Hacienda Santa Teresa

View while walking up to the main building

View while walking up to the main building

Venezuela is not currently known as a touristic travel destination, but there are a few things you should do if you visit.  After you do the must sees like Angel Falls (why haven’t I written a post about this?!), Los Roques, and maybe Colonia Tovar, your search for tourist sites might become a little more challenging. One thing you can do is learn more about Venezuelan rum at Hacienda Santa Teresa!

Old timey and cute spot to hang out

Old timey and cute spot to hang out

I think I have mentioned before that Venezuela has some of the top rums in the world and Santa Teresa has my personal favorite: Santa Teresa 1796.  So if you happen to find yourself in Venezuela you should make a point of visiting the place where it all started: Hacienda Santa Teresa.

Some friends and I playing on the train like big kids

Some friends and I playing on the train like big kids

Not only is it a great spot to drink a cocktails (or sip it straight up as some people I know like to do), but it is a place for the whole family! They have soccer, horseback riding, an old fashioned train to climb on, and big fields to run around on.  I think the adults have the most fun though!

I went with about 20 people from my work so it was an interesting venue to get to know the new faces.  People let their guards down when you are learning to mix cocktails and sampling rum for four or five hours.

Cocktail mixing class is about to begin

Cocktail mixing class is about to begin

The first thing we did was take a cocktail mixing course. We learned how to make two cocktails, Angel Share (lime and orange slices, sugar, and rum), and Fresa Santa Teresa (strawberry puree, sugar, lime, and rum).

After the cocktail course we took a lunch break.  The Santa Teresa restaurant has delicious food, but horribly slow service.  I had the rum chicken and my friend had the steak medallions. Both were tasty but we waited about an hour for them. Also during that hour we could have been whiling our time away with a drink in hand, but the waiter abandoned our table of 8.  We thought of buy a bottle of rum from the gift shop but one of the local ladies informed us that they charged a bottle corkage fee that was really expensive because the Hacienda makes the most money from the cocktails it serves.

Our group on the Hacienda tour

Our group on the Hacienda tour

Next we went on a tour of the Hacienda.  Our group nearly filled the open sided tour bus, but four others joined our group.  The guys in our group were very entertained by the “coach” who was leading the tour and telling us about how there is a Santa Teresa rugby team and their history.  I really wanted to see the distillery in action, but we were only able to see the outside of the buildings, and step a couple feet inside of the rooms containing the stacked rum barrels.  The best part of the tour is that they share a tiny taste of each of the Santa Teresa rums after each stop.

Finally, our day at the Hacienda Santa Teresa ended with a stop at the souvenir shop.  You can buy a rugby shirt as long as you are a size L or smaller.  Otherwise you had better be there for the rum! It is not cheaper at this shop than it is in town, but at least you know that they wont run out of bottles (like they occasionally do in town).  I bought a bottle of the Santa Teresa 1796 of course.

Enjoying a little taste of rum (the amount seen is the full taste they give at each stop)

Enjoying a little taste of rum (the amount seen is the full taste they give at each stop)

At the time I visited I had to pay 350 Bs to enter, 1,200 Bs for the tour (includes a taste of four rums, a plastic shot glass, and a diploma), and 1,150 Bs for the cocktail class which included the two cocktails we made. I don’t exactly remember my total for lunch since we just split the unitemized bill, but I want to say that it was about 2,800 for chicken, a side of yucca, and a natural peach juice. My total for the day was 2,700 Bs (or about 5,500 Bs including lunch) or about $4/$8 USD.  It is a nice day trip from Caracas or Valencia, so if you are in the area, be sure to stop by Hacienda Santa Teresa.

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10 responses to “Hacienda Santa Teresa

  1. You listed some amazing places in Venezuela but there are so many others that also makes a tourist crazy such as: Parque Nacional Morrocoy, Parque Nacional Henry Pittier, Parque Nacional Mochima, besides Mérida and los llanos(which I wasn´t lucky enough to know.
    Good Thing for you is that you get paid in dollars, when I lived there I was paid like a local, which made impossible this kind of extravagance heheheh

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  2. Daniel, I definitely wish everyone here could be paid in dollars like they do in Ecuador and Panama, but I have no idea how countries go about making a huge change like that.

    I try to go to Parque Nacional de Morrocoy at least once a month, but the traffic from Valencia is not always that nice. I went to Mochima two years ago for a long weekend, but I liked Morrocoy better. Merida is fabulous and the two weeks I’ve spent there over the years is not enough time! I have never heard of Parque Nacional de Henry Pittier, but Los Llanos are definitely on my list of places to go.

    I really need to get some posts up about these lovely places!

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  3. Amanda, Parque Nacional Henry Pittier is the official name of the park where Choroni and Cata bay are located, sure you havent heard ot it ?? it´s pretty well known among Valencians and Maracayans…By the way have you ever been to Margarita Island ?? if not you should…I mean the place is nice with pleny of places to go out at nights, nice beaches, like 3 decent sized malls, it definitely isnt what it used to be like 10 years ago but still it is pretty fun, just try not to go during easter because the place kinda turns into the venezuelan spring break destination for most college students…that if you hate large crowds of course.

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    • Hi Edgar,

      I haven’t been to any of the places in Parque Nacional de Henri Pitteir that you mentioned until last week. I finally went to Choroni last weekend and for Thanksgiving I will go to Bahia de Cata. I hope to visit Isla Margarita for Carnival. I don’t love crowds, but I am a teacher so I can’t vacation during low season!

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