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Via Choroni

Via Choroni is a narrow windy dirt road with a length of 50 kilometres (32 miles) located in north-central Venezuela, near the Caribbean coast, in the state of Aragua.

The road starts in Maracay the capital and most important city of the state of Aragua, at an elevation of 436m (1,430ft) above the sea level, and the drive takes about two hours, on a road built by the Venezuelan dictator Juan Vicente Gómez in 1920. It finishes in Choroni, a popular beach located in Aragua and one of Venezuela's best Caribbean beaches.¡
This narrow windy dirt road goes over the cloud forest mountains of the Henri Pittier National Park, the oldest national park in Venezuela, before descending to the sea. The road is very narrow and full of hairpin bends - at some points the bus has to stop and reverse a few yards in order to negotiate the bend in two manouvers. The alternative - taxis - is little better as drivers race into blind bends with little concern for oncoming traffic.
The drive is definitely worth it. Don’t forget your camera! Driving your own vehicle may be preferred but extreme caution is needed on the roads. The journey is about 2 hours by bus from Maracay or 1.5 hours by car. 
The road is certainly breathtaking and it has a fearsome reputation. In 1970 started the work to pave the road, and it finished 20 years later, being completed by 1990. This road is very exciting and sometimes very exposed and unsecured driveway in innumerable twists and turns.
Pic: http://minci.gob.ve/2016/05/inician-este-miercoles-rehabilitacion-integral-de-carretera-de-choroni/

 

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