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Colonia Tovar, Venezuela - A Taste Of Germany High In The Mountains

Venezuela travel blog by Mark Berman - May 2013   » View Photoset (51 Photos)

Mark Berman, South America backpacker for 10yrs!
I arrived in Colonia Tovar at night after a 2hr taxi ride from Caracas that cost a lot more than a bus would have, but it was a Sunday and too
Venezuela Photo - A taste of Germany in Venezuela in Colonia Tovar.
A taste of Germany in Venezuela in Colonia Tovar.
late in the day for buses which I believe take around 3hrs. It's quite an ascent up to Colonia Tovar, 2200 meters in fact. The road from Caracas goes through some interesting neighbourhoods and there's a lot of cool street art to see along the way. The temperature at night up here is quite cold indeed - I big change from the hot coast where I had come from.

A Special Place

Colonia Tovar really is a special place in Venezuela - a German colony in the beautiful mountains with German houses, shops and culture. It was founded in 1843 by a group of German immigrants. I managed to find a reasonably priced hotel room that had a full kitchen and all mod cons - I asked for and got a 25% discount because I would not be using anything apart from a bed and the shower and because it was late. In the morning at around 8:30am I ventured out into the street to explore and discover
Venezuela Photo - Fresh bread from Panaderia Das Brot in Colonia Tovar.
Fresh bread from Panaderia Das Brot in Colonia Tovar.
Colonia Tovar.

In the Town

The surrounding hills and pastures make this a fantastic setting and the town is full of interesting things to see. The main street is quite impressive with its dual clock towers, one side has the time in Germany (Hora Alemana) and the other is local time (Hora Venezolana). Nearby is Cafe El Vaquero Arepera, they sell German sausages (salchichas Alemanas), grilled chicken (pollo en brasas), strawberries and cream (fresas con crema) and whole or bottled peaches. One of the coolest things about Colonia Tovar are the wooden shop signs with nicely painted
Venezuela Photo - Colorful religious figures wall pictures, souvenir shop, Colonia Tovar.
Colorful religious figures wall pictures, souvenir shop, Colonia Tovar.
colors and lettering styles. Restaurants on the main street include Tasca Zoowa Kaffee and Damlau Miguel which has dishes including pork ribs with bbq sauce (costillas de cerdo), typical German foods and grilled seafood (parillas mar). Nearby is a bakery called Panaderia Das Brot and a cake shop called Cuestion de Gusto Confiteria which has delicious cakes, ice cream and strawberries with cream. I was now at the end of the main street at the bust statue of Colonel Agustin Codazzi (1793-1859) - an Italian who mapped both Venezuela and Colombia. There are quite a few arts and crafts shops in town selling all kinds of cute things for your house - wall items, hanging items, dolls, witches and cuddly toys. Other
Venezuela Photo - Venezuelan dolls and little houses, souvenir shop, Colonia Tovar.
Venezuelan dolls and little houses, souvenir shop, Colonia Tovar.
shops here include a chocolate shop, an empanada shop and Casa Kuku for woolen hats and gloves.

Plaza and Church

Off the main street and down the hill a little is the plaza and church. I walked down the road, there is a small military office with a bust of Simon Bolivar outside up on the right and on the left is the cemetery. Halfway down the hill is a lunch place called Luncheria Schmuk and a shop selling large dolls that have traditional German clothing. Across the road are hamburgers at Euro Burger. The gardens at Hotel Kaiserstuhl near the church are quite nice as are those of some of the houses around here. I stood on the balcony of Restaurant Cafe Muhstall (which by the way has local beer) and had a great view of
Venezuela Photo - Shop Comercial Casa Kuku, buy warm clothes in Colonia Tovar.
Shop Comercial Casa Kuku, buy warm clothes in Colonia Tovar.
the plaza and churches, yes there are 2 side by side! The traditional church is on the left and the new church is on the right. A gold bust of Simon Bolivar commemorates the first century since Colonia Tovars foundation. The traditional church was open, inside there are some bright colored stained glass windows of religious figures. The history of Colonia Tovar is documented in the towns museum, which I didn't see.

Bus 90mins to La Victoria

By 11:30am the rain was coming down hard and fast. The road I had walked down was literally a river. Luckily I still had the plastic pancho I had used at Angel Falls. I slid into that and walked up the hill to the main road. I couldn't resist one more empanada before I hopped on a bus heading down the
Venezuela Photo - A typical souvenir shop in Colonia Tovar, cuddly toys.
A typical souvenir shop in Colonia Tovar, cuddly toys.
mountains to La Victoria (1hr 30mins). It was a shame to get slightly cut short on my visit to Colonia Tovar but I got a pretty good feel for the place, enough to make me want to return again in the future. From La Victoria it was 30mins by bus to Maracay and 2 more hours to Moron where I crashed the night.

