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I'am starting a Venezuela-Brasil-trip in Caracas on July 2, also going to Brazil via Angel Falls. I might wanna hit the Carribibean Coast first for a couple of days somewhere East of Caracas, and then traveling on to Ciudad Bolivar/Angel Falls/Boa Vista. Overall days intended to spent in Venezuela are 7-12...
I traveled Brazil a lot but Venezuela is all terra incognita to me... how about meeting in Caracas to tailor a trip?
Hi - I'm female, 34 and will be travelling alone. Does anyone have an opinion on whether I should pick Providencia (Colombia) or Los Roques? I would like to do some diving and relaxing, ideally somewhere not overly touristy with basic, good, local accommodation/food/drink etc.
Your thoughts are much appreciated!
what is good budget for backpacking nothing fancy
Just wondering if any of the foreign exchange booths in the Miami airport will deal with bolivares and if anybody has any notion of the current rate. I saw somewhere online that somebody changed their extra bolivares there at the - then - horrible rate of 15 :)
I would really appreciate some assistance planning an itinerary from Manaus (Brazil) to Santa Marta (Colombia) via venezuala.
I have five weeks and my plan is:
Arrive in Manaus and depart the next day for a 3 or 4 day jungle tour.
Depart Manaus as soon as possible following completion of the tour to take a bus to Santa Elena in Venezuala.
Do a tour of approximately 4 to 5 days of angel falls and surrounds.
Spend a few days on the beaches near caracas or possibly margaritaa island
Possible spend some time in the jungle in northwest Venezuala before crossing the border into colombia where I want to focus on doing a trek to ciudad perida and just relaxing on the nearby beaches.
My main questions are
Is it possible to get on a jungle tour in manaus with a respected company for my second day in manaus?
Is there a daily bus service from Manaus to Santa Elena?
Are there relia... more »
I crossed the border from Colombia to Venezuela at Paraguachon (the crossing between Cartagena/Santa Marta, and Maracaibo) on June 1st. The Colombian passport control officer informed me that for the past 40 days or so the authorities on the Venezuelan side have been demanding 'cartas de invitacion' (invitation letters) from citizens of certain countries, including the US (particularly relevant at that moment since I am a US citizen). He didn't mention which other countries have been receiving this special treatment, but he told me to go over to the Venezuelan side to see if they'd let me in before he would give me the Colombian exit stamp (I'm essentially certain he was trying to be helpful with this, although it was clearly more of an inconvenience than anything, unless for some reason there would have been a restriction against just stamping me back into Colombia if Venezuela had... more »
My friend and I are looking at crossing into Venezuela from the Santa Marta region in Columbia next week. We have been looking but are struggling greatly to find information on the region in general.
Can anybody tell us the easiest & most economical way to get to Angel Falls from the Columbia area?
Also, any general advice or must see places is much appreciated.
As I said, I would not usually post such a vague message but we are struggling to find info.
Thanks in advance!
Can someone please outline the options (and their risks) for exchanging foreign currency for bolivares in Venezuela? Our credit and debit cards are USA, but we will be arriving in Venezuela from Chile and had not planned on carrying any major amount of dollars with us as we moved about South America.
Hi: Does any one have any information about this area ; Avenida Santa Lucia, Caracas, Venezuela . I am considering doing some classes at the British Council school . This is the address given , so I am trying to find out the exact location of this place , the district , is it in central Caracas etc . Is safe and does it have conveniences like supermarket hospital etc close by . also if any one knows of any clean safe accommodation please let me know . Thanks very much.
There is a severe toilet paper shortage in Venezuela. This sounds like a solidarity with Cuba policy.
I just booked my flight to Caracas for June 29th 2013. But, I am still very nervous about the travel as I am traveling alone and my Spanish is poor.
I want to go to Ciudad Bolivar for Angle Falls and then to Santa Elena and then cross border to Brazil. I am planning a total of one-week in Venezuela.
Anyone out there thinks it is not safe because I am going alone?
And anyone out there interested in joining me ?
Could anybody give me some advice about going to the Angel Falls from Caracas?
I would like to go there end of may and I wonder if I could do it alone by taking a nightbus to Ciudad Bolivar or if it's better to book a little tour from Caracas.
Actually, if anybody's here who also want's to go around end of may. Maybe we can meet up and go with a little group of people?
We just completed the border crossing from Cúcuta to San Antonio yesterday without any problems or need for visas. We are traveling as one American and one Brit and neither of us had any problems with visas, hassles, etc.
We spent a night in Pamplona in order to get an early start to the day as our goal was to get to Mérida that day. Unfortunately the bus terminal was on strike but we still caught a coletivo (shared van) from the street. Ride cost 12,000 COP and took 1.5 hours.
When we got to Cúcuta, we asked the coletivo driver to drop us off at Ventura Plaza Centro Commercial. It looks like a western mall with a Carrefour on the first floor. It should not be out of his way to do this at all as this is on the way to the bus terminal. Here you will get the best rates to exchange your COP to BsF. Just go to the cambio on the ... more »
A week or two ago we did a 4 day tour to Los Llanos from Merida.
We saw a 6 metre anaconda, loads of capybaras, caiman and too many different birds to count!
We really loved our tour, but the guide was a bit too much. Drunk half the time, a bit too much of a show-off and changing his plans a lot.
To read our full report, go to:
Thanks, and feel free to ask any questions!
Wout and Lucy
Hi, We are a middle aged couple arriving in Caracas on May 25 and then
going to Isla Margarita for a week . then to Colombia for 3 weeks
Would appreciate advice re changing US Dollars and also ease and availability
of flying to Margarita.
Due to check into our resort on May 26 but have not booked internal flight.
Any information greatly appreciated.
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