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30 Articles of the Series: Gustavo Mirabal in Venezuela

Venezuela is a country in Latin America with great potential that has seen the birth of great characters in history.

This country is the birthplace of the Liberator Simón Bolívar, an extraordinary man whose legacy is still valid today.

In addition, the wonderful landscapes that adorn this nation leave visitors speechless.

Its great diversity of ecosystems makes this country a unique place in the world.

The Series: Gustavo Mirabal in Venezuela is a true literary gem where the customs, gastronomy and experience of this man in each of these places are narrated.

The animal that has been honored in this series is the horse that undoubtedly deserves it for its great contribution in the day-to-day life of Venezuelans.

Venezuela Song, English Translation..

20 articles from The Series: Gustavo Mirabal in Venezuela

In this series we can notice the beauty of the Venezuelan lands, their customs, and their people. These are the memories that were etched in the mind and heart of Gustavo Mirabal and his family.

  1. How did all this traveling in Venezuela and keeping records begin?
  2. Carvings and wooden horses, Mario Calderón maker of dreams
  3. Little horses that gallop in the festival of San Juan
  4. Saint Lázaro of the Trujillo state in Venezuela among horses and a mysterious museum
  5. Old Horse – Venezuela
  6. Maracay a city of racetracks. – Venezuela
  7. Through those mountains of Jají with the horses, partying
  8. Saint Mateo from Aragua state: an encounter with the boy Simon, galloping through these lands
  9. A woman on horseback in the black lagoon
  10. Quirpa, a man on horseback – Venezuela
  11. Aragua is a rainbow of geography and equine fauna
  12. Little path to “Ocumare de la Costa” and the horses always there
  13. The little horse in the little by little of the Tamunangue
  14. After the mule wheel of the town of Cuyagua they saw the devil on corpus day
  15. My little horse
  16. From the mouth to Choroní by boat and then on horseback
  17. On horseback from the Tovar neighborhood to Puerto Maya
  18. The cavalry in the battle of victory
  19. Horses in Maracay, I didn’t see!
  20. Path of peace
Wooden carvings and horses. Mario Calderón, the dream-creator
Wooden carvings and horses. Mario Calderón, the dream-creator

10 more articles in the series: Gustavo Mirabal in Venezuela

This series is made up of a large number of articles alluding to Venezuela, horses and Gustavo Mirabal.

That is why we mention ten more articles that you can find on the following web pages:

https://gustavomirabalcastro.online/  and https://www.gustavomirabal.es/ .

Each one of the regions has a wealth in terms of its culture, gastronomy and landscapes, this undoubtedly makes Venezuela a singular and unique country in the world.

This is a source of pride for Gustavo Adolfo Mirabal Castro and his family.

  1. Walking through the Urdaneta municipality of the Trujillo state
  2. Mérida State between moors and colorful towns
  3. The meeting with Luz Caraballo
  4. The cultural diversity of Venezuela
  5. Mérida a mountain paradise within Venezuela
  6. From the mouth to Choroní, again!
  7. Chuao, a town with a chocolate flavor
  8. The passage of the tram through the Baralt square in Maracaibo
  9. The Sanare Cayman spokesperson for this enchanted town
  10. Limon neighborhood and Rancho Grande


Black Lagoon, Mérida Gustavo Mirabal in Venezuela
Black Lagoon, Mérida Gustavo Mirabal in Venezuela


This article recalls Gustavo’s journey with his Aunt Nairobi to Choroní. One of the anecdotes that is not recounted in the trip is the unexpected inclusion of Maria Gabriela in that trip. The Mirabals are one of many surprises.

Maria Gabriela, still too young, wished with all force to go on a trip with them but her parents had not authorized her. However, circumstances surprised everyone.

His father, Patriarch Mirabal, felt a little indisposed. We all know how noisy the boys were and because of this she decided to please Maria Gabriela to go with her brother and aunt Nairobi.

Maria Gabriela loved to sing when she was left alone. I just didn’t do very well to say…

His journey by car was very fast, all of them arriving at the port of “La Boca” very early. From there they would take a boat to Choroní to continue enjoying the beauties of aragua state.

