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Venezuela Experiences, Stories & Photos from a Backpacker

Places, Experiences, Travel Stories, Videos & 1544 Photos from Venezuela


The landscapes of Venezuela vary from the dense rain forests in the south to the snowcapped mountains in the west to vast deltas weaving across the east to the stunning beaches and palm tree's on the northern Caribbean coast!

I have backpacked in Venezuela 3 times now. In December 2010/January 2011 I travelled in Venezuela for 7 weeks. I was in San Cristobal, Merida, Coro, Puerto Cabello, Puerto Colombia, Isla Margarita and other places. In April/May 2013 I returned to Venezuela a 2nd time. I did a lot in my 16 days here including seeing Angel Falls, Colonia Tovar, El Tintorero and several colonial cities. In August 2014 I came back for 17 days and visited a few beaches on the north coast including Adicora and Morrocoy National Park, then headed south via Barinas to the mountains. Here are my experiences and story.
Read more about Barinas
Barinas: I Enjoyed Exploring The City & Historical Center  » photoset (75 photos) «
Located in the foothills of the Andes 188 meters above sea level, Barinas is the gateway from the east up into the heart of the mountains and small towns located 3500-4000 meters up towards the west. I had made my way from the coast through Barquisimeto and Acarigua over a few days to get here, it's 2hrs south/west from Acarigua where I had been the night before. More
Read more about Barinas to Apartaderos
Barinas to Apartaderos: Heading Up To 3500 Meters Above Sea  » photoset (25 photos) «
From Barinas to the east is the perfect place to ascend westward up to the mountains north of Merida. A combination of buses and shared taxis will get you there. It's a journey full of amazing scenery on a road that is in good condition. The ascent is a steady one but make sure you have a good meal before you travel because the road is also a winding one. More
Read more about Mucuchies
Mucuchies: Small Town In The Mountains With A Castle  » photoset (34 photos) «
I have visited or stayed in Mucuchies twice now. The first time was a quick visit as part of the El Paramo tour I did from Merida in 2010. The most recent time in 2014 I stayed the night and had a better look around the place. The town is built on a hillside and the center as usual is Plaza Bolivar and the cathedral. More
Read more about San Isidro de Apartaderos
San Isidro de Apartaderos: In The Middle Of Mountainous Countryside  » photoset (45 photos) «
San Isidro de Apartaderos is one of several small communities along the Transandina road north of Merida. These townships always have interesting and quirky things to see. I had spent the night before in Mucuchies 15-20mins south, then headed up through San Rafael and got off the bus here in San Isidro de Apartaderos to stay the night. More
Read more about Timotes
Timotes: A Picturesque Valley And Agricultural Center  » photoset (30 photos) «
Timotes 116kms north of Merida is situated in a beautiful green fertile valley with the Motatan River running beside. I arrived here from the junction in Apartaderos 55kms south which took 1hr 20mins in a shared taxi. Timotes is located below the town of Chachopo which sits neat the top of the valley. More
Read more about Adicora & Punto Fijo
Adicora & Punto Fijo: Visit The Beautiful Beach & Go Kitesurfing  » photoset (55 photos) «
North of Coro on the Paraguana Peninsula are a few places like Punto Fijo, Pueblo Nuevo and beaches like Adicora out on the east coast. I was mainly wanting to get to Adicora but after arriving in Punto Fijo from Coro found that on a Sunday it was virtually impossible to get a shared-taxi or bus to the eastern side, so I stayed the night in Punto Fijo and waited until the next day. More
Read more about Morrocoy National Park
Morrocoy National Park: Paradise Of Beaches & Crystal Clear Waters  » photoset (58 photos) «
Wow! If you are a beach and nature lover and you want to be in the most beautiful and amazing place full of secluded (or semi-crowded) beaches with crystal clean waters, then Morrocoy National Park is your ticket! I did a day trip to Morrocoy from Moron where I had spent the night and also returned there for a night after the day in Morrocoy. More
Read more about Barquisimeto
Barquisimeto: Historical Center, Markets & Graffiti Art  » photoset (63 photos) «
Barquisimeto, a city I had passed through once before after visiting nearby El Tintorero and Quibor. I had lunch outside the bus terminal, gave my stinky socks and shoes to a homeless man and caught a bus to Maracay for another to Ciudad Bolivar through the night. More
Read more about Acarigua
Acarigua: Passing Through, Little To See, Little To Do  » photoset (21 photos) «
About an hour south of Barquisimeto (once you get out of the city) is the town of Acarigua. I was heading in this direction towards Barinas and the mountains north of Merida and thought I would spend a night in Acarigua and have a quick look around. A taxi from the bus terminal took me into the center with the first sight along the way being the huge statue of Portuguesa in Plaza 5 de Diciembre. More
Read more about San Antonio to San Cristobal
San Antonio to San Cristobal: My First Visit To Venezuela  » photoset (24 photos) «
