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1. Posted by pelican (First Time Poster 1 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!

Does anyone know of a way to travel from Santa Cruz, Bolivia to Caracas, Venezuela by bus? I believe you can through Peru - Ecuador -Colombia but for obvious reasons I'd rather go via Brazil. Is this possible?

2. Posted by bentivogli (Travel Guru 2398 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!

The reasons aren't entirely obvious to me; distance? weather? the political situation? something else I overlook?

Anyway, it's theoretically possible to go via Brazil, but really only in theory. It would involve getting to Manaus, which from Santa Cruz isn't easy overland. Basically, you could take one of the following two routes to Porto Velho:

  • Santa Cruz - Corumba (Brazil) - Campo Grande - Cuiaba - Porto Velho
  • Santa Cruz - San Matias - Caceres (Brazil) - Porto Velho

The second route is shorter, but involves a good deal of local transport as the border crossing at Caceres is very small. Campo Grande, on the other hand, is a substantial detour.

From Porto Velho to Humaita, road travel is reportedly possible; from there to Manaus, reports differ, but regular busses don't exist. There is regular transport by water, though.

From Manaus to the Venezolan border is about another 700 kms; I wouldn't know what that road is like.

All in all I'd say this route could easily take you more than a week, while the itinerary via Peru, Ecuador and Colombia can be done in four days in theory. Unless you have a lot of time and an adventurous mind, I would not recommend this.

3. Posted by bentivogli (Travel Guru 2398 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!

As to your concern about the safety situation in Colombia, reports vary. The Dutch and German government report that the current situation is about as safe as before the tensions between Colombia and its neighbours rose, although both the Ecu-Col and Col-Ven border regions are probably not the best places to pass more time than necessary. The UK and US reports sound a lot more concerned, but they always do.

It may be a good idea to post a separate request concerning the Colombian situation; maybe someone else has first-hand information.

4. Posted by mydmarley (Budding Member 4 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!

my friends and i were in northern ecuador, colombia, and 4 miles from the venezualean border and our primary travel was by bus with the exception of the middle portion of colombia. they essentially wouldnt sell us bus tickets because bus travel through the central and northern portions of colombia is essentially suicide. if you go north from bolivia and ifbypass col. and ven. you have to go through a good portion of the amazon jungle and that is just as dangerous. if you have that much time i recommend starting in quito, visiting the amazon which is a few short ours away, and make your way south through peru towards argentina. if you want to experience brazil you could find cheap flights to many brazillian cities in buenos aires..good travels

5. Posted by bentivogli (Travel Guru 2398 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!

I'm sorry but the statement of the previous poster about the alleged dangers of the Brazilian amazon is just plain rubbish. Porto Velho and Humaita are perfectly safe.

What one should not do, but I don't think you'd be tempted, is venture deep into the jungle by yourself; there the risks of bad things happening (especially nasty encounters with criminal loggers) are much higher.

[ Edit: Edited on Jun 13, 2008, at 2:44 AM by bentivogli ]