My Only Complaint

My only complaint is this: please make a law prohibiting motorbikes without mufflers buzzing constantly around the place, it really is quite bad. Did you know that the population of Colonia Tovar has risen from 3000 to 14000 since 2001? One local who has lived here most his life actually expressed his unhappiness about that fact to me.

     

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Distances & times (if available) from Colonia Tovar (Venezuela) to:


Map location: Colonia Tovar, Venezuela. A taste of Germany high in the mountains (2200 meters). I came here from Caracas. Colonia Tovar really is a special place in Venezuela - a German colony in the beautiful mountains with German houses, shops and culture.
 A : Puerto Colombia - Venezuela 35 kms 35 kms straight distance | 3hrs 14mins 3hrs 14mins by car (119 kms) | 3hrs 52mins 3hrs 52mins by bus (119 kms) (119 kms)
 B : Puerto Cabello - Venezuela 83 kms 83 kms straight distance | 2hrs 29mins 2hrs 29mins by car (156 kms) | 2hrs 58mins 2hrs 58mins by bus (156 kms) (156 kms)
 C : Morrocoy National Park - Venezuela 124 kms 124 kms straight distance | 3hrs 11mins 3hrs 11mins by car (212 kms) | 3hrs 49mins 3hrs 49mins by bus (212 kms) (212 kms)
 D : San Felipe - Venezuela 161 kms 161 kms straight distance | 3hrs 21mins 3hrs 21mins by car (238 kms) | 4hrs 1min 4hrs 1min by bus (238 kms) (238 kms)
 E : Coro to Puerto Cabello - Venezuela 177 kms 177 kms straight distance | 3hrs 53mins 3hrs 53mins by car (271 kms) | 4hrs 39mins 4hrs 39mins by bus (271 kms) (271 kms)
 F : Acarigua - Venezuela 231 kms 231 kms straight distance | 4hrs 28mins 4hrs 28mins by car (301 kms) | 5hrs 21mins 5hrs 21mins by bus (301 kms) (301 kms)
 G : Barquisimeto - Venezuela 236 kms 236 kms straight distance | 4hrs 14mins 4hrs 14mins by car (328 kms) | 5hrs 4mins 5hrs 4mins by bus (328 kms) (328 kms)
 H : El Tintorero & Quibor - Venezuela 252 kms 252 kms straight distance | 4hrs 31mins 4hrs 31mins by car (354 kms) | 5hrs 25mins 5hrs 25mins by bus (354 kms) (354 kms)
 I : Puerto La Cruz & Barcelona - Venezuela 283 kms 283 kms straight distance | 5hrs 34mins 5hrs 34mins by car (380 kms) | 6hrs 40mins 6hrs 40mins by bus (380 kms) (380 kms)
 J : Coro - Venezuela 285 kms 285 kms straight distance | 5hrs 32mins 5hrs 32mins by car (398 kms) | 6hrs 38mins 6hrs 38mins by bus (398 kms) (398 kms)
 K : Carora - Venezuela 308 kms 308 kms straight distance | 5hrs 15mins 5hrs 15mins by car (420 kms) | 6hrs 18mins 6hrs 18mins by bus (420 kms) (420 kms)
 L : Adicora & Punto Fijo - Venezuela 332 kms 332 kms straight distance | 6hrs 28mins 6hrs 28mins by car (475 kms) | 7hrs 45mins 7hrs 45mins by bus (475 kms) (475 kms)
 M : Isla Margarita - La Restinga - Venezuela 350 kms 350 kms straight distance | 8hrs 2mins 8hrs 2mins by car (512 kms) | 9hrs 38mins 9hrs 38mins by bus (512 kms) (512 kms)
 N : Isla Margarita - Boca de Rio - Venezuela 345 kms 345 kms straight distance | 8hrs 8mins 8hrs 8mins by car (517 kms) | 9hrs 45mins 9hrs 45mins by bus (517 kms) (517 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.


My Hostel & Hotel Reviews for Colonia Tovar, Venezuela:

Cabanas Heidelberg, Colonia Tovar, Venezuela - Large Photo
Cabanas Heidelberg, Colonia Tovar, Venezuela (May 2013 - 1 night) - Beautiful rooms with kitchens, beds and bathrooms. Reasonably priced and located in a central part of Colonia Tovar. They have wifi internet and tv also. Nice owners. Recommended.

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