4 must-see biocontact eco-experiences in Venezuela in 2021

When we say that we love nature, we mean it from the heart. If you look closely, in Venezuela the most impressive tourist places are natural spaces. Not to mention that our country is among the top 10 in the world with the greatest biodiversity. We want you to know its wonders and that is why we offer you experiences where you can carry out biocontact activities, to rediscover the biological wealth without losing sight of the importance of preserving it. Therefore, if you are a wildlife lover, we offer you here three destinations where you can be in direct contact with the animal kingdom and help those who take care of them.

To the open sea

The Mochima National Park, which encompasses a part of the Anzoátegui and Sucre states, is known for its beautiful beaches as well as the natural habitat for the common dolphin to feed, shelter and rest. Although Soco may organize your trip If you go on your own from any of the ports located in Sucre, you can go by boat to the Sanctuary of the Dolphins. These friendly marine mammals are generally found playing there, although on many occasions they also see them swimming on the surface accompanying the boat, along the way.

It is recommended that you go to this place very early in the morning, and preferably in a small boat. This will ensure that more dolphins approach your boat. Although they are very friendly animals and you can swim with them or touch them from the surface if they get close.

This experience is unique and we believe that this type of experience raises the ecological awareness of travelers and helps them understand the responsibility that human beings have to take care of nature.

A biopark and 65 ways to touch

The BioContacto Foundation is doing a job that makes us all cry with emotion. In the city of Mérida, within the spaces of the Botanical Garden (created by the University of Los Andes), the specialists of this foundation have settled, and they have adapted the spaces to the needs of the mountain fauna and flora. Its main task is to recover local species, many of them in danger of extinction. Among them are the Andean Condor, the Military Macaw, the Andean Royal Eagle and the Frontinian Bear (Andean).

But that is not the most exciting thing, but the possibility of touching and interacting with 65 species of mammals, birds, reptiles and batrachians that live freely but sheltered so that they do not harm each other. Many of these animals have been rescued from captivity imposed by unscrupulous people who extracted them from their natural habitat for smuggling purposes.

For visitors, there are specialized guides to help you explore the biopark. If you go with children, there are fun recreational activities specially created for them. If you go with a group of adults or people with disabilities, there are also specialized guides so that each person can experiment with the animals and learn curious facts about the wildlife of each species. Here you will know the process of protection and preservation of the species and thus you will be able to understand the danger of the domestication of animals.

Many Beaches a single Turtle

The largest turtle in the world is the cardón (Dermochelys coriacea) that travels great distances from cold waters to tropical waters to ensure its reproduction. It is painful to know that illegal capture, overexploitation, marine pollution and changes in habitats have led to the fact that it is currently in critical danger of extinction. In Venezuela they nest on the beaches of Falcón, Miranda, Nueva Esparta and Sucre, especially on the Paria peninsula. There on the beaches of Cipara, Querepare, Cangua, San Juan de las Galdonas and PuiPuy you can see how they lay their eggs, especially between the months of April and June.

The good news is that in our country we have the Center for Research and Conservation of Sea Turtles (CICTMAR), a civil association that has developed a plan for the preservation of different species (such as the Cardón Turtle, Hawksbill Turtle, Green Turtle, Loggerhead Turtle and Guaraguá Turtle), and has organized conservation campaigns since 1999 to take care of the eggs and help the hatchlings reach the sea. It is a wonderful show, to be there on the date set by this association to hold those little baby turtles in your hands and help them in their first contact with the sea.

It would not be fair, if here we forget to comment that in the Los Roques Archipelago There is also a private foundation that is in charge of protecting the turtles at its headquarters in Mosquices Key. The Los Roques Scientific Foundation (that's its name) also works protecting the archipelago's biodiversity and promoting knowledge for its conservation.

Fauna of Los Llanos

The El Cedral farm is a farm that has dedicated itself to becoming a 53,000-hectare natural wildlife reserve located in the floodplain savannas of the Apure state. We say it properly because at Soco Adventures we organize trips to this place. With private security and comfortable accommodation, the maximum attraction of this place is its safari, for which they have arranged a land transport and a river transport, both with a capacity of 8 to 12 people, that go through the natural environments of reptiles, mammals and birds. of the area. Cococrilos, chiguires and herons.

During the dry season, between March and April, you can see migratory birds from all over the world, as well as find anacondas, a snake of up to 7 meters that with the help of the guides you can carry. Also, navigating the Matiyure River, a special stop is made to feed alligators. Respect for animals is the permanent teaching of the guides who, with an admirable ecological vocation, invite travelers to become aware of nature conservation.

The tours can be done during the day or at night, depending on the animal species that you want to see and also on the season of the year. Although there are tours in mechanical transport, here you can also ride a horse and explore the landscapes like a plainsman. Whatever you want to do, contact with nature is guaranteed.

One of the most important values for Soco Adventure is to promote responsible tourism with nature. Therefore, it strives that its packages are experiences that allow you the possibility of enjoying activities in contact with nature. It is not just about promoting biotravel as a fad, but about promoting trips that also ensure that the places visited are preserved. Contact with wildlife is not only an exciting experience but at the same time it is intended to improve the image of Venezuela in the world. That is our dream and we want you to be part of it.

Writing / Copywriting: Alejandra Fernández