The trek to Pedro Peña's home begins in the town of Los Nevados, 2,800 meters above sea level.
Our team included guide Rene Mateus, mule driver Giovanni Sanchez and Oscar, our trusty mule.
Outside Los Nevados campesinos still plow their fields with oxen.
Homes are spread far apart from each other.
Local kids pose with one of our horses.
The area around Los Nevados produces wheat, potatoes, onions and garlic.
Oscar, the mule, and Chiquila, our horse, take a break during the trek.
Oscar huffs and puffs up the mountain pass.
At higher altitudes of 3,500 meters the mountain is packed with fluorescent plants called frailejon.
Frailejon grows a velvetly substance around its leaves to protect it from the cold.
Friailejons grow only 1 centimeter per year.
These plants are found only at high altitudes in Colombia, Venezuela and Ecuador.
The trek to Peña's home passes through mountain trails of altitudes greater than 4,000 meters.
Taking a breather.
The "La Cruz" mountain pass, 4,200 meters above sea level.
After descending from La Cruz we came upon one of Merida's cable car stations. Venezuela's tourism minister was there inspecting the site with her entourage.
I pose for a photo with Giovanni Sanchez at the La Aguada cable car station.
The cable car has been "under repair" for the past 8 years.
The tourism minister poses for a picture by state-run media. "Venceremos", we will overcome, she said as she posed near the broken cable cars.
After six hours we arrivedd at Pedro Peña's rustic home.
Venezuela's highest mountain, the 16,000 foot tall Bolivar Peak, can be viewed clearly from Peña's home.
Manuel Rueda is a correspondent for Fusion, covering Mexico and South America. He travels from donkey festivals, to salsa clubs to steamy places with cartel activity.
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