There are no words that can accurately describe the experience of entering the dark cavern of the Cueva del Guacharo in Caripe, Monagas State, and hearing for the first time the riotous noise of the oilbirds squawking away like a flock of demented Daffy Ducks.
One of the guides told me that Alfred Hitchcock sent a sound crew to the cave in the early 60s to record the wailing laments, shrill cries and eerie clicks of the guacharos to add a sinsister edge to his 1964 movie "The Birds".
Instead of sticking with the sound of the Guacharos all the way through, this video has a really cheesy soundtrack but the stills give a good idea of what you will see on a trip to this fascinating cave.
Travel article: Cueva del Guacharo - Oilbirds and Elephant Ears
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