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Parque Nacional El Avila and The Village Of Galipan

For a quick escape to nature from the intensity of Caracas, one can ride the cable car that ascends from the streets of Caracas (at the intersection of Avenida Principal de Mariperez and Avenida Boyaca) to the top of Parque Nacional El Avila.

Separating Caracas from the coast, the park is based around a mountain whose highest point is 2,765 meters. From here, a trail leads down to the small village of Galipan, perched on the mountain slopes. Roadside stands in the area specialize in strawberries and cream.

Ascending the mountain on the teleferico:

Parque Nacional El Avila, Venezuela

It’s a bit of an adjustment to go from the noisy and chaotic streets of Caracas to this:

Parque Nacional El Avila, Venezuela

And, obviously, the views up top are spectacular…

This is the view toward the coast:

Parque Nacional El Avila, Venezuela

And this is the view of Caracas:

Parque Nacional El Avila, Venezuela

Parque Nacional El Avila, Venezuela

There is also a military zone on top of the mountain which I appreciated:

Parque Nacional El Avila, Venezuela

Parque Nacional El Avila, Venezuela

Parque Nacional El Avila, Venezuela

Here is a view of the village of Galipan that we hiked down to:

Galipan, Venezuela

Galipan, Venezuela

Despite its proximity to Caracas, it feels a world away:

Galipan, Venezuela

Galipan, Venezuela

And, as with everywhere else we went, the people were friendly:

Galipan, Venezuela

Galipan, Venezuela

Galipan, Venezuela

It’s a solid day trip that should not be missed if you ever find yourself in the Caracas area.

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