The antiquity of the lands comes from the times when the entire Larense valley and its depressions were submerged under the sea millions of years ago. As places of interest we can point out the Quebrada de San Pablo de los Yabos in which there is a small volume of water and the hamlet of Pozo Salado, where there is a church and several colonial houses. You can see in the Saroche mountain range the arid, clayey landscape, which during the first days of rain in May is adorned by numerous flowers such as the yellow ones of the Vera Bulnesia arborea.
Its temperature is 22 ° C. at 32 ° C, with very little rain.
It has an area of 32,294 ha.
National Park was decreed on December 7, 1989.
Geological and Geomorphological Information
It is an area of great aridity, under a blazing sun, with little rain and high evaporation. It is located between a set with soft plains, hills and mountains of the depressions of the landscape of hills in the western central region. In this park there are intermittent courses of water, with wide beds in its low areas, which helps to maintain the semiarid conditions of the sector.
The landscape presents a xerophytic surface, formed by a set of hills and hills. There is a wet sector with lagoons and green vegetation with yellowish flowers. They predominate espinares and cardonales. Of all the existing vegetation six species are exclusive to the park. In its heights is the strange orchid Schoromburkia humboldtiana, which grows next to the cactus.
The fauna is scarce but varied. Among the mammals are the cunaguaro Leopardus pardalis, the ounce or wildcat Felis yagouaraoundi, the mapurite Conepatus semistriatus, the baquiro or cochino of the mountain Tayassu tajacu, the fox Cerdocyon thous, the anteater Tamandua tetradactyla. Among the spines you can see the Icterus icterus turpial, the Mimus gilvus paraulata, the Carduelis cucullata cardinal, endemic species of this area, now threatened with extinction, the Amazona Amazonian parrot, the dirty-faced parakeet Aratinga pertinax, the guacharaca Ortalis ruficauda. The most abundant reptiles are the Rattlesnake Crotalus durissus and the coral Micrurus Isozonus. Lizards like the iguana Iguana iguana and the Ameiva Ameiva kill.
This park does not have facilities for your stay. The sites of interest are the San Pablo de los Yabos ravine, the Pozo Salado farmhouse.
They are not established.
Location from the Nearest City
The Cerro Saroche National Park includes the extensive arid zone of the Torres, Iribarren and Jiménez municipalities of the central western region of Lara State.
How to get
By road following the road that joins the cities of Barquisimeto and Carora. By air to the airport of Barquisimeto.
Recommendations for the Visitor
Due to the aridity of the area, it is recommended to bring drinking water, food, sunscreen, adequate and comfortable clothes.
Light fires. Extract species of plants and animals. Leave or throw solid waste. Mark or cause damage to vegetation. Hunting. Carry firearms or any other that may cause damage to natural resources. Expenditure and consumption of alcoholic beverages. Introduce exotic species of wild animals. Make or fix commercial or political advertisements. Use of sound equipment that disturb the tranquility of the park. Take photographs or films for commercial purposes without prior authorization.