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Although thousands of tourists go up the Cerro El Avila every day, you may only want to reach its summit, or the coast on the ... More
Although thousands of tourists go up the Cerro El Avila every day, you may only want to reach its summit, or the coast on the other side of the mountain. In that case, Caracas has two cable car routes to offer you: Mariperez-El Avila and Mariperez-Macuto. The Mariperez-El Avila route has always been the most popular, taking you to El Avila's ice rink, the disco and the luxurious Hotel Humboldt. You'll overlook the Caracas valley on one side and the Caribbean on the other from a height of 2153 meters. The cars leave every 15 or 30 minutes, according to the number of passengers.
Weekends are packed so you might prefer going up during the week. Take a sweater for the difrent climate at over 2100 Mts! In clear days you can look over the City on one side and the Ocean on the other; if not you can experience being on an Island over the clowds!!! Restaurants, Ice Skating Ring and Souveniers...
The Avila mountain is amazing, and so its view of Caracas. The restaurants is something you should not skip while visiting. The history of the Humboldt Hotel is fenomenal. If have the time, and interest, you could climb it (the mountain) up to "Pico Naiguata," which is the highest mountain in El Avila, and camp there or go back the same day... could be 5 - 6 hrs climbing! A blast!
As a little girl growing up in venezuela i would always go to el avila on the weekend to my mother.We would start at the bottom and walk our way as far up as we could.It was quite amazing. I never got the oportunity to see the peak of el avila the 11 years i lived there.Last year for x-mas i got the oportunity to go home and visit i still was not aware of this feature. I always heard about the hotel at the top of the mountain that was amazing. For the first time last year i got to see it. The way up was beautiful i couldent stop smiling and gasping. I went camera happy and took pictures of every second i was on there. As you get farther up the fog ancentuates the atmosphere and gives it a different feel. A beautiful painting. But it does not stop there once you get to the top u cant help but notice the beauty of caracas no matter at what angle you stand. I headed to the top in the afternoon so i got to see everything in the daylight. As well as the sunset from the peak. I got a whole nother feel for it on the way down as caracas became iluminated by its night lights.
The ride is worth every second.Once you are on the mountain you can enjoy a wonderful hot chocolat and dessert, listen to music or live concerts. Or enjoy a ice skating session while getting drifted away by the scenery.
Excellent cable cars take you on a beautiful ride up to the top. The views are spectacular, the temperatures range from cool to chilly! At the top, hire a jeep(inexpensive) to take you to the village of Gallipan. There you will find a great little restaurant serving delicious food (Fondues, Steaks). The view from the restaurant is beyond words!
I am venezuelan, but I dont live there. I had many years without visiting. When I went to visit my family took me there. It was wonderful! The view was impressing and beautiful. The ride was amazing, you could see the lights of the city if it was night and if it was daylight you could see the city and its arquitecture. While going up you could hear the animals and smell nature. It was a great visit! One of the most wonderful things I've seen in my life
I have no problems at all saying the the avila mountain is one of the greatest places on earth... Let my tell you which is the best way to enjoy it: Get to the "Avila Magica Park" walking (it takes about 7 hours) and you will enjoy the best views in the workd. Then (to protect your knees!) take the teleferico, by far one of the best in the world... You even might get scared in your way down, since the "car" is almost transparent.
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