Venezuela Off The Beaten Path

  • Gurí lake, upstream of the dam
    Gurí lake, upstream of the dam
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  • Embalse Gurí, dam in Caroní river
    Embalse Gurí, dam in Caroní river
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  • Helen pointing to Edelco trademark
    Helen pointing to Edelco trademark
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Venezuela Off The Beaten Path

  • La Colonia Tovar

    Caracas Off The Beaten Path

    German town up in the mountains of Venezuela. Kind of a small, quant town on the other side of a rain forest (road goes thru a small portion). If you are in the mood for schnitzel and beer-this is the place to go. Lots of bavarian type of bulidings, gardens, etc.

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  • El Hatillo

    Caracas Off The Beaten Path

    It's a small town but very cozy. There are several handicraft shops with the nicest things! The day I was there there were some performers in the Plaza Bolivar.... And seemed like a very family thing to do on Sundays, just to hang out on the square, have some coffee in the nearby cafés... Nice place.

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  • Avila National Park

    Caracas Off The Beaten Path

    Best destinations : Level of training, none: Quebrada Quintero ( take the right instead of the left when you get to the path that takes to Sabasnieves). This place is one of my favorites since there's a beautiful waterfall. Level of training, medium: Sabasnieves and Quebrada Las Adjuntas. To get to this last one walk straight ahead after you've...

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  • Residential Caracas

    Caracas Off The Beaten Path

    In Venezuela we call them "coro-coros". If you are really lucky, you will get to see a couple of them at the "Parque del Este" (park and zoo) right in the middle of the city. But to see 281437436421299353459348589 millions of them, flying at the same time, and turning the whole sky trully shocking pink, you must go to the south of the country. Is a...

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  • Morrocoy National Park

    Caracas Off The Beaten Path

    Parque Nacional MORROCOY, beautiful island beaches, 3 hours drive from Caracas to the city of Tucacas. Then you can pay for a motor boat ride to one of the islands. The most popular island is called Sombrero. You can go snorkelling here. The water is clear blue and my pictures do not do it justice.

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  • Nature Photos

    Caracas Off The Beaten Path

    El Araguaney (the Araguaney) is our national tree. You never notice it is there until this season: february-march. All the leaves fall down and the only thing that remains on the tree are very yellow bright beautiful flowers. It is a big tree and is breathtaking. Be sure to take pictures. In kindergarden we sing this song "En el patio, en el...

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  • visit in the Orinoco Delta jungle

    The Orinoco-Delta is in the jungle. I have visited there 4 times and enjoyed the trip. If that is a trip you want, I have visited this place. http://www.abujenetours.com/David

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  • The farm

    The farm i stayed on was a typical cattle ranch on the colombian border and i helped taking care of the cattle when i was there.I felt like i was part of a western movie where i was the lonesome cowboy.Well worth trying for all real men.

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  • my little house on the farm

    When i stayed on the ranch in venezuela i had my own little primitive house that i lived in with a hammock to sleep in.what more can you ask for when you don´t need luxury but just ask for adventure?

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  • Southern Venezuela.

    In southern venezuela i stayed a couple of days in a little town called Eldorado.I saw no tourists, but lot's of venezuelan guys who worked as gold diggers and lot's of prostitutes trying to get their attention and money.All in all, just like a real spaghetti western movie.

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  • Natural hot spring pool in the mountains

    My hiking guide took us up here.Its a good hike to get there, but the payoff is more than worth it. This is a hot spring bathing pool where you can actually control the temperature of the water. There are 3 small streams running down into the pool...one cool, one lukewarm, and one hot. So if you want the water to be hotter, you simply divert the...

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  • Merida - La Azulita

    La Azulita is the refuge for a lot of craftsmen from Merida, and of those who have decided to improve their health with art and silence. Craftsmen, goldsmiths, potters, and producers of jams and candies have been living since many years. It is located to 1,150 meters on the level of the sea and to 75 km of city of Merida. His name comes from the...

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  • SEE THE CITY FROM VALLE ARRIBA!!

    Well I had an espectacular view of the City of Caracas. GO to VALLE ARRIBA in the MIRADOR.. to see this. Valle Arriba is the most exclusive place of Caracas. If you go to the mirador... be warned, it will be a SNAPSHOT VIEW. Because the area is exclusive, police patrol the area.. and you may be asked to leave. Do not come to Valle arriba in...

