SUR DEL LAGO
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Plastic bag 1 kg (2.2 lb)
Burlap bag 5 kg (11 lb)
Burlap Sack 50kg. (110 lb)
Perfect for bean-to-bar chocolate makers.
Sur del Lago is a subregion located to the south of "Lago de Maracaibo"a big lake in the state of "Zulia", at the west of Venezuela. "Sur del Lago" the territory covers the municipalities Jesús María Semprún, Catatumbo, Colón, Francisco Javier Pulgar and Sucre from "Zulia" state and the municipality Alberto Adriani, Obispo Ramos Lora and the population of Palmarito from Tulio Febres Cordero municipality from the state of "Mérida". The major towns in this region are Santa Barbara del Zulia, San Carlos del Zulia, and the biggest town is El Vigía, which is the economic capital.
The state of Zulia and the Maracaibo Lake were first seen by Europeans in 1499 during an expedition commanded by Alonso de Ojeda. This state of Zulia declared its independence from Spain on January 28, 1821.
The "Sur del Lago" region has a long agricultural history with big plantations of plantain and cocoa, and a high production of beef, milk and great cheeses like the amazing "Palmizulia".
Sur del Lago region is also famous for its "Relámpago del Catatumbo" (Lighting of Catatumbo). It is an atmospheric phenomenon that occurs only over the mouth of the Catatumbo River, where it empties into Lake Maracaibo.
The "Relámpago del Catatumbo" originates from a mass of storm clouds at a height of more than 1 km and occurs during 260 nights a year, 10 hours per day and up to 280 times per hour. It occurs over and around Lake Maracaibo, typically over the bog area formed where the Catatumbo River flows into the lake. The lightning, visible from 400 kilometers away, is so regular that it’s been used as a navigation aid by ships
With a total of roughly 1.2 million lightning discharges per year, the Relampago del Catatumbo is thought to be the world’s greatest producer of ozone.