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La Colonia Tovar

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La Colonia Tovar

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La Colonia Tovar is a small town in Venezuela's Aragua state. It is unique for its remarkable German heritage and beautiful mountainside setting.

La Colonia Tovar

Get in[edit]

By Bus[edit]

A bus from Caracas to El Junquito takes about two hours or more depending on traffic, winding along a congested road that passes through some of Caracas' less pleasant suburbs. On weekends, congestion will be heavy. In El Junquito you will have to change buses to go to La Colonia Tovar, which takes about another hour passing through generally remarkable countryside, winding curves, sweeping hillsides and precipices.

If coming from Valencia, take a bus to Victoria, then change at the terminal to Colonia Tovar. The views on the way are impressive.

By Car[edit]

You can follow the above route to El Junquito and then on to La Colonia; those living in Caracas do so in order to visit the El Junquito town although a much more attractive (albeit less direct) route is to go via the town of La Victoria, which itself is about an hour from Caracas along the main highway. This narrow, windy road up to La Colonia passes through majestic hills with picturesque views of Aragua's valleys. It takes over an hour up. Many use this route to return to Caracas.

Get around[edit]

Most of La Colonia Tovar is reachable on foot. Parking is limited, so it's advisable to park on arrival and then wander the streets freely. Some restaurants and hotels, however, are on the edge of the town and you may prefer to drive to these, especially in the cold of evening.

See[edit][add listing]

The Museum, The Catholic Church, The Beer Factory (4 hour detour), The rolling hillsides, the cultivations, the arts and craft.

Do[edit][add listing]

Overnight. Enjoy the restaurants and bars. Meet the folk or do quiet meditation. During the day, study the German architecture; listen to the folklore songs and the history of the village. For the more athletic, you can go walking, treking or paragliding (the latter is kilometers away).

Buy[edit][add listing]

Variety of Venezuelan handicraft, pottery, etc. Also German style skirts and shawls, shoes, belts, leather articles. In the food line, there is a variety of natural handmade jellies and jams, sweets, trifles as well as fresh vegetables, fruits, beverages. To add, flowers, religious articles, new age music.

  • Paragliding Colonia Tovar (Parapente Colonia Tovar), Colonia Tovar via La Victoria, 04167600374, [1]. 10 am to 6 pm. Paragliding Tandem Flights with Experienced Pilots $60,00.  edit

Eat[edit][add listing]

  • Apple strudel
  • German sausages - A cheap and delicious place to try 4 types of sausages cooked on a skewer is at Embutidos Gunter (1030, Vía Sector Matapalo, Col. Tovar 103- a 20 minutes walk uphill from the center). Opens only on Saturdays and Sundays.
  • Fresh strawberries
  • Plenty of other fresh fruits, berries and vegetables. All substantially cheaper and fresher than what you get in the cities.

-Good german salads -Chicken and meat dishes of local and international cuisine. -You can get vegetarian meals as well.

Drink[edit][add listing]

  • Locally brewed beer

Good Brandy, Wine and Whisky. Hot chocolate. Strawberry and other fruit juices.

Sleep[edit][add listing]

  • Posada Don Elicio. Tel: 0244 355-1254, in La Ballesta sector. One of the best posadas in La Colonia, offering individual chalets or suites each with their own outdoor terrace. Only by reservation. Rooms Bs.210,000 per night for a single, Bs.280,000 for double.
  • Hotel Selva Negra, Tel: 0244 355-1415, [email protected] At the bottom of the town. One of the oldest hotels in La Colonia, and built in true Alpine style. Very good rooms, including some chalets, and an excellent restaurant.
  • Hotel Bergland, Sector El Calvario, vía La Victoria, La Colonia Tovar, 0244 355 1994 (, fax: 0244 355 1229). 15 rooms and 4 private cabins that sleep up to 4 people.  edit
  • Cabanas Endingen, Calle Codazzi, opposite the only Banco Mercantil in town and just next to the archway gate to the city, 0416-8391019. One of the very few budget options in Colonia Tovar. A private cabin with a good view of the city, and well located in a quiet corner of the town. A private cabin for 2 in Oct 2015 cost $4.  edit

Get out[edit]

The approach to La Colonia Tovar from La Victoria is much more scenic than the road from Caracas and El Junquito. Paragliding is practised on the hills in this area.

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