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.