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Crime and Scams:
There’s a large black market for dollar to Bolivars conversion. If you have a local guide, inquire about the black market for currency changing. Although the dollar is trading at a fixed rate of 1600 Bolivars, on the black market it trades for 2100-2500. Do not consider this unless you are 100% confident with whom you are dealing with, as they can exchange your dollars for fake play money and you’d never know.
There are some taxi scams here similar to Russia where they set you up for dangerous situations, and the rate and/or route is a joke. Utilize the Black SUV taxis from the airport to your hotel. A fixed rate of $12.
This is an upscale city with all the major hotels represented, most people stay at the Marriott or Hilton for location and convenience.
Avenida Libertador-Sur 25,
The 796-room Hilton Caracas is positioned in the heart of the financial and cultural districts of the city, next to the metro station and 25km to the international airport. ( www.hilton. Com )
Jw Marriott Caracas Av Venezuela Con Calle Mohedan Caracas, Venezuela 866-667-9330 ( www.marriott. Com ) and for cheap rooms with girls waiting in the hotel bar…
Best Western Puerto Viejo.
Av. Principal de Puerto Viejo, Catia la Mar. Five star Price: US$129. 28 (incl. Tax) 2 persons 1st or 2nd Floor Phone: 212-352-4044