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Ciudad Bolívar is situated on the south bank of River Orinoco. The city was founded in 1764 at the narrowest point of the river, and was by then called Angostura. In 1846 the city was renamed to Ciudad Bolívar in honour of Simón Bolívar, the Liberator. He had come here to set up a base during the war. It was here the troops got prepared for the last battles of the war.

Many tourists pass Ciudad Bolívar on their way to Canaima/Angel Falls or Santa Elena /Roraima without stopping to see the city. It is absolutely worth to stop here for a day or two and explore the Historical Centre, which spreads out on the hill above River Orinoco. The colonial houses are painted in many different colours and it looks very charming. There are many different museums to explore, but as I visited on a Monday most of them were closed. Also take a stroll along the river.

  • Last visit to Ciudad Bolívar: Jun 2007
  • Intro Updated Sep 29, 2007
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  • balhannah's Profile Photo
    Oct 7, 2014 at 10:11 PM

    Like the views from the plane and all the colourful houses. Good, helpful transportation tips.

  • Nemorino's Profile Photo
    Sep 11, 2014 at 11:55 AM

    Nice colorful houses in your tips and travelogues.

  • fabrice's Profile Photo
    Dec 26, 2010 at 2:40 AM

    I love your trips in the night buses

  • Trekki's Profile Photo
    May 13, 2009 at 10:27 PM

    What a lovely colourful colonial town this is! And then this majestic Orinoco :-) Reminds me a bit of the adventure books of my childhood :-) The posada sounds lovely!!

  • kokoryko's Profile Photo
    May 26, 2008 at 1:01 PM

    Colonial architecture, pastel colours of the houses, Orinoco. . . Seems to be a nice place, Malena. Your bus transportation tips remind me my experiences in Mexico, long ago, but I like a lot the landing in the rain picture, eeeeuuuh, trust the pilot!

  • mircaskirca's Profile Photo
    Feb 16, 2008 at 9:39 AM

    Excellent and well described transportation tips - yes, as always! I enjoy reading them. Posada Don Carlos must be really nice! :)

  • jadedmuse's Profile Photo
    Feb 10, 2008 at 7:12 AM

    You're a brave traveler! More great tips (and photos) here. You are a wonderful ambassador for people visiting Venezuela. Thanks for such great work.

  • calcaf38's Profile Photo
    Dec 16, 2007 at 5:37 PM

    Wonderful page. Thank you for sharing. I especially liked the bus reports. I am an absolute nut when it comes to Latin bus trips. You must be too. Best wishes.

  • yumyum's Profile Photo
    Oct 23, 2007 at 11:07 AM

    Your transportation tips are always to interesting to read! But there there seem to be so many taxes when travelling there - I thought it funny that you pay a tax that you can leave the bus station :))

  • atufft's Profile Photo
    Oct 14, 2007 at 10:34 PM

    Excellent transportation tips for Canaima on the cheap. I've missed this trip in the numerous times I've been to Venezuela, but with luck won't the next time around.

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