The wind tore off Maria Gabriela and she was happy with her enred curls, laughed like possessed by a mocking spirit. The happiness of being with her brother Gustavo and aunt Nairobi Mirabal overwhelmed her.

So much so was the wind that Maria Gabriela lost her favorite hat on the return trip. But she considered it a price that was well worth paying.

The whisper of the boat’s engine with the boat’s splash bouncing off the waves was hypnotic. Within a few minutes they arrived at Choroni Beach to enjoy baths of water and sun, and from there to ride on the coasts.

A short walk through the village

After landing in “Puerto Colombia” (“Colombia Port” in english) in “Playa Grande” (Big Beach in english), the group of adventurers headed to the village for supplies.

Through their attentive and innocent gaze, Gustavo and Maria Gabriela discovered the colonial architecture of the area. The Mirabals were a very observant family.

On their journey they discovered the house where Mother Maria de San José, venezuela’s first Blessed, was born. This honor is shared with two wonderful women: Carmen Rendiles Martínez and Mother Candelaria de San José.

The real name of Mother Maria de San José was Laura Evangelista Alvarado Cardozo. She is the founder of the Agustinas Recoletas Sisters of the Heart of Jesus. with a priest and four lay women. The aim of the new congregation was to help the elderly in poverty and abandoned girls.

The uncorrupted body of Mother Mary of St. Joseph remains in a glass sarcophagus in the Sanctuary of Maracay. Previously Gustavo and Maria Gabriela had visited the sanctuary in Maracay and there they discovered the birthplace.

Without a doubt, this trip Gustavo, Maria Gabriela and Nairobi, all the Mirabal, received a “bath” of spirituality and history.

After contemplating the birthplace of Mother Mary of San José they went to the acquisition of provisions.

The respective sandwich bread next to the diablito, grated cheese, tomato sauce and mayonnaise were chosen. These were combined into delicious sandwiches that every Venezuelan has ever tasted by the beach.

They subsequently went straight to the goal of their journey. Despite the wonderful beaches of Choroní, his main plan was horseback riding to the shores of the beach. No doubt watching the waves and sand while riding is a sublime experience that we should all ever do.

Choroni Beaches
Choroni Beaches

A horseback ride for Gustavo and Maria Gabriela, the Mirabals on horseback

  • “They call him “Don Simon” but no one is sure if that’s his real name,” his Aunt Nairobi said.

And that is that as an artist, Don Simón, was already known to all of Choroní. He was not a plastic artist, nor an actor, he was a taming artist. They all knew as “Los Potros de Don Simón” and had even appeared in guides and TV shows about tourism in the region, given its fame.

At that time it had 3 beautiful horses called Blaquito, Veloz and Gurrifío. Each name had its meaning, but that’s for another time.

The so-called Potros de San Simón are among the quietest horses you can have the pleasure of riding. Thanks to the magic and taming of Don Simon, these horses can be safely mounted for any child.

This is how Gustavo, Maria Gabriela and Aunt Nairobi, the Mirabal clan strolled through the sands of Choroní. With the wind playing with their hair and sand jumping at every step they also found the sunset watching with their oranges to complete this magical journey.

Undoubtedly full of moments to remember and without a parrot upon return because the wind took him as he took his sorrows, from a single pawn

The horses in Choroní
The horses in Choroní


The horse has been a very useful animal for the human being to move from one place to another, for this reason it has been the means of transport since ancient times.

In Venezuela, since the Spanish introduced the horse, it stayed forever in these lands.

So the adventures of the Aragüeños when they went from Colonia Tovar to Puerto Maya were a privilege for them.

Colonia Tovar is a dream place that is worth visiting, there you can see a very colorful place, with beautiful flowers and gardens. In this beautiful place in the Aragua state, most of the houses look alike and where its cold climate seems eternal.

The Germans live there, so you can observe the very marked gastronomy of Germany, one of the favorites is the cold cuts, especially the German sausages.

The state of Aragua is one of those privileged places in the Venezuelan geography because it has places where the climate is pleasant cold. It also has wonderful beaches where you can enjoy the heat of the coast.

