wow, not so cool wondering if there would be so local flight from caracas to the dropzone...
I got in touch directly with Giancarlo (who is in Dubai right now), -thanks beto74- : it appears that Internet access is tricky from the dropzone, which is why we don't get quick replies from skydive venezuela.
edit, my translation of the french embassy website:
the hightwway inbetween Maiquetia international airport and Caracas has been closed since January 6, for unkown duration. one of the bridges is under too much telluric stress and it might collapse. Local authorities recommand to use the old road, though it will no support all the traffic and is going through hazardous areas. You should expect to spend a lot of time in traffic jams and waste hours before arriving. The French ambassy advise that travlers take in account the delays when going allong that way.
edit one again:
good news for us is that the airport is on the right side of Caracas when going to the DZ, check google earth: international airport : 10°29'10N 66°50'39W the DZ: 10°27'42N 66°05'37W
(This post was edited by alain on Jan 13, 2006, 5:02 AM)
it appears that Internet access is tricky from the dropzone, which is why we don't get quick replies from skydive venezuela.
Perhaps, but that does not explain why phone calls and messages go unanswered for weeks on end. Missing out on having one of the leading mfgs visit your dropzone with a bag of goodies in tow because you cannot return 2 weeks worth of calls or e-mails is a huge loss for the DZ, in more ways than one. I think SDV has a few more issues, besides a bridge being out, to fix before people even consider spending money on trips to Venezuela.
I live in Caracas and jