Curucutí

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Pico Curucutí, or Cerro Curucutí, as it figures on cartographical venezuelan maps, is the highest elevation of Macizo Golfo Triste, which is located at the Inner Range (Serranía del Interior) of the Central Coastal Range (Cordillera Central de La Costa) of Venezuela. It's political location corresponds to Distrito San Casimiro of Aragua State. Cerro Curucutí is mayorly covered by a very dense virgin cloud forest which has been poorly explored. Curucutí was first summitted (1730 meters) by the venezuelan citizen Eloy G. Boulton, on january 2007, after 5 previous intents. The main difficulty of this mountain consists on the orientation inside the cloud forest and the forest itself, which forces to trace a very irregular route at the region called Altiplanicie (plateau) de Golfo Triste, where the interesting Cura river is born. (Cura river leaves the altiplanicie de Golfo Triste in a series of waterfalls, one after another, whose sumatory of heights reaches around 700 meters, a very exceptional height for this part of the country).

Dry season is the best for climbing Curucutí, since the rainy season puts an additional obstacle to this affair. Heavy raindrops and storms turns this summit into a somehow delicate climb due to the very slippery and fragile soil. Cautions also must be taken because of venemous tropical snakes.

It takes 2 journeys to climb Cerro Curucutí by it´s north face. On Day 1, starting at 550 m. at the small village La Providencia (1 1/2 hour drive fron Caracas on Miranda state), the climb takes 6 hours to Camp 1, at a creek located at an altitude of 1500 meters. On Day 2 a party can reach the summit in a 2 hours scramble and go back to La Providencia the same day before dask. Finally, it is important to say that recently, flora of Cerro Curucutí and Macizo Golfo Triste has started to be studied by local and foreign botanical experts and professionals, and one first recomendation from them is that this region should be declared a national park or be included into the existing Guatopo National Park, in order to preserve it´s interesting flora and water resources.

Some recomended equipment: Hamacas with mosquito net (better than tents due to space at Camp 1), 2 lts. of potable water and water purification tablets, easy dry clothing, hat, first aid kit with antiofidic serum, GPS, compass, altimeter, geographical maps, machete, emergency rope, insect repelent.

Elevation (feet): 5,676
Elevation (meters): 1,730
Continent: South America
Country: Venezuela
Range/Region: Coastal Venezuela
Latitude: 9.99444
Longitude: -66.9344
Difficulty: Scramble
Best months for climbing: Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr
Year first climbed: 2007
First successful climber(s): Eloy G. Boulton
Nearest major airport: Aeropuerto Simón Bolívar, Maiquetía.
Convenient Center: San Casimiro

Thanks to Eloy G. Boulton for adding this peak.

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