A haunted paved road to Páramo La Negra
Páramo La Negra is a high mountain paramo, at an elevation of 3.065m (10,055ft) above the sea level, located on the border of Táchira and Mérida states, in Venezuela.
Nestled in the Andes mountain range, within the Páramos Batallón and La Negra National Park, the curvy road to the summit is paved but narrow with steep parts. It’s called Trans-Andean highway (Carretera Trasandina/Troncal7/Route 7). It’s a difficult road, with uncountable turns and twists and usually covered in mist/fog. This is a remarkable road trip and an excellent tourist destination with extraordinary views. Make sure you leave enough time to make plenty of stops along the way. The road features a few viewpoints to observe the beautiful environment. The summit hosts a small coffee bar known as Cafetin el Portachuelo.
The road to the summit is 47.2 km (29.32 miles) long, running from La Grita, a town in the north west of Táchira state towards Bailadores, a town in the western part of the Mérida State, capital of the Rivas Dávila Municipality. The town of Bailadores was founded in 1578. It is a very cold place, even in full sun, where the wind blows very strong. The road is said to be haunted: residents state that at nights it’s possible to see the lights of a car descending from the Mortiño curve and suddenly it vanishes.
Road suggested by: jorge manuel gómez sánchez
Pic: Julio Mora