Replies: 15 - Last Post: Sep 30, 2013 6:14 PM Last Post By: cheps
Sep 11, 2013 11:13 AM
angel fallshello, i was wondering if its possible to show up in Ciudad Bolivar without anything booked for angel falls and just make my booking upon arrival. or is it necessary top have this taken care of in advance. also what other things are there to do in Ciudad Bolivar that maybe i could do on my own? And/or day hikes etc etc with a group? i really love hiking and nature and would be interested to see things like that in the area. Also, i plan on busing it from caracas to ciudad bolivar. two departures per day, correct? thanks in advance for any help....:)
Sep 11, 2013 11:31 AM
1When we went to Angel Falls we just showed up and booked a trip for the following day.
CIudad Bolivar is an important historic town in Venezuela and the colonial/post-colonial centre has been restored nicely. There is an interesting museum there, and the surrounding streets are attractive.
re hiking, I suggest that you focus more on the Canaima area.
Sep 11, 2013 11:48 AM
Sep 11, 2013 12:04 PM
3To get to Angel Falls (at least to get to the bottom of Angel Falls on the "usual" tour) you go to Ciudad Bolivar, then fly to Canaima. From Canaima you take a boat upriver to a campsite and spend the night. In the morning you cross the river and walk through the forest to the base of the falls, then you return to Canaima. Around Canaima there are more falls into a lake, with walks around the lakeside.
Have a look at http://www.suramericacontraelreloj.blogspot.com/2011/04/canaima-y-su-salto-del-angel-o-mejor-el.html to see our experience - the post is in both Spanish and English in interspersed paragraphs - if you don't see the English immediately, scroll down until you find it.
Sep 11, 2013 12:15 PM
Sep 11, 2013 12:24 PM
5According to their website (http://www.rodovias.com.ve/terminales-rutas.asp?id=1&nombre=Terminal%20Privado%20de%20Caracas) Rodovias has sleeper buses leaving Caracas at 07:00 am, 09:30 am, 10:30 am, 12:30 pm, 08:00 pm, 09:00 pm, and 10:15 pm. The trip is 8-1/2 hours.
We have no personal knowledge on this - we drove.
Sep 11, 2013 1:23 PM
Sep 11, 2013 1:39 PM
7I am sure that you will find tours available at the airport - perhaps not the day you arrive but with no problems.
You could consider flying as an option. From Maiquetia airport to Caracas can be 45 minutes but could be two hours, depending on time of day. If you arrive at night then it is not recommended to go into Caracas until the following morning. Once in Caracas you need to get to the bus station etc. and you then have the 8-1/2 hour journey.
The alternative is to fly straight into Ciudad Bolivar from Maiquetia, which saves a lot of time. Look for Rutaca flight prices. Alternatively, you could fly to Puerto Ordaz and then bus to Ciudad Bolivar. The advantage is that there are more flights and competition on the route.
Sep 13, 2013 1:36 PM
8Totally in agreement with #7. You can just show at airport at Ciudad Bolivar at any time and they'll take care of you. Also, in high season you can also turn up at Puerto Ordaz and there will be flights to Canaima too. Conviasa had even direct scheduled flights from Puerto Ordaz. Visit Ciudad Bolivar as per the advice above; if visiting Puerto Ordaz don't miss the park where the Llovisna waterfalls are.
It's up to you if you want to arrange the tour to Angel Falls at airports in Ciduad Bolivar or Puerto Ordaz, those who did it in Ciudad Bolivar paid for the flight and the tour similar to what others paid who did the flight and the tour separately. Maybe just write to a few agencies so you have an idea for asking price for the tour before you get to the airports.
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14Cheps, also it is much cheaper to take a land border into VN then take a flight, it will save you hundreds of dollars. Just be careful crossing, i dont speak Spanish and did it last week (see: http://www.solokiwitraveller.com/crossing-into-venezuela---maicao-to-maracaibo.html). Good luck
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