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Apr 5, 2007 - Caracas, Venezuela

April 5-9, 2007 After finishing our tour, caracas was the first place that we would actually have to rely on our own skills and spanish to get us by, since there is only 4 of us now (me, bec, damo and shari). The flight from Lima to Caracas was a pretty bumpy one, so on arrival we grabbed our bags and once we got out of customs (which was very easy i must add) we just got swamped by all these guys asking us for taxi's and money exchange. I must say there are a fair few dodgy people going around, like for example the official exchange rate...

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Feb 12, 2007 - Caracas

Monday 12th February Arrived in a different bus station than expected in Caracas at 4am but jumped straight in a taxi and found I was much closer to the next terminal so that was good. Waited from 5am for the ticket booths to open and had some breakfast (you guessed it........ham and cheese, but for variety got a croissant!) and bought a Snickers for later which after lots of pointing I was told it's called a 'Neeker' (too early in the morning to remember silent s's). After a couple of hours of listening to the reps shouting destinations I...

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Jan 10, 2007 - Caracas

As some of you may know, I've been here before and didn't spend much time here..... it's really a gateway to the rest of the country. Now I know why I saw / met so many Venezuelans on holiday in Colombia.....it's soooo much cheaper for them! I'm a bit shocked at the price of things, as a minimum roughly twice the price as Colombia.....missing Colombia already!

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Sep 27, 2006 - Caracas, Venezuela

We packed our gear and started a day over travel. We drove back to the Margarita airport where we managed to get lost along the way. We eventually found the way again but it made for a few tense moments. We checked in and our flight was only an hour late, so pretty good. Once in Caracas, we tested out the 'back-pack' straps on our bags as the National terminal and the International terminal were not real close. We found COPA Airlines and waited in a line of 8 people for 45 minutes to check in. Our flight was 'departing' at 5:08 but boarding...

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Sep 5, 2006 - Caracas, Venezuela

We spent the night at Hotel La Parada. Not the best neighborhood but the rooms were really clean and the TV drowned out most of the gun fire (just kidding). Got up this morning and got to the airport and was assisted by this odd gentleman who took our bags and forced his way to the front of the line and demanded five dollars. Down five bucks, made no new friends at the airport. Off to Margarita.....

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Jan 16, 2006 - Caracas

Unsere Ankunft in Caracas haette schlechter nicht sein koennen. Wir kamen am Abend mit dem Flugzeug an und da eine Bruecke unpassierbar geworden war, die den Flughafen mit der Stadt verbindet, wird der ganze Verkehr ueber eine schmale, kurvige Strasse umgeleitet, fuer die der ganze Verkehr definitiv zu viel ist. So dauerte die Fahrt im Bus ganze drei Stunden, bis wir endlich Caracas erreichten. Der Busbahnhof gilt als sehr gefaehrlich und wir verliessen ihn in einer grossen Gruppe Leute. An der besser beleuchteten Strasse versuchten wir ein...

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¡Vamos!

Nov 21, 2005 - merida and onwards

It's been a little while but I want to update you all on my travels. I feel like I'm getting into the swing of things. Merida was quiet and beautiful with good hiking and we happened upon a school parade, the older children were dancing and playing instruments while the younger kids were in costumes. We then decided to go on to caracas before heading to a beach. Unfortunately I didn't get to see much of the city as I had a bout of tummy troubles and spent the day in bed, well the bathroom. Then we got a free flight to isla margarita,...

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Helen's travels

Nov 6, 2005 - Caracus, Venezuela

Hi Everyone, As you can see we have started our real backpacking adventure in South-America, we landed in Caracas on the 6th of Nov, and stayed here for one night as not the prettiest and cleanest of cities ever seen. The people are generally friendly and helpful and do not speak much English, we met a spanish couple who helped show us around the Metro system and told us of things currently happening in Caracas and Venezuela, another reason we did not stay in Caracas was because it was not the safest area at night, so we booked and caught a...

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Oct 23, 2005 - Meeting up in Caracas

Mark - After our seperate adventures at Ciudad Perdida and Angel Falls we met up as arranged in Caracas, before we were due to fly into Peru. As arranged we met at a hostel listed in our guidebook, I recgnised John's backpack in reception (it was the one smelling due to his wet trainers). The hostel also doubled up as a local 'love hotel'(ie. it rents rooms by the hour) - but I hasten to add that even after 2 months away from home me and John got a twin room. Caracas, allegdly one of the most dangerous cities in Latin America, was pretty...

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Sep 30, 2005 - Venezuela part 2 - Canoes, Caves and Camping

Getting to Tucupita After waiting in a rickety, damp, pitch black bus stop in a thunderstorm for a good hour, we were most pleased when the overnight bus due to take us to our next destination eventually arrived, and we soggily squelched on board to take our seats and settle in for the night. However, we had not travelled more than an hour, when Dunc was woken up by a vigorous stamping noise next to him. He glanced over to see a member of our party shaking her trousers and scraping her feet on the floor, declaring that "There is something...

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Sep 17, 2005 - Return to Caracas

Boo hoo, it's our last real day of holiday and we are out of bed early to both pack our bags and pack in some last minute sunbathing at the swimming pool. First, in a rare move, we make it down to breakfast and rapidly realise why we gave it a miss for so many days. In a word - carnage. Or in two - Carnage & Grease. Carnage because the latinos shove and barge around as if its the last breakfast on earth and there isn't absolutely tons of food available. Grease because the food just swims in it. If you are not careful, trying to fork a slice...

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Sep 8, 2005 - Twelve hours in Caracas

"Incomprehension of the present is born from forgetting the past," anonymous. My trip home included a 24-hour layover in Caracas, Venezuela. Since I hadn't planned to visit this country at the northern end of South America, the layover provided a chance to bag one more liberator. "Bag a liberator?" I have a sick facination with anyone who helped free South America from Spanish rule. So far, I visited the grave of San Martin, liberator of Argentina and much of Chile, Artigas, who liberated Uruguay, and now I'd have the chance to visit...

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