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"Pozo del Cura" (Oritapo) es un paraíso escondido para disfrutar en la costa central de Venezuela.
Hace unos días nos propusimos viajar a la hermosa costa venezolana, hacía mucho tiempo que no viajé por esos caminos hacia el estado Vargas, del cual tengo muchos hermosos recuerdos. Como todos los años desde que nos mudamos a Guatire, un pueblo cercano a Caracas, organizamos un viaje familiar para celebrar muchas cosas, entre ellas pasa el cumpleaños de mi cuñado Jairo y las vacaciones escolares y es una reunión familiar que nos disfruta al máximo.
Esta tradición comenzó hace 17 años cuando realizamos nuestro primer viaje de aventura al pueblo de Chuspa, para disfrutar de la playa y acampar. Desafortunadamente, el año pasado no pudimos ir debido a la situación de la pandemia, pero este año lo compensamos y lo pasamos muy bien. Esa es la idea principal de este viaje, distraernos, descansar, relajarnos y conocer lugares fascinantes que están cerca de nosotros pero que nunca tenemos la oportunidad de visitarlos.
Este año le tocó el turno a las hermosas playas de la costa de Urama, en Caruao; en este lugar logramos un verdadero paraíso tropical, es como si Dios le hubiera dado un toque especial con su gran pincel y lo adornara con magia, sabor y color.
Today I don't want to talk so much about the beach, that I will show you another time, for now I want to show you what I enjoyed the most of the trip and that was the mountain route we did to the Oritapo River, which flows into the beach of the same name.
To get to this river we made a journey of more than half an hour on a dirt road and then we went against the current to reach our destination "El pozo del cura" (the priest's well) for those who don't know what a priest is, it is a colloquial word given to priests in Venezuela.
I can only tell you that when you get to this place you find something unique, beautiful, incredible, you really do not get tired of admiring every detail, the sound of the waterfalls, the birds, the jungle. The first thing I did was to go to the river to swim and I enjoyed it very much because all my life I have liked the river more than the beach, that is to say that I like sweet things more than salty things.
The water of the river is hot and according to what we were told if we walk further up we can find thermal waters from where smoke comes out and it smells like boiled eggs.
The well of the priest not only has its charm but also its history, which I would like to tell you here. According to the stories we were given, some time ago in a nearby convent there lived a priest who used to go to the well in the company of women and who used to have many get-togethers there. On one of his visits, the priest died drowned and disappeared in the water, as his body was never found, and from that moment on it was called "Pozo del Cura". From then until now they say that the priest appears in the well asking for help.
What a scare, isn't it!
There is not only one well there, there are many more, I liked the second well a bit more because it is more private and not so many people go there. Luckily we all had our phones with us and we were able to capture some amazing pictures of the place.
Now I want to give you some recommendations before you decide to go on a trip like this.
-If you live in Caracas try to make it a two day trip so you can enjoy it without any rush.
- If you are going on an excursion, take all the necessary food and drinking water with you, as there are no bodegas or restaurants nearby.
- In the village of Oritapo you can find many inns where you can get good service at low cost.
- Here you will not only enjoy the river but also some nice beaches which I will be telling you about soon.
- If you like camping you can do it near the beach, but if you do this, try to go with a lot of people so that you can enjoy and take care of yourself much more.
- The people in town are very friendly and make your stay more pleasant and comfortable.
Venezuela tiene lugares para disfrutar, no te lo pierdas. Lo único que quiero pedirte es que cuides cada lugar, cada espacio, seas amable con la naturaleza que te da la bienvenida y no dejes tu basura.