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I'll keep the politics to a minimum so the post doesn't get flagged. The country is the most expensive to visit at the official exchange rate. It could the worlds cheapest but you have to break the law + risk personal safety to do it. There are travel advisories. Zika. Electricity blackouts. Tourists are now competing for basic goods that the local lower and middle class citizens have to wait for hours or days to purchase and consume. Milk to toilet paper. Travel is greatest teacher we have in…

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Los Roques

Has anyone ever been? Any advice on getting to/from?

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Hi, will be visiting Colombia in second-half of November, and thinking about making a side trip to Venezuela to see Angel Falls

1) Generally-speaking, is November a good time to see Angel Falls? I believe that is still considered rainy season so enough water?

2) Which city in Colombia (Bogota, Medellin or Cartagena) have the best or most connections to Venezuela, so that I can end up in Ciudad Bolivar where most tours to Angel Falls begin? The ideas i have now:
Option 1: Colombia -> Caracas -&gt…

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I have a 4 hour layover in BLA airport at the end of June in transit to Manaus. Considering the crisis the entire country is experiencing and the rolling blackouts throughout Barcelona I'd like feedback on the safety of spending 4 hours at BLA. I'm a seasoned traveler so know not to flash jewelry, money etc and speak Spanish fluently. I'm most fearful of a blackout in the airport during those 4 hours I'm there. When I read about the sad state of affairs in the Barcelona Hospital was when I…

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are the top tourism sites/ destinations/hotels demanding or expecting payments in USD?
Would there be a proof of nationality process then? Can the average VEN person still be a tourist in their own country?

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Hello Ladies & Gentleman,
I would like to reach the Amazon(San Carlos de Rio Negro) via Puerto Ayacucho. Can anyone give me advise on how to accomplish this?

Thank you very much!

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Hi! I thought people would like to know the teleferico cable car is now running. Currently only available for school trips, government workers etc who can go up for free. Probably open to the public in about a month or so. The new teleferico station is very smart and pleasant and la plaza de las herorinas is one of the best spots to hang out on the street at the moment. Lots of rain in Mérida right now. Usually in the evenings but occasionally all day!

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Hi everyone,

I am flying into Caracas next week, hopefully for just the one night before moving onto Maracaibo. I was looking to spend about a week in Maracaibo and then catch a bus to Colombia.

I cannot work out the exchange rate, and where the best place to buy Bolivars. I will be flying from Santiago, Chile.

Any advice would be very appreciated!!

Thank you

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http://www.courthousenews.com/2016/04/27/venezuela-blackouts-spur-2-day-work-week-protests.htm
"CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuelan cities cleaned up from a night of looting and fiery protests Wednesday as government offices closed their doors for the rest of the week in the face of a worsening energy crisis that is causing daily blackouts.
Amid complaints about the electricity crisis, opposition members began a previously planned signature gathering campaign aimed at recalling President…

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Holà todos

I'm back from a 7 days long trek in Roraima and I'd like to share my experience with you guys; it might help!
I arrived in Santa Elena with the hope of finding a 'tour' at a good price but I got very quickly disappointed because the agencies I spoke with (Mystic, Backpackers, Alvarez) were giving me prices that went way beyond my budget; between 180 and 280 dollars, all included, for 6 days in Roraima. Talking to some 'independant' guides found in the streets in Santa Elena gave me…