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My amazing walk in Gustav Knoop Park

My amazing walk in Gustav Knoop Park

January 2020 · 5 min read · Parroquia Los Teques

Hello travelers,

Wow, how fast time goes by. Two weeks ago, I haven't published anything for travelers. So with this post I will resume the pleasant routine of sharing with you my experiences in this particular.

This time I will continue with endogenous tourism to show you the interesting sites near my home. The reasons are more than obvious, in a country where you are practically gifted with gasoline, sooner or later, it ends in shortages. So road trips become dangerous, since you could be stranded along the road. I really enjoy driving great distances, but right now, I prefer to be cautious and start my reports on interesting sites sniffing around my home.

I confess, that the report of the place that I bring today, surprised me greatly. My wife, children and I have lived in the high Miranda for over twenty-five years, and I think that at that time we spent hundreds of times in front of the Los Coquitos park and never stopped to meet him. The very simple reason, a misjudgment by appearance. In the city of Los Teques, a modest entrance to a small square, seemed to indicate a small place where children jumped around under the observance of their parents and that you could walk with the naked eye. In this case, the appearance is deceiving.

Yesterday to make some time, I entered the park and I was greeted by forest guards who recorded my data welcoming me. I was very surprised, I thought there is a lot of security just to sit in that small square in honor of a character with a German or Swiss surname.

I have adopted the healthy mania of taking my compact Canon camera to the belt, so with this in hand, I set out to walk through the park and take the photographs that I bring you today.

Descending down a concrete corridor I reached an area where there were plastic structures for children to play, as well as a large court of Creole balls.

I saw a strange metal structure whose approximate height was 20 to 30 meters.

I wondered, what were they used in these steel structures for? And why do they still keep them?

I kept walking through a somewhat wider concrete pathway that reached a halfway wall adorned with images of children.

It was evident, by the amount of churuatas arranged that was in the main recreation area

One of the gardeners approached me to talk pleasantly about the park. During most of the morning, a light drizzle fell intermittently, so the park was almost without visitors, in this sense, this facilitated the gardener to serve as an occasional guide.

I asked about the metal structures. He politely replied that it was part of the railroad tracks of the Encanto train that once crossed the park and interconnected the city of Los Teques with Caracas.

He also told me that the main concrete road was actually the packing of the Camatagua creek that crossed the area. The park was named in honor of the German engineer Gustavo Knoop, who was hired by the Great Railway company of Venezuela to build the section between Caracas and Valencia. He developed a hard work of reforestation of the areas affected by the construction of the railway.

We walked together and he took me along the dirt trails to show me how wide the place is. By the way, the gardener, a native of the place and a fervent conservationist, told me that this place was the first botanical garden in Venezuela. In its best times it had an area of ​​10 hectares with a wide variety of plant species brought from several continents.

The gentle gardener while showing me the way, also explained to me that he initially volunteered in the maintenance of the park, but that he had now been hired by the mayor of Los Teques, which is slowly recovering the facilities.

He pointed to several large trees on peak, which his family planted in the 1990s on the eve of the comet that collided with the planet Jupiter. He smiled telling me, at that time, we were told that the comet would collide with the earth and the world would end. Here we continue.

Metal structures were making a fence to one of the concrete paths. In these the year 1889 and the word UNION were read. They were evidently part of the railroad track rails.

We follow the path and begin to descend to the area of ​​Camatagua Creek, commenting on some botanical species. He emphasized the beauty of yellow bamboo. Some stray dogs had their lair around them.

The history and an exhilarating vegetation make this place very attractive for recreation in the city of Los Teques.

To finish this report, I think it is a beautiful place to visit, although it still requires a lot of restoration and management work. I think it's worth knowing. In the review of the site on some local websites that I made after my visit, I could read complaints about insecurity, but on my recent visit, I have to note that I observed a lot of security presence inside the park and in the surrounding area.

I hope this report was to your liking and that you enjoyed it, as much as I did.

See you soon.

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Camera / Smartphone: Canon PowerShot A590 IS / Samsung Galaxy Grand Neo Plus Duos GT-I9060C

Category: Landspace

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Location / Date: Los Teques - Venezuela / Jun , 15, 2020

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Photographer: @janaveda

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