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Ciudad Guayana, Venezuela - Zoologico Loefling & Parque Cachamay

Venezuela travel blog by Mark Berman - January 2011   » View Photoset (35 Photos)

Mark Berman, South America backpacker for 10yrs!
After nearly 2 and a half weeks on Isla Margarita I returned to Puerto La Cruz and caught a bus at 10pm to Ciudad Guayana which took 6hrs.
Venezuela Photo - The rocky waterfalls at Parque Cachamay in Ciudad Guayana.
The rocky waterfalls at Parque Cachamay in Ciudad Guayana.
I arrived shortly after 4am and waited in the bus terminal for a couple of hours until the sun came up. I had found a place to stay in the Lonely Planet book and took a taxi there. I didn't sleep that great on the bus so I spent until the afternoon catching up on some. My time in Venezuela was coming to an end and my reason for coming here was mainly to get south to Brazil. Money was running low and I was not prepared to use an ATM machine and get a bad exchange rate of 4.3 and I didn't want to wait a week for another bank transfer which is a common way for travelers in Venezuela to get a better rate of 7. However I did stay in Ciudad Guayana for 3 nights to relax and have a look around the city a bit. On my 2nd day I got a lift to the center of town near Parque La Navidad and just started walking around from
Venezuela Photo - Pathways at Parque Cachamay lead you to a world full of natural wonder in Ciudad Guayana.
Pathways at Parque Cachamay lead you to a world full of natural wonder in Ciudad Guayana.
there. Parque Navidad is a place for kids to enjoy basically, with gardens, entertainment, a windmill, a troll and a metal Christmas tree.

Parque Cachamay - Top Attraction

I needed something better than a kids park to enjoy my day so I walked for about 40 minutes to an amazing place called Parque Cachamay that also has an animal park called Parque Loefling where I spent over 3hrs enjoying every moment. After entering the park there is beautiful grass areas and trees where people were sitting having lunch and playing games. Behind this are the waterfalls and the river Rio Caroni where
Venezuela Photo - Capybara at Parque Loefling in Ciudad Guayana.
Capybara at Parque Loefling in Ciudad Guayana.
much water moves over the rocky riverbed. As I walked around I saw many butterflies of color, orange and black and green. Iguanas crawled around on logs and in the trees. A wide pathway leads through the park where nature rules supreme and where monkeys sit in the trees above. A place to escape the concrete jungle. I admired and photographed the tall thin trees which have dual trunks that almost look like pairs of sexy legs, before coming to the area where all the animals are, Parque Loefling (park and zoo).

Zoologico Loefling (Park and Zoo)

Pedro Loefling (1729-1756) was Swedish and the first botanist interested in the regions flora and fauna. The first animal I met here was a capybara, there are sealions that in Spanish are
Venezuela Photo - Picnic area on the grass under the trees at Parque Cachamay, Ciudad Guayana.
Picnic area on the grass under the trees at Parque Cachamay, Ciudad Guayana.
known as perros de agua or seadogs. Next I saw the pond with fish, turtles and ducks and after the caged and colorful macaws of blue, red, green and yellow and the tucan with its long pointy beak. A bird called rey zamuro or in English, king vulture caught my eye with its bright colored and textured head, a beautiful creature with lots of character and a sharp beak. I tried to see the owl on display except he must have been asleep, as they do in daytime. Continuing on around the lily pond with trees and bamboo bushes surrounding it, to the trees where cheeky monkeys were being fed potato chips by some of the visitors. A large fenced pond where a great big caiman swam around semi-submerged
Venezuela Photo - The Rio Caroni river in Ciudad Guayana.
The Rio Caroni river in Ciudad Guayana.
before finally coming to the surface closeby to the delight of those of us waiting for a good view and a photo of him. Another strongly caged area where 2 jaguars live, one of which was walking around and around the edge trying to find a way out was the only animal I felt a little sorry for. But I believe all the animals here are ones rescued from places or situations much worse.

River and Waterfalls

I made my way back towards the park entrance and spent an hour walking the path beside the river and waterfalls taking photos and just having a nice time before heading back to the entrance where along the pathway the different species of trees have small signs with each ones scientific name on it. This was a great day and I would encourage anyone passing through Ciudad Guayana to visit this incredible park.

Bus South to Santa Elena

From Ciudad Guayana in the morning I took a bus south all day for 10hrs to Santa Elena close to the border of Brazil.

