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Mucoposada El Trigal

During my new years holidays, we went to a 5 days cross-Andean walking route, (that is South Americas first outside of Patagonia), that was opened in western Venezuela, Estado Mrida, in an excursion arranged by the program Andes Tropicales.

Andes Tropicales has the support of the European Union to promote the development of the community-based tourism, that is a new and sound alternative for the families living in these regions.
Upon gaining appreciation of the protected areas and natural spaces in a sustained manner through an income-producing economic activity, the local inhabitants strengthen their economic relationship with their surroundings and cooperate in their care an un keep.

In the picture you can see the Mucoposada El Trigal, the first stop on the route, located at 3.400 meters over sea level, that is a typical house of the high mountains, better known as el paramo. This houses have an inner open space, as you can see here, so its plenty of light, and cold!
My room was just behind the yellow wall with stones.

Picture taken with image stabilizer (IS), handheld, crop, curves, sharpen and resized.

Located in western Venezuela, one of the countries with the greatest biodiversity in the world, the Mrida Coordillera is part of the Cordillera de los Andes, extends from the Colombian border in Tchira State to the Lara Depression and has an area of 11,866 miles2. High plains, valleys, pramos (high, bare and cold regions) and mountains predominate in its geography. This complex topography, with interweaves different ecosystems, makes it one of the most valuable reservoirs of biodiversity in Venezuela and in the world. In this particular tropical zone, there is a wide variety of natural ecosystems modified by man.

Source:
www.andestropicales.org

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