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Current safety situation in Venezuela

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Current safety situation in Venezuela

Hey Guys,

I'm currently travelling through Trinidad & Tobago and I initially planned to take the Ferry from Trinidad to Guiria/Venezuela.. The initial plan would have been to cross VE from east to west (mainly on the coast line) and then enter Colombia.. However I'm not sure about the safety situation in Venezuela due to the current political situation/street protests etc... I hear different things, many people here tell me to avoid VE at this moment.. Has anyone good advice for me, was anyone there recently, e.g. in March 14? I know the safety question about VE has been asked many times before but I would need just a current update..

I'm an experienced traveller in Latin America and i'm aware of the risks in general, but this is just a special situation.

Thanks a lot in advance, i appreciate any comments a lot!

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1. Re: Current safety situation in Venezuela

manufm,

I live here in Venezuela (Margarita Island) so can give you my views of this struggle to overcome this Castrocommunist dictatorship.

From Guirìa heading west you will be going through serveral major cities where most of the unrest and protests are taking place. The first main city you will pass through heading west will be Cumaná where there have not been much unrest, then you will pass (unless going to Margarita) Puerto la Cruz where demonstrations have been sporadic. Then on to Caracas (capital) which remains the main city where protests are still active. From there Valencia which is also quite active in regards to protests. From there you can decide to head to the Colombian boarder via two routes. One (southern route) is the most traveled by tourists when heading to the to the Colombian border crossing at San Cristobal and Cucutà (Colombia) San Cristobal has been the hub of resistence and protests in the west (which are being dealt with with extreme force by government forces) This border crossing has been closed sporadically due to unrest.

Due to this situation I would suggest taking the northern route through Maracaibo and Maicao and on to Santa Marta and Cartagena.

With all that said-if you are an experienced latin america traveler-there is only one word of advice I can give you and that is to travel smart. Avoid areas where there are protests. These areas you run the risk of being caught up in some protests that are being dealt with by the government with extreme violence against protesters. These isolated areas are easily defined by just keep up on the news or asking locals where the hot spots are. Most protests are by university students with the backing of the ordinary citizens. So, assuming you are a younger traveler-hanging out with younger, people such as the university students, could lead to being involved in some incident, especially if you have a political streak.

Travel safe, bus stations and airports are not normally affected so that is not a concern.

Just avoid certain areas such as in Caracas the Chacao and Altamira areas seem to be the area favored by protesters. You may come across the occasional road or street blocked by protesters but normally traffic approaching these blocks will be diverted by police before getting to the actual activity. If it is safety you are looking for, don`t approach the actual front of the protests because they are dealt with by the presidents` henchmen with brutality involving water cannons, copious amounts of tear gas, rubber bullets and real bullets.

S.O.S. VENEZUELA

Edited: 7:02 am, April 02, 2014
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Hi info_posadamargarita,

many thanks for finding your time to provide such comprehensive info on current safety situation in Venezuela, I appreciate it wholeheartedly.

I too plan to travel through Venezuela for a week after Easter and across the border to Colombia.

Do you happen to know any trustful person (your family, friends) living in western part of Venezuela who you could recommend would be willing to provide actual information on border crossing situation by the time I get there? Please PM me in such case.

Until your recommendation above, I preferred to use San Cristobal - Cucuta border crossing. I even see one airport located right at the border (SVZ - Juan Vicente Gómez International Airport) close to San Antonio del Tachira, with supposed flights from Caracas. Though after checking Wikipedia for airlines operating to SVZ, I still cannot find any information on regular flights. Is this the main airport serving San Cristobal or is there any other one?

Did anyone use the San Cristobal - Cucuta route recently? How did the travel go from San Cristobal to the border?

Thanks a lot in advance.

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Thanks a lot for this information, i really appreciate it!

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Will R, a ton of thanks for your update.

Speaking of deteriorating situation in Venezuela, it really makes me feeling very uneasy about my upcoming Easter trip to Venezuela and Colombia. This does not leave me with many safe options for land crossing if any at all.

Could similar GN harassment be expected on Expresos Amerlujo bus from Maracaibo to Santa Marta? Or should I not bother with it at all and better shell out cash for direct Caracas - Bogota flight? What would the costs of such one-way ticket be if buying it after my arrival in Venezuela?

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Dear Manufum,

I must say, I'm quite happy finding your recent question here on this forum. Just like me, I'm sure you 've mainly come across dated info traveling Venezuela...

I am crossing the atlantic from Europe by ship, arriving in Trinidad somewhere half june. My travels will be approximately the same as yours, traveling north of the country towards Colombian border, direction Cartagena.

It would be extremely helpful if you could share your future experiences.

Although I have travelled a fair bit over the years, my experiences on the South-American continent are rather limited to a two-weeks stay in Rio. Venezuela/Colombia will be my first two countries in this part of the world for in-depth travel. I am really looking forward to it. Without overreacting with fear for the unknown, any special precautions you could advise me to take?

It would be good to hear from you,

T

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Dude, are you in Venezuela yet? I guess my piece of mind to you, it is not to travel as you planned in Venezuela. Why? It is not a place to "walk around". If you go to Venezuela arrange everything. Charter ground transport, do not venture on the bus or public transportation, just not safe. Book your hotel in well known places and hotels. All that said, it will cost you money all that, but it is worth it, because then you can be safe.

Not even locals go to the airport at night, they rather book a hotel close to the airport and stay there for a night before their flights... So you go and figure...

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Datony,

You seem to be somewhat out of touch with what is happening in Venezuela. The only reason Venezuelans would sleep near the airport is if they would have a very early flight which they do not want to miss not because there is a problem going to the aiport at night but getting there with early morning traffic can be a problem .

I think your advise of NOT traveling in Venezuela is erred.

"not a place to walk around" what place is that-the whole country? Yes, there are places you do not want to be walking around in, day or night, but that can be said about many places in the world.

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10. Re: Current safety situation in Venezuela

I fully agree with the comment above.

Like many places in the world there are places that you do not wander around in at night.

Here in Margarita we've had a very busy winter season at our B&B with both foreign & national tourists ending with this past Easter Week. Not one of our guests has indicated that they were nervous about enjoying the many attractions here on the Island. Quite the contrary. We hardly saw many of them during their stays as they visited the many beaches & shopping malls.

Those of you who want to visit Venezuela don't be influenced by the few alarmists that constantly post here in TA. Just use your common sense when travelling & you'll have no problem.