Venezuela Pt3 – The Mountain Side

Posted: June 2, 2011 in Venezuela

From Isla Margarita I decided to head back towards Colombia and explore the mountain side. I didn’t know what to expect. It took me I think 3 days till I hit the first mountains. I explored small towns and farm lands on the way. People were super nice and the towns were really safe. I ended up staying 2 nights in one town because it was raining hard and they said the rain was going to pass within 24 hours. I ended up catching the rain on the mountain side, but I guess in the mountains here it rains a lot no matter what. My first impression when I hit the mountains was WOW! Scenery like I have never seen before. Some of the nicest people as well. The paved super twisty roads going from altitudes of a few hundred meters to over 4000m are pure paradise for any motorcycle enthusiast.

Vegetation changes with altitude and within a 30 minute ride you can go from tropical forest to canadian type pine trees. You keep riding through different types of scenery all the time and rain or shine it doesn’t matter because you’re amazed every minute of the ride.

I guess I’ll just let the pictures do the talking…

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You will see hundreds of these old school toyota land cruisers in mint condition…

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Picture at 3000m altitude

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Amazingly clean and welcoming colonial towns forgotten in the middle of the mountains. So clean that you could lick the streets.

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You’ll make great friends. They will treat you to breakfast and try to pull your brains out about your travels. I tasted some of the best empanadas here.

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It gets cold so you’ll see furry mountain dogs

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Monument at 4000 some meters

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Zoom Zoom?

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Cute puppies. 3 of them were left in a rest area where hardly anyone was stopping. They had been there for a while and were really hungry.

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Smoked cheese with sweet bread. I ate some but gave over 2/3s of it to the puppies. It was all the food I had that I could feed them.

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Land slides. You’ll see hundreds of them. Sometimes only a few feet apart from each other. Main roads can also be closed down sometimes for days. Good thing that there’s a maze of smaller roads.

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View from Merida. I spent a few nights in this college city. Had a great time drinking their 40cent beer in the clubs and also tried paragliding for the first time.

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The kind of “stuff” you’ll see on the side of the road.

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Or at night…

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Slept a night in this posada at about 2400m altitude

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The owner of the posada. Made me a great dinner and breakfast. He was also a huge Apple fan and had some of the latest apple computers. Not the kinda stuff you’d expect from someone living up in the Venezuela Mountains.

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Modern church in a colonial town

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The old school cars I told you about earlier.

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More stuff on the side of the road

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A police bike just like mine. Blue KLR 650

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More land slides. A car was stuck at this one.

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A 69 mustang. Can’t immagine the owner would ask too much for it?

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More Zoom Zoom

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I could have taken pictures every minute on the way but it was just too much fun riding the maze of small mountain roads… with signs like this one….

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Missing out on the experience of the Venezuela Mountains on a trip like this would have been a HUGE shame. Every bike enthusiast that’s going through Colombia should at least go in to Venezuela through Cucuta and spend a couple of weeks riding the mountains. There are thousands of kms of pure mountain paved roads in a maze that I doubt you’ll find in any other country. Who would have thought that Venezuela would have some of the longest and best mountain roads in America? 😉

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Comments
  1. Vlad says:

    Amazing landscape! Who is the guy that looks like you, in the group photo? 🙂

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