Come and experience the hudge bio-diversity of climate, flora and fauna which make up our 4 National Parks of the Andean Region. They have a total area of about 1,500,000 acres.
The most important, and most frequently visited is the Sierra Nevada National Park, with about 130,000 acres, and more than 45 lagoons and waterfalls. This park provides a wide variety of plants and animals.
Sierra Nevada National Park
Sierra de La Culata National Park
There are wide variety of animals in the Andes Mountains, and with the assistance of a good guide, you will be able to see many of them. Most impressive, is the Andean Condor, the largest flying bird in the world. When standing, this magnificant creature can reach a height of 5 feet! When fully extended, its wingspan can measure more than nine feet! The Andean Condor lives in these mountains at elevations between nine and fifteen thousand feet, and can fly at a speeds of more than 40 miles per hour!
At lower elevations you will see many different species of tropical birds in a wide variety of colors, shapes and sizes. If you visit the Santo Domingo Region, you can spend around 45 minutes each, at the various elevations, where you will observe the different kinds of: vegetation, temperature, and humidity, which of course determines which species live, feed, and reproduce in those areas. Listen to the loud screams of the monkeys and watch for the brilliant coloring of the Cock of the Rocks, an impressive orange colored bird that lives only in a few parts of Venezuela. Other species of interest will be the Hummingbird, Sunangel, and the Rose Headed Parakeet.
In our mountains, are also a few species which are in danger of extinction, like the Frontino Bear and the White tailed deer (not to be confused with the deer of the same name, but found in the Northern Hemisphere). If you should be so lucky to come upon one of these rare animals, please keep your distance, and quietly move away, in an effort to give them their privacy. It may be breeding time, and your sudden intrusion could freighten them to the point where they could miss the opportunity to pro-create. In years to come, their numbers may increase where they are no longer in danger of extinction; and a large part of the reason, could be your thoughtfullness.