     

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Distances & times (if available) from Ciudad Guayana (Venezuela) to:


Map location: Ciudad Guayana, Venezuela. I visited an amazing place called Parque (park) Cachamay to see waterfalls that also has an animal park called Parque Loefling where I spent over 3hrs enjoying every moment.
 A : Ciudad Bolivar - Venezuela 86 kms 86 kms straight distance | 1hr 4mins 1hr 4mins by car (104 kms) | 1hr 16mins 1hr 16mins by bus (104 kms) (104 kms)
 B : Puerto La Cruz & Barcelona - Venezuela 289 kms 289 kms straight distance | 3hrs 56mins 3hrs 56mins by car (359 kms) | 4hrs 43mins 4hrs 43mins by bus (359 kms) (359 kms)
 C : Isla Margarita - La Restinga - Venezuela 331 kms 331 kms straight distance | 6hrs 24mins 6hrs 24mins by car (489 kms) | 7hrs 40mins 7hrs 40mins by bus (489 kms) (489 kms)
 D : Isla Margarita - Porlamar - Venezuela 317 kms 317 kms straight distance | 6hrs 29mins 6hrs 29mins by car (494 kms) | 7hrs 46mins 7hrs 46mins by bus (494 kms) (494 kms)
 E : Isla Margarita - Boca de Rio - Venezuela 331 kms 331 kms straight distance | 6hrs 30mins 6hrs 30mins by car (495 kms) | 7hrs 48mins 7hrs 48mins by bus (495 kms) (495 kms)
 F : Isla Margarita - Juan Griego - Venezuela 334 kms 334 kms straight distance | 6hrs 44mins 6hrs 44mins by car (506 kms) | 8hrs 4mins 8hrs 4mins by bus (506 kms) (506 kms)
 G : Isla Margarita - La Asuncion - Venezuela 326 kms 326 kms straight distance | 6hrs 52mins 6hrs 52mins by car (508 kms) | 8hrs 14mins 8hrs 14mins by bus (508 kms) (508 kms)
 H : Isla Margarita - Pampatar - Venezuela 320 kms 320 kms straight distance | 6hrs 45mins 6hrs 45mins by car (509 kms) | 8hrs 6mins 8hrs 6mins by bus (509 kms) (509 kms)
 I : Santa Elena / Brazil Border - Venezuela 451 kms 451 kms straight distance | 7hrs 56mins 7hrs 56mins by car (612 kms) | 9hrs 31mins 9hrs 31mins by bus (612 kms) (612 kms)
 J : Colonia Tovar - Venezuela 542 kms 542 kms straight distance | 8hrs 56mins 8hrs 56mins by car (721 kms) | 10hrs 43mins 10hrs 43mins by bus (721 kms) (721 kms)
 K : Puerto Colombia - Venezuela 577 kms 577 kms straight distance | 10hrs 24mins 10hrs 24mins by car (785 kms) | 12hrs 28mins 12hrs 28mins by bus (785 kms) (785 kms)
 L : Puerto Cabello - Venezuela 621 kms 621 kms straight distance | 9hrs 39mins 9hrs 39mins by car (823 kms) | 11hrs 34mins 11hrs 34mins by bus (823 kms) (823 kms)
 M : Georgetown, Guyana 542 kms 542 kms straight distance
 N : Canaima & Angel Falls - Venezuela 228 kms 228 kms straight distance
Driving times are accurate but approximate and are listed in the order of driving distance! Drive times are always affected by weather conditions, the terrain, time of day, altitude, dinner and bathroom stops, animals on the road, protests, a fast or slow bus driver, police checkpoints, border and river crossings, dropping off and picking up passengers etc. These drive times are obtained from Google Maps and are meant as a guide. Note however, times quoted in the main text of this page are exactly as the author experienced it.


My Hostel & Hotel Reviews for Ciudad Guayana, Venezuela:

Casa Del Lobo, Ciudad Guayana, Venezuela - Large Photo
Casa Del Lobo, Ciudad Guayana, Venezuela (January 2011 - 3 nights) - Staying here was like being part of the family, Wolfgang, his wife and 2 small daughters made my stay here a wonderful time. They gave me rides into town and to the bus terminal when I left and picked me up from the park. You can order food and drinks and meet other backpackers and use the free wifi internet. They operate tours to the Gran Sabana and drive you there also. Recommended.

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