Ciudad Bolivar, Venezuela
Once a sleepy river town on the Orinoco river in the Guayanas region, Ciudad Bolivar is the capital of Venezuela's largest state, Bolivar, growing fast, and the center of tourism for the area, including Angel Falls and the Parque Nacional Canaima.
Ciudad Bolivar, on the Orinoco river, is a fast growing city of the gran sabana and Orinoco plains. Founded in 1764, at the narrowest point of the Orinoco, it was originally a river town called Angosturas, then gained prominence during the time of Simon Bolivar and is now a commercial center for Guyanas state and the jumping off point for Angel Falls and Canaima National Park.
Map, current and 6 day weather forecast, photos, and more information about the area.
Some photos and descriptions, with a bit of history, of the largest city on the Orinoco river. In Spanish.
Click on a thumbnail for larger images of the city, the Orinoco river and the bridge, parks, and local area.
"Ciudad Bolívar is located 591 km from Caracas, 296 km from Barcelona, 1126 km from Maracaibo, 804 km from Barquisimeto and 1065 km from Mérida. It can be reached by road from El Tigre (Anzoategui State) and Ciudad Guayana and planes fly in to the Ciudad Bolívar airport."
"Ciudad Bolivar's historic centre is in a good state of preservation, with charming colonial buildings around the "Plaza Bolivar", including a cathedral. It today serves as an important port of eastern Venezuela on the Orinoco River."
"The river front boulevard, Paseo Orinoco, is a popular place for a stroll, with old buildings lining one side of the street and the river running along the other. There is also a beautifully restored colonial quarter. The area surrounding Plaza Bolívar features a number of boldly painted colonial structures and façades."
Account of a bus trip from Caracas to Ciudad Bolivar.
Map shows location of the state within Venezuela, and a listing, in Spanish, of Venezuelan attractions.