- ANTONIO CASTILLO
10 de junio de 2016 11:31 AM
Actualizado el 13 de junio de 2016 10:41 AM
The town of Chuao persists almost immutable as centuries pass by. Since 1591, when La Hacienda was founded, it seems that time hanged up on this site of Aragua state, always around cacao and the pristine Caribbean Sea. Its people keep their traditions alive in this Garden of Eden accessed only through determined vessels.
Nowadays, Chuao, a parish of Mariño municipality, has 11 villages; a wide majority of its approximately 5,000 inhabitants engages in fishery, tourism or cacao growing and harvest.
You get there only by seaway. Vessels take 20 minutes from Choroní to Chuao bay. From there, you must walk five kilometers to downtown through vibrant cacao plantations, the vital cell around which everything moves.