Ciudad Bolívar Things to Do

  • Orinoco river view from the left bank
    Orinoco river view from the left bank
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    Paseo Orinoco

    by SallyM Updated Aug 7, 2013

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    This avenue separates the historic centre from the banks of the Orinoco river. The landward side is full of street vendors and shops selling all sorts of goods (one shop seems to specialise in motorbikes and mattresses). There is also a bakery from which delicious smells emanate, and an internet cafe.

    In the middle of the Paseo is the Mirador Angostura viewpoint, from which there is a good view of the river and the Puente de Angostura bridge 5km upstream.

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    The Jesús Soto Modern Art Museum

    by theo1006 Updated Jul 22, 2012
    Kinetic Art by Jes��s Soto
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    We had some time to spare and walked in to the Museo de Arte Moderno Jesús Soto. It is named after the artist Jesús Rafael Soto (1923 – 2005) who was born in Cuidad Bolívar, and one of the prides of the city.

    The museum combines inner rooms and outer courtyards, one may walk in and out at one's leisure. Of course among the exhibits are typical examples of Soto's kinetic art, notably the “penetrables” (arrays of dangling tubes) which visitors are expected to experience by walking through them. There are also works of other artists, like Pavel Mansouroff and Antionio Asis.

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    The San Isidro House

    by theo1006 Updated Jun 28, 2012
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    The historic significance of La Casa the San Isidro is commemorated by a plaque on the wall:
    “En esta casa habitó el Libertador el año de 1819 y en ella escribió su magnífico Mensaje al Congreso de Angostura” (In this house lived the Liberator during the year 1819 and here he wrote his magnificent Message to the Congress of Angostura.)

    The house was the property of Bolívar's good friend José Luis Cornieles, where he often stayed. It was a hacienda, a farm house. At the entrance is a chapel dedicated to San Isidro, the Catholic patron saint of farmers. When we walked the rooms, the kitchen and the premises, we could appreciate the rather spartan living conditions at that time in the new world. Some simple wooden furniture is original from the period, but the desk Bolívar wrote on is a copy.

    Open: Daily 8:30am to11:30am, and 3:00pm to 5:00pm.
    Entrance: Free.

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    The Orinoco river

    by theo1006 Updated Jun 18, 2012
    Orinoco river view from the left bank
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    Ciudad Bolívar lies at the right or southern bank of the Orinoco river. The Orinoco is te second largest river in Sout-America, after the Amazon. We were there in the dry season when the water was low. So we saw a lot of rock formations in the river bed that may be submerged in the rainy season.

    Citizens gather on the paseo or boulevard especially late in the afternoon, to enjoy the breeze. For a view of the town our host took us to the other bank of the Orinoco. Here we also saw birds and people fishing.

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    Puente de Angostura (Orinoco bridge)

    by theo1006 Updated Jun 15, 2012
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    Angostura is part of the original name of Ciudad Bolívar, when the Spanish settled here in 1764. The full name of the settlement was Santo Tomé de Guayana de Angostura del Orinoco (Saint Tomas of Guiana of the Orinoco narrows). In this area the rivers narrows to less than a mile, so it was here also that the first bridge was built.

    Construction of the present bridge took five years; it was inaugurated in January 1967. With a total length of 1687.5 metres it is the longest hanging bridge in South America. The length of the main span between the pylons is 712 m, the pylons measure 119 m in height. The Orinoco river constitutes the border between Bolívar state and Anzoátegui state; at the time Angostura bridge was the only one connecting these states. In 2006 a second bridge was opened at Ciudad Guiana.

    Angostura bridge lies 5 km west of the city centre; it can be spotted from the Paseo or boulevard. We drove with our host across it to Soledad village which faces Ciudad Bolívar on the other side of the river. If you don't have wheels, you can cross from the boulevard to Soledad by a pedestrian ferry - which actually is faster.

