I went on a hiking tour for a day in Henri Pittier National Park. I booked the tour with Jungle Trip, which is owned by a German woman, Claudia, and her husband Emilio. Their office is in Posada Casa Luna, a small posada next to Hostal Colonial in Puerto Colombia. The day tour was 60 000 Bs (July 2007).We started the tour at 8.30 in the morning by...more
East of Puerto Colombia is the popular beach Playa Grande. It is not very big, but lays beautifully in a bay and is lined with coconut palms. I had heard the beach could be quite dirty, but I arrived to Puerto Colombia on a Monday afternoon and then the beached had been cleaned up after the weekend visitors and it looked fine to me. There are a few...more
Being in Puerto Colombia is a great way to explore more isolated islands. Go at the end of the main street and ask one of the fishermen how much they take to go to Cepe. They charged us less than our posada... (10 000bs for a RT tour to Cepe). Go there early so you'll really feel like Robinso Crusoe. We got there at 7.30am and were only 5 couples...more
After visiting Playa Grande I stopped at the restaurant (I think there are actually three different ones) just above the beach to have a beer and something to eat. The fish was good so I decided to go back here the next day to have the pasta with seafood. The portion was huge and I could only finish half of it. It was topped with all different...more
After our first disappointing experience in one of the restaurants at the main road we tried local food in one of the huts on the way to Playa Grande. It was far better than the food we had before and much cheaper (15.000 Bs (€ 6) for two: fried fish, fried chicken, several beers and cokes ).more
Puerto Colombia can look quiet but beware... They post notes/announcement of parties on the walls (or ask around). Those parties are damn loud (i was two blocks away and could sing with them...) It's mainly local music: salsa, merengue, reggeaton...
Dress Code: Whatever you feel like wearing...
I took a morning bus from Puerto Colombia to Maracay . The ticket was 6000 Bs and it took 1 h 45 minutes (the driver was definitely driving to fast on this beautiful winding road). Buses from Puerto Colombia stop at the old part of the bus terminal. When I arrived I asked for buses to Coro and was told to go to the new part of the terminal. There...more
To go to the bus terminal I took a bus from Avenida Bolivar for 750 Bs. The buses between the city centre and the terminal are very frequent.Buses for Puerto Colombia leave from the old part of the terminal, but I can’t remember which platform. I asked for the bus and was sent to several platforms before coming to the right one. There I waited...more
No regular shop - just local people trying to earn some money by selling things they cultivate, or selling a service locals needs, like cellular communication at reasonable prices.
What to buy: Fresh fruit
What to pay: Bolivar - cash - but so cheap
From the various guides I had read, I wanted to go to Chuao and not to playa Cepe. Chuao is an isolated beach too, but it's also (afte a short hike) a small village of former cocoa workers that live there in total isolation. I thought that was worth seeing.
When we got closer, our "penero" driver told us 2 rivers arrive in this beach which makes it extremly dirty and unpleasant. Coming back from Cepe, we had to pick some visitors that had gone there and the beach is actually pretty dangerous with a steep entrance in the beach.