Venezuela Tourist Traps

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Venezuela Tourist Traps

  • Tour expedition operators in Cuidad...

    We have just returned from a very nice 3 week trip to Venezuela. Despite all the warnings we found the people very kind and hospitable, although we of course took precautions.In fact the only time we were ripped off was with our RIO Caura trip organized through the Posada Don Carlos (Soana Travel) in Cuidad Bolivar. The posada - especially the...

  • Americans going to VE

    Read below First I will say that 90% of the Venezolanos are great people, but like every country, you also have to beware of the scum. Here are some examples: I have lived in San Cristobal, VE and have visited VE many times, and if you are an American, they WILL try to rob you. They wont hold a gun to you head and rob you, but they will try to...


    OK, the situation could have changed now since the many years this has occurred. But this was what I understood at the time: End-2002 to early-2003, there were massive political troubles in Venezuela. At that time, many Venezuelans started buying US dollars and left the country. So, the government had to put a stop before the whole situation went...


    If you are crossing into Venezuela from Brazil, it is best that you withdraw quite a handful of Brazilian Reais first. Just before the border-crossing, some guys would board the bus and change the Reais into Venezuelan Bolivares. To be honest, the rates here are quite reasonable and you definitely need some Venezuelan Bolivares when you arrive in...

  • Finca Hosteria El Gaban

    The accommodation was awful, the air-condition was to noisy, not very clean. The last time they invested money in maintenance was in the ’70. If you are going to the Llanos, drive a few hours more to the Hato El Cedral.

  • Isla Margarita

    Of course, Margarita island is a real tourist trap. It is a tax-free zone and is therefore popular among both foreigners and Venezuelans. At the same time, some areas of this not-so-big island are still very authentic and unspoilt. Even the 'old town' of Porlamar (around the Plaza de Bolívar) has a real village atmosphere. But, on the whole, there...

  • Caribbean coast

    The coastline restaurant called "Atlantico" - on our way from Maracay to Cora offers fresh seafood - but be careful - next to a plant of gas and petro production - also located at the sea coast - i have my doubts. I didn't have a bite - but my fellow travellers confirmed that the food was .......The toilets are maybe typical SA - but the meaning of...

  • Puerto de la Cruz

    You don't like Waikiki, Torremolinos, El Arenal?Good, then don't even think about visiting Puerto de la Cruz. It's the most popular beach resort for Venezuelans, which is something i really cannot understand, given the fact that there are so many beautiful unspoilt beaches just around the corner.PLC is ugly, the beach is dirty and prices for food...

  • The beach in Caracas - La...

    The beach in Caracas - La Guaira region.To get there, one must cross the huge mountain that separates the city and the ocean - which takes some 20 minutes by car. The coast there is not particularly nice, and that part of town is ugly and dirty. Besides, the traffic is awful there. That's where the airport is located. Much better to stay in...

  • The dive trip was not worth...

    The dive trip was not worth the effort. A long wait to get to the boat, Poor equipment used, regulators not usable on some. Poor water to dive in, A long wait getting first timers in the water, Dangerous area where fishermen might hook divers.

  • If you want to buy souvenirs...

    If you want to buy souvenirs in Margarita Island (and do so, because they have wonderful things like the dolls, the coconuts and much more) do it, in te capital, Porlamar but at the the streets at the local vendors. Because they have much more variety than than in the shops (I only see souvenirs shops , in two places) and the prices are much, much...

  • When you arrive at the...

    When you arrive at the Venezuela International Airport. Be very cafeful with the unofficial Taxi cab. If possible use the official 'Black Car' (the black Ford Explorer) with official logo on the side. Get the ticket at the luggage claim area. You will see the Black Car on the ground floor area.

  • Los Ferries entre Margarita y...

    Los Ferries entre Margarita y Puerto de la Cruz, en épocas pico, y sin reservas...Una pesadilla.The ferries between Margarita island and Puerto de la Cruz, during high season, and with no reservations...a nightmare.

  • One way to avoid getting...

    One way to avoid getting trapped is to have someone with you who speaks the language! One time at an Indian market I spent like $10 on a bead necklace that was only worth $3. So be careful, they will rip you off!

  • Not really a tourist...

    Not really a tourist trap...more advice... Shop about for deals to take you to Los Llanos or Angel Falls, different tour companies offer different deals... also check that you get a guide who can speak your language... we went through Guamanchi Tours in Merida to go to Los Llanos and up Pico El Torro, and their deal for Los Llanos had the option of...

  • Be Careful with men in street...

    Be Careful with men in street that are available to change money. DON'T DO IT.Go to a exchange house. This men always try give you less money.How they do it?: First they count the money. EVerything seems ok. Than you count it and you sees that there isn't all the money. Than the man count it again and confirms that reality. After that he gives you...

  • The travelagents are more...

    The travelagents are more expensive than the local 'pirats'. The travelagents says: 'Don't go with Pirats'. The so called 'pirats' are much cheaper..and offer u a good trip. They usually come at the beach and offer u a good trip for a good price. Just do it !!!!!!! Don't be afraid.

  • The international airport in...

    The international airport in Caracas didn´t have any kind of left luggage or lockers, so if you wanted to see the city you had to carry your hand luggage with you!

  • When you coming from another...

    When you coming from another country and going to other, just making a connecting fligth in Caracas you have to pay attention, because they tried to charge a friend of mine the departing tax from Venezuela,(US$50), even for a few hours in the airport.

  • Isla de la Margarita. It is...

    Isla de la Margarita. It is touted as a wonderful, caribbean getaway. What we found were dirty hotels, filthy beaches and unfriendly people. Do your research before you go.We stayed in a popular, local hotel that all the people told us was a good place. The hotel staff didn't bother cleaning our room, bringing towels or soap and to make matters...

  • The moment you clear customs...

    The moment you clear customs after getting your luggage at the airport you are immediately swarmed by a million taxi drivers, who unlike their American counterparts, actually want your business.. However, before you get into a cab you should always know the fare for your requrested trip as well as your final destination. Also once you have these...

  • Gringo PricesVenezuelans like...

    Gringo PricesVenezuelans like to try and charge 'gringo's' higher prices. They even try it on Venezuelan people. This is very common in local busses. When travelling with your bakpack on local buses, DON'T pay extra just because you have a bag with you. If the money collector complains that your bag takes up too much room, tell him you'll put it on...

  • If you like to arrange a trip...

    If you like to arrange a trip into the jungle without contacting a tourist office, remember that it is very difficult to negotiate with the Indian people. They have a very different way of seeing things. We spent 3 days trying to get a trip into the jungle with the Yanomami, and we didn't succeed, although we had a great time trying to arrange it.

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    Satisfaction: Excellent

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    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Couples

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    Calle Venzuela N° 30, Ciudad Bolivar, Venezuela

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

    Hotel Class 4 out of 5 stars

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    Satisfaction: Terrible

    Good for: Families

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    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Couples

    Hotel Class 4 out of 5 stars

  • Riviera

    Paseo Colon 33, Puerto La Cruz, Venezuela, VE

    Satisfaction: Poor

    Good for: Solo

  • Embassy Suites Valencia-Downtown

    Av. Monsenor Adam con Av. Andres El, El Vinedo, Valencia, 2001, Venezuela

    Satisfaction: Very Good

    Good for: Solo

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