After one more night in La Casita we took the overland bus from Ciudad Bolivar to Maracay. We prepared quite well for that ride – remember to bring lots of clothes to keep yourself warm when they turn on the air-condition. Anyhow, 11 hours later we were REALLY ready to finally get off the bus; it definitely is a long ride with only one stop for a quick lunch. Bus drivers in Venezuela normally have an assistant for storing luggage and making sure everybody behaves, so did this one. A very unpleasant one, that guy really turned us off, he was totally creepy and sooo not friendly. Every time he came upstairs to check on people, we quickly shut the curtains to not make him freak out on us (in the day busses windows usually are covered by curtains).
I didn’t dare drinking anything because I wanted to avoid the bus toilet and that creepy assistant, so when we finally arrived in Maracay I was both dehydrated and had to peeeeeeeeeeeeee!!! In Maracay we asked a taxi driver to recommend us a simple hotel for the night. He took us to hotel Mar del Plata, which was cheap, basic but clean. For our dinner we ended up in some restaurant with a German name (I think it was Bierstube or Biergarten some), don’t do it, at least, don’t order meat and expect to get something you can chew.
Harbour Puerto Colombia
Next day we were on the bus again, this time one of the small funny ones… look forward to that experience, if you’ve never been to South America before! They are approx.
of the size of American School busses. Front and back window are almost totally covered by foil and stickers, side windows and front door always open (you might bring a scarf for the draft), often crowded with people standing in between the seats. And then there’s the music… no bus drive without LOUD Venezuelan music. Only turned down a little when the bus driver or the assistant are talking and flirting with some of the ladies on the bus. Our way took us over the mountains to the coast, such a great and spectacular ride! Some of the hairpin bends were so narrow that the bus had to drive into it, then back and turn a little and then continue. The mountains are steep and vegetation is awesome… the best thing is all the hooting. Before every bend the driver hoots extensively to notify vehicles coming against the bus to make them stop and wait for him. It’s a simple system working without problems ��" all other cars stop and wait for the bus to pass!
Posada in Puerto Colombia
After around 2 hours we then landed in Puerto Colombia.
I totally misunderstood the guidebooks in that matter. They all claimed that you had to take another bus from Choroní to Puerto Colombia, so we thought our bus had ended in Choroní and couldn’t find out why no taxi wanted to take us to the beach. Until we realized that we were already in Puerto Colombia. We found a nice Posada located right next to the river, not far from the harbour. Unpacked and then took the first walk through town… so cosy!! Really laid-back with fine old houses and the nicest harbour. Playa Grande of course also is great, big waves though.
Sunset at the waterfront
There’s a restaurant in town which has two floors, go there to have dinner on the terrace, it’s good food and service (unfortunately can’t remember the name).
Don’t miss sunset at the waterfront besides the harbour when you’re visiting the town.
Mix and bring your Cuba Libre and just chill watching the sun go down. The lights and atmosphere in the harbour, this little x-mas tree-like thing they put up, the fishermen’s activities and vendors on the Paseo, it’s all very romantic and relaxing.
Sunset at the waterfront
We stayed for 2 nights enjoying the atmosphere and beach and then took busses from Puerto Colombia (every hour) to La Victoria, and further on to Colonia Tovar.