We left by road from Caracas in the direction of Barquisimeto. Since we were not familiar with the Trujillo mountainous area we decided to stay in the Estado Lara’s capital city overnight and drive to our destination the next day.
We had plenty of time to enjoy a delicious lunch at the Rodizio-style meal at Parrilla del Este which turned out to be very good, and with the friendly service of the local (guaros) waiters. This place is right at the entrance to the Divina Pastora monument.
Later we took a walk through the colonial area and from there on to our hotel Biotel Suites. A scary arrival because it looked like a huge white hospital but...surprise! inside it’s cozy and beautiful and impeccable place. Rooms nicely decorated in light green, big bathroom area. In the morning we were greeted by a succulent criollo breakfast.
We traveled almost 5 hours on a paved road and then started to climb the Trujillo mountains to finally arrive at the picturesque Boconó, where Gabriela Coronil, the owner of the Entre Montañas Lodge, was waiting for us. She guided us on the steep ascent by a humid and slippery road. She drove like a real local "baqueana" (a person that really knows her way around), which gave us a relative sense of safety.
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When we arrived at the lodge, we were surprised by the beauty of the place. Literally located among the mountains as the name of the place means in Spanish.
The main house has a typical Andean colonial look and is full of vintage details.
The other three smaller houses are for the guests and can accommodate between 4 and 6 people in each.
Rooms are decorated to detail, and are very clean. They have their own bathroom and hot water.
The cellular signal is almost non-existent for good or for bad. Only Movistar reaches the area but with very poor quality.
In the lodge there were three giant German shepherds, I loved having them around me but they could surely scare others.
Once you are settled in, you don’t want to leave again because besides Gabriela, there are other relatives and staff who are all friendly and willing to please your tastes and cravings.
The plan that we chose was all-inclusive so I can say that I enjoyed typical Venezuelan food made with fresh ingredients from their own garden and from the rest of Boconó from dawn until right before going to bed at night.
After dinner Gabriela’s partner told us legends about the Momoy people, some kind of elves that live in the Andean region and in which they believe almost fervently.
What to do around Boconó
During the day, they offer various tours that have an additional cost depending on what you want. We went to visit the town of Boconó, to the Estancia Museo El Trapiche de los Clavos, and also to the Laguna de los Cedros in the Guaramacal National Park, where Gabriela had a delicious picnic waiting for us.
We truly enjoyed our weekend. A change of climate. A breathe of fresh air. A necessary change. A walk out of our confort zone… Recommended!!