Those who like to enjoy nature can go horseback riding to a place where we will meet again with the coast of Aragua State.

Gustavo Mirabal in Venezuela loved to take these tours of the state of Aragua, because the advantage is that it is a region near the capital.

Colonia Tovar and Puerto Maya belong to the Municipality of Tovar. In this place the mountains meet the sea so you can go from a cold climate to the warmth of this unique town on the Aragüeña coast.

St. Martin of Tours Church - Colonia Tovar
St. Martin of Tours Church – Colonia Tovar

The charm of Colonia Tovar

The lands of the Aragua state seem to be full of magic and beauty,  that is why Colonia Tovar is one of the favorite destinations for city dwellers to escape and recreate.

If you go to Colonia Tovar you will be able to enjoy the cold weather, to go to this place it is recommended to take the necessary precautions and wear clothes according to the cold.

On the tour of the town there are many shops where you can buy a souvenir of the place, typical sweets, fresh vegetables grown in the area among others.

To give a taste to the palate there are a variety of places where you can eat delicious and the best thing to do is try the delicious German sausages.

Impossible to miss a couple of strawberries with cream, typical of the place, as this fruit is grown in the place. They also sell delicious local desserts from the area, such as strawberry and peach jams, among others.

If you are one of those who likes to know more about the places you visit, surely you can enjoy a walk through some interesting places.

Colonia Tovar is the capital of the Tovar municipality in Aragua state. This town is known as the most beautiful and cheerful German town in Venezuela.

The charm of the Tovar neighborhood conquered the heart of Gustavo Mirabal Castro. This man from time to time went to this place to spend a different day with his beloved wife María Carolina Chapellín de Mirabal.

On one occasion, Gustavo Mirabal and his wife traveled about half an hour on horseback trails. This is a walk that serves to breathe some fresh air and distract yourself.

The entrance to Colonia Tovar
The entrance to Colonia Tovar

A little more of Colonia Tovar – Gustavo Mirabal in Venezuela

The town is located in the Cordillera de la Costa and its houses resemble typical German houses. In this town the customs of its settlers remain intact.

Among the festivities that are celebrated is the one held in honor of San Martín de Tours.

The music and typical dances, their gastronomy, their crafts make them stand out from the rest.

There are tourist companies that offer recreation options to their visitors. Its climate is cold, and pleasant that invites you to have a hot chocolate.

Its main economic activities are agriculture, crafts and tourism. From this place, fresh vegetables and fruits are distributed to the surrounding areas, including the capital of the country.

Another source of income for this beautiful town is tourism, this place has the advantage that it is close to the great city of Caracas. In this sense, most of its visitors come from there.

There are even people taking the opportunity to buy fresh vegetables for the pantry.

Gustavo Mirabal Castro along with his children and wife were delighted with the delicacies of the Colonia Tovar gastronomy.

The Church of Colonia Tovar - A Memory of Gustavo Mirabal
The Church of Colonia Tovar – A Memory of Gustavo Mirabal

Heading to Puerto Maya

After enjoying the cold of the Tovar neighborhood, the destination is direct to Puerto Maya, to enjoy the warmth and the breeze of the Aragüeña coast.

Puerto Maya is a small town in the Tovar municipality of Aragua state, located in the north center of Venezuela. Puerto Maya is a delicious beach and cove of the Caribbean Sea.

It has a beach of the same name and with a singularity that is typical of the coasts of the Aragua state. The town of Puerto Maya was founded in the mid-19th century.

This is a place frequented by tourists since its beauty and the warmth of its inhabitants make this a very special place.

To get to Puerto Maya it is necessary to drive to Colonia Tovar, here is a mandatory stop to enjoy this site. Later you must take a rustic road with four-wheel drive cars. Another option is to take a boat from Puerto Cruz that in 20 minutes reaches the cove.

It can also be reached by the Chichirívichi de la Costa road, from the Vargas state crossing mountainous roads.

Arriving at the beautiful Puerto Maya beach gives a feeling of peace and tranquility. This is what Gustavo Mirabal loves when he visits this place because there he can connect with nature and contemplate its beauty.