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  • BEST CACAO - CHUAO BEACH

    CHUAO was one of the first towns founded on Venezuela in the middle of century XVI. Chuao is one of the most exciting experiences, is a mixture of beach, Forest, cacao and drum all these conforms the enchantment of a magic earth that smells of chocolate.The Cacao of Chuao has been famous from the colony, being one of the most fines of the world and...

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  • MOCHIMA - Playa Blanca

    One of popular and near beaches is WHITE BEACH (PLAYA BLANCA) and one of the prettiest, the color of the area is white what it gives his name.Here you would found all the services, awnings, restaurants, bath Una de las playas mas populares y cercanas es PLAYA BLANCA y una de las mas lindas, el color de la area es blanca lo que le da su nombreAqui...

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  • ROUTE OF THE CONQUISTADORS

    We left the flatlands of Los Llanos at the point where the Andes begins to sweep up out of the Orinoco Basin and took three days to climb from the swampy plains, through increasingly riotous vegetation, into virgin rainforest. The river that had gurgled merrily alongside the jungle trails began to tumble with increasing ferocity as we dismounted to...

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  • De Loys Ape / Venezuelan Bigfoot

    Controversial cryptozoological case that took place near the Tarra River on the border of Venezuela and Colombia in 1920.Swiss geologist Francois de Loys was this expedition's leader, hence De Loys Ape. According to his story, after an arduous journey and many casualties (several men had died), the remnants of the party set up camp near the Tarra...

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  • Anaconda Snake

    The anaconda, which is a water snake, typically grows to about 20 feet (6 meters) long, weighs several hundred pounds, and can measure more than 12 inches (30 centimeters) in diameter. The females are larger than the males.The anaconda kills with power, not poison, and capturing one requires at least two people and a lot of technique.

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  • Choroni

    Choroni is a charming colonial village on the edge of the Henri Pittier National Park. Nearby is a lovely palm fringed beach, Playa Grande. Great for birdwatchers and orchid lovers.

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  • Canaima

    Canaima includes the uplands of the Gran Sabana and the eastern table mountains (tepuis) of the Roraima Range, as well as the sandstone plateau of Chimantá and Auyán-tepui and the north-western Canaima lowlands. It comprises Precambrian rocks which have been subjected to 600 million years of erosion to form a spectacular landscape. It is composed...

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  • Angel Falls

    Serendipitous Discovery The Natives in Venezuela had known about the "Salto Angel" since the beginning of time. Then United States pilot Jimmie Angel was flying over the area in 1935 when he landed on the top of a lone mountain in search of gold. His plane got stuck in the boggy jungle on top of the mountain and he noticed a pretty impressive...

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  • Orinoco River Delta

    "Unhalted by a dam anywhere on its 1,300-mile [2,092-kilometer] course, the Orinoco [shown above at its delta] floods annually and prodigiously. When the rainy Venezuelan 'winter' arrives, lasting from May through November, the river rises more than 40 feet [12 meters], drowning grazing lands miles from its low-water line."

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  • Araya Peninsula

    Located on the northernmost tip of Venezuela, this ecoregion covers a peninsula surrounded on three sides by the Caribbean Sea. It has two arms: the arid landscapes and colorful salt lakes of Araya to the west and the mosaics of scrub and bamboo forests of Paria to the east. The ecoregion also includes Isla Margarita, Isla Cubagua, and Isla Coche,...

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  • Angel Falls and the weather

    A trip to the Angel Falls is a must. But remember it is in rain forest - that means there is often rain and low cloud. If you are there for a while you should get a good view. However. if you are just going to the falls for a quick visit (e.g. on a fly-past) you might get a restricted view.

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  • Guácharo Cave, Caripe

    The beautiful town of Caripe is the base to visit the Guácharo Cave, Venezuela's most famous and magnificent. Considered one of the most complete cave ecosystems on earth, incredible stalactites and stalagmites formations are still being sculpted by nature in a never-ending process. The cave houses an important colony of "Guácharos" or Oilbirds,...

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  • Classrooms finished

    Stucco is added inside and out. At last it is painted. There is no glass in the windows. No airconditioning. No heating system is needed either. It is ready for the students.

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  • 3rd year

    The building will soon be ready for windows and doors. The roof will be sheet tin. It is easy to use and resists the hot sun and rain.

