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View of the Merida bus station. Get used to waiting if you are in Venezuela.

Hello All,

Today was the day I headed out of Merida towards Ciudad Bolivar.  This is a very long trip across the whole country of Venezuela for the most part.  There was a bus scheduled for 9:30pm leaving from Merida tonight, but I figured I would try to beat the system a but a go to Barinas first.

The bus trip from Merida to Barinas has some beautiful Andean scenery that I didn't want to miss, and I figured I could catch a night bus from Barinas to Bolivar.  It is along the route from Merida after all, so no problem, right?  Well, sort of.

I left the hotel at 1pm, got on the bus to Barinas at 2:30pm, arrived at 7:15pm, and there was no bus to Bolivar until 2:30am.

I think I took this bus to school 27 years ago.
  So my solution was to jump immediately on a bus to Puerto La Cruz.  A quick check in Lonely Planet says that Puerto La Cruz is only a four hour bus from Bolivar, and the bus company said I should be there by 7:30am.  No problem.

The first problem was about three hours into the trip.  We arrived at a town (not even sure which one), where there were 27 people waiting with tickets to get on our mostly full bus.  Now, you would think that this particular problem wouldn't effect me very much.  That the people on the bus already would have priority, they would figure out some way to choose who gets the couple of extra seats, and away we go.  No such luck.

Somehow this turned into the whole bus, and the extra people, waiting for three hours before doing just that.

Venezuelans register to vote and do a thumb scan at a booth like this.
  Ok, so that over, we were on lour way again.  The next problem was in Valencia where the bus, for some unknown reason, could not continue.  A few of the people bound for Caracas were allowed to jump onto other busses.  But us Puerto La Cruz people were out of luck.  We then waited another two and a half hours for a replacement bus to arrive.

Once on board, we were now driving straight into mid-morning rush hour traffic in Caracas.  It wasn't as bad as it could have been, and after picking up a few more people we were off again.  The ride to Puerto La Cruz was fine I guess, but the fact that we were seven hours behind did not help the ease of the journey.  We stopped a few times for food breaks, and I really can't understand why they need to be 45 minutes.  But I did have some great chow along the way.  Street stall empenadas and arepas are absolutely delicious, and cost around a dollar.

We fiunally rolled into Puerto La Cruz at about 3:15pm.  My iPod, and my body are totally exhausted.  Now I need to get to Ciudad Bolivar.  Hopefully before dark.

Later, Phil

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I think I took this bus to school…
Venezuelans register to vote and d…
Venezuelans register to vote and …
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Bus rest stop in the Andes betwee…
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A view into the clouds at the res…
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View off of the cliff in the bus.
View off of the cliff in the bus.
Puerto La Cruz
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