I will be in Venezuela in October of this year, Specifically Valencia in Carabobo State. I already know which hotel I will be at- Hotel Guaparo Inn (although I will take suggestions for anything safe and cheap down there) I am visiting an old friend who I will be spending a lot (if not most) of my time with. He lives in the Trigal Norte area of Valencia.
My questions are related to the time I will be spending alone. I will not be travelling outside of Valencia alone (only between such outer cities like Naguanagua and Guacara in Carabobo State)If anyone can help with any of these questions, it would be greatly appreciated. I will be there for 3 weeks and possibly staying on MUCH longer.
what sort of budget should I plan for food and daily expenses considering that I will be eating with my friend and his family about 2-3 times per week and breakfast is included at my hotel.
I am professional Salsa dancer. Are there any good Salsa clubs in or near Valencia? All I can find are European style dance clubs.
Any suggestions on public transportation? (Mostly Taxi's for when I go shopping by myself. My friend has a car, but I need to get around while he is working. Unless I can use his car and if so, are US Drivers licenses ok to use in Venezuela?
What do you reccomend regarding storing.carrying my money. Is US currency acceptable to use for tipping, bars etc? Can I use my master card or do I need lots of local currency. I want to split up may money into different forms and keep it in different locations so if something is stolen, I still have some to fall back on.
I will be flying into the Arturo Michelena Intn'l airport, Valencia (avoiding Caracas' airport at all costs). Any info/advice on customs, taxes, security etc.?
Other than that ANY help is appreciated. I want to be completely prepared when I go there.
Thanks so much!!
1st time S.A. traveler.