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area code for Ciudad Guayana is [0286]
 
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Population: 1,306,651 [2005]
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Tucupita capital city of the Venezuelan state of Delta Amacuro.
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Boto
In a traditional Amazon River myth, at night a Boto becomes a handsome young man who seduces girls, impregnates them, then returns to the river in the morning to become a Boto again. This dolphin shapeshifter is called an encantado. It is said that there are hundreds of people today whose birth certificates have the Boto listed as the father.
While almost half of Venezuela's land area lies south of the Orinoco River in the states of Bolivar and Amazonas, this region contains only 5% of the population
Cerro Bolivar
hill of iron ore in north central Bolívar state, southeastern Venezuela. Discovered in 1947 when compasses went haywire on a prospecting plane. The hill is 3/4 mi (1.2 km) wide, 4 mi long and rises 1,650 ft (500 m) above the surrounding grasslands in the Guiana Highlands. With San Isidro, to the south, it is one of the most important mineral finds in the 20th century. Cerro Bolívar is thought to contain more than 250,000,000 tons of high-grade ore. Trains haul to ore to Puerto Ordaz. The Capuchin monks knw about the ore in the 1750's but the knowledge was lost when patriot armies appropriated their properties.

Puerto Ordaz Ciudad Guayana

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Weather
Average temperature is between 26º and 28ºC. Two seasons, the rainy season from May through November and the dry season from November through May.
 

 While maps refer to the area as Ciudad Bolivar most people as well as airlines and other transport services use Puerto Ordaz.

 
Caroní River
The river basin of the Caroní is one of the most spectacular and beautiful regions of the world, ideal for the adventure tourism: landscapes of forests and savannahs, innumerable cataracts and jumps of water, deep tubes and elevated plateaus, mighty extremely clean water rivers (of dark, almost black color, when they are very deep), beaches with pink sands, etc. Between attractive the more notables of the river basin of the Caroní, from the tourist point of view, are the jumps of the Aponguao, of the Kamá, Eutobarima (in the own Caroní river, although difficult), the Lake and the hydroelectric Power station of Guri, the Auyantepuy with Salto Angel
The Caroní river meets with the Orinoco river and merges into it for approximately 13km. The two rivers meet where Ciudad Guayana (city of Guiana) now exists. This city was created by the fusion of old cities of San Felix and Puerto Ordaz, in either sides of the river.
Annual Events
Orinoco-Caroni Swim Race
The Ciudad Guayana city council (Alcaldia Mayor de Caroní, ALMACARONÍ) has since 1991 conducted a swim race of the rivers Orinoco and Caroní where around 900 competitors meet. The "Paso a Nado Internacional de los Rios Orinoco-Caroní" is celebrated every year close to the 19th of April on a Sunday. This competition has gained importance worldwide being one of the swim-meets with the most competitors worldwide.

Swimmers challenge the two powerful currents and pirañas  to cross from the 3.1km from Monagas to San Felix. The two rivers have different temperatures and  densities, (the Caroni is much more cold that the Orinoco) and for that reason the line dividing them can be seen.

Trip Reports
People from Pedernales go to Tucupita often because Tucupita is a much bigger city. The boat ride, 4 hours, was very rough, with the boat always moving, and occasional rain. Once, it stormed and I was totally soaked, despite of covering over the boat! ......As often happened to me in Venezuela, I met lots of nice people in this city. One time, I was walking by the river and a group of guys called me, and we shared a bottle of rum. [more]
This is a young industrial city with beautiful waterfalls, parks and people. You cannot miss the park 'La Llovizna' with its wonderful waterfalls. .....Also Parque Cachamay, Plaza del Agua, Ecomuseo.... Puerto Ordaz is the only city in the world to have a huge dam inside the city, it is something breathtaking.....If you have time dont forget to visit Guri dam located 1 hour away from Puerto Ordaz.. This is the second biggest dam in the world (it is a must).....
It's very warm. Best time of year is either when the carnival is coming up or around Christmas and New Years Eve Venezuelan people are very happy and friendly individuals.
The hotel Intercontinental Guayana it is a 5 star hotel it is the best in Puerto Ordaz, Hotel Rasil which is very nice too, Hotel Embajador and now they have the Best Western hotel which is in front of the airport. Puerto Ordaz has two beautiful rivers the Orinoco and the Caroni......
I loved the restaurants in Venezuela, Puerto Ordaz, for example: The Grill House, El Portal Grill, Ercules, Jai-lay, La Posada Del Chiquito, Marcelo, The Key Club which is a disco and a fancy restaurant, El Bigote Del Abuelo, Las Querencias Del Abuelo which is in Upata City
Lots of reviews at yahoo travel

Ciudad Guayana was founded in 1961 by merging two towns on both of the riversides of the Orinoco, San Félix and Puerto Ordaz as a single city. The (BR-174) which connects the Orinoco towns of Ciudad Bolivar and Ciudad Guayana (or Puerto Ordaz) to Brazil. Buses run this route regularly. Puerto Ordaz is Venezuela's fastest growing town and is known for some spectacular waterfall parks within the city itself. The visitor infrastructure is still young but the university has long provided a good audience for interesting restaurants and nightspots.
San Felix is the colonial town but has no historic buildings of note and contains the poorer sections of the sprawling urban area. Puerto Ordaz was founded in 1952 as an iron ore port.

