Accomodation in Venezuela
This page provides a search engine for hotels, guesthouses (posadas) and apartments in Venezuela. Our database currently stores details of some 2900 accommodations.
Venezuela's many hotels range from budget 1 star to the luxurious 5 star, though ratings often differ from international categories. Prices vary according to the location and level of comfort. A basic but adequate double room with bathroom costs between US$15 - 30 per night. Air-conditioned rooms are more expensive, and prices often rise during national holidays. Payment is usually required in advance, and credit cards may not be accepted in smaller hotels. Many hotels offer safety deposit boxes in which you can store your valuables.
Posadas are private owned pension or bed and breakfast-style lodgings and very common in Venezuela. They are usually family-run and often cheaper than hotels.
If you prefer to arrange your vacation in a more independent way, you might want to look up an apartment with your own cooking facilities. Mostly they are offered by day.
Camps and Farms
Search engine for camps and farms in Venezuela.Our database currently stores details of some 150 camps and farms.
Camps are a basic form of accommodation found in remote areas such as Los Llanos and the Orinoco Delta. They range from hammocks under wooden shelters to luxury cabins with mosquito netting and running water. Our database currently stores details of some 150 camps and farms.
Farms are another alternative form of accommodation. Their accomodation is similar to that of the camps but these usually encompass a larger area as they are working farms with cattle and other animals. Our database currently stores details of some 150 camps and farms.
You can camp in many places in Venezuela, for example, on most of the tourist beaches, and in the national parks, however these are not always all that safe. The list includes campsites which have a security guard or those which are in the grounds of a posada. This does not mean you can leave your stuff inside the tent all day while you go off hiking, and expect to see it in the evening, however, it does mean that at least you can get a good nights rest without thieves nicking stuff while you sleep.
El Avila National Park
It is possible to camp at in the Park with relative safety. Popular sites where there is a park guard are: Papelon, Los Venados and La Zamurera.
Camping is possible all over the National park, but campsites with a security guard can be found at La Mucuy near Tabay - which is the starting point for the hike to Pico Humbolt, and at Laguna Mucubají in the Sierra Nevada National Park. At both campsites there are parking facitities, public bathrooms and places to eat close by. In order to camp at other sites in the National Park it is wise to obtain a permit from the INPARQUES offices in Mérida - there must be two of you in order to obtain a permit and there is a nominal charge. There are offices in the Plaza Las Heroinas, La Mucuy and Laguna Mucubají. Topographical maps showing hiking trails may be obtained from the INPARQUES office on Calle 19 between Av. 5 and 6, Tlf: 074 528785
Mesa Redonda Ecological Refuge
Camping is permited with access to bathrooms with hot water for $4pp/pday.
At La Toma, close to San Rafael de Mucuchies.
Telf/Fax: 074 638633,
Guatopo National Park
There are several camping sites in the park, the principal one being Agua Blanca, which is in a valley with a stream running through it. There are sheltars for BBQ´s, and parking. Sta. Cruceita, Quebrada Guatopo and El Lucero are other picnic / camping areas, with sheltars, but the first two do not have guards present after 5pm and are thus not safe for camping. El Elvira is an old coffee plantation, the entrance to which is on the road between Altagracia de Orituco and Ipare. Camping is also possible here, but you must arrange for a permit and payment of a nominal fee with the parkguards between 7am and 3pm. In order to camp in any part of this park you must obtain a permit from INPARQUES in Caracas, next to Parque del Este, open Mon - Fri.
"Casa de Campo Tovar"
On the way to Puerto Cruz. Tlf. 02 2321681, 232 3525,
web page www.carive.com Reservations are necessary.
"Area Recreational Tierra Blanca"
A popular bathing spot and recreational area between Villa de Cura and San Juan de los Morros. You can camp for $1 per tent or sling hammocks for $2. Restaurant and public bathrooms available. There is plenty of security, but you are advised to avoid weekends and holidays as it can get very crowded. Closed on Mondays.
"La Posada Familiar y Casa de Retiro San Francisco de Tiznados"
This site is 40km west of Dos Caminos on the way to Tinaco (bteween San Juan de los Morros and San Fernando de Apure). You can camp or sling hammocks for $3pp. Food is available on request and there are public bathrooms. You can also swim or go boating on the San Francisco de Tiznados resevoir. Emphasis is placed on peace and quiet. Tlf: 014 4683917, 046 713183, 710483.
Morrocoy National Park
Camping is possible on some of the islands (Cayo Sal, Cayo Sombrero, Cayo Muerto and Cayo Paiclá) but there is no fresh water. At weekends, and during the holiday period the islands get crowded, with litter all over the place. To camp you must first make a reservation with INPARQUES (Tlf: 800-84847 or 042-830069), open Mon-Fri, 8.00am - 12.00m and 2.00 - 5.00pm. $3 per person per ght. The procedure is as follows:
- Phone INPARQUES to make your reservation at least 8 working days in advance, stipulating the number of people and nights, and which islands you will be camping on. INPARQUES will give you a code number.
- Deposit the total cost of your stay in the Banco Industrial de Venezuela, Cuenta corriente #17-101170-3, or in the Banco Unión, Cuenta máxima #807801595-1, in Tucacas or Chichiriviche, under the name Programa Especial Parque Nacional Morrocoy.
