Caripe is a beautiful town in Caripe Municipality in the mountainous north of the state of Monagas in eastern Venezuela. We encourage you to visit this picturesque little town and enjoy its traditional lodgings. Discover its traditional coffee farms and explore the Guácharos Cave National Park, located 12 km from Caripe. It has as its centrepiece a large limestone cave. The cave was visited in 1799 by Alexander von Humboldt, who realised that the thousands of oilbirds (guácharos in Spanish; scientific name Steatornis caripensis) which live in the cave belonged to a species unknown to science. Oilbirds are fruit-eating birds that live within the first section of the cave; they leave at night in search of food. They produce an organic layer in the cave called guano, formed by excrement and vomited seeds, which provide the basic nutrients for the cave's ecosystem. The most important daily event in the park occurs in the evening, as dusk falls, when the birds exit the cave in great flocks, in search of food.