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Ciudad Bolivar, Venezuela - The Top 5 Things To Do and See

Venezuela travel blog by Mark Berman - April 2013   » View Photoset (45 Photos)

Mark Berman, South America backpacker for 10yrs!
An overnight bus from Maracay brought me to Ciudad Bolivar, a 10hr journey arriving at 8am. I took a taxi from the bus terminal to a posada
Venezuela Photo - Mural of important men in Ciudad Bolivar.
Mural of important men in Ciudad Bolivar.
(hostel) in the historical center.

1. Book Angel Falls Tour

I came to Ciudad Bolivar to organise a tour to Angel Falls. There are many tour offices around the historical center and prices vary so shop around. Read about the tour!

2. Historical Center

The historical center of Ciudad Bolivar is located around Plaza Bolivar on top of a small hill, it's quite a small area. The plaza and cathedral are attractive and there are a few government buildings around it like the Palace and the House of Congress. Up the road a little is the Legislative Palace and Plaza Miranda named after Francisco de Miranda (1750-1816) - a Venezuelan revolutionary. Some of the streets around here have some colorful houses but I wasn't really 'blown away' by this historical
Venezuela Photo - Nueva Granada, white statue of a woman in Plaza Bolivar in Ciudad Bolivar.
Nueva Granada, white statue of a woman in Plaza Bolivar in Ciudad Bolivar.
center like I have been many times before in other places.

3. Views of the River

I headed down the hill to the Orinoco River where there are some nice views. There is a beach and you can see the bridge in the distance. As I admired the views of the river I looked down to the river bank and noticed a handgun sitting on the ground next to pieces of rubbish. I thought 'hmmm that's different'. Along the street beside the river (Paseo Orinoco) there is a whole bunch of old and tattered murals that are in desperate need of a repaint. I continued walking in that direction a little
Venezuela Photo - Woman on a rock beside the river mural in Ciudad Bolivar.
Woman on a rock beside the river mural in Ciudad Bolivar.
but turned around because it was not that safe to continue.

4. Piar Museum

I made my way back towards Plaza Bolivar up the staircase built upon a huge rock and visited Museo Piar that contains some history of General Manuel Piar (1774-1817) - the room that was used as his prison and church for 2 weeks before his execution. Another building I visited had a courtyard, gardens and fountain and had been residence to Simon Bolivar in 1817.

5. Botanical Gardens

I took a walk down the hill to the botanical gardens Jardin Botanico del Orinoco. This is a well kept clean and big park indeed - gardens, flowers, many trees, big open spaces and a tribute to Uruguayan national hero General Jose Artigas (1764-1850). That was just in the north / west corner of the park. Much of the park was closed on this day. In the south / west corner of the botanical gardens is South America's biggest statue of Simon Bolivar - I got to see it a few days later after returning from Angel Falls.

North to Puerto La Cruz

I left Ciudad Bolivar and headed north to Puerto La Cruz in a shared taxi from the bus terminal, it took 3hrs 30mins at a speed of 150kms. I then took a bus east 1hr to Santa Fe and another 20mins more to Mochima for the night.

     

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Distances & times (if available) from Ciudad Bolivar (Venezuela) to:


Map location: Ciudad Bolivar, Venezuela. I came to Ciudad Bolivar to organise a tour to Angel Falls, but not before I had a good look around the city.
 A : Ciudad Guayana - Venezuela 86 kms 86 kms straight distance | 1hr 6mins 1hr 6mins by car (106 kms) | 1hr 19mins 1hr 19mins by bus (106 kms) (106 kms)
 B : Puerto La Cruz & Barcelona - Venezuela 258 kms 258 kms straight distance | 3hrs 18mins 3hrs 18mins by car (289 kms) | 3hrs 57mins 3hrs 57mins by bus (289 kms) (289 kms)
 C : Isla Margarita - La Restinga - Venezuela 328 kms 328 kms straight distance | 5hrs 47mins 5hrs 47mins by car (419 kms) | 6hrs 56mins 6hrs 56mins by bus (419 kms) (419 kms)
 D : Isla Margarita - Porlamar - Venezuela 320 kms 320 kms straight distance | 5hrs 52mins 5hrs 52mins by car (424 kms) | 7hrs 2mins 7hrs 2mins by bus (424 kms) (424 kms)
 E : Isla Margarita - Boca de Rio - Venezuela 327 kms 327 kms straight distance | 5hrs 53mins 5hrs 53mins by car (425 kms) | 7hrs 3mins 7hrs 3mins by bus (425 kms) (425 kms)
 F : Isla Margarita - Juan Griego - Venezuela 337 kms 337 kms straight distance | 6hrs 7mins 6hrs 7mins by car (436 kms) | 7hrs 20mins 7hrs 20mins by bus (436 kms) (436 kms)
 G : Isla Margarita - La Asuncion - Venezuela 330 kms 330 kms straight distance | 6hrs 15mins 6hrs 15mins by car (438 kms) | 7hrs 30mins 7hrs 30mins by bus (438 kms) (438 kms)
 H : Isla Margarita - Pampatar - Venezuela 326 kms 326 kms straight distance | 6hrs 8mins 6hrs 8mins by car (439 kms) | 7hrs 21mins 7hrs 21mins by bus (439 kms) (439 kms)
 I : Colonia Tovar - Venezuela 482 kms 482 kms straight distance | 8hrs 19mins 8hrs 19mins by car (651 kms) | 9hrs 58mins 9hrs 58mins by bus (651 kms) (651 kms)
 J : Santa Elena / Brazil Border - Venezuela 472 kms 472 kms straight distance | 8hrs 50mins 8hrs 50mins by car (708 kms) | 10hrs 36mins 10hrs 36mins by bus (708 kms) (708 kms)
 K : Puerto Colombia - Venezuela 516 kms 516 kms straight distance | 9hrs 47mins 9hrs 47mins by car (715 kms) | 11hrs 44mins 11hrs 44mins by bus (715 kms) (715 kms)
 L : Puerto Cabello - Venezuela 557 kms 557 kms straight distance | 9hrs 2mins 9hrs 2mins by car (753 kms) | 10hrs 50mins 10hrs 50mins by bus (753 kms) (753 kms)
 M : Morrocoy National Park - Venezuela 605 kms 605 kms straight distance | 9hrs 44mins 9hrs 44mins by car (809 kms) | 11hrs 40mins 11hrs 40mins by bus (809 kms) (809 kms)
 N : Canaima & Angel Falls - Venezuela 219 kms 219 kms straight distance
Driving times are accurate but approximate and are listed in the order of driving distance! Drive times are always affected by weather conditions, the terrain, time of day, altitude, dinner and bathroom stops, animals on the road, protests, a fast or slow bus driver, police checkpoints, border and river crossings, dropping off and picking up passengers etc. These drive times are obtained from Google Maps and are meant as a guide. Note however, times quoted in the main text of this page are exactly as the author experienced it.


My Hostel & Hotel Reviews for Ciudad Bolivar, Venezuela:

Posada Don Carlos, Ciudad Bolivar, Venezuela - Large Photo
Posada Don Carlos, Ciudad Bolivar, Venezuela (April/May 2013 - 3 nights) - This is an awesome place to stay right in the center of the historical area. There's lots of space - upstairs and down, a fully equipped kitchen and hammocks. There's lots of friendly dogs and cats around the place too. Helpful staff. Recommended.

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