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San Isidro de Apartaderos, Venezuela - The Transandina Road North Of Merida

Venezuela travel blog by Mark Berman - December 2010 August 2014   » View Photoset (45 Photos)

Mark Berman, South America backpacker for 10yrs!
San Isidro de Apartaderos is one of several small communities along the Transandina road north of Merida. These townships always have interesting and quirky
Venezuela Photo - The countryside and township of Cambote.
The countryside and township of Cambote.
things to see. I had spent the night before in Mucuchies 15-20mins south, then headed up through San Rafael and got off the bus here in San Isidro de Apartaderos to stay the night. It's about 10mins south of big sister Apartaderos.

Around Town

In the late afternoon I took some time to explore the place. The plaza and white church are located on the left side heading up the road and has a bust of Simon Bolivar. Across the road from here I found a couple of painted wooden doors with pictures on them, one a pair of cowboys, the other of a dance hall scene. Some of the shops have model human-looking figures sitting outside, kind of like La Boca does in Buenos Aires - Argentina.

The River Road

There is a river running through the town and lots of bright colored flowers everywhere - I didn't know flowers
Venezuela Photo - Huge mural of a turkey in front of a satellite in Biguznos/Pedregal.
Huge mural of a turkey in front of a satellite in Biguznos/Pedregal.
could survive at 3342 meters above sea level! I walked past what from the road looks like a castle, it's actually Hotel Parque Turistico Apartaderos and it looks pretty flash indeed. It has a small cobblestone waterfall fountain outside the front called Fuente Don Placido. 4 young local boys on horses then rode out of the place, across the road and back to their farm. I guess they had been giving rides to the visitors at the hotel. Some of the roofs and chimneys of the houses along here have little ceramic figures on them, they look like little voodoo creatures or something. The tiled roofs with the mountains in the
Venezuela Photo - The area around the river below the town of San Isidro de Apartaderos.
The area around the river below the town of San Isidro de Apartaderos.
background make a nice backdrop at the top of the town. While I walked back down to my hotel I passed the school on the left and a pizza shop on the right.

Pizza

I bought a pizza to take back, this would be dinner and breakfast, it was good too! It's cheaper to eat it there than take it back though because they charge you for the box.

Exploring the Transandina Road

After a nights rest very early the next morning I went to explore the area more. I had seen some other cool little communties on the bus journey up from San Rafael de Mucuchies the day before. I wanted to walk from my hotel all the way down for a few kms to see them and enjoy the beautiful mountainous countryside I was in along the way. From San Isidro de Apartaderos I walked down the road passing farms and farmhouses, cold rivers
Venezuela Photo - A nice little plaza with homage to Jose Claudio Perez Rivas in Biguznos/Pedregal.
A nice little plaza with homage to Jose Claudio Perez Rivas in Biguznos/Pedregal.
with bright green banks, rock gardens and rock walls and people picking crops. A stone statue of Jose Claudio Perez Rivas (1928-1999) erected by his wife, children and grandchildren stands in a little cobblestone plaza with boulders and colored flowers of pink, red, yellow and orange.

La Biguznos / Pedregal

I passed a pink restaurant and huge mural of a turkey, this is the community of La Biguznos / Pedregal. Strawberries and all kinds of bottled products are for sale on the roadside around here. The river running down beside the road makes for a very picturesque scene.

Mucuchache

I'm now in a place called La Mucuchache where on the rooftop of a posada sits a figure of a bearded man with a hat and walking cane. A pink and white church with 3 bells called San Jose de la Sierra stands on one side. La Mucuchache is
Venezuela Photo - People picking crops in the early morning around La Biguznos/Pedregal.
People picking crops in the early morning around La Biguznos/Pedregal.
the name of the indigenous people who used to live here.

Cambote

The next and last little place I came to was Cambote where I was surrounded by beautiful countryside and in the valley sits a pink farmehouse with a wooden waterwheel.

Wear Adequate Clothing

By this time I was frozen to the bone because I had inadequate clothing on to say the least. I was wearing shorts, a t-shirt and a cap because I had been up on the hot coast the week before. You need a woolen hat, jeans and a jacket, that's my advice. It was now raining and I waited for ages for a bus to come - about 40mins. None of the locals were keen to give me a ride when I stuck my thumb out a few times either. When I got back to the hotel I enjoyed the hottest of hot showers and ate my pizza.

