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1. Posted by daniele1272 (Budding Member 86 posts) 4y Star this if you like it!

I am travelling to Venezuela next year I understand there are several issues throughout the country.
But I hope to get positive information on here please.
So I am travelling into Venezuela through Brazil so from Boa Vista into Santa Elena de uarien. With the aim to travel within the parima mountain ranges and down the Rio Cuyuni. So if there are any Venezuelans or people that have travelled there in the past say 5 years or have plans for the next year or 2 to do so. Can you reach out please and we can hopefully have a conversation and then help out my project I have tried several angles local hospitals and charities throughout the country with very little information although I have got some good information and people have given me contact details of people.

So please positive guidance and info please no you will get killed, kidnapped or robbed

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[ Edit: Sorry, no promos please. ]

2. Posted by AndyF (Moderator 2971 posts) 4y Star this if you like it!

Why ask for only good news?

3. Posted by Beausoleil (Travel Guru 2084 posts) 4y Star this if you like it!

As with all travel in the relatively near future, you may want to check your local (UK) government web site for travel warnings regarding the corona virus. You should also check the Venezuelan government travel site for their own warnings. I know this is all supposed to be over by Fall, but without a cure or vaccine, it may well extend into the next couple of years and some countries are limiting who can enter their borders. Just find the web sites and bookmark them and check periodically as you do your planning.

Good luck. I hope it works out for you.

4. Posted by anthonycarange (First Time Poster 1 posts) 4y Star this if you like it!

It is a very unique country and I highly recommend you go to Venezuela. If you're coming from brazil, you should definitely book a trip to salto angel, you'll find many options in Ciudad Bolivar.
From my experience, the biggest challenge was to withdraw money. As you probably know, Venezuela is facing an economic crisis right now and the govt is fixing the exchange rate. When I was there in 2015, the official ER for 1US was 7 bolivar but I could get 1US:190 BOL in the street which got me in some very shady situations. Also, when crossing the border, the officers got me into a secluded room and asked to see my money. I was crossing from Colombia so I only had colombian pesos on me. I heard stories about border officers confiscating US dollars so its probably better you avoid that currency. If you can, try to find a hotel that will accept to sell you bolivars and use paypal to pay.
Also, Isla Margarita is nice, very chill vibe!

5. Posted by Teoni (Travel Guru 1897 posts) 4y Star this if you like it!

I know you want positive tips but there is currently a pandemic happening around the world and it has been badly affecting Venezuela. The government has thrown the country into lock down. You might want to wait for the Pandemic situation to pass and see what changes have taken place in Venezuela as a result because it might make any advice or tips no longer usable. You might want to consider a plan B for entering Venezuela since they have taken a lock down approach while Brazil is going for a herd immunity tactic Venezuela might not open the border with Brazil for a long time yet.

6. Posted by daniele1272 (Budding Member 86 posts) 4y Star this if you like it!

Quoting AndyF

Why ask for only good news?

Because I have heard of all the bad news possible for that country

And the pandemic with a little luck the time of year will be march possible Feb earliest with the hopes the current Corona issue has relaxed.

and @anthonycarange I will message you privately but yes I hope all will be well in time, also

@beausoleil A good bit of information there I never considered the border situation with brazil as they are dealing with it in such a different way..

See that's the information i like to get and haveing not been on been on here for a few yrs appreciated

Also if there are any Venezuelan people on the forum or anyone no could help in-country I would appreciate it.

7. Posted by karazyal (Travel Guru 5665 posts) 4y Star this if you like it!

I can offer no personal information.

"Because I have heard of all the bad news possible for that country...."

Most of the information on Venezuela for the past year seemed to be showing ordinary people full of despair. Even going so far, as some newspaper articles mention, for some people to invade zoos to butcher the animals for food.

Have things improved so much that you will have no problem with accommodation and finding places to eat at?

Looking forward to your on the ground first hand followup posts.

Good luck.

8. Posted by karazyal (Travel Guru 5665 posts) 4y Star this if you like it!

Looks like the people in Venezuela are still hungry. (Guess they ran out of zoo animals to eat.) Now expensive race horses are being butchered.

If you still intend to visit be forewarned and hide your groceries.