Venezuela's hotspot for lightning activity

  • An area near Lake Maracaibo, Venezuela gets more lightning strikes than any other place on the planet. The ‘Faro del Catatumbo‘ is getting Guinness Book recognition next year. Alan Highton / Special to Miami Herald

  • Alan Highton, 50, shows tourists a snake in the flooded forest around Lake Maracaibo, Venezuela. While many come to this part of the country to witness its lightning storms, it’s also teeming with wildlife. Jim Wyss / Miami Herald Staff

  • Alan Highton, 50, hunts for butterflies in the flooded forest around Lake Maracaibo, Venezuela. While many tourists come to this part of the country to witness its lightning storms, it’s also teeming with wildlife. Jim Wyss / Miami Herald Staff

  • Ologa, Venezuela has become a hotspot for tourists to watch lightning storms known as the ‘Faro del Catatumbo.’ This swath of Venezuela gets more lightning strikes per year than any other part of the planet. Jim Wyss / Miami Herald Staff

  • Alan Highton shows tourists a butterfly in the flooded forest around Lake Maracaibo, Venezuela. While many come to this part of the country to witness its lightning storms, it’s also teeming with wildlife. Jim Wyss / Miami Herald Staff

  • An area near Lake Maracaibo, Venezuela gets more lightning strikes than any other place on the planet. The ‘Faro del Catatumbo’ is getting Guinness Book recognition next year. Alan Highton / Special to Miami Herald

  • An area near Lake Maracaibo, Venezuela gets more lightning strikes than any other place on the planet. The ‘Faro del Catatumbo‘ is getting Guinness Book recognition next year. Alan Highton / Special to the Miami Herald

  • An area near Lake Maracaibo, Venezuela gets more lightning strikes than any other place on the planet. The ‘Faro del Catatumbo’ is getting Guinness Book recognition next year. Alan Highton / Special to Miami Herald

  • An area near Lake Maracaibo, Venezuela gets more lightning strikes than any other place on the planet. The ‘Faro del Catatumbo‘ is getting Guinness Book recognition next year. Alan Highton / Special to Miami Herald