If you are interested in national parks go to Choroni. We took guided walks into the park and it was really beautiful. Amazing bird watching, water falls, beaches...but El Chorreron took my breath away. its a 2 hour walk once you get to the beach Chuao, famous for the best cacao of the world. You most cross the river about 20 times before you finally get to this great water fall.
If you are a scuba diver, there is a PADI approved diving center next to Cepe beach. the center offers courses basic and advanced, PADI certification, excursions to different dive sites and equipment rental. They are very friendly and speak English at the dive center. The diving is not fantastic in the Cepe area but worth a dive as it is pretty cheap and you can say you have dived the Venezuelan waters. In January 2008 the price was Bs.120,000 (BsF120), which is $50 with the official exchange rate and much cheaper if you manage to get a better one. They might offer lower prices if you ask to pay in dollars like many places in Venezuela. The tours last one and a half hours.
If you have questions, you can call the owner Cesar or email him, information below.
I went on a hiking tour for a day in Henri Pittier National Park. I booked the tour with Jungle Trip, which is owned by a German woman, Claudia, and her husband Emilio. Their office is in Posada Casa Luna, a small posada next to Hostal Colonial in Puerto Colombia. The day tour was 60 000 Bs.
We started the tour at 8.30 in the morning by taking the local bus from Puerto Colombia to the place where we started our walk. Claudia was our guide, a great guide as she knows a lot of things about the flora and fauna in the area and we often stopped to hear about it. It was very interesting. At lunch time we stopped to eat, sandwiches with cream cheese with herbs and a lot of different fruits (more than we could eat). In the afternoon we saw a place where they make sugar out of the sugarcane. Finally we reached a house owned by Claudia and Emilio and there we had a cold beer on the roof (if you take a two day hike that is where you sleep, in hammocks). After that we went down to the small river to have a bath. We walked back to the road and had another beer, bought from the store, while we were waiting for the bus.
If you are in Puerto Colombia you shouldn’t miss a visit to the National Park.
On may way from Maracay to the small village of Choroni i had to cross high mountains with a breathtaking view and through the Henri Pittier National Park i finally arrived in this pitoresque village - went to the sandy beach of Playa Grande - just for relaxing and see the locals and their familiy enjoying a weekend trip.
CHUAO was one of the first towns founded on Venezuela in the middle of century XVI. Chuao is one of the most exciting experiences, is a mixture of beach, Forest, cacao and drum all these conforms the enchantment of a magic earth that smells of chocolate.
The Cacao of Chuao has been famous from the colony, being one of the most fines of the world and appreciated by great the international Chocolatiers, which uses it to prepare the most exquisites desert. In the way from the beach to the town, (1 hour walking) you can observe the harvest Cacao.
To travel to Chuao implies a stroll in boat of approximately 20 minutes from Puerto Colombia, where a wonderful beach landscape can be observed and mounts
CHUAO fue uno de los primeros poblados fundados en Venezuela a mediados del silo XVI. Chuao es una de las experiencias más emocionante, es una mezcla de playa, Bosque, cacao y tambor que conforman el encanto de una tierra mágica que huele a chocolate
El Cacao de Chuao ha sido famoso desde la colonia, siendo uno de los más finos del mundo y más apreciados por los grandes Chocolatiers internacionales, los cuales lo utilizan para preparar los postres más exquisitos. En el camino de la playa al pueblo, se puede observar la cosecha de este preciado fruto.
Viajar a Chuao implica un paseo en lancha de aproximadamente 20 minutos (según la lancha), donde se puede observar un estupendo paisaje de playas y montañas.
Go to Chuao, where they make the best cacao of the world! Arrive by boat on the nice quiet beach of Chuao, then take a 1 hour walk to the village. The walk is incredible, nice big mango trees and cacao plants, hear the nice chants of birds. Then in the village, have a taste of their hot chocolate!
It is the older national park of Venezuela, decreed in 1937. The park originally was called Great Farm, but later he was famous in honor to the founder of the system of national parks of Venezuela (Henri François Pittier Dormond), that I dedicate to years to the study of the flora and the fauna in the park, which is now world-wide famous by the diversity of birds that are in this zone (more than 500 species). The National Park Henri Pittier occupies most of the north of the Aragua state. With a surface of 107,800 hectares, it includes a considerable extension of the Mountain range of the Coast, reason by which presents/displays a steep topography, with pending forts. One is near the towns of Choroní, Cuyagua, Chuao, Tasting, the Bog, Ocumare and Turiamo.
Also tourists exist who go to the park for the observation of birds. Around 580 species of birds they have been identified in this park, which represents more of 43% of the species in Venezuela.
VIRGIN beach ……………WOW!!!!!!!!
will be only you ........the mountain ...... the sea and the cristal water, is like being in PARADISE………
It is no crowed, very romantic also..........
You have to take you own umbrella, cheer, food and drinks there no any kind of service, what make it so virgin..........
Were you take the Peñero in order to go to different the beaches…….the place it is no so nice and have to confess that does not smell very well, and it is no so clean. Since is the place were the fisherman disembarks the fishing of the day, and they sell it.
Also during the weekend since are many people there is a complete chaos!!!!!!!!! The fisherman’s, people going to the beach…..not very well organized……….
One of the most recommended beach have 1 km in length of sand, crystal waters are a delight, the sand is very white and relax, in here you find restaurants and also you can rent parasols and chairs.
At the end of the beach you will find that are some rocky formation on the sea.......that forms a small swimming pools were you can refresh your self
Also have a guess house that you can stay here POSADA ENCANTADA
The malecom a good place to meet and hang up with friends you can enjoy the beautiful view of the see and mountains
In the nights of the weekends you will find drums (Venezuelan dances) and natives that sale art craft
Is lat the end of Puerto Colombia town next to the wharf (embarcadero)....
Chuao is one of the beach most popular around choroni, you have to take a peñero (small boat) to get there.
You have small restaurants were you can eat, also you can rents chairs and parasols.
Its is not so crowed, i like it!!!!!!!!!!!!
The main beach from Puerto Colombia.
Very nice beach with a good sand extension and great coconut palms.
During the weekend It is very crowded I recommend to seat al the end of the beach you will find more space.
So, what's the point of going to Choroni if you're not going to go to the beach?
The beach's name is Playa grande, and it's the only one you can go by foot (there is also Chuao and Cepe, both gorgeus, but you have to rent a boat to get to them).
If you happen to go during a weekend try to find a shadow in the far side of the beach, because the first part gets very crowded and you don't want that, do you?
Near the entrance of the beach you have several restaurants, one next to the other, so you don't have to walk all the way to the town to eat.
You also have fresh water showers and restrooms