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Travesía Mifafi-LaCulata

Intermediate

Trail

22.2 mile 35.7 kilometer point to point
83% Runnable
Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 3,803' 1,159 m
Descent: -6,092' -1,857 m
High: 14,672' 4,472 m
Low: 10,036' 3,059 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 8% (5°)
Max Grade: 45% (24°)

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Trail shared by Gus Morales S

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Crossing the 'Sierra La Culata' National Park, in Mérida, Venezuela, this route is the most beautiful of the country.

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Features Commonly Backpacked · Fall Colors · Lake · River/Creek · Swimming · Views · Waterfall · Wildflowers · Wildlife

You must register in the Park Ranger house, at Mifafi, just before entering the National Park.

Runner Notes

Is necessary to sleep in the surroundings at least the night before taking on the trail, in order to acclimatize.

Description

Unless you trust in your gps device under any condition, you should go with a local guide on your first time out on this rugged route. Be especially careful when there's mist/fog present. It can easily make you lose your path.

It's a route where you can suffer from hypoxia because it's all high altitude. The route has milestones outlining the elevation and distance you've traveled.

The landscape is from another world... Mars maybe? Be sure to bring good clothes both for sun exposure and inclement weather.

Depending on seasonality, there will be two or three river crossings. The first point is the Domo, a kind of giant rock which represents the first big turning on left. You'll finally reach the 'Alto de Mifafí' to continue to the left in the base of a ridge, with a medium ascent. After that, the trail skirts along various valleys.

Flora & Fauna

Frailejon (Espeletia) plants are all around the trail.

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Near the highest point of the route, you can see this three unnamed lakes
Feb 22, 2018 near Mucuchíes, VE
'Pan de Azucar' peak, the ninth highest in the country and the second of this National Park
Feb 22, 2018 near Mucuchíes, VE
In the background, the Maracaibo lake
Feb 22, 2018 near Mucuchíes, VE

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