Colonia Tovar

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Colonia Tovar hotel

So after another great funny busride we reached Colonia Tovar, which is an old German settlement from 1843. It is located about 60 km from Caracas and a popular place for weekend stays for Caraqueños. The city is at about 2000 m above sea level beautifully surrounded by mountains. We liked it very much – it is calm but not boring, refreshing but not cold, nice lodgings but not too expensive. We actually decided to stay one more day than planned. We were supposed to go on by bus the next morning already to reach Puerto La Cruz (from there we wanted to take the ferry to Margarita Island), but we decided not to stress ourselves.

 

When we arrived in town with the bus, everyone suddenly hopped off, so we decided to do the same.

Main Stret
We found out later, that if you plan on a posada near the church, you should definitely stay in the bus and ask the driver to take you to the end. It did not matter though, a little further down the street we found the Cabañas Rancho Alpino, a nice posada for about 280 BFs. Our room had TV, minibar, balcony, breakfast and a good location – right next to the “centre” of Colonia Tovar. The main street in this area gives you plenty of shopping options, banks, Internet, souvenirs, restaurants, supermarket and so on. Actually much better than staying near the church, which means climbing up the mountain when you need something! 

Two strange things about that city: 1. – Baaaaaaad air. There’s loads of cars and somehow the gasoline smell (maybe because of the altitude) stays in the air and made me feel sick sometimes. 2. They go to bed early in Colonia Tovar. Don’t plan on having dinner after 8.30, you might not find a place. There is one discotheque and that’s the only evening entertainment available, unless you want to hang in one of the two boring local bar/coffe-shop things.

Mountains

Good things: The landscape, it’s really great when the clouds roll over the mountains in the afternoon. The atmosphere, relaxed and yet busy. The market along the roads. The vegetables and fruits growing there – tons of fresh tasty cheap huge vegetables! The German food options – Schwarzwälder Kirsch Torte, Strudel, Schnitzel and other nice things. The waitresses in their traditional German clothes. The cute buildings in old German style.

 

We had one exceptional good food experience at Hotel Selva Negra near the church, it’s the oldest hotel / restaurant in town, a really historic fantastic building. The food there was really fine, European good restaurant standard, international menu. I think we had 2 main courses, wine and desert for like 300 BFs which is nothing to complain about, and it was really great!!

 

Our Posada also had a restaurant as well as a Pizzeria, good food too, Pizzeria is open until 9 pm, wouw…

 

So we spent 2 nights in Colonia Tovar.

House
For the 3rd day, we had organised a taxi to take us to Maiquetía airport (Caracas). Some place on the main street there is a small parking place with a sign “Taxi to airport”, there’s usually waiting some guys there offering their taxi services. The guy we had asked to drive us picked us up right on time that Monday morning. On the ride, we had the chance to take pictures of the beautiful mountains, our driver stopped whenever we wanted. It took almost precisely 2 hours to go to the Airport and we had to pay 140 BFs.

 

In the airport we had no trouble at all booking a flight to Isla Margarita later that day – Playa El Agua, here we come!!!
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Colonia Tovar hotel
Colonia Tovar hotel
Main Stret
Main Stret
Mountains
Mountains
House
House
Street with vendors
Street with vendors
Near the church
Near the church
Colonia Tovar
photo by: hauteboy