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Venezuela’s Médanos de Coro, the Mini Sahara of the Caribbean

Venezuela’s Médanos de Coro, the Mini Sahara of the Caribbean
Out Of This World

Read enough travel articles, blogs, and such and you’re bound to come across this descriptor attached to everything from beaches to nightclubs and even the occasional chocolate bar.

Few places, things, people, or experiences in the Caribbean, though, better fit the phrase than Los Médanos de Coro.

Traversing the Medanos de Coro, Venezuela | Credit: Flickr user Gosia Malochleb
Traversing the Medanos de Coro, Venezuela | Credit: Flickr user
Gosia Malochleb

Set along the Isthmus de Médanos on the north coast of Venezuela, Los Médanos de Coro is a National Park with three distinct eco zones – an alluvial plain, formed primarily by the delta of the Mitare River; a littoral plain comprised of mangrove swamps; and an aeolian plain.

It’s that last one, the one where you’ll find all these amazing sand dunes, that really draws uncommon travelers here.

The seemingly endless sand dunes here are huge, the largest measuring upwards of 130 feet in height. Strong and steady winds ensure they’re forever changing, as well, so you never see this desert the same way twice.

Los Medanos de Coro under blue skies | Credit: Flickr user Carlos Adampol Galindo
Los Medanos de Coro under blue skies | Credit: Flickr user
Carlos Adampol Galindo

Los Médanos de Coro stretch over an area of more than 35 square miles. The park itself is easily accessible from the nearby town of Coro, capital of Venezuela’s Falcón State and a UNESCO World Heritage Site that’s a must-see in its own right.

For more on travel to Coro, including a listing of affordable hostels in the area, check out HostelTrail.com.

 

*Lead photo credit: Flickr user Gosia Malochleb.

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