Ciudad Bolívar Travel Guide

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    Orinoco river view from the left bank
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Ciudad Bolívar Highlights

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     August festival, the colors 

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     I would rather drive the extra 90 km and stay here rather than Puerto Ordaz 

Ciudad Bolívar Things to Do

  • Paseo Orinoco

    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...

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  • The Jesús Soto Modern Art Museum

    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...

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  • The San Isidro House

    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...

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  • The Orinoco river

    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...

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  • Puente de Angostura (Orinoco bridge)

    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...

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  • Canaima National Park

    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...

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  • Canaima Park and Angel Fall tour

    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...

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  • Angel Fall

    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...

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  • Parque La Llovizna, waterfalls

    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...

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  • Parque La Llovizna, animals

    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...

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  • Parque La Llovizna, overview

    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...

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  • Jardin Botanico del Orinoco

    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...

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  • Cathedral

    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

    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,...

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  • Casa del Congreso de Angostura

    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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Ciudad Bolívar Restaurants

  • Tasty lunchtime snacks

    You really can't miss this place - it's bright yellow and located on a busy bend in the road opposite the botanical garden.It's a good place for a lunchtime snack such as an arepa (stuffed corn pancake). There is a separate gated seating area which is reserved for those who are eating. We tried arepas with spicy chicken and ham and cheese...

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  • Missing nightlife? Go there

    Formerly known as "Tasca La Playa". They have good and inexpensive fish, pasta and parilla. Or you can just have a few beers at the bar where you can watch music videos. Very friendly staff and portugese owner. Open 3 pm to 9 or 10 pm.

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  • Restaurant in the corner

    In the corner opposite Posada Don Carlos there is a cheap restaurant run by two nice women. As you go inside you will notice the proper roof is missing but there is canvas put up. There is a menu outside and a few dishes to chose from. I had coca-cola and a soup, a big soup with different root vegetables and some meet, which was a good meal. Then I...

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Ciudad Bolívar Nightlife

  • 24/7 beer source

    The name says it all. Opens 24 hours. You can have something to drink at any time and sit down at the river bank or chat with the locals hanging around there. The only "nightlife" I know of.

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  • the rythm is gonna get YOU!

    Music could symbolize Venezuela. It's everywhere, it's loud and it's beautiful. If you want to hang out with locals and discover their local customs, go to a taska ( i don't know if i got the spelling right). No rock or RnB around there...they mostly play latin rythms such as salsa (off course!!), merengue, regetton (c'mon, everyone can dance on...

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Ciudad Bolívar Transportation

  • The ferry to Soledad

    Ciudad Bolívar is locted at the right or southern bank of the Orinoco river. On the other bank lies a small village, aptly named Soledad (solitude). Pedestrians can go there from the boulevard by a small ferry boat, the fare is just BsF 3,- (February 2012). Because the water level was low, we had to go down a flight of concrete stairs to the sandy...

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  • ANGEL FALLS TRIP

    We chartered a plane to fly around the Angel Falls and we were very disappointed as there was just a trickle of water flowing over the top. We actually had to make 3 passes because of the cloud cover. So, what is the best time to visit the falls? Well June to September is the wet season so there would be more water, but these conditions there will...

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  • Airplane to Canaima

    The tip continues….Arriving at the airport in Canaima you must pay an entrance fee to the National Park, which was 8000 Bs. At the airport there are some souvenir stalls and this is one of the few places in Venezuela where I saw postcards, so I bought 16 cards. The different tour companies came to pick up their tourists and we were brought to...

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Ciudad Bolívar Shopping

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    by vivacolombia Written Mar 22, 2006

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    This small boutique located in the Ciudad Bolivar airport holds different crafts made by Yekwana, Honomami and other tribes living in the region. They have aprons saying "venezuela", piranha fixed on to keychains but more than anything they have incredible bakestry, paintings etc... that will make incredible souvenirs while supporting locals!

    What to pay: 20 000 to 40 000 for a large basket

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Ciudad Bolívar Local Customs

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    by vivacolombia Written Apr 2, 2006

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    I've came across two stores in ciudad bolivar that read your future in a wide range of strange things like tobacco smokes, snales, cards etc...
    Personally, I didn't do it ...However, I had fun reading the signs, going in to check out the medecine they propose or the hundreds of statues they sell.

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Ciudad Bolívar Warnings and Dangers

  • Take care at night in the historic...

    Our hotel was located in the historic centre, and we had dinner at a hotel under the same management which was just round the corner. On leaving, we turned right, as we wanted to see Plaza Bolivar by night, but the hotel staff told us it wasn't safe. We went anyway, as it was a couple of minutes' walk away and there was no one about, but we kept a...

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  • no malaria medicine

    Living here, I thought that health warnings would be the same as in Paris...Well, the centro de salud (health center) of Ciudad Bolivar has different approach concerning malaria medecine. Here, they don't recommend taking malaria preventive medicing (apparently making it impossible to detect in tests) and won't give it to you (u can beg, cry,...

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  • around the historic neighborhood

    You should be carefull like anywhere else but if you decide to go for a romantic walk after dinner, I would recommend to be carefull and walk in an area you've seen under daylight. As much of the hotels are located in this beautiful barrio, you should know that certain areas are unsafe even for people who have lived there all their life (my...

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Ciudad Bolívar Off The Beaten Path

  • Macagua dam and power plant

    Venezuela is fortunate to possess great sources of renewable energy, viz. its rivers. The most important of these is the Caroní river, which collects precipitation in a basin the size of the State of Maine (35,500 sq mi, 92,000 km2). Three hydroelectric power plants are in operation along Caroní river, and a fourth is under construction.The first...

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  • Gurí dam and power plant

    Venezuela is fortunate to possess great sources of renewable energy, viz. its rivers. The most important of these is the Caroní river, the basin of which covers an area equal to the State of Maine (35,500 sq mi, 92,000 km2). Three hydroelectric power plants are in operation along Caroní river, and a fourth is under construction.By far the largest...

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  • Corpoelec Ecomuseo del Caroní

    Corpoelec is short for Corporación Eléctrica Nacional, the mother company of Edelca C.A., which latter operates the hydroelectric power plants along the Caroní river. The impact of dams for power generation on the environment is a matter of debate. The Ecomuseum must show that Corpoelec addresses these issues. Perhaps more to the point are the...

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