Many industries have settled in it, since its geographical position gives it many advantages, but the mining and particulary iron being its main industry.The iron ore  is transformed into high grade iron ore pellets in local factories. The bulk of the areas production is exported. The state of Bolivar is also rich in bauxite, gold, diamonds and varios kinds of clays for brick production.

Since its foundation it has grown from two fledgling towns into the Guayana region's most important  industrial center, and a hub of growth in a typically under populated region of Venezuela. The city stretches 40 kilometers along the south bank of the Orinoco. With approximately 1,300,000 people, it is a large city by Venezuelan standards. It is also the country's fastest-growing city, due to its important iron industry. It is also one of Venezuela's five most important ports, since most goods produced in Bolívar are shipped through it into the Atlantic Ocean, via the Orinoco river.

 The Caroní River is a major river of the Orinoco basin in South America, having its source in South Eastern Venezuela, in the Guiana Highlands. It is a blackwater river, with the dark color of the water due to leaching from decomposed plant sediments, not from the amount of iron around the riverbed as is often suggested. The Caroní river meets with the Orinoco river and merges into it for approximately 13km. The two rivers meet where Ciudad Guayana (city of Guiana) now exists. This city was created by the fusion of old cities of San Felix and Puerto Ordaz, in either sides of the river. 

The river has been dammed for the production of energy. The power of the water has been used by man to produce hydroelectric energy. Today it has 5 different dams. They are, in order following the flow of the river: The "Raúl Leoni" Hydroelectric Complex (official name of the Guri dam), Caruachi, Macagua I, Macagua II and Macagua III. A new dam, Tocoma, is currently under construction between Guri and Caruachi.

There is a City Tourism desk at the Airport.

Places to Stay
Hotel "Embajador", www.embajadorhotel.com , 3 stars hotel in the best part of Puerto Ordaz, english spoken. 42$ US - single room, breakfast and pick-up included.
Contact hembajador at hotmail.com  Tel. 0058-286-9226641 
hotelrasilpzo.com/  [Rooms: 305] Vía Venezuela - Centro Cívico - Puerto Ordaz - Telfs.: +58-0286-9201600
Reservaciones: +58-0286-9201611- Fax: +58-0286-9227703
"Most of the staff are slow, and pretty much oblivious to customers, they will happily carry on a conversation with each other and totally ignore you, so be prepared! Just relax and be patient!
Best Western Mara Inn Hotel [80 rooms]
Zona Industrial Unare Ii. Calle Neveri Ud. 286, Ciudad Guayana, Venezuela
Located on the industrial heart of Ciudad Guayana
Hotel "Dos Rios", in the center of Puerto Ordaz, English & Italian spoken, 26$ US – single room.
Contact and booking: [email protected], Tel. 0058-286-9229188, Fax 0058-286-9233092
Hotel Inter-Continental Guayana ichotelsgroup.com - 5-star[190 rooms]
 Av. Guayana, Parque Punta Vista. Puerto Ordaz.
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Teléfonos: (58) (086) 23.0722 / 23.0011 / 800-22442
Fax: (58) (086) 23.1914
1 888 IC HOTELS (888 424 6835) Hotel Front Desk:   58-286-7131000 aire acondicionado,  restaurantes, bares, servicios de habitación las 24 horas y servicios de tintorería, agencia de viajes, piscina, canchas deportivas, línea de taxis, etc.
"The only reason that this hotel remains in business is due to the casino, which is packed every day from about 5:00 p.m.
I assumed that with the Intercontinental name I would be staying in a classy hotel: how wrong I was!
Lake Guri
sarandaresort.com/ five-star Fishing Resort for World Class Peacock Bass and Payara fishing on Guri Lake. (Puerto Ordaz/Saranda/Puerto Ordaz-Approx. 2 Hour Drive)
 

Getting There
Airport: Puerto Ordaz (PZO) Venezuela

5km west of the centre on Av Guayana 9road to Ciudad Bolivar] Por puestos [jitneys] saying Castillito go between the airport and the hotel district.
Airlines include Aeropostal, Aserca and Laser from Caracas. Rutaca the main airline for the Gran Sabana is here. Servivensa flies to Canaima
Also connect to Barcelona, Barquisimeto, Margarita, Maracaibo, Maturin and San Antonio
Be sure upon your arrival to exchange some money. If you are taking the charter flight, U.S. dollars are accepted as well as Venezuelan bolivars. You will need a few dollars in local currency to pay for domestic airport taxes for the flights between Caracas and Puerto Ordaz and for anything you may wish to purchase, eat or drink in the local airports

Bus: Puerto Ordaz Bus Station: On Av Guayana at Av Norte-Sur 20 minute walk from the airport. This handles some buses that travel from the bigger station in San Felix. Linea Caribe-Uniao Cascavel has a nightly coach to Boa Vist and Santa Elena de Uairen
Terminal de Pasajeros in San Felix on Av Gumilla 1.5km from the old centre.
Ferry: Car and passenger ferries cross the Orinoco from San Felix to Los Barrancos every half hour or so. Trucks and buses to Maturin and Tucupita also go via the ferry which can make for a long cue in the am.
Terminal is at end of Av Manuel  Piar
at, east of downtown San Felix

GETTING AROUND: Three bridges connect the two towns but there are no bridges here which span the Orinoco. The ferry which runs  across the Orinoco  connects with the highway running north towards Maturin.

