Ciudad Bolívar Travel Guide
Orinoco river view from the left bank
Orinoco river view from the left bank
Llovizna falls in Caroní river
Puente de Angostura seen from Soledad...
August festival, the colors
In a nutshell
I would rather drive the extra 90 km and stay here rather than Puerto Ordaz
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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,...
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...
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...
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....
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....
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...
Tostadas Juancito's: 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...
Tasca La Ballena: 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.
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...
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...
Let's read your future
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.
Written Apr 2, 2006
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Take care at night in the historic centre
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...
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...
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...
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...
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