- Phone INPARQUES again, giving them your code number and the number of the bank deposit slip. This will confirm your reservation. You have 48 hours from the first phone call to complete steps 2 and 3. If you decide to cancel, INPARQUES will keep your money. If you wish to postpone, you must tell INPARQUES 72 hours before the date confirmed.
Mochima National Park
Camping is possible on the beaches, but there have been mixed reports about security, especially on the more isolated beaches.
Hammocks may be slung on the terrace of the Posada Café del Mar for $4 pp pday.
A nice beach, closer to Rio Caribe than Playas Medina and Puipuy is Los Cocos (towards Carúpano) $0.50 from Rio Caribe, ask to be let off at the "escalera de Los Cocos". Camping is permitted and there is a restaurant and bar, and public loos.
Camping is permitted for $1 p/ day p/ tent which includes use of the public bathrooms on the beach (shower extra for $0.50pp). The beach is cleaned every day and there is a security guard. Parking $0.50 pday. There is a restaurant open to the public which serves lunch and supper. To get there you can take a jeep from Rio Caribe which leaves from the petrol station on the outskirts of the town between 5.30 and 6.30 am - return trip from Puipuy to Rio Caribe 12.00 -1.00, or you can get a boat from Rio Caribe (see Tourist Module).
El Dorado (km 80)
Camping or hammocks dormitry style for $5pp. Restaurant with typical food. Tlf: 911091. On the right hand side coming in to El Dorado. Also offer excursions in canoe through the jungle to "La Tierra de los Salto" (The Land of Waterfalls) for $100pp/pday including a guide and paramedic, food, hammocks, mosquito nets. Camping in indigenous communities. They will take you to Payapal to see the gold mines for $120 for the jeep (max 12 pax), including soft drinks and a pack lunch, or up the Cuyuní River for the day by canoe ($130 p/ canoe). There are special deals for backpackers. They will help you to change money if you are stuck. Pleasant friendly people. Rec.
Run by Bruno and Vanesa where hammocks can be slung for $5, and you can also camp. They also do day trips to local indigenous communities and to the gold mines for about $60pp/pday, incl food, min. 4 pax. Also 1 - 3 day trips up the Cuyuní river deeper into the jungle. Tlf. 088 911155 Ask for Sr. Antonio - who is a friend of theirs in El Dorado.
Camping is possible at the posada "La Montañita", close to Las Claritas.
The Gran Sabana
Aponwao Bathing Site 1, km 140
Camping site on the banks of the River Aponwao. Restaurant, barbecue site, craft shops and public loos.
Chinak-Merú (Aponwao Falls)
20 km from the Kavanayen turnoff The Aponwao falls and surrounding countryside is a truly beautiful place, with spectacular views everywhere you turn. Hammocks, camping $3 at Iboribo, an indigenous village where trips to the falls are run from. Restaurant - but they need to be told first how many will be eating. From here you pay $5 p/p for the boat trip accross anmd obligatory Pemon guide. You can walk or take a canoe for part of the way, to Aponwao falls, Pozo Escondido, Pozo del Amor (there are maps on the wall of the restaurant at Iboribo). NB. Canoe rides may not be possible in the wet season, as the currents are too strong.
Rápidos de Kamoiran, km 171
Restaurant, Petrol station, shop, public bathrooms, river. Camping allowed $1.50 per tent.
Salto Kawi, km 194
Churuata for slinging hammocks $17, tents $1. They will cook your food or rent you the stove. Nice falls, jasper rock.
Salto Kama Merú, km 201
55m high falls. Hammocks $3., Camping $1. Restaurant Good place for buying handicrafts.
Quebrado Pacheco and Arapan Merú falls (kms 237 and 238.5)
Hammocks, camping. Public bathrooms. If you bring food they will cook it for you. There is a small path up the hill behind Pacheco, which in 30mins., leads you to some thermal springs. Ask Alejandro Romero - the park guard for details. Warning. Be careful not to go past the red strip in Quebrada Pacheco, as there is a hidden waterfall, which has claimed several lives.
Suruape, km 244
Churuatas for hammocks, $15 / Churuata / night, sleeps 6-7 pax. Camping free. Restaurant. Nice pool for swimming.
San Francisco de Yuruaní, km 250
You can camp or sling a hammock at the posada run by Roraima Tours.
Just outside Sta. Elena. Hammocks/camping, public baths, river $3 per tent. Will cook food for you - or rent the small kitchen.
3 to 7 hours by car from Sta Elena, and a beautiful area for walking. Camping is permitted in: Cabañas El Paujil, run by Miguel Angel and Evelyn Rovaina. Meals available on request for small groups. Restaurant in construction. Also organise excursions around El Paujil for $85pp pday with full board, min 4 pax. Or $100 pday for jeep and guide only - max 9 pax. Friendly pleasant hosts. Highly rec. Tlf: 02 9767141, 088 951030. You can also contact other El Paujil residents for reservations etc. through Miguel Angel.
Run by Carolina Avlar and Paulo Patritti. Restaurant for guests only. Offer river savannah and jungle excursions for $85 pp pday with full board. Italian and English spoken. 15mins by car past El Paujil (they will pick you up at the airport).
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