My first time in Venezuela, I crossed at Cucuta in Colombia to the border town of San Antonio in Venezuela on my way to San Cristobal about an hour and a half away. I hired a taxi in Cucuta to take me across the border, to stop at both passport offices, wait while I changed my USD for Bolivares and then to take me to a bus. More
Read more about Merida - The City
Merida - The City: Tourist Center In The Mountains  » photoset (56 photos) «
I left San Cristobal to get to Merida which took 6hrs by bus, it was difficult to take any photos of quality because the bus driver was very strict about keeping the windows closed during the journey and actually stopped the bus on one occasion to tell me to keep my arm and camera inside and to close my window. More
Read more about Merida - El Paramo
Merida - El Paramo: Spend Time To Explore This Beautiful Part Of The Country  » photoset (76 photos) «
I thought a day tour to the area around Merida called El Paramo sounded great, and yes, it turned out to be one of the best things I did in Venezuela. The scenery is amazing with mountains, lagoons, Andean towns, mind-blowing landscapes, churches, monuments and interesting things to see along the Transandina roadside. More
Read more about Merida to Maracaibo
Merida to Maracaibo: I Can See The Oil Pipelines  » photoset (21 photos) «
I left Merida after 2 weeks there and took a bus during the day north to Maracaibo, this journey took 9hrs. The scenery isn't the most mind-blowing that Venezuela has to offer but it is pleasant enough and has long straight roads and open spaces. After leaving Merida the bus headed in the direction of Tovar and El Vigia. More
Read more about Maracaibo to Coro
Maracaibo to Coro: Open Space, Greenness, Cactus And Rivers  » photoset (32 photos) «
2014 Exactly the same trip as I did in 2010, read below, everything was the same as far as the road and scenery. We didn't make a lunch stop this time however. We were stopped for around 90 minutes before crossing the Maracaibo bridge for police checks, there were many buses and cars lined up in the hot sun, that was tough. More
Read more about Coro
Coro: An Historical City Center On The Hot Coast  » photoset (120 photos) «
2014 It was my 2nd time in Coro and I knew what to expect, a small but well-preserved historical zone with well-kept colonial buildings, leafy plazas and cobblestone streets. Nearly 4 years after my first visit I intended to look for and find some new things to see that I hadn't seen on my previous visit. More
Read more about Coro to Puerto Cabello
Coro to Puerto Cabello: An Interesting Journey, Looking For A Place To Sleep  » photoset (13 photos) «
It was the 31st of December 2010 and I thought I would head from Coro to perhaps Valencia for the night, then I thought 'no, big cities are hard work', so I thought I would get off the bus in a place called Moron which I did. But after racing around town in a taxi looking for a hotel with a spare bed and finding none, I decided to go a short way east to Puerto Cabello. More
Read more about Puerto Cabello
Puerto Cabello: I'm Glad I Came Here, I Liked It  » photoset (34 photos) «
Puerto Cabello is not mentioned at all in the Lonely Planet book, I ended up here for a night kind of by accident after not being able to find a bed in nearby Moron on New Years Eve 31/12/2010. I didn't know anything about the place and I think not many people do, but I was surprised on New Years Day while walking around the city how historically authentic it is. More
Read more about Puerto Colombia
Puerto Colombia: Nice Beaches With Palm Trees And Camping  » photoset (35 photos) «
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 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. More
Read more about Isla Margarita - Porlamar
Isla Margarita - Porlamar: The Main City On The Island  » photoset (17 photos) «
From the Conferry terminal in Puerto La Cruz I made the 4 hour trip by sea to Porlamar on Isla Margarita. It was early morning, I woke before 6am and walked the 20 minutes west from the center of Puerto La Cruz to the ferry terminal and bought a ticket for 40 Bolivares one way (around $6USD). More
Read more about Isla Margarita - La Restinga
Isla Margarita - La Restinga: I Stayed Here For 2 Weeks With A Fishing Family  » photoset (41 photos) «
From the bus terminal 5 blocks from Plaza Bolivar in Porlamar I took a bus westward to La Restinga about 33kms away. I had been invited to visit by a sweet lady friend I had met the day before while I was walking around Porlamar. I didn't know it then but I would end up staying for 2 weeks living in a house on the beach with a family of fishermen. More
Read more about Isla Margarita - Boca De Rio
Isla Margarita - Boca De Rio: A Fishing Village At The Mouth Of The River  » photoset (28 photos) «
Boca de Rio is 5 minutes west from La Restinga over the bridge that joins the western and eastern parts of Isla Margarita. It's a small but colorful little place where most activity happens around the seafront. In Boca de Rio is the museum Museo Marino de Margarita, their website is www.museomarino.com but I am not sure if the site is still running. More
Read more about Isla Margarita - Pampatar
Isla Margarita - Pampatar: I Came To Visit The Old Castle  » photoset (30 photos) «
