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Puerto Colombia, Venezuela - Beach With Camping Or Stay In A Pousada

Venezuela travel blog by Mark Berman - January 2011   » View Photoset (31 Photos)

Mark Berman, South America backpacker for 10yrs!
Late morning on New Years Day 2011 I left Puerto Cabello on the coast via Moron to Maracay, this took just over an hour. When the bus
Venezuela Photo - Puerto Colombia township and surrounding mountains view from above.
Puerto Colombia township and surrounding mountains view from above.
arrived at the terminal in Maracay there were young people everywhere getting ready to board buses for holidays in popular places. One of these places is Puerto Colombia, a place I had decided I would visit for a few days.

Getting There by Bus

I waited in a long line at Maracay bus terminal and ended up in a bus full of happy and fun Venezuelan youth. Puerto Colombia is on the coast on the other side of Parque Nacional Henri Pittier from Maracay. The road goes straight through the middle of the park and is a twisting and turning one with several hairpin turns and travels through thick lush forest and bamboo and gets very close to the clouds before it comes back down to sea level. There are bridges, waterfalls, rivers with large boulders where people swim and small communities along the way. There was also a police checkpoint at the entrance of the park, all
Venezuela Photo - Street in Puerto Colombia, sign points to Playa Grande.
Street in Puerto Colombia, sign points to Playa Grande.
males were lined up outside the bus and checked for identification. From Maracay to Puerto Colombia takes around 2 hours, make sure you eat well before you take this journey.

Find a Pousada or Camp

By late afternoon I had arrived in Puerto Colombia. I was lucky to find a posada (guesthouse) with a spare bed. Many of the young people and families who visit here sleep in tents underneath palm trees in the camping ground just back from the beach.

What's in Town?

Puerto Colombia is a fun and lively little place with many restaurants that range from cheap feeds to more fancy foods. There
Venezuela Photo - The view while climbing cactus hill to the lookout point at Puerto Colombia.
The view while climbing cactus hill to the lookout point at Puerto Colombia.
are dozens and dozens of pousadas and guesthouses to accommodate all the people who flock here on weekends and for vacations. The main attraction are the beautiful beaches where palm trees create a stunning backdrop behind the sand. In town there is a small blue church near Plaza Bolivar and of course a monument, the town is pretty clean, safe and well-kept.

Beaches, Boats, Fish

The beach closest to town is Playa Grande, just 5 minutes walk away, boats take people along the coast to the other beaches in the area. The area beside the sea in town is a colorful place where people enjoy sitting in the park, playing in the sand or just relaxing. There are hundreds of fishing boats that sit in the river that leads
Venezuela Photo - The beach and park behind in the Puerto Colombia township.
The beach and park behind in the Puerto Colombia township.
to the sea, it is a very colorful sight. Fresh fish is brought in and pelicans hang around waiting for a bite to eat. The town itself has a nice feel about it with colorful houses, plazas, parks and shops. The park beside the sea has a couple of old rusty cannons pointing out, waves crash against the barriers and sometimes flood the park a little. There is a monument also.

Playa Grande Beach

I walked to Playa Grande across the bridge from town, there are several cheap restaurants along the road on the way. The beach was absolutely packed with people, the reason being that the beach and backdrop is very beautiful indeed, white sand, palm trees and mountains surround it, stunning!
Venezuela Photo - The camping area behind the beach Playa Grande at Puerto Colombia.
The camping area behind the beach Playa Grande at Puerto Colombia.

Over the River

Over the other side of the river from the park is the mirador lookout point. To get there you walk across the fishing boats which are all side by side creating a bridge, there are stairs leading up the cactus hill. It's only a 5 minute walk to the top where there are fabulous views of the town and the lush green mountains and area all around, it's amazing. The lookout point also has a white monument of Jesus on the cross.

Back to Maracay

After 3 nights in Puerto Colombia I took a bus back to Maracay and continued my travels along the coast east towards Caracas and Puerto La Cruz.