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    Canaima National Park

    by theo1006 Updated Jun 9, 2012

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    Canaima National Park is one of the world's largest: thirty thousand square km, the size of the Netherlands. It was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1994.
    The striking feature of the park are the tepui's, flat-topped mountains rising vertically from deep river valleys. The highest summits reach 2,700 m, the deepest valleys are only 500 m above sea level. This feature, together with heavy rainfall most of the year, explains the countless waterfalls in the park. Angel Fall, with 979 m free fall the highest in the world, is only one of many.
    As usual, our visit to the park was part of an Angel Fall tour. On such a tour one flies to the Laguna de Canaima at the north-eastern corner of the park. Here Carrao river joins Caroní river through a system of parallel waterfalls.
    Several tour operators each have their own accommodation near the lake. In the afternoon of the day of our arrival we made a boat tour on the lake, including a hike to El Sapo fall and a walk behind the water curtain of Hacha fall. Salto El Sapo was reduced to a trickle through rock crevices, because we came in the (relatively) dry season. On the other hand, our guide said that the walk behind Salto Hacha is too dangerous when Carrao river is swollen in the rainy season. And we could swim in the quiet pool above El Sapo fall.

    See more pics at our Canaima National Park travelogue.

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    Canaima Park and Angel Fall tour

    by theo1006 Written Jun 9, 2012

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    We booked our tour in Ciudad Bolívar. Many agents in that city have it on offer. Our tour operator was Tiuna Tours, admittedly the cheapest one. The price for a 3 day 2 nights trip was BsF 2700 per person exclusive BsF 150 entrance fee for Canaima Park. For comparison, Venetur - which has better accommodation near Canaima airstrip - charged BsF 3780 at the time. (Prices of February 2012)

    The rate included full board, a night at Canaima base camp and a night in a jungle camp near the fall. We did not mind the rather basic accommodation, but a better timing and organization by Tiuna should not have cost much. With vacant time and delays at Canaima Park, there only remained time for a hurried visit to the Angel Fall Lookout. We had half an hour there and did not even go down to the pool below the fall. We departed from Ciudad Bolívar at 8:20am on the first day and were back in town at 2:30pm on the third day.

    So when you shop around for your tour, insist on:
    - a detailed schedule on paper, including how much time will be spent at the lookout (morador) and whether you will go down to the pool (laguna).
    - a list on paper of what luggage to bring.
    - advice on how much money to bring for expenses that are not included.
    Expect to get wet, both on the river trip and from rain during the jungle walk. So bring some dry clothes.
    Expect to get exposed to the sun when in the boat. So cover yourself, use suncreen, or do both.
    Bring also:
    - plastic bags for items that should not get wet, especially your camera.
    - sufficient charged batteries; there is electricity at Canaima base camp for a few hours, but not at the jungle camp near the fall.
    - money for the park fee and for souvenirs (if you want to buy these).
    - a cushion to sit on; sitting on the wooden bench in the canoe becomes painful in the long run.
    - a flashlight per person.

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    Angel Fall

    by theo1006 Updated Jun 8, 2012

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    You cannot 'do' Venezuela without 'doing' Angel Fall. Of all natural wonders of Venezuela this is the most spectacular: a waterfall of almost one kilometre high! The fall, Salto Angel in Spanish, are located in the wilderness of Canaima National Park far south in Bolívar State. Getting there is part of the adventure.

    The easy way seems to be hopping on a plane which will make passes over the top of the waterfall and then return to where you came from. In our opinion you then miss most of the fun, a 4 hour journey in dug-out canoe along Carrao and Churun rivers (tributaries of Caroní river).

    The waterfall is named after the first westerner who saw it, pilot Jimmy Angel. He flew over it on October 9th, 1937. But of course the local indians already had named each mountain and every waterfall in the region. In their Pemón language Angel Fall is called Kerepacupai-Merú or Körepa Ku'pö Vena.

    Our visit happened to be in the (relatively) dry season, which goes from January through March. That's why our photo's do not show the abundance of water that one sees in folders. Still it was raining on and off at the jungle base camp and on the trail to the lookout.

    Looking at the fall from below, makes one wonder how it is possible that so much water spills from a mountain top. What one does not see is the vast area (700 km2) of flat-topped mountain Auyan Tepui behind the fall. Much of the precipitation on the plateau spills through Angel Fall.

