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Barinas to Apartaderos, Venezuela - A 3hr Drive Up To 3500 Meters

Venezuela travel blog by Mark Berman - August 2014   » View Photoset (25 Photos)

Mark Berman, South America backpacker for 10yrs!
From Barinas to the east is the perfect place to ascend westward up to the mountains north of Merida. A combination of buses and shared taxis will get you
Venezuela Photo - Ascending the road between Barinitas and Santo Domingo.
Ascending the road between Barinitas and Santo Domingo.
there. It's a journey full of amazing scenery on a road that is in good condition. The ascent is a steady one but make sure you have a good meal before you travel because the road is also a winding one.

3hrs Barinas to Apartaderos

From Barinas it takes 25mins to Barinitas, then 2hrs more up to Santo Domingo, all by bus. I actually had a quick look around Santo Domingo and a bite to eat. From there in a shared taxi it takes another 30mins up to Apartaderos.

Altitude 3500 Meters

Apartaderos sits in a valley at 3500 meters above sea level and is the highest town in Venezuela. Apartaderos is at the main junction, south is Mucuchies and Merida and north is the Collado del Condor at 4000 meters and further north is Timotes. If you are heading north or south, Apartaderos is the place to get buses and shared cars from, they all pass through here.

El Paramo

I had been in this area before when I did the El Paramo tour in December 2010 from Merida, but this time I was interested in staying here and having a better look around some of the small towns and communities and exploring more on foot. It's a beautiful part of the country!

Bus to Mucuchies

From Apartaderos on one of the semi-frequent local buses I headed to Mucuchies for the night which took 30mins. The bus passes through several small towns along the way. Bring some warm cloths, it's cold up here!

     

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Distances & times (if available) from about halfway from Barinas to Apartaderos (Venezuela) to:


Map location: Barinas to Apartaderos, Venezuela. From Barinas to the east is the perfect place to ascend westward up to the mountains north of Merida. A combination of buses and shared taxis will get you there. It's a journey full of amazing scenery!
 A : Barinas - Venezuela 31 kms 31 kms straight distance | 57mins 57mins by car (51 kms) | 1hr 8mins 1hr 8mins by bus (51 kms) (51 kms)
 B : San Isidro de Apartaderos - Venezuela 39 kms 39 kms straight distance | 1hr 36mins 1hr 36mins by car (68 kms) | 1hr 55mins 1hr 55mins by bus (68 kms) (68 kms)
 C : Mucuchies - Venezuela 46 kms 46 kms straight distance | 1hr 57mins 1hr 57mins by car (80 kms) | 2hrs 20mins 2hrs 20mins by bus (80 kms) (80 kms)
 D : El Paramo - Venezuela 69 kms 69 kms straight distance | 2hrs 54mins 2hrs 54mins by car (115 kms) | 3hrs 28mins 3hrs 28mins by bus (115 kms) (115 kms)
 E : Timotes - Venezuela 35 kms 35 kms straight distance | 3hrs 2mins 3hrs 2mins by car (119 kms) | 3hrs 38mins 3hrs 38mins by bus (119 kms) (119 kms)
 F : Merida - Venezuela 81 kms 81 kms straight distance | 3hrs 27mins 3hrs 27mins by car (135 kms) | 4hrs 8mins 4hrs 8mins by bus (135 kms) (135 kms)
 G : Acarigua - Venezuela 162 kms 162 kms straight distance | 2hrs 22mins 2hrs 22mins by car (200 kms) | 2hrs 50mins 2hrs 50mins by bus (200 kms) (200 kms)
 H : Merida to Maracaibo - Venezuela 99 kms 99 kms straight distance | 4hrs 15mins 4hrs 15mins by car (204 kms) | 5hrs 6mins 5hrs 6mins by bus (204 kms) (204 kms)
 I : Barquisimeto - Venezuela 181 kms 181 kms straight distance | 3hrs 38mins 3hrs 38mins by car (303 kms) | 4hrs 21mins 4hrs 21mins by bus (303 kms) (303 kms)
 J : El Tintorero & Quibor - Venezuela 165 kms 165 kms straight distance | 3hrs 55mins 3hrs 55mins by car (328 kms) | 4hrs 42mins 4hrs 42mins by bus (328 kms) (328 kms)
 K : San Antonio to San Cristobal - Venezuela 229 kms 229 kms straight distance | 5hrs 26mins 5hrs 26mins by car (351 kms) | 6hrs 31mins 6hrs 31mins by bus (351 kms) (351 kms)
 L : Carora - Venezuela 155 kms 155 kms straight distance | 4hrs 40mins 4hrs 40mins by car (394 kms) | 5hrs 36mins 5hrs 36mins by bus (394 kms) (394 kms)
 M : Cucuta to Venezuela - Colombia 245 kms 245 kms straight distance | 6hrs 48mins 6hrs 48mins by car (398 kms) | 8hrs 9mins 8hrs 9mins by bus (398 kms) (398 kms)
 N : Maracaibo - Venezuela 247 kms 247 kms straight distance | 7hrs 16mins 7hrs 16mins by car (421 kms) | 8hrs 43mins 8hrs 43mins by bus (421 kms) (421 kms)
 O : Maracaibo to Coro - Venezuela 252 kms 252 kms straight distance | 7hrs 56mins 7hrs 56mins by car (461 kms) | 9hrs 31mins 9hrs 31mins by bus (461 kms) (461 kms)
Driving times are accurate but approximate and are listed in the order of driving distance! Drive times are always affected by weather conditions, the terrain, time of day, altitude, dinner and bathroom stops, animals on the road, protests, a fast or slow bus driver, police checkpoints, border and river crossings, dropping off and picking up passengers etc. These drive times are obtained from Google Maps and are meant as a guide. Note however, times quoted in the main text of this page are exactly as the author experienced it.


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