Value for money is very low, with one or two exceptions, but many foreign-run, no-frills places catering for backpackers are opening up. The major cities, Isla Margarita, Los Roques, Guayana and Amazonas have higher room rates (eg US$15-20 in Caracas for a basic room). Add 10-15% for air-conditioning. In the Andean region prices are lower at around
US$8-12 per person. If comfort and cleanliness is what you are after, the price of a basic 3-star (Venezuelan '4 star') hotel room with a/c, private bath and breakfast costs around US$170 a night, or at least US$100 in a posada. There are no discounts or corporate rates for foreigners, unless arranged long in advance with tedious correspondence. A prior reservation will not guarantee you a room when you arrive. Always insist on seeing the room before paying; if you don't, you will almost certainly be given the worst possible room.


Camping in Venezuela is popular. Camping, with or without a vehicle, is not possible at the roadside. If camping on the beach, for the sake of security, pitch your tent close to others, even though they play their radios loud.
This is edited copy from Footprint Handbooks. For comprehensive details (incl address, tel no, directions, opening times and prices) please refer to book or individual chapter PDF
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