     

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Distances & times (if available) from Puerto Colombia (Venezuela) to:


Map location: Puerto Colombia, Venezuela. Puerto Colombia is on the coast on the other side of Parque Nacional Henri Pittier from Maracay, the road goes through thick lush forest close to the clouds before it comes back down to sea level. Go to the beach and go camping here!
 A : Colonia Tovar - Venezuela 35 kms 35 kms straight distance | 3hrs 18mins 3hrs 18mins by car (121 kms) | 3hrs 57mins 3hrs 57mins by bus (121 kms) (121 kms)
 B : Puerto Cabello - Venezuela 49 kms 49 kms straight distance | 3hrs 4mins 3hrs 4mins by car (143 kms) | 3hrs 40mins 3hrs 40mins by bus (143 kms) (143 kms)
 C : Morrocoy National Park - Venezuela 89 kms 89 kms straight distance | 3hrs 45mins 3hrs 45mins by car (199 kms) | 4hrs 30mins 4hrs 30mins by bus (199 kms) (199 kms)
 D : San Felipe - Venezuela 128 kms 128 kms straight distance | 3hrs 55mins 3hrs 55mins by car (225 kms) | 4hrs 42mins 4hrs 42mins by bus (225 kms) (225 kms)
 E : Coro to Puerto Cabello - Venezuela 142 kms 142 kms straight distance | 4hrs 27mins 4hrs 27mins by car (258 kms) | 5hrs 20mins 5hrs 20mins by bus (258 kms) (258 kms)
 F : Acarigua - Venezuela 205 kms 205 kms straight distance | 5hrs 3mins 5hrs 3mins by car (289 kms) | 6hrs 3mins 6hrs 3mins by bus (289 kms) (289 kms)
 G : Barquisimeto - Venezuela 204 kms 204 kms straight distance | 4hrs 48mins 4hrs 48mins by car (316 kms) | 5hrs 45mins 5hrs 45mins by bus (316 kms) (316 kms)
 H : El Tintorero & Quibor - Venezuela 221 kms 221 kms straight distance | 5hrs 5mins 5hrs 5mins by car (341 kms) | 6hrs 6mins 6hrs 6mins by bus (341 kms) (341 kms)
 I : Coro - Venezuela 249 kms 249 kms straight distance | 6hrs 6mins 6hrs 6mins by car (386 kms) | 7hrs 19mins 7hrs 19mins by bus (386 kms) (386 kms)
 J : Carora - Venezuela 275 kms 275 kms straight distance | 5hrs 49mins 5hrs 49mins by car (408 kms) | 6hrs 58mins 6hrs 58mins by bus (408 kms) (408 kms)
 K : Puerto La Cruz & Barcelona - Venezuela 318 kms 318 kms straight distance | 7hrs 6mins 7hrs 6mins by car (449 kms) | 8hrs 31mins 8hrs 31mins by bus (449 kms) (449 kms)
 L : Barinas - Venezuela 361 kms 361 kms straight distance | 6hrs 36mins 6hrs 36mins by car (450 kms) | 7hrs 55mins 7hrs 55mins by bus (450 kms) (450 kms)
 M : Adicora & Punto Fijo - Venezuela 297 kms 297 kms straight distance | 7hrs 2mins 7hrs 2mins by car (463 kms) | 8hrs 26mins 8hrs 26mins by bus (463 kms) (463 kms)
 N : Maracaibo to Coro - Venezuela 360 kms 360 kms straight distance | 8hrs 8hrs by car (528 kms) | 9hrs 36mins 9hrs 36mins by bus (528 kms) (528 kms)
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 Puerto Colombia, Venezuela:

Posada Los Guanches, Puerto Colombia, Venezuela - Large Photo
Posada Los Guanches, Puerto Colombia, Venezuela (January 2011 - 3 nights) - I had a very nice big room with bathroom, the price was reasonable for early January. 5 minutes walk to the main streets, restaurants and parks. Secure premises and helpful woman owner.

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