Puerto La Cruz Journals

Venezuela: Caribbean beaches, Angel Falls, beautiful Andes and more

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An October 1993 trip to Puerto La Cruz by Robert Raymond Ingledew

MERIDA, VENEZUELA, IN THE ANDES Photo, Puerto La Cruz, Venezuela More Photos
Quote: I have been many times in Venezuela; it has many beautiful places: Merida, Canaima, Angel Falls, Coro, Ciudad Guayana, Puerto La Cruz, Playa Colorada (mountains, white sand, palm trees, turquoise water…), Cumana, Colonia Tovar, Chichiriviche… Venezuela has beaches surrounded by mountains, Andes with snow all-year-round, and much more to enjoy

Venezuela: Caribbean beaches, Angel Falls, beautiful Andes and more

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MERIDA, VENEZUELA, IN THE ANDES Photo, Puerto La Cruz, Venezuela
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Venezuela is a tropical country, located between the Andes (Merida) and the Coast (Puerto Cabello, Coro, Chichiriviche, Puerto La Cruz, Playa Colorada, Cumana, Río Caribe, to mention only the most important ones) and islands in the Caribbean like Margarita and Los Roques. Angel Falls are fascinating, also La Llovizna and Cachamai Falls. German settlements like Colonia Tovar, beautiful cities in the Andes like Merida, the TransAndean highway between Merida and Barinas, the sand-dune desert in Coro (the South American Sahara), and modern cities like Caracas and Maracaibo. There is a lot to see. After having visited the country some 36 times, my clear choices in my opinion are Merida, a beautiful univers...Read More

The Andes in Venezuela

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The Andes end in Venezuela, not very far away from the international border with Colombia, in the city of Merida. Although there are mountains that fall into the sea for many miles along the sea, the highest mountains are in the Andes, that are some 6 hours by car or 8 hours by bus away from Caracas or less than one hour away by plane. Distances are short in Venezuela, and this is why renting a car could be an alternative, despite the increasing lack of safety, that is not so bad if you drive during the daytime. I have been many times to Venezuela years ago (I had to visit the country every 3 months from 1984 to 1993), and never had any incidents, but I know that the cities of Caracas and Maracaibo...Read More
PLAYA COLORADA, VENEZUELA Photo, Puerto La Cruz, Venezuela
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This is one of the most fascinating areas in Venezuela. Puerto La Cruz, some 3 hours on the bus from Caracas, that together with Barcelona form one large city with more than one million inhabitants, is one of the main tourist destinations in Venezuela and has accordingly some five star hotels like the Melia. If your room looks towards the sea and you are in a high floor, you will see islands in the Caribbean at a distance. Beaches are not wide in this area, but the scenery is beautiful. This area covers all the destinations I mentioned above, and some others like the Orinoco delta, that I did not visit, and that is the third largest delta in South America and an ibis wildlife reserve. The road from...Read More

Western Venezuela

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CHICHIRIVICHE/MORROCOY is known for its mangrove swamp. I navigated the swamp and enjoyed the trip. I also crossed over to a solitary island with very nice beaches, but the Morrocy swamp does not compare with the Caroni wildlife sanctuary in Trinidad, that I also navigated (it is very near Port of Spain) where you can see ibis in abundance (I visited both reserves), nor with the Orinoco delta, where there is also a lot of wildlife. There are some nice islands in front of the coast in Morrocoy with small beaches where you can enjoy the day. It is not a prime destination. I would only go if I have time left over; in any case you will enjoy the trip. CORO is a beautiful city and one of the ol...Read More

Other Destinations in Venezuela

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Margarita Island / Porlamar. I have been a number of times, and it is definitely not my favorite destination in the Caribbean. In most cases beaches are not wide (Playa El Agua could be the exception). I was always there on business trips, but stayed at different hotels: the Concorde, Bella Vista, and Los Pinos (5, 4 and 3 stars). The Bella Vista hotel has a very nice swimming pool and is not expensive. The hotel Los Pinos is in the downtown, but I would only go there if I need to save money. There are some historical places in the island, but apart from this, I prefer by far the beaches on continental Venezuela that are surrounded by mountains with tropical vegetation (Playa Colorada, Arapito, Pla...Read More

About the Writer

Robert Raymond Ingledew

Robert Raymond Ingledew
Villa Carlos Paz (Cordoba), Argentina