|Angel Falls, Venezuela|
Angel Falls are the highest waterfalls in the world, they are 979 meters high. Some say they should be a natural wonder of the world. Personally, I found the Iguazu Falls in Argentina and the Kaieteur Falls in Guyana much more impressive. To get to the falls, you need to organise a flight from Ciudad Bolívar. You can either go to the airport and look for something, or check around in the local hotels / tour agencies for day/overnight trips to the Falls.
|A view from the flight from Ciudad Bolívar to Angel Falls|
The flight from Ciudad Bolívar to the falls was probably just as beautiful as the actual falls! The flight was around $200 for a day return, including a circling of the falls and also a stop over at a nearby place where there were more falls and lakes to see.
|Overnight bus from Ciudad Bolívar to San Cristobal, 18 hours, 320 Bolivars|
I took a Barinas overnight bus to the border town of San Cristobal. The police again checked the bus in the middle of the night, but this time they did not ask me to get off.
From the bus station in San Cristobal there were regular local buses to the border, it is too far to walk. You need to ask the bus driver to stop at the police station for the exit stamp as it is quite a way before the border. Then after you get the exit stamp, you can take a motorbike taxi on to the Colombian side of the border. The Colombian immigration were very friendly and an entry stamp was quick and easy.
I changed my leftover Bolivars back into Dollars on the border bridge, I actually sold them for more than I bought them for. I don't know how safe it is there though, so I wouldn't make a job out of it.
|Bus from Cucuta to Bucaramanga, 6 hours, 31,000 pesos|
From the Colombian border, I took a minivan to the Cúcuta bus station. Then I took a Bolivariano bus to Bucaramanga, which is a 6 hour journey. There are some bad/unsafe bus services leaving from Cúcuta, I recommend Bolivariano or Copetran, these are friendly and honest services.
I was sat with a Colombian on the bus who had also been traveling in Venezuela. He told me he was taken off a bus by the police and checked for money, they do it to all foreigners.
Bucaramanga to Medellin