Riding the Teleferico, the famous cable car that takes visitors to the crest of the Cerro El Avila mountain range to the Warairepano National Park, is a must do activity when you visit Venezuala. On the other side of the Cerro El Avila mountain is a scenic coastal area washed by the Caribbean Sea. You can visit both the national park and the coastal region. Mariperez-El Avila and Mariperez-Macuto are the two cables that connect to the peak of the mountain. Traveling in these cable cars is an exciting experience. Enjoy the 360-degree panoramic views of the region while sitting in the cable cars.
The Warairarepano park, offers some of the coolest recreational options such as a disco, a beautiful ice rink, and the Humboldt Hotel. A good idea is to stay at the hotel and enjoy lavish dinners alternately at the three restaurants located in the romantic setting- La Cima, Cumbe, and The Cantata. If you love skating, then this mountain has a wonderful surprise for you. Venezuela’s highest skating rink is located at an altitude of 2,100 meters above sea level on the Cerro El Avila. Even if you are a newbie, you can enjoy skating lessons here under professional supervision.
You can also take jeeps to travel to the nearby town of Galipan for a close contact with the locals. The town has some nice restaurants.
Though the ride in Teleferico is an adventure by itself, many do not trust the suspended cables, and prefer to ride to the park via land. The 4X4 SUV is a good alternative for them.
For a hassle free experience try arriving during the early hours of morning or evening.
Facts about the Telferico that would interest you:
- The Maripérez stretch – Avila was opened on September 14, 1955 for a probation period of seven months.
- In the mid of 2000, an Austrian company Doppelmayr took charge of renovating the existing cable car.
- The Teleferico received about 6,000 visitors in a day during the 2014 holidays.
- The cable car system is also known as Warairarepano Cable Car.
How to reach Teleferico
The Teleferico cableway is sited at the foot of the Avila mountain. It is located at a distance of about 27.2 km from the Simón Bolívar International Airport of Maiquetia via the Autopista Caracas – La Guaira route.
Address: Final Avenida Principal de Maripérez, Caracas, Venezuela
Best Time to Visit
The locals frequent the place during the weekends. It is better to plan your trip during the weekdays for a crowd-free experience.
While planning a joy ride on Teleferico, keep the opening hours of the ride in mind:
- On Mondays, the Teleferico is closed for maintenance.
- On Tuesdays, it operates from 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
- On Wednesdays to Fridays, the cable car operates from 10:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
- On Saturdays and Sundays, the cable car services are available from 8:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
We have made a list of the ticket prices for your convenience
The ticket prices for a round trip are:
- Adults: Bs 170.00 (Bs stands for Venezuelan Bolivar)
- Children (4 to 12 years): Bs. 60.00
- Seniors (60 and older): Bs. 60.00
- Students (with valid card): Bs. 60.00
- Foreign visitors: Bs. 180.00
It is a fifteen minute ride to the Warairarepano National Park by the cable car. Rest assured it will be an enjoyable fifteen minutes.
Having ridden the Teleferico it is time to visit some other stunning Venezualan destinations. You can visit the Caracas Cathedral, Altamira, National Pantheon of Venezuela, Parque Central Complex, Pico Naiguatá, and Palacio de Miraflores.
Image credit : José Antonio Freyre