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Colonial era city

Ciudad Bolivar was founded in 1764, at the narrowest point of the river Orinoco, and was originally called Santo Tomas de la Guayana de Angostura, as 'angostura' means 'narrows'.

In 1817, shortly after the town had been liberated from Spanish control, Simon Bolivar made it his base for the final stages of the War of Independence and in 1819 the Angostura Congress, which led to the creation of the unified republic of Gran Colombia, comprising Venezuela, Ecuador and Colombia, was held here.

Historic Centre

The historic centre of the city is full of old houses painted in bright colours, and is the area of most interest to tourists.

At night it is quite deserted. Our hotel was based there and the staff advised us not to wander at night. One of them even took the trouble to come from the sister hotel where we had dinner to check that we had got back safely. I don't know how real the danger may have been - we certainly saw no one and the streets were lit.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Colourful historic centre
  • Cons:Historic centre deserted at night
  • Last visit to Ciudad Bolívar: Jan 2009
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • davidjo's Profile Photo
    Jan 18, 2016 at 6:07 PM

    I believe that Angostura used to be the old capital. At the moment we have a French friend staying with us who lived in Venezuela for 10 years. Only last night we were going through my Venezuela photos, helping me to identify these places.

  • balhannah's Profile Photo
    Dec 7, 2009 at 2:23 AM

    Looks like they like plenty of colour in that city! Thanks for the tour

  • Athensfilippos's Profile Photo
    Sep 5, 2009 at 11:49 PM

    Funny story! I've been there last week and they told us the same thing. It's 1000% safe in the historic center as u've seen with ur own eyes! Especially on August with the orinocco street fair


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