Travelers have the opportunity, if they wish, to practice diving and fishing, this being a unique experience that is worth living.

Puerto Maya - A beautiful beach
Puerto Maya – A beautiful beach

Gustavo Mirabal and his infinite love for his homeland Venezuela

Gustavo Mirabal in the depths of his heart keeps an infinite love for his country Venezuela. This land is the cradle where this great man was born and developed.

Lawyer by profession, businessman, horseman and financial advisor, all these are roles that Gustavo Mirabal has played throughout his life. For this reason, he is classified as a versatile and multifaceted man who succeeds wherever he goes.

Venezuela is a country that has resplendent Venezuelans who stand out in many areas of knowledge both in Venezuela and abroad.

The sport has also had very talented people. Even after a successful career, effort, they end up betting on the formation of future generations. Gustavo Mirabal has stood out in this area, especially in the USA.

For Gustavo Mirabal and his family, the act of giving is a way of giving thanks. For life has been kind to him and his family. That is why he conducts philanthropy anonymously.

Beautiful beach of Choroní - Aragua State
Beautiful beach of Choroní – Aragua State – Gustavo Mirabal in Venezuela

Grinding Coffee: The Song

This is a Hugo Blanco song that has marked the childhood of most Venezuelans. Without a doubt, this is one of the songs that prevail in the memory and heart of its inhabitants.

English / Spanish

When the evening languishes / Cuando la tarde languidece

The shadows are reborn / Renacen las sombras

And in its stillness the coffee trees / Y en su quietud los cafetales

feel again / vuelven a sentir

That sad love song / Esa triste canción de amor

From the old grind / De la vieja molienda

That in the lethargy of the night / Que en el letargo de la noche

seems to moan / parece gemir


A pain of love, a sadness / Una pena de amor, una tristeza

Manuel carries the “sambo” in his bitterness / Lleva el sambo Manuel en su amargura

Spend the night tirelessly / Pasa incansable la noche

Grinding coffee. / Moliendo café

When the evening languishes / Cuando la tarde languidece

The shadows are reborn / Renacen las sombras

And in its stillness the coffee trees / Y en su quietud los cafetales

feel again / vuelven a sentir

That sad love song / Esa triste canción de amor

From the old grind / De la vieja molienda

That in the lethargy of the night / Que en el letargo de la noche

seems to moan / parece gemir

A pain of love, a sadness / Una pena de amor, una tristeza

Manuel carries the “sambo” in his bitterness / Lleva el sambo Manuel en su amargura

Spend the night tirelessly / Pasa incansable la noche

Grinding coffee. / Moliendo café. (Bis)

The Others moliendo cafe English

A love for horses that was born in Venezuela

Gustavo Mirabal begins to feel that deep connection with horses at 9 years of age. It was at that young age that his father Gustavo Mirabal Bustillos took him to meet Tropigold. Tropigold was the horse that struck the heart of this man.

Such was the deep bond with this horse that it is this man’s favorite equine.

From there Gustavo Mirabal would discover his first passion, horses.

This is the beginning where Gustavo Mirabal began to practice show jumping and little by little he was polishing and honing his skills in this discipline of riding.

The advantage is that his father, Gustavo Mirabal Bustillos was president of the “Instituto Nacional de Hipódromos” (Racecourses National Institute in english). He was also the owner of transcendental horses of the time.

In addition, Gustavo Mirabal has the great privilege that his wife María Carolina Chapellín de Mirabal loves horses. This was a common point that united them forever and that today they are a great family.

Gustavo Mirabal and his wife, Carolina Chapellin
Gustavo Mirabal and his wife, Carolina Chapellin

A chronicle: Gustavo Mirabal in Venezuela

Gustavo Mirabal in Venezuela is the title of a series that has more than one hundred articles. The articles pay tribute to the land that gave birth to this outstanding multifaceted man.

Without a doubt, Venezuela is a country to love. In these articles you can see the beauty of the Andean region, the center, the East and the West of the country.

To finish we leave you a video of Gustavo Adolfo Mirabal Castro




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