San Rafael, Parque Nacional Carrasco, Chapare.
30km from Villa Tunari. From Villa Tunari 10km (20 minutes by car) south west towards Cochabamba. Turn left/east at Cruce Paractito.
Cave 1: L=50m, H=30m.
Cave 2: L=150m, H=40m.
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Cavernas de Repechon are three small caves, only 50 to 150m long. These rarely visited caves are found in the Chapáre region of the Cochabamba Dept. They are home to over 2000 Guacharos or oil birds (Steatornis caripensis), locally also known as lucero. Because of their big fluorescent eyes they are sometimes called blind birds.
These birds are a rare species of nocturnal bird which navigates by echo location. The young were once hunted for their fat content. The oil birds were first described and named by Alexander von Humboldt at the Cueva del Guácharo in Venezuela. See this page for more information about the birds.