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Venezuela - going east or west?!?!

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1. Posted by snatterand (Travel Guru 454 posts) 11y

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Hi there!
Assume that you have 25 days (in September) to spend in Venezuela, flying in and out of the country from Caracas. Where would you go and what would you do? The only thing we know is that we want to get down to the tepui mountains to climb Roraima, which means we have to go east. But is 25 days enough to have time to go west as well? And is it worth it? Maybe the beaches etc. are just as nice on the east coast?
Please help...

2. Posted by steff (Travel Guru 1160 posts) 11y

Hi Susanna,

I spent three weeks in Venezuela, first a couple of days in and around St. Elena in the Gran Sabanna in the very south of the country (as entering the country from Brasil). St. Elena is a small, relaxed village and you can do reasonable cheap and beautiful trips to goldmines in the jungle and the stunning waterfalls in the area. Maybe we didn't get to see Angel falls, but the tours were definitely worth the money. From there we took a bus to Merida in the very east. It's a cool student city with a great nightlife and I especially remember it as I did my first and so far only paraglyding over the mountain ranges around there (was around 50 US $). What a wicked experience!
Our last stop was a small village at the beach east of Caracas, I unfortunately can't remember it's name (damn, I didn't have travel blog back then:(), but it's well know with backpackers and a perfect spot to chill out by the beach.
If you got any further questions about accomodation pm me, I'm happy to help.


3. Posted by snatterand (Travel Guru 454 posts) 11y

What can I expect to be paying for accomodation in Caracas? I'm looking for the cheapest possible...


4. Posted by steff (Travel Guru 1160 posts) 11y

Hi Susanna,

I never stayed at a hostel in Caracas, but I've heard from other travellers who were there that it's better to pay a little more (eg. 20 $ per night) and stay in a safer area than end up being mugged outside a cheap hostel .

5. Posted by snatterand (Travel Guru 454 posts) 11y

Thanks again... Though I moght have found free accomodation in Caracas now! Thanks, Couchsurfing Project...