Airport in Caracas (Venezuela) - Aeropuerto de Maiquetia (CCS)
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Airport in Caracas (Venezuela) - Aeropuerto de Maiquetia (CCS) Reviews
Airport in Caracas (Venezuela) - Aeropuerto de Maiquetia (CCS) Apr 03, 2008
The full name of this airport is: Caracas Maiquetía International Airport (Simón Bolívar. As it name says is an international one and the port of entrance to Venezuela. I have been there a couple of times and used it for domestic and international flights as well. It has 2 terminals: the international and the domestic one. The international was renewed and looks nice, but the domestic is not so great... Definitely, there are some things you have to be aware of when you are heading here:
-the Customs authorities can give you a hard time if they want. As a Peruvian I don't need a visa, but have to show my return ticket and a booking or something proving accommodation. They wanted to check every paper. It's not bad, just takes long. But it's more complicated for the American Citizens...
-no matter where you are flying, you have to pay a fee. International=BS.F.115 ($53,49), Domestic=BS.F. 23 ($8)
-they recommend to secure your bags before dropping them off.
-one of the things that impressed me the most my 1st time there, was the fact that for going from one terminal to another you have to leave the building and walk (or take a bus - which wasn't working when I was there) outside under the sun!
-just at the exits of the international airport, you will find a lot of "exchangers" which will exchange the US$ for the local currency. Of course they offer you a much better rate than the official one, offered by the banks, but even with them you have to bargain. Be careful, they won't give you fake money and use small bills.
-Be aware of informal porters who tend to overcharge for transport your luggage. There are trolleys everywhere, so you didn't need their "help".
-always watch your luggage.
-if you have a layover and won't leave the airport, I suggest you to spend the time in the international terminal. It's better equipped.
-restaurants in the international area are better. You can find a sports bar, fast food, cafes. But the staff working there aren't super friendly...
Well, as you can see, I'm not a big fan of this airport, but my experiences there weren't bad either. Actually I met a friend just by chance and find the people working at the shops really friendly and helpful.
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