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    Caracas Favorites

    Just getting out and wandering around Caracas is worthwhile. While the city is a bit grubby and smoggy, it does provide the visitor with the experience of visiting a typical Lantin American city. Wander through the markets along Sabana Grande or just sit and watch the old fellas playing chess. Don't miss trying a cachapa (hot corn fritter) with...

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    Caracas Favorites

    drink a lot of fruit juice. Almost every restaurant in Caracas serves fresh fruit juice of many different fruits. The usually offer strawberry, passion fruit, orange, watermelon, papaya, pineapple, etc.

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    The beaches are nice and the beer is cheap. The night life downtown is said to be great! The gold inexpensive so a necklace for that special someone does not cost an arm and a leg That I can't remember

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  • El Hatillo

    Caracas Favorites

    visit El Hatillo, a very old town preserved the same way it was 200 years ago. There are many good restaurants serving typical venezuelan food and nice stores selling souvenirs. Parque Central, La Catedral, Simon Bolivar's house, Parque del Este (East Park) and many other places will be posted in my travelogue... check those soon for your...

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  • Exchanging Money: 'black market' vs....

    The official bank exchange rate, today February 18, 2013 is: 1.00 USD = 6.28770 VEFWhich make EVERYTHING in Venezuela extremely expensive. More expensive than the same items in Canada or the USA!However, it is very (QUIETLY) common for people to exchange US cash for bolivars (since US dollar are widely desired on account of the wild variability of...

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  • visit merida.

    visit merida.it's a great little town in the mountains with a very young feel due to the fact that it hosts a big university.It´s also the center of outdoor sports in Venezule, so if you feel like trekking, climbing, canoyning, or any other extrenme sport then this is a good starting place. repelling down a 35 meter high waterfall.

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  • The Money of Venezuela

    The currency in Venezuela is the Bolivar.The government of Venezuela implemented rigid foreign exchange controls in the beginning of 2003, including a fixed official rate of exchange. Foreign exchange transactions must take place through commercial banks or exchange houses at the official rate. Money exchange by tourists can be arranged at "casas...

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  • Can TV

    As Venezuela's sole telecommunications provider, CANTV supplies 3 million customers in 24 states with home telephone, Internet, cellular, satellite-based, data transmission, and yellow pages services. The telephone service can be somewhat 'irregular' at times ! Can TV Most people prefer to use their mobiles. The house phone is usually used for long...

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  • ¡Beba Polar!

    When in Venezuela, do as the Venezuelans do and this means drinking Polar Beer.Polar are the 17th largest beer company in the world and is the leading Venezuelan beer.The beer is a clear pilsner brewed from a mix of malted barley and cereal flakes and has been adapted to the climate and customs of the Venezuelan people,and naturally, in most Polar...

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  • Currency change Jan 2008

    While on my last trip to Venezuela 2007/8, the currency was changed in the new year. They have now dropped three zeros of the money, so whereas it was for example 10,000 bvs, it is now 10 bvs - which should be much easier on the brain ; )The old notes are still useable for 6 moths and after that, extinct ! So if you have some old bvs lying around...

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  • Money

    Take pleny of US$ and change them with locals. You get a superior rate. Dollar is taken in most shops taxis bars etc. Better exchange than £ or Euro. Tour agency reps are good for changing money into bolivars. You will see them on all the popular beaches in Margarita. Flying past Angel Falls in a light aircraft. To see Angel Falls I have realised...

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  • Crazy character in Merida

    This animated guy was promoting an upcoming bullfight in Merida. After I grabbed my trusty camera, he was all too happy to be my subject ...flailing his arms and spouting his shtick in Spanish.

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  • Grand Sabana tour recommendations

    Last fall my three Australian friends and I traveled for three weeks in southeast Venezuela. The highpoints were a eight day trek to Mt. Roraima (Conan Doyle's "The Lost World") and the boat trip to Angel Falls, at 1000 meters the world's highest. Our trip was arranged and coordinated by Backpacker Tours (www.backpacker-tours.com), which I can...

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  • Beaches, mountains or tropical woods

    My impression about Venezuela:It is twice as big as France and as a tourist, you have to make up a choice.The beautiful beaches of Isla Margarita in the north, the Andigo mountains in the west (Estado Mérida), the Llanos in the center or the tropical woods in the east (Gran Sabana).Depending on the time you can travel around in this marvelous...

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  • Images of a lost world - climbing...