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  • 2nd year of building

    Wood is used for concrete forms, but the building will be block and concrete. No wood because of the termites. Using buckets to pour the concrete columns is hard work.

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  • Building school classrooms

    In 2001 we started construction on Parochial school classroom building in Maturin. No wood is used in the building because of termites. It takes a lot of hard labor.

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  • CHORONI - Uricao

    VIRGIN beach ……………WOW!!!!!!!!will be only you ........the mountain ...... the sea and the cristal water, is like being in PARADISE………It is no crowed, very romantic also..........You have to take you own umbrella, cheer, food and drinks there no any kind of service, what make it so virgin..........

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  • CHORONI - Cepe Beach

    One of the most recommended beach of Choroni. Have 1 km in length of sand, crystal waters are a delight, the sand is very white and relax, in here you find restaurants and also you can rent parasols and chairs.At the end of the beach you will find that are some rocky formation on the sea.......that forms a small swimming pools were you can refresh...

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  • Stop and enjoy

    In the different highway’s, you will find small towns or just “Kiosk’s” (like small stores) where you can find the real typical Venezuelan staff........... Via Puerto la Cruz we have the street of Casabe (Typical Venezuelan food – Check my travelogue on typical food) is a street were the only that sell is it Casabe. Go spot to stop and...

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  • Puerto Colombia and Choroní

    Puerto Colombia on the coast of the beautiful Parque Nacional Henri Pittier was my first destination in Venezuela.Getting there by bus from Maracay is gorgeous and hair-raising. The narrow road goes straight through the wonderful and wild mountain scenery of the national park. It was a big surprise for me to find a real tourist resort (mostly...

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  • Gran Sabana

    Gran Sabana is, as the name implies, a large savannah in the country's south-east.Santa Elena, a small backwater near the Brazilian border, in this beautiful region is the starting point of the Roraima trek (see general tips).Apart from Roraima there are many other attractions around Santa Elena, such as Quebrada de Jaspe (see pic) and Balneario...

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  • Timotes

    Timotes is a small town in the Andes route to Merida through the National Park Sierra Nevada. After Timotes we drive to Pico El Aguila (4118 mt.)

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  • Jaji

    Situated approximately 70 Km. northwest of Merida, the curvy road to Jaji offers many wonderful panoramic vistas across creeks, lakes, and waterfalls. The most picturesque architectural aspects of Jaji can be found around the town center, where restored whitewashed buildings form a dazzling backdrop for fountains and flowers.

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  • Santa Ana

    In the Paraguana peninsula there are several towns such as Pueblo Nuevo, Moruy, Santa Ana, Buena Vista, Jadacaquiva.

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  • San Rafael de Mucuchies

    Fifty-two kilometres north-east of Merida, San Rafael de Mucuchies, the highest inhabited point in Venezuela at 3140 metres above sea level. At the northern end of town lies the chapel of stone dedicated to the Virgen de Coromoto, the work of Juan Felix Sanchez.

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  • Colonia Tovar

    La Colonia Tovar is approximately 60km from Caracas, it remained practically isolated for more than a century until a road leading to it was paved in 1963. The restricted access and rigid social mores meant that the inhabitants remained exclusively tied to their own culture (marriage, for instance, was prohibited unless to another member of the...

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  • CHORONI

    I promise this picture was not staged.... This is at Sepia Beach. There are places to buy food and drinks. Try some tostones and Dorado fish...

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  • CHORONI

    There are a selection of beaches to go. Most of them by boat or "Peneros". Here me and my friends on our way to Sepia. Don't forget to buy a couple of "Guarapita"( a local drink) bottles for the day.

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  • CHORONI

    Once you get to Choroni you can find accomodation here or in the next village which is Puerto Colombia. Both have typical colonial houses, and archiquecture. There are pleanty of "Posadas" with prices for all type of budgets.

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  • CHORONI

    One of the beauties of this trip is the journey. You have to drive trough the mountain (literally) in order to get to the coast. Scenery is fab.

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  • CHORONI

    Choroni is one of the many beaches in the west coast of Venezuela. It is located two hours drive from Caracas, or one hour from Maracay.

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  • Los Nevados

    A recommended trek from Merida is the trip to Los Nevados. It involves a trip up the teleferico to the stop just before the top and then a good walk over to the village. You can stay there in a family's house, and they will cook you dinner. The following morning you can either go back the way you came or take a 4x4 back down the side of the...

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