El Banquito

Beaches and Rivers

Kilometers of unspoiled, uncrowded beaches, sometimes with strong waves sometimes with the tranquility of a swimming pool dotted with underwater rock formations that create natural swimming pools that shelter swimmers from the changing moods of the crispy blue/turquoise sea.

A true jungle-beach
“The untouched forest is home of Coconut trees, Mangle, Acacias, Bouganvillas, Rubber Trees, Royal Palms ….all mingled together in a simphony of colours, shapes and flavors. Papaya and Mangoes trees grow wild providing a feast for monkeys, birds and the few humans that share this undiscovered paradise.

Due to its seasonal weather regime (rainy season and dry season) vegetation flourish or retreats according to rain fall. The “dry season” starts in December and ends in June, but due to climatic changes the rainy season is now longer . In the nearby Aricagua River giant bamboo built a green/yellow vault gallery where sun light seldom gets through, local people from Chirimena fish there the much appreciated river shrimp . Local economy in nearby Chirimena is based on collecting pebbles, sand and other natural materials used by the construction and filter industry. Tourism is growing but is restricted to week-ends and specific vacation periods. The Aricagua river birthplace is located at the Avila National Park (the mountain chain that separates Caracas, the Venezuelan Capital from the Caribbean sea) and carries water year round and has occasionally grew up to 10 times its normal volume due to heavy rain.