I set out for a day trip to Pampatar to see the castle, the bus from Porlamar only took about 20 minutes and leaves up the road from Plaza Bolivar in the direction of the church. Pampatar is located on the far east side of Isla Margarita beside the sea, the main attraction being the castle Castillo San Carlos de Borromeo which was constructed in 1663 and took 20 years to build. More
Read more about Isla Margarita - La Asuncion
Isla Margarita - La Asuncion: An Interesting Historical Town With Castle In The Hills  » photoset (24 photos) «
La Asuncion was a place I wanted to visit for a few hours to see some of the historical attractions like the castle and cathedral. I caught a bus in Porlamar down the road from the plaza about 5 blocks past the church, the journey to La Asuncion takes around 25 minutes. More
Read more about Isla Margarita - Juan Griego
Isla Margarita - Juan Griego: Spectacular Sunsets, Beach And Boats  » photoset (20 photos) «
From La Asuncion I took a bus to Juan Griego only 15kms away on the north west coast passing through Santa Ana 8kms away. Juan Griego is known as a laidback place where there is accommodation available. The bay has fishing boats, visiting yachts and tour boats docked. More
Read more about Ciudad Guayana
Ciudad Guayana: Visit The Beautiful Cachamay Park  » photoset (35 photos) «
After nearly 2 and a half weeks on Isla Margarita I returned to Puerto La Cruz and caught a bus at 10pm to Ciudad Guayana which took 6hrs. I arrived shortly after 4am and waited in the bus terminal for a couple of hours until the sun came up. I had found a place to stay in the Lonely Planet book and took a taxi there. More
Read more about Santa Elena / Brazil Border
Santa Elena / Brazil Border: I'm Heading Down Towards The Amazon  » photoset (16 photos) «
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 of Brazil. I stayed the night, looked around town in the morning and then made my way across the border to Pacaraima on the Brazilian side. More
Read more about Maracaibo
Maracaibo: There Is More Than Meets The Eye  » photoset (117 photos) «
A week or so after the 2013 elections in Venezuela I returned for my 2nd time in the country. It was much cheaper than my first time there 2 and a half years earlier, black market exchange rates had skyrocketed. I arrived in Maracaibo this time from northern Colombia, Santa Marta to Riohacha 3hrs, 1hr more to Maicao, 12kms more to the border and 3hrs more from there to Maracaibo. More
Read more about Carora
Carora: A Well-preserved Colonial Zone  » photoset (57 photos) «
I spent a couple of nights in Carora. I had read that it had a very well preserved Zona Colonial as they call it, historical colonial neighbourhood. I spent a full day exploring the neighbourhood and other parts of town. Carora is located 2 thirds of the way to Barquisimeto from Maracaibo, it took 3hrs to get there by bus. More
Read more about El Tintorero & Quibor
El Tintorero & Quibor: Arts And Crafts Center  » photoset (51 photos) «
I had heard about 3 special places in Venezuela that produced and sold arts and crafts - Quibor, El Tintorero and El Tocuyo. I decided to visit one or two of them. I left Carora early in the morning, it was only a 40min bus ride east on highway 1 to El Tintorero, west from Barquisimeto. More
Read more about Ciudad Bolivar
Ciudad Bolivar: Organise A Tour To Angel Falls  » photoset (45 photos) «
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 (hostel) in the historical center. I came to Ciudad Bolivar to organise a tour to Angel Falls, but not before I had a good look around the city. More
Read more about Canaima & Angel Falls
Canaima & Angel Falls: One Of The Most Beautiful Places I Have Ever Seen  » photoset (67 photos) «
I was glad I booked a tour to Canaima and Angel Falls, it is one of the most beautiful places I have ever been to in South America! You may be surprised that in my opinion Angel Falls came 2nd as far as the most mind-blowing waterfall experience on this tour. More
Read more about Puerto La Cruz & Barcelona
Puerto La Cruz & Barcelona: Beaches, Islands And Historic Sights  » photoset (50 photos) «
Puerto La Cruz: After a 5 hour bus journey from Caracas I arrived at around 11pm in Puerto La Cruz and shared a taxi into the town center with some trustworthy people I met on the bus. I walked around the center for a while looking for a place to stay. More
Read more about Colonia Tovar
Colonia Tovar: A Taste Of Germany High In The Mountains  » photoset (51 photos) «
I arrived in Colonia Tovar at night after a 2hr taxi ride from Caracas that cost a lot more than a bus would have, but it was a Sunday and too late in the day for buses which I believe take around 3hrs. It's quite an ascent up to Colonia Tovar, 2200 meters in fact. More
Read more about San Felipe
San Felipe: I Visited The Old City Destroyed In An Earthquake  » photoset (31 photos) «
The town of San Felipe sits halfway between Moron on the coast and Barquisimeto city. I spent the night in Moron and took a bus for an hour and a quarter and arrived in San Felipe by around 9am. I didn't know a lot about the city before arriving, only that it had some ruins of the original city destroyed in an 1812 earthquake - Park Museum 'El Fuerte'. More


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