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Santa Elena / Brazil Border, Venezuela - Go To Pacaraima For Taxis To Boa Vista

Venezuela travel blog by Mark Berman - January 2011   » View Photoset (16 Photos)

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A 10hr bus journey during the day from Ciudad Guayana brought me to Santa Elena de Uairen in the south-east of Venezuela near the border
Venezuela Photo - The road out of Santa Elena to the Brazilian border.
The road out of Santa Elena to the Brazilian border.
of Brazil. I stayed the night, looked around town in the morning and then made my way to the border at Pacaraima on the Brazilian side.

Accommodation and Tours

There is plenty of accommodation in Santa Elena and it is quite cheap compared to Venezuela's normal prices for casual accommodation in other parts of the country. There are also many tour companies offering tours to places like trekking in Roraima, the Gran Sabana, a trek in Chirikayen, Angel Falls, Canaima Park, Aponwao, El Pauji and Los Roques.

Import and Free Shops

There are many shops selling imported goods along the main streets of Santa Elena, traveling gear, electronics, household items and sports equipment.

Around Town

I made a visit to Plaza Bolivar as usual. The monument of Simon Bolivar has a plaque that says that he was the liberator of Venezuela, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru and Panama and that he
Venezuela Photo - Welcome to Santa Elena, a mural of musician Ali Primera in the border town near Brazil.
Welcome to Santa Elena, a mural of musician Ali Primera in the border town near Brazil.
founded Bolivia. Another plaque says that Santa Elena was founded on the 12th of March 1923, it's a nice little park with trees and benches to sit on. I saw a sign pointing up the road to the church Iglesia Santa Elena. I walked for 5-6 minutes and came to the big stone structure with bell tower and many stone archways, the church has at least 8 white religious figures standing on the roof facing towards the road.

Taxi to Pacaraima

It was time now to collect my backpack from my room and take a co-op taxi to the border control 15 minutes away which included a couple of road checkpoints during the trip. After Venezuelan passport procedures I walked a few hundred meters up the road to the Brazilian control. The borderline has flags and monuments next to each other, on the Venezuelan side it is Simon Bolivar and on Brazil's side it is D. Pedro I. After the formalities it was just a short walk to the co-op taxi stand in Pacaraima where I headed south to Boa Vista. I was in Brazil again!

     

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Distances & times (if available) from Santa Elena / Brazil Border (Venezuela) to:


Map location: Santa Elena / Brazil Border, Venezuela. The border of Venezuela and Brazil! I stayed in Santa Elena, crossed the border to Brazil at Pacaraima and headed south to Boa Vista by taxi (see Brazil - Pacaraima to Boa Vista)!
 A : Pacaraima to Boa Vista - Brazil 203 kms 203 kms straight distance | 3hrs 33mins 3hrs 33mins by car (235 kms) | 4hrs 15mins 4hrs 15mins by bus (235 kms) (235 kms)
 B : Ciudad Guayana - Venezuela 451 kms 451 kms straight distance | 7hrs 55mins 7hrs 55mins by car (614 kms) | 9hrs 30mins 9hrs 30mins by bus (614 kms) (614 kms)
 C : Ciudad Bolivar - Venezuela 472 kms 472 kms straight distance | 8hrs 49mins 8hrs 49mins by car (709 kms) | 10hrs 34mins 10hrs 34mins by bus (709 kms) (709 kms)
 D : Puerto La Cruz & Barcelona - Venezuela 729 kms 729 kms straight distance | 11hrs 41mins 11hrs 41mins by car (964 kms) | 14hrs 1min 14hrs 1min by bus (964 kms) (964 kms)
 E : Isla Margarita - La Restinga - Venezuela 783 kms 783 kms straight distance | 14hrs 9mins 14hrs 9mins by car (1094 kms) | 16hrs 58mins 16hrs 58mins by bus (1094 kms) (1094 kms)
 F : Isla Margarita - Porlamar - Venezuela 768 kms 768 kms straight distance | 14hrs 15mins 14hrs 15mins by car (1099 kms) | 17hrs 6mins 17hrs 6mins by bus (1099 kms) (1099 kms)
 G : Isla Margarita - Boca de Rio - Venezuela 782 kms 782 kms straight distance | 14hrs 15mins 14hrs 15mins by car (1100 kms) | 17hrs 6mins 17hrs 6mins by bus (1100 kms) (1100 kms)
 H : Isla Margarita - Juan Griego - Venezuela 785 kms 785 kms straight distance | 14hrs 29mins 14hrs 29mins by car (1111 kms) | 17hrs 22mins 17hrs 22mins by bus (1111 kms) (1111 kms)
 I : Isla Margarita - La Asuncion - Venezuela 777 kms 777 kms straight distance | 14hrs 38mins 14hrs 38mins by car (1113 kms) | 17hrs 33mins 17hrs 33mins by bus (1113 kms) (1113 kms)
 J : Isla Margarita - Pampatar - Venezuela 771 kms 771 kms straight distance | 14hrs 31mins 14hrs 31mins by car (1114 kms) | 17hrs 25mins 17hrs 25mins by bus (1114 kms) (1114 kms)
 K : Canaima & Angel Falls - Venezuela 264 kms 264 kms straight distance
 L : Georgetown, Guyana 406 kms 406 kms straight distance
 M : South Drain / Moleson Creek Border - Suriname / Guyana 462 kms 462 kms straight distance
 N : Nickerie & the Journey from Paramaribo - Suriname 481 kms 481 kms straight distance
 O : Paramaribo, Suriname 667 kms 667 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 Santa Elena / Brazil Border, Venezuela:

Posada Hotel Michelle, Santa Elena, Venezuela - Large Photo
Posada Hotel Michelle, Santa Elena, Venezuela (January 2011 - 1 night) - Being a border town and place many travellers pass through to or from Brazil, Santa Elena has good competion in places to stay, therefore good prices. My room was excellent and large with tv and bathroom. Tours can be booked from the foyer. In the center of Santa Elena.

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