Not your average Venezuelan town, Colonia Tovar was founded in 1843 by German settlers and is still inhabited by their ancestors. It wasn’t until the 1940s that Spanish was introduced as the official language and the ban on marrying outside the community was lifted.
Today, this Teutonic enclave attracts Venezuelans that come for the Black Forest architecture, German cuisine, locally grown strawberries and the agreeable climate.
You can take a shared car or a bus to get here, but I’d recommend the bus. We had a fun time up in the front with the driver and his girlfriend and it’s a lot cheaper.
This is the entrance to Colonia Tovar:
Homes in the Black Forest style (I can promise you that you don’t see this style elsewhere in Venezuela):
Here is a look out over the valley Colonia Tovar rests in:
The residents may speak Spanish now, but they still look German:
Some Colonia Tovar street scenes:
The town cemetery… Although Colonia Tovar might look like the type of place that would have attracted Nazi war criminals fleeing justice in South America after World War II, to my knowledge none made it up here and, thus, none are buried in this cemetery:
A hipster from Caracas that crossed over the mountain to get a taste of Germany: