Lynn & David travelling in South America travel blog

Bridge over Lake Maracaibo, Venezuela

Nearing the Venezuelan/Colombian Border

People Mover, Lake Maracaibo, Venezuela

Monday 21st April 2014

El Jaguey, Venezuela to Riohacha, Colombia

Had breakfast in the hotel early and then we drove back to the main road and then headed for the Colombian/Venezuelan border about 180km away. The day was hot – this is the hottest part of Latin America – as we headed towards the city of Maracaibo which is reached over a 5km bridge across the neck of the lake (Lake Maracaibo). We had lunch under a shelter on the side of the main road. After Maracaibo, a very large city, out towards the border the houses became very basic looking with many old (1950s and 1960s) taxi cars plying the roads taking passengers to and fro. We reached the border at round about 5:00pm and checked out of Venezuela, then walked across the border to the Colombian immigration control point. We were there for a couple of hours until about 7:00pm. After we headed off, the border guards told us not to stop for anything until we reached our destination as this is a very dangerous quarter of Colombia. We finally arrived at our hotel at around 9:00pm – we were pretty much over it today so just had a bag of chips and a drink for dinner and updated our blog. Went to bed around 1:00am.

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