Caracas - Ciudad Bolivar
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In Ciudad Bolivar airport we were picked up by the guys from the Tour Operator and posada owner Gekko Tours. It's a German travel agency, trustworthy and good value for money. It's Gekko Tours who own all the small Cessna planes taking tourists to Canaima. They also run different posadas throughout the country. We were staying in "La Casita" near Ciudad Bolivar (½ hours ride on partly bumpy sandy roads) - what an oasis! I was so happy to see the content face of my husband arriving at La Casita. It's a quite big area with small guesthouses, lots of plants, a pool, a big kind of commonhouse and animals. Just really peaceful and nice with good service and really ok food.
After a good nights sleep and early waking up we decided to use the early shuttle bus to town, to see some of Ciudad Bolivar and to buy some stuff for our Rio Caura trip. I had been to Ciudad Bolivar 6 years earlier and some things had not really changed. If you want to shop clothes or shoes, this is the place, I'd say 90% of all stores are clothes or shoe stores... but if you need a supermarket, you need to go all way near the airport. We saw some of the lovely old town buildings and streets, prepare for climbing up most of the time :-)
On the other hand, Ciudad Bolivar seemed to have been neglected somewhat. I remember "El Mirador" on the Paseo Orinoco (waterfront) from 6 years ago as a lively place with lots of people hanging out and enjoying their drinks and the nice view. When we were here this time, there were like 2 people besides us and all you could get was either beer or Maltin. Things seemed to not being taken care of or restored or renewed and more dilapidated than 6 years ago.
It was nice to see the town though, and after some packing and relaxing in the posada in the evening we were ready for our Rio Caura adventure the next day.