    Roraima is a tepui, a table mountain, which forms the border with Brazil and Guyana.Every traveler i had met in the course of my journey proclaimed this trek to be the highlight of any trip to Venezuela.And they were so right!!! I will never forget the moment i reached the top of Roraima after three tough days of hiking. It was like stepping into...

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  • Buses, buses, buses

    I love bus rides in South America. It always is an experience at the edge of life, but I just keep forgetting when getting aboard. I love the colourful designs, driving while the door is open, the windows rolled down. I love the slimy music blasting my ears off, love watching people getting on and off the bus every 50 m sometimes. I love the sound...

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  • Very difficult times

    My country, Venezuela, is going through very difficult times. Our President / Dictator rules against his own people. He has tried to divide us between "rich and poor" (he, of course, says his "cause" are these last ones; nothing farther from the truth) when the reality is that we're all the same, we're all Venezuelans, we all want our country to...

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  • Merida

    Founded in 1558 with the name "Ciudad de Santiago de Los Caballeros de Mérida", the city of Mérida sits above an expansive meseta at 1,625 meters above sea level, at the foot of the Andes Mountains. With a population of 130,000, Mérida has the largest number of inhabitants of any city in the state. Its pace of growth has increased dramatically...

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  • Caracas

    A city with a population average of about five million inhabitants, is without a doubt a full of contrasts city. One type of social division is prominent and marked, this is the population's clear division in economic sectors, the same as in most of the metropolises of the under developed countries, but with a high and marked contrast. There are...

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  • Canaima

    The Canaima National Park is located at the southeast of the Bolivar State at approximately 225 Km from the Orinoco River, in the area called Gran Sabana. In this great area of magnificent landscapes, there are combined forest and savannas with the spectacular Tepuyes.

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  • Guayana

    One of the oldest geological regions on earth is that one located to the South of the Orinoco River. It is a unique land with magnificent landscapes. Venezuelan Guayana is home of the very ancient geological formation called Tepuys; high mountains with vertical hillsides that host on their summits systems rarely found anywhere else.

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  • Ciudad Bolivar

    The state capital was founded in 1764 under the name of Santo Tomé de Guayana de Angostura del Orinoco and known simply as Angostura. For years, the city served as the base for Liberator Simón Bolívar’s military operations, leading to the final stage of the War for Independence. In fact, in 1846, Angostura changed its name to that of Ciudad...

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  • Maracaibo

    Maracaibo is the largest urban center after Caracas and the most important port of Venezuela.It lies at the banks of the Maracaibo Lake, one of the biggest petroleum sources in the world.

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  • Coro

    Coro, founded in 1527, was one of the earliest towns on the continent and the first capital of the newly created Province of Venezuela, and therefore the town has beautiful colonial streets and buildings.

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  • Dont forget anything at home....

    but if you do, no worries. Venezuela has everything you need! It just will cost a bit more than at home for some of the essentials. Honestly, make an effort to meet the nationals. I will say this for all countries as well. But they are what makes the trips more worth while, they know where to go to hang out, they know where the cheap but good food...

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  • See the Parque Central

    See the Parque Central (pictured here,) the Plaza Venezuela, and the Bulevar de Sabana Grande to do some people watching.

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  • Having rest

    For me Venezuela has specially been a country of rest. There are a lot of beautiful places like Los Roques and Canaima where you can spend your time enjoying the beauty of the spot, reading, listening to music, sunbathing, be quiet.....All this of course when you travel out of the high season !!! The beauty and the different kind of landscape.The...

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  • Wildlife

    Venezuela has an abundance of wildlife and most are fairly approachable. This pelican was just one of the many bird species I saw off the Cayes near Chicherviche.

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  • Beaches

    Venezuela has some fantastic beaches and many are totally free of people. They are not too difficult to find and are well worth taking the time to explore and enjoy. Chicherivichi is on the Eastern Caribbean coast of Venezuela. I visited here with some friends on a honeymoon. What a place! Accomdation was just USD10 per room and the town seemed to...

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  • Hey you out...

    Hey you out there...........Born a traveler and having traveled at both ends of the financial scale I prefer to travel budget style; for it's the nicest way to meet genuine people of all color, creed and religion. I also believe strongly that there should be more opportunities for disabled people to travel this way. Maybe some of you out there...

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  • If you like jungle : go to...

    If you like jungle : go to Canaima area, where you've got the famous Salto Angel Falls (highest in the world) but also jungle trek and boat trips along the river.If you like nice coastal beaches, go east of Barcelona, into the Parque National Mochima, nice beaches and lots of small island (local boatmen organize excursions..you may see dolphins)If...