Attractions
The main attractions in Ciudad Guayana are the city parks - Parque Cachamay, Parque Loefling, and Parque La Llovizna. From Cachamay there are excellent views of the Río Caroní and a series of rapids and waterfalls. From Cachamay it is possible to walk to the connecting Parque Loefling which features a variety of caged and free roaming native animals.
·Casa San Isidro
· Cachamay Park
see the Saltos Cachamay where the Caroni river spashes towards the Orinoco
· La Llovizna Park
to see La Lovizna Falls go over the causways linking Macagua Dams ! & !!. the park has pathways over many little island and lookouts which the many waterfalls
· Del Caroni Ecological Museum
good source of visitor information as well
· Municipal Market
· Guri Hydroelectrical Central -
tours available
· Guri Lake one of the world's largest
· Zoologicico Loefling
zoo with anteaters, tapirs, capybara
Orinoco River
Orinoco River is the  world's third largest in terms of water volume after the Amazon and the Congo although it is just the third longest in South America at 2,410 km, (1,497.5 miles).

Ocean-going vessel through dredging navigate as far as Ciudad Guyanana but today the largest ore carrying ships are loaded closer closer to the Atlantic from ore freighters limited to 45-70,000 tons depending on water levels. Here at the confluence of the Caroní River, 435 km upstream is Puerto Ordaz  which, together with San Felix Puerto form Ciudad Guyana. Ordaz River steamers carry cargo as far as Puerto Ayacucho and the Atures Rapids.

Although the mouth of the Orinoco in the Atlantic Ocean was discovered by Columbus on his third voyage (1498-08-01), its source at the Cerro Delgado-Chalbaud, in the Parima range, on the Venezuelan-Brazilian border, at 1,047 m of elevation (02°19′05″N, 63°21′42″W ), was only explored in 1951, 453 years later, by a joint Venezuelan-French team. The great Alexander von Humboldt explored the basin in 1800, reporting on the pink river dolphins, and publishing extensively on the flora and fauna.

Most of the important Venezuelan rivers are tributaries of the Orinoco, the largest being the Caroní, which joins it at Puerto Ordaz, close to the Llovizna Falls. A peculiarity of the Orinoco river system is the Casiquiare canal, which starts as an arm of the Orinoco, and finds its way to the Rio Negro, a tributary of the Amazon, thus forming a 'natural canal' between Orinoco and Amazon.

The Orinoco river deposits also contains extensive tar sands in the orinoco oil belt, which may be a source of future oil production.

Only the second railway and road bridge 3.1 km long is opening soon between Ciudad Bolivar and Ciudad Guayana. [The first is Puente Angostura near Ciudad Bolivar] TBrazilians are building and financing the bridge as part of its plan to gain an outlet to the Atlantic for its northern states. This

Tours
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Lobby del Hotel Inter-Continental Guayana. Tlf.: 286 9236447 - 9227748 - 0416 6860284 . Aeropuerto Internacional Manuel Piar. Tlf.: 286 7173911 Agencia de viajes. Tlf.: 286 9233650 / 6178
Guided trip to the confluence of the Caroní and Orinoco rivers. Take a chance to pass by the Caroní rapids, national park Cachamay and reach near to the Llovizna fall so you can feel the energy that the mists produces in your skin and spirit.
roysfishingoutfitters.com/trips.html

The majority of our clients choose to fly directly into the camp to maximize their fishing time. Others choose to be transported in a 14 passenger van with A/C from Puerto Ordaz to the boat transfer station located in "El Manteco", then a 1 1/2 hour boat trip from the east side of the lake to our final destination at the camp. We will be happy to help you decide which method would be best for you.

We have associations with local pilots if you choose to fly directly to the camp from Puerto Ordaz.

ecocanaima.com/en/about-us.htm
we have exciting tours of adventure and extreme sports like flights in Parapent, Diving, jump in Bengy, Canoying, Rafting, Kayaking, Barranquismo (rapel down of mountains, waterfalls and hills), Cycling, puenting, special Expeditions to Bolivar, Jumbold and others extremely high mountains, Observation of birds and much more, the vehicles that we used for these are Toyotas 4x4 with a/ac. and buses bus/bed or normal with a/ac., the airplanes that we used for the flights are Cessna Caraban, 206 Cessna and Cessna 182 of 12, 6 and 4 sit


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