Caribbean Beat Magazine

High rise over Caracas

Riding high over Caracas

  • Caracas Aerial Tramway. Photograph by Jose Carlos Gonzales

Nearly nine thousand feet high, Cerro El Ávila soars above Caracas and separates the Venezuelan capital from the Caribbean Sea. It’s a steep hike to the summit, but there’s an easier way to get there. The Teleférico de Caracas — or Caracas Aerial Tramway — first opened in 1956, closed in the late 1970s, then restarted in 2000 with new cables and cabins. It’s a dramatic fifteen-minute ride from Caracas’s bustling sprawl, over El Ávila’s forested slopes to the amazing views on top.