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In Venezuela!

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We crossed into Venezuela 2 days ago. The border immigration process for us (Brazil, Santa Elena) was very straightforward and our timing was good (we didn´t need to wait), but customs (to do the car paperwork) closed at midday on…
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Returning to Colombia

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We need to get some gas in La Grita before we head closer to the border. Because Venezuela is trying to discourage/prevent people from buying the nearly free gas and driving over the border to sell it for a profit,…
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On the road to La Grita

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We leave Merida bound for La Grita, which is only about 100 miles away, but Google Maps has said we should go up the mountainside out of Merida and then back down and join the main highway. So is it…
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Merida, Venezuela

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Merida is one of the few towns I’ve heard of in Venezuela that has a number of hotels and things for visitors to do. I don’t think Venezuela is tourism-oriented, so I really don’t know what to expect. At least…
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The Andes of Venezuela

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Rain fell off and on all night and we wake to a chilly morning in the cabana. Brian starts the stove to make a pot of coffee and boil water for tea for me. I have some oatmeal on the…
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Riding into Venezuela

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Back to the border crossings again, lol. I never look forward to them, but I’m actually nervous about this next one. We’ve decided to ride into Venezuela. I’ve tried to research other ride reports, travel blogs, etc. to gather as…
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VZ 11 – Bittersweet Goodbye

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Leaving Venezuela is bittersweet. We never planned on sticking around, we even thought long and hard about a way to get around the country, but we have come to really appreciate Venezuelas affordability and the freedom that provides. The affordability…
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Angel Falls in the Dry season

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One of the big attractions in Venezuela is Angel falls, and at a kilometer tall, it’s a pretty big attraction indeed! This is the tallest waterfall in the world, and its hard to say which we preferred, Angel falls or …
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VZ 9 – The Cost of Living

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The simple answer to how is it possible to spend three years living and traveling in Mexico and South America without a job or any real source of income is : Very carefully.We cook our own food and we…
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VZ 8 – Love Motels

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Our first experience with “Love Motels” was in Mexico when we were on the road and could not find a place to stay for the night. As a last resort, we pulled up to the gate of an “hourly” motel…
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Overland Travel in Venezuela

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As we hinted before, we decided on going through Venezuela from Colombia to Brazil. Even though the country is going through a lot of turmoil right now, we felt that it was a journey that was worth taking, and that…
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VZ 7 – Ve “no hay” zuela

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It’s hard not to notice that there are a few things missing in Venezuela. We Stopped in at a Makro store (like Costco) to see about some supplies and couldn’t help but notice a lot of bare shelves. Its easy…
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VZ 6 – Chaos in Caracas

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At least we hd a good nights sleep and a nice breakfast before attempting to drive through Caracas. The Kombi overheated and dumped oil on the way in at 850 meters elevation and again on the way out at 1100.…
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VZ 5 – Lost in La Cruz

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We’ve paid more for camping in the past so we didn’t feel too bad about sleeping in the car outside the room last night. The hotel was just a bit too dubious. At least we had a place to plug…
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VZ 4 – El Gigante

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We are starting to get a feel for Venezuela and we like it. There’s good food to be found and the people seem to be pretty cool.We spent a fair amount of time today driving in circles through the…
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VZ 3 – 5 Cents Further

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Venezuela Totally Unexpected.Another 5 cents worth of fuel finds us a few hundred kilometers deeper into the country. For about 12 bucks we’re staying in a resort outside of Ciudad Guayana. The only time we’ve paid less for a…
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VZ 2 – The Grand Savannah

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I honestly expected a little different from Santa Elena del Uairen. After all, it’s the jumping off point for trips to Salto Angel (Angel Falls, for you gringos) and expeditions into Venezuelas savannah. Its a relatively clean place and has…
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VZ 1 – Scoring Some Currency

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Venezuela Other than having to drive 15 km into Santa Elena to get insurance and then head back to the border with proof, entering Venezuela was pretty painless. The biggest challenge is negotiating the VZ currency. After extensive searching, we…
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Confession Time

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We first drove our Kombi into Brazil in june of 2011 with permission for 6 months. As the six months came to a close, we tried everything possible to legalize the car in Brazil but without luck. So in mid…

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