Shared Taxi to Timotes

From San Isidro de Apartaderos I took a bus 10mins up the road to the junction at Apartaderos on the hill above the town. From here I took a shared taxi 1hr 20mins (55kms) north to Timotes for the night.

     

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Distances & times (if available) from San Isidro de Apartaderos (Venezuela) to:


Map location: San Isidro de Apartaderos, Venezuela. San Isidro de Apartaderos is one of several small communities along the Transandina road north of Merida. These townships always have interesting and quirky things to see!
 A : Mucuchies - Venezuela 8 kms 8 kms straight distance | 21mins 21mins by car (12 kms) | 25mins 25mins by bus (12 kms) (12 kms)
 B : El Paramo - Venezuela 32 kms 32 kms straight distance | 1hr 18mins 1hr 18mins by car (47 kms) | 1hr 33mins 1hr 33mins by bus (47 kms) (47 kms)
 C : Timotes - Venezuela 22 kms 22 kms straight distance | 1hr 33mins 1hr 33mins by car (55 kms) | 1hr 51mins 1hr 51mins by bus (55 kms) (55 kms)
 D : Barinas to Apartaderos - Venezuela 39 kms 39 kms straight distance | 1hr 35mins 1hr 35mins by car (68 kms) | 1hr 54mins 1hr 54mins by bus (68 kms) (68 kms)
 E : Merida - Venezuela 44 kms 44 kms straight distance | 1hr 51mins 1hr 51mins by car (68 kms) | 2hrs 13mins 2hrs 13mins by bus (68 kms) (68 kms)
 F : Barinas - Venezuela 64 kms 64 kms straight distance | 2hrs 12mins 2hrs 12mins by car (109 kms) | 2hrs 38mins 2hrs 38mins by bus (109 kms) (109 kms)
 G : Merida to Maracaibo - Venezuela 84 kms 84 kms straight distance | 2hrs 46mins 2hrs 46mins by car (140 kms) | 3hrs 19mins 3hrs 19mins by bus (140 kms) (140 kms)
 H : Acarigua - Venezuela 198 kms 198 kms straight distance | 3hrs 36mins 3hrs 36mins by car (258 kms) | 4hrs 19mins 4hrs 19mins by bus (258 kms) (258 kms)
 I : Carora - Venezuela 173 kms 173 kms straight distance | 4hrs 32mins 4hrs 32mins by car (273 kms) | 5hrs 26mins 5hrs 26mins by bus (273 kms) (273 kms)
 J : El Tintorero & Quibor - Venezuela 194 kms 194 kms straight distance | 4hrs 59mins 4hrs 59mins by car (320 kms) | 5hrs 58mins 5hrs 58mins by bus (320 kms) (320 kms)
 K : Maracaibo - Venezuela 228 kms 228 kms straight distance | 5hrs 46mins 5hrs 46mins by car (357 kms) | 6hrs 55mins 6hrs 55mins by bus (357 kms) (357 kms)
 L : Barquisimeto - Venezuela 210 kms 210 kms straight distance | 4hrs 53mins 4hrs 53mins by car (360 kms) | 5hrs 51mins 5hrs 51mins by bus (360 kms) (360 kms)
 M : Cucuta to Venezuela - Colombia 208 kms 208 kms straight distance | 7hrs 2mins 7hrs 2mins by car (367 kms) | 8hrs 26mins 8hrs 26mins by bus (367 kms) (367 kms)
 N : Maracaibo to Coro - Venezuela 252 kms 252 kms straight distance | 6hrs 26mins 6hrs 26mins by car (398 kms) | 7hrs 43mins 7hrs 43mins by bus (398 kms) (398 kms)
 O : San Antonio to San Cristobal - Venezuela 194 kms 194 kms straight distance | 6hrs 41mins 6hrs 41mins by car (409 kms) | 8hrs 1min 8hrs 1min by bus (409 kms) (409 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 San Isidro de Apartaderos, Venezuela:

Posada Indio Tinjaca, San Isidro de Apartaderos, Venezuela - Large Photo
Posada Indio Tinjaca, San Isidro de Apartaderos, Venezuela (August 2014 - 1 night) - At over 3500 meters above sea level it was freezing outside. Luckily they provide a heater for the room and have the hottest water available for showers, it was fantastic! In a beautiful setting just down the road from shops and a pizza shop. I had a tv but no wifi. The price was very reasonable at $600 Bolivares (less than $10USD on the black market). I bought a pizza up the road for dinner and heated the rest up on the heater for breakfast. Recommended.

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