Trip Start Jan 01, 2001
Trip End Dec 28, 2010

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Flag of Venezuela  , Andes,
Thursday, January 29, 2009

Today we actually managed a leisurely start, setting off for the town of Mucucharies. On the way we plan to stop at the theme park of Los Aleros, this is a re-created Andean village from the period of the 1930's. Once having paid we have to get into a supposedly 1930's vehicle to be driven up the steep slope to get to the village. Here we started off by going through the bank building; this was complete with a safe and several vintage typewriters. Once through they did explain something to us in Spanish which we could not understand, it transpires that the next section was an area covering the legends of the area. Most seem to be concerned with witches and death, although we could not fully understand them. We had to do an uphill hike to do this section but the view over the village was very nice. Once back at the main level we could walk around the village pond to see the water powered flour mill, the wood carvers shop, then up the main street. This consisted of a whole mix of different buildings, a barbers, a cinema, a bakers, a post office, a grocers, school, a radio station, printing shop, a couple of real restaurants and the church. The church had a bell tower alongside which we were able to climb to get some very nice views of the town and its surroundings. In one place there was a lady spinning wool using a handheld spindle. That was most informative to see; in addition after she had spun she had a hand operated loom with which she was making one of the blanket shawls. On the outskirts of the town we saw the old petrol station, the animal pens and a sugar mill, complete with a rum distillery. Each of the buildings had various period items relating to the actual building and so it made it for a very interesting time. From there we carried on to the town of Mucuchies, an almost original 400 year old town. On the way we passed a few different places where we could see them ploughing the fields using a pair of oxen and a wooden plough, which was most unexpected. Walking round the town you can see the buildings made from adobe, with the 2 ft thick walls. As is often the case the buildings themselves have quite plain fronts, although looking very nice with different coloured pastel paintwork, but inside the few original interiors have the central courtyard with lots of rooms going off and extending backwards up to 100 ft. The town is very pretty, but spoiled once again by the large amount of rubbish strewn all over the place, as seems to be common in the country. We have been able to park for the night on the edge of a large building site, it is actually nicer than it sounds and had a security guard on all night(N8.44.49.91 W70.55.27.65)
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