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Timotes, Venezuela - Picturesque Valley In The Mountains Near Merida

Venezuela travel blog by Mark Berman - August 2014   » View Photoset (30 Photos)

Mark Berman, South America backpacker for 10yrs!
Timotes 116kms north of Merida is situated in a beautiful green fertile valley with the Motatan River running beside. I arrived here from the junction in
Venezuela Photo - Jesus dressed up as Superman stained glass window at St. Benedict Chapel in Timotes.
Jesus dressed up as Superman stained glass window at St. Benedict Chapel in Timotes.
Apartaderos 55kms south which took 1hr 20mins in a shared taxi. Timotes is located below the town of Chachopo which sits near the top of the valley. My photos start from Chachopo descending down the valley to Timotes at 2025 meters above sea level.

Exploring Timotes

After finding a really nice hotel near the main plaza I headed out to explore the town of Timotes. Firstly by accident I came across an importers shop so I thought I would ask if they would be interested in buying some of my $USD. We agreed on a price (black market rates of course) and did the deal. Then I went straight back to my hotel with my huge wad of cash and stashed it in my room. OK, now I was ready to have a look around Timotes. Plaza Bolivar and the church Basilica of St. Lucia (1911) are the towns center and both are very attractive. Around the plaza are shops and an upstairs restaurant, hills circle around behind. On one side of the plaza is a bronze bust of
Venezuela Photo - Child stands in the doorway of his house beside the road between Chachopo and Timotes.
Child stands in the doorway of his house beside the road between Chachopo and Timotes.
Monsenor Buenaventura Vivas. From here I headed up the road and found the cultural house 'Casa de la Cultura - Don Jesus Maria Espinoza Becerra' where on display are guitars, masks, paintings and other items. Also here is the museum 'Museo Arqueologico Timotes' with lots of archaeological pieces in glass cabinets. Up the road further I came to Plaza Miranda and St. Benedict Chapel. Inside the church are many stained glass windows and a long row of Saints.

The Countryside Around the River

I walked all the way to the top of the town, across the bridge and around and down the road on the other side of the river enjoying the beautiful
Venezuela Photo - The cobblestone courtyard at the Timotes cultural house.
The cobblestone courtyard at the Timotes cultural house.
countryside and scenery. After walking amongst a few farms and crop fields on the country road I found the steel walk bridge back across the river to town. This bridge comes out very close to Plaza Miranda in fact. The views up and down the river from the bridge are beautiful and spectacular. It really is a picturesque valley and not nearly as cold as it was up in Mucuchies and San Isidro de Apartaderos in the days before. Timotes is a very attractive commercial and agricultural center without it being city-like.

Bus and Car to Maracaibo

From Timotes by bus I headed north 1hr 10mins to Valera and continued from there in a shared taxi 2hrs 40mins at 120-140kmsph north to Maracaibo. Even at that speed crazy people were overtaking us. The drivers of these old American cars on free gasoline don't mess around, there's money to be made you know. Scary at times I must say, you could catch a bus for less money but it will take at least twice as long.

     

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Distances & times (if available) from Timotes (Venezuela) to:


Map location: Timotes, Venezuela. Timotes is 116kms north of Merida and is situated in a beautiful green fertile valley with the Motatan River running beside. It's a picturesque valley & agricultural center!
 A : San Isidro de Apartaderos - 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)
 B : Mucuchies - Venezuela 30 kms 30 kms straight distance | 1hr 53mins 1hr 53mins by car (67 kms) | 2hrs 15mins 2hrs 15mins by bus (67 kms) (67 kms)
 C : El Paramo - Venezuela 53 kms 53 kms straight distance | 2hrs 50mins 2hrs 50mins by car (102 kms) | 3hrs 24mins 3hrs 24mins by bus (102 kms) (102 kms)
 D : Barinas to Apartaderos - 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)
 E : Merida to Maracaibo - Venezuela 67 kms 67 kms straight distance | 2hrs 26mins 2hrs 26mins by car (120 kms) | 2hrs 55mins 2hrs 55mins by bus (120 kms) (120 kms)
 F : Merida - Venezuela 64 kms 64 kms straight distance | 3hrs 24mins 3hrs 24mins by car (123 kms) | 4hrs 4mins 4hrs 4mins by bus (123 kms) (123 kms)
 G : Barinas - Venezuela 66 kms 66 kms straight distance | 3hrs 39mins 3hrs 39mins by car (160 kms) | 4hrs 22mins 4hrs 22mins by bus (160 kms) (160 kms)
 H : Carora - Venezuela 150 kms 150 kms straight distance | 3hrs 22mins 3hrs 22mins by car (200 kms) | 4hrs 2mins 4hrs 2mins by bus (200 kms) (200 kms)
 I : El Tintorero & Quibor - Venezuela 173 kms 173 kms straight distance | 3hrs 48mins 3hrs 48mins by car (247 kms) | 4hrs 33mins 4hrs 33mins by bus (247 kms) (247 kms)
 J : Barquisimeto - Venezuela 190 kms 190 kms straight distance | 4hrs 9mins 4hrs 9mins by car (268 kms) | 4hrs 58mins 4hrs 58mins by bus (268 kms) (268 kms)
 K : Maracaibo - Venezuela 215 kms 215 kms straight distance | 4hrs 45mins 4hrs 45mins by car (293 kms) | 5hrs 42mins 5hrs 42mins by bus (293 kms) (293 kms)
 L : Acarigua - Venezuela 182 kms 182 kms straight distance | 5hrs 4mins 5hrs 4mins by car (309 kms) | 6hrs 4mins 6hrs 4mins by bus (309 kms) (309 kms)
 M : Maracaibo to Coro - Venezuela 231 kms 231 kms straight distance | 5hrs 25mins 5hrs 25mins by car (334 kms) | 6hrs 30mins 6hrs 30mins by bus (334 kms) (334 kms)
 N : Cucuta to Venezuela - Colombia 227 kms 227 kms straight distance | 8hrs 35mins 8hrs 35mins by car (422 kms) | 10hrs 18mins 10hrs 18mins by bus (422 kms) (422 kms)
 O : San Antonio to San Cristobal - Venezuela 214 kms 214 kms straight distance | 8hrs 8mins 8hrs 8mins by car (460 kms) | 9hrs 45mins 9hrs 45mins by bus (460 kms) (460 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 Timotes, Venezuela:

Posada Dona Emilia, Timotes, Venezuela - Large Photo
Posada Dona Emilia, Timotes, Venezuela (August 2014 - 1 night) - A great big room with a double bed plus a single bed. The ceiling was extremely high giving a great sense of space all around. Nice bathroom and a tv. The owners are very nice people and have created a beautiful garden area on the ground floor. Located right in the center of Timotes just 30 seconds walk from the main plaza. The price was fantastic and cheaper than many posadas and other hotels in Venezuela. There was no wifi but recommended all the same.

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