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    Parque La Llovizna, waterfalls

    by theo1006 Updated Jun 4, 2012

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    The highlight of La Llovizna Park are the broad falls, water tumbling 20 m down over black rocks which are said to be Precambrian (3,5 billion years old). These are the last falls of Caroní river before it joins the Orinoco river 5 km downstream at Ciudad Guayana.

    Actually the river has been tamed by man: the tumbling water you see has just passed the spillway of Macagua Hydroelectric Powerhouse III a short distance upstream. See one of the photo's: the concrete structure is visible in the background. You can pay a visit to the power plant and the adjacent Ecomuseum.

    The falls gave the park it's name; llovizna means "drizzle". When you walk the paths in the southern sector you find that the water finds it's way downstream not only by the big fall, but also through various rivulets among the foliage.

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    Parque La Llovizna, animals

    by theo1006 Written Jun 4, 2012

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    To supplement our tips on La Llovizna here are some pics of animals we saw in the park. If you have more time and patience you will probably shoot better ones and of more species. There are said to be iguana's, sloths, miner frogs, as well as savanna hawks, orioles and more.

    The cormorants and herons are also easily spotted along the Orinoco river in Cuidad Bolívar.

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    Parque La Llovizna, overview

    by theo1006 Updated Jun 4, 2012

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    The Llovizna National Park is a park indeed, meaning nature adapted by man. Between 1956 and 1986 three hydroelectric dams and powerhouses were built here in the lower Caroní river, just above the existing waterfalls and only 5 km from its confluence with the Orinoco river. The project was designed and executed for minimal environmental impact, and as a result the park offers a variety of scenery and attractions for those seeking repose from city life.

    The park is administered by the national electricity company Edelca. It covers a large area, expect to do some walking. There is tram service covering the southern area of the park, but on weekends and holidays only.

    That southern sector is what we saw. It consists of islands, streams, foliage, walkways and bridges offering various views of the waterfall. Coming from the parking one enters this sector stepping on a series of concrete blocks, named El Murmullo. More or less centrally located in the park Edelca built an amphitheatre from rock that remained after construction of the power plant. Here you also find a snack bar and still El Danto Lagoon.

    If you have more time than we had and the weather is good, we advise you make it a day outing. Bring a picnic and your swimsuit for a dip in the river at Las Arenas beach in the north.

    In the neighbourhood you can also visit Cachamay park.

    Hours: Tuesday through Sunday from 6am to 5pm.

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    Jardin Botanico del Orinoco

    by SallyM Written Feb 4, 2009

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    The Jardin Botanico comprises both a public park and the botanical garden proper. The garden's functions are both conservation and education - it is visited by a lot of school parties.

    Visitors are not allowed into the botanical garden itself unless accompanied by a member of staff, but if you ask at the entrance someone will show you round. There is no admission charge and the staff are very helpful.

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    Cathedral

    by SallyM Written Feb 4, 2009

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    Cathedral, Ciudad Bolivar

    The cathedral is located on the eastern side of Plaza Bolivar. When a service is in progress, the doors are open, and the music can be heard in the square.

    Against the wall is a plaque marking the spot where General Manuel Piar was executed.

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    Casa Piar

    by SallyM Written Feb 4, 2009

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    Casa Piar

    This is the house where General Manuel Piar was imprisoned in October 1817 before being executed by firing squad. Piar had liberated the city from the Spanish, but later rejected the authority of Simon Bolivar and was sentenced to death after a controversial trial.

    The house is open from 9.00 a.m. to 5.00 p.m. Tuesdays to Sundays. Admission is free, but visitors are requested to sign a visitors' book.

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    Casa del Congreso de Angostura

    by SallyM Written Feb 4, 2009

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    This pink colonial building was built in the 1770s. In 1819 it was the venue of the Angostura Congress, which proclaimed the republic of Gran Colombia, comprising Venezuela, Colombia and Ecuador.

    It is open to the public from 9.00 a.m. to 5.00 p.m. Tuesdays to Sundays. Admission is free, but visitors are asked to sign a visitors' book.

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