodation: None.
Communication: No network.
PRICES PER PERSON
Options :
  • - Personal carrier (12KG), see HERE.
  • - Public or private transport on the first and last day of the trek, see HERE.
The following is included in this price:
  • - Specialized guides, see HERE.
  • - telephone support 24 hours a day, 7 days a week throughout your stay
  • - The administrative formalities for entering the natural park.
Not included:
  • - Accommodation
  • - Hiking equipment available HERE for hire
  • - Transport to the starting point and back on the last day of the hike, see HERE
  • - Meals, see HERE
  • - Personal expenses
  • - Any type of insurance.
  • - Anything not mentioned in "this price includes"
Organization of the stay:
Circuits on free dates are private. Only circuits whose dates are published HERE are in groups.
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