Rainforest Sinkholes – Jaua-Sarisarinama National Park Venezuela

Location: Jaua-Sarisarinama National Park is located at the far south-west of Bolívar State, Venezuela, near the border with Brazil.

Latitude: 4.5500°N Longitude: 64.2333°W

Yes, even lush and green rainforests can have gaping holes in the middle of all their glory. And that is exactly what makes them so glorious. The rainforest sinkhole in Jaua Sarisarinama National Park in Venezuela is one such wonder.

Why should you visit Rainforest Sinkholes : The sinkhole seems like a sign of a time long forgotten. Not only are the sinkholes perfectly round, they also serve as rich habitats for a variety of unique animal and plant species. In fact, it is the existence of the sinkholes themselves why naturalists are attracted to them in the first place. It is also though that the unique species that call the sinkholes their home evolved to cope with an environment that was different from their counterparts above ground.

The Tepuy Sarisarinama is also one of the remotest mountains in Latin America. Only indigenous communities live there which are isolated themselves and road stretches for hundreds of miles.

Best Things to Do in Rainforest Sinkholes : One of the best things to do at Sarisarinama National Park is to reach it by canoe, yes you heard right. Not only is this one of the most fun ways to reach the place, it is filled with adventure as well. The trip might take you 4 to 5 days at the most.

Most visitors frequent the place to take a look at the Simas, holes that are 350 meters feet wide in diameter and 350 meters deep. The marvels are still a mystery to both geologists and biologists alike.

Of course, that doesn’t mean that the area is a perfect place for nature lovers. Hang up a hammock to stay the night in one of the indigenous communities while looking forward to the spectacular natural sights as the sun comes up the next day.

The site also gets its name from a story. The indigenous people that an evil sprite lives in Sarisarinama that eats the flesh of humans. The “sari sari” in the name is thought to be the sound the supposed creature makes while it gorges itself on people. So that is another thing you can keep in mind while you behold the sights and “sounds” that make the local population quake at the knees.

Best Times to Visit Rainforest Sinkholes : The best time to visit the place might be in spring when the flora and fauna are at their best and most beautiful. Just make sure that you have an Indian guide to help you. The jungle is dense with no roads to guide any wayward traveler who might get lost on the way. Without the expertise of a seasoned guide who knows the area, you might end up wandering for miles and see nothing but blue sky. Remember, the largest of the chasm is also 300 feet deep. Needless to say, stumbling upon it will be anything but pleasant.

Rainforest Sinkholes Neighborhoods & Towns : Visitors often get to the place by first staying at Caracas before taking a scenic flight over the jungle.

 

 

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Yes, even lush and green rainforests can have gaping holes in the middle of all their glory. And that is exactly what makes them so glorious. The rainforest sinkhole in Jaua Sarisarinama National Park in Venezuela is one such wonder. Why should you visit Rainforest Sinkholes : The sinkhole seems like a sign of a time …

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