Welcome to Ciudad Bolívar
Simón Bolívar came here in 1817, soon after the town had been liberated from Spanish control, and set up base for the military operations that led to the final stage of the War of Independence. The town was made the provisional capital of the yet-to-be-liberated country. The Angostura Congress convened here in 1819 and gave birth to Gran Colombia, a unified republic comprising Venezuela, Colombia and Ecuador.
The historic center clears out after dark and everything is closed on Sunday. Walking alone at night is not recommended.