Colonia Tovar

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

Get in

By Bus

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 Colonia Tovar, which takes about another hour passing through generally remarkable countryside, winding curves, sweeping hillsides and precipices.

By Car

You can follow the above route to El Junquito and then on to 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 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

Most of 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

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

Do

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, trekking or paragliding (the latter is kilometers away).

Buy

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.

Eat

Drink

Sleep

Go next

The approach to 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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