Crossing into Venezuela at Cucuta
Replies: 2 - Last Post: Dec 11, 2012 3:52 AM Last Post By: twjthornton
Dec 9, 2012 7:45 AM
Dec 9, 2012 9:58 PM
1I did it last year in Feb, but not from Bogota, I came South from Santa Marta..
I caught a bus from Bucaramanga to Cucuta. From the bus station in Cucuta I caught a taxi to the border. I crossed on foot. Once I crossed the border it took me 10 minutes to find the window to show my passport, it took another 2 minutes to get the Venezuelan immigration officer to take his eyes off the football on the TV to stamp my passport.
I then walked about 600 metre to the main road towards San Cristobal. I flagged down a share taxi to San Cristobal. There are 4 Police and Military checkpoints on the way to San Cristobal. Being a gringo in a car full of Venezualans meant I was a red flag to talk to. I was questioned at 3 of the 4 checkpoints, all were polite and passive and if anything interested in my travels, but I was stripped searched at the 1st checkpoint. From San Cristobal I caught a bus from the bus station (very cheap) to Merida.
When I was in Merida the worlds highest cable car was not operational, but may be now. The reason I went Merida was to get to the Los Llanos for wildlife watching which I would recommend.
Dec 11, 2012 3:52 AM
2Thanks for that. How long from Bucaramanga to border and border to Merida?
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