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Apr 13, 2014 - Ciudad Bolivar to Caracas, Venezuela

Sunday 13th April 2014 Ciudad Bolivar to Caracas, Venezuela Up very early this morning. No breakfast in the hotel – we were too early apparently, so they decided to head off at about 6:00am. Another long drive (about 580km) through mainly very dry uninteresting country as we headed north to the Caribbean Sea and then west to Caracas. Venezuela is very dirty and messy and where we stopped for ‘breakfast’, there were a number of small eateries and a huge amount of rubbish of every description strewn around. There are rusting cars, trucks and...

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Jan 1, 2013 - NYE caracas

Arriving in Caracas, Venezuela at 11:00 pm on NYE can be a little intimidating to say the least. There is a lot of warnings regarding the airport and Caracas and Venezuela so we tried to be as prepared as possible. We decided it would be best to avoid Caracas (since the airport is on the other side of the mountain) and stay in Macuto. We arranged airport pick-up since we had read taxi's can be sketchy. I had sewn hidden pockets in our undergarmets to safe guard our cash since you really have to pay with cash in this country due to the...

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Venezuela - 2013

Nov 5, 2011 - Caracas

An average nights sleep but out by 10.0am and time to explore as my driver is picking me up at 1.0pm to take me to the bus stop for my 3.45pm 22hr journey to Santa Elena. Breakfast was at a little cafe across the road. No Special K or yogurt here, it's all deep fried so i settled for Arepas with chicken which is a maiz based roll filled with chicken and a freshly squeezed orange juice. Pretty good but the maiz fills you up big time. Then i went for a walk down the main shopping drag, the weather was about 30 degrees. So nice to be able to...

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Nov 4, 2011 - Arrived in Caracas and am in my room

After horrible weather in England and Spain it's nice to arrive at 8.20pm in Caracas after an 8.5hr flight to 28 degrees outside. Caracas airport was not as bad as i expected and my driver was waiting for me on time. Myself and another girl from London took the same driver as we are staying at the same place but she threw up on the road side after 10 mins (that's a new record for me). Bedroom is ok, comfy with A/C but fairly noisy.... All good

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Mar 16, 2011 - Caracas

Wednesday, March 16, 2011 Our ship docked at La Guaira so it was a short ride to get to Venezuela ‘s capital city of Caracas. We passed a number of slum housings attached to the hillsides. With their precarious position, and the prevalence of mud slides, it looked like a disaster waiting to happen. The city was designed for a population of 500,00, but the discovery of oil brought a surge in population to 4 million today, causing traffic jams and smog, also a lack of essentials like water and electricity. We learned that oil and oil-related...

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Feb 10, 2011 - Caracas

Before leaving Cumana we hop a bus into the 'old town' which is still a functioning part, dynamic I'd say, part of the city! We noticed a lot of action...school groups in uniform, bands practicing etc. in the 3 plazas we went thru. Climbing the hill to Castillo de San Antonio we are first stopped by an official who asked what we were doing here. We noticed a lot of vehicles parked all up and down the hill, turns out they were holding an oil conference this day here. When we said we were just tourists going to the Castillo he directed us up...

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Jan 11, 2010 - Currency Devaluation: The E-Mail I Really Didn't Want

Hi, all.  Landed safe and sound a few hours ago.  Can't yet say the same for my backpack, but that won't be interesting enough to write about until it's MIA for at least another couple of hours... I took a little nap just now; the Miami airport was comfortable enough last night, but FREEZING cold.  Even with my thermarest and sleep sheet  (which is a little fleecy like an airline blankie), I was shivering like a  nervous chihuahua.  I love the site www.sleepinginairports.com for its reviews of airport layovers, and every single review had...

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Dec 12, 2009 - Caracas

We arrived in Caracas after taking an overnight bus from Merida. I´ve begun taking the leftover seasickness pills from the sailboat trip to Panama to help me sleep on the bus. It´s working quite well, and is handy because it saves us one night in a hotel. This is especially important in Caracas as it is definitely not set up for backpackers. Hotel prices are triple the cost of other places in Venezuela. (At least for the relatively safe areas.) Caracas is known as one of the most dangerous places in South America. Now after these glowing...

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Sep 6, 2009 - Caracas

A deux heures de la Colonia Tovar, il y a la ville de Caracas, capital du pays et notre derniere etape en Amerique du sud. Caracas n'est pas une ville faite pour le touriste et est reputée plutot dangereuse. Nous contactons nos amis Javier et Henrry rencontrés deux semaines auparavant a Adicora. Par chance Javier peut nous loger chez lui. Avec eux nous visitons les quelques attractifs de la ville: quelques places, le jardin botanique, et le parc national El Avila qui domine Caracas avec ses 2500m. Depuis le telecabine qui nous y emmene nous...

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Jun 28, 2009 - Caracas & El Hatillo

We had decided to leave for Merida via overnight bus so Dan and I set off in search of the bus station to buy tickets. We had been advised to choose a bus-cama, a double decker bus that offered comfortable lay-back seats that made the overnight trip more pleasant and more or less guaranteed a reasonable sleep. After another quick trip to the CD market, we boarded a bus to the nearby suburb of El Hatillo, known for its brightly coloured buildings, narrow, winding streets and abundant restaurants and boutiques. We arrived mid-afternoon, with...

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Jun 27, 2009 - Caracas

Our plan for Friday was to tour the Museum of Contemporary Art, said to be one of the best in Venezuela and perhaps the country. We started out by visiting our neighbourhood panaderia (bakery) for ham and cheese croissants cooked on a panini press (now there´s a cultural fusion!) juice and tea and then strolled the tree-shaded Avenida Mejico to the museum. It appears to be a museum that relies on travelling exhibitions and the one installed now is about the internationally renowned Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer whose work is as much...

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Jun 26, 2009 - Back to Caracas - Adrian turns 16

Because of our quick decision to return to Caracas, our flight choices off the tiny island were limited. Most of the aircraft arriving were small 12-16 seater turbo props, punctuated by the odd 6-8 passenger helicopter. We were able to get seats on a 6:30 am flight on Thursday, June 26 and it was a bleary-eyed crew that arrived at the Rainbow Airlines office(pronounced ¨Rine-bow¨) at 6:00 am for check-in and a crew that soon turned surly when told that the aircraft´s departure from Caracas was delayed due to the fact that President Chavez...

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