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  • Tamani's General Tip

    Well as you can see, I did survive the 'El Sapo' expedition. I have never been so wet and I was suffering from a flue (no not a Korsakov hangover), but it was absolutely wonderful.

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  • Tamani's General Tip

    Visiting the canaima region (Angel falls). This is the 'El Hacha' fall. You can also walk behind the 'El Sapo' fall, which is quite adventurous. Especially if you are wearing contact lenses...I walked a lot of time with my eyes closed.

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  • See Caracas from National Parc...

    See Caracas from National Parc Avila, that involves the city of Caracas. It's wonderful, the view from the montain.Visit Los Roques, do snorkeling and view the tropical fish wih colors like blue and green swiming around your feet.See iguanas at the beach in Mochima National Park.And you have to visit Canaima..swiming in the Lagoon with a a...

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  • The most enjoyable trip I took...

    The most enjoyable trip I took to Venezuela involved chartering a private plane and touring the entire country. This country is truly diverse! We saw: the busy industrial cities; beautiful beach towns; Andean cities; stunning rock formations; the incomparable Angel Falls (see more elsewhere); highland plains; and more. Planes (and pilots!) can be...

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  • Visit the island of Margarita,...

    Visit the island of Margarita, which compares to the nicest Caribbean islands in terms of beaches and natural beauty, yet lacks the crowds and high prices.

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  • Take in the striking beauty of...

    Take in the striking beauty of the city of Caracas. Although filled with poor areas, the mountains into which the city has spread, are a gorgeous backdrop to the city. I was always struck by a feeling of 'time-warp' in Caracas -- like I was viewing the city as it might have been in the late 50's. Perhaps this is because so many of the older...

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  • Venezuela is a mixed bag...

    Venezuela is a mixed bag economically, most are poor but the country is rich with oil aand one of U.S. major suppliers. when you drive to the capital you pass a hillside where people illegally build homes w/o sanitation that goes into a river below. they steal electricity and the gov't turns the other way because they choose not to provide adequit...

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  • Isla de MargaritaLocated...

    Isla de MargaritaLocated 40km north of the mainland is the island of Margarita, Venezuela's premier beach holiday destination. The population of 300'000 is to be found mainly in the larger cities of Porlamar, Pampatar, El Asuncion and Juan Griego. More than 50 beaches can be found all around the island, while the prettier ones are on the east...

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  • MARGARITA was discovered by...

    MARGARITA was discovered by Christopholo Columbus on August 15th, 1498, and claimed by Emperor Carlos V on March 18th, 1525. By petition of Jose Cortes of Madariaga, one of the leaders of the Independence movement of Venezuela, our state was named Nueva Esparta on May 12th, 1817. The seat of government was then officially established in Pampatar....

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  • Rent a car and go around the...

    Rent a car and go around the Ilandgo to - the mangroves- the lonesome beaches- looking forward for Dolhpins !!! It was the first time i have seen one Dolphin. He is spring near by the boat. It was an great feeling.

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  • there are lots but flying to...

    there are lots but flying to canaima,taking a boat down the orinoco,trekking through the jungle,walking though the waterfalls then seeing angel falls.i can't think of a better way to spend a weekend. taking a boat to one of the many islands off tucasas, spending the day on the white sands with about 20 amigos having a b-b-q and getting very drunk...

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  • Go to the gulf of...

    Go to the gulf of Venezuela.....we had to ride on a little boat all the way there and it was so much fun. I got so burnt that I looked like a lobster but it was worth it! Meeting all the wonderful people! They are really nice people there and Venezuela has the best ice cream...check out a 4D ice cream pace if you can!

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  • It's the thing that you'll...

    It's the thing that you'll find on everybody's list... vistit the Angel Falls. Not just for the breathtaking beauty of the falls (as long as it's a clear day!) but for the Tepuis and surrounding area as well, the scenery is fantastic! I recommend everywhere that I went, but the Tepuis and Falls certainly stick in my mind the most... oh, and holding...

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  • Take the canoe ride up the...

    Take the canoe ride up the river to see Angel's fall. Leaves before dawn and it takes 4 hours, the dawn at the river uncovering the tepuyes is just magnificent. Then you have a 1 hour walk through the jungle up to a clear spot where you get a near view of the falls. The whole 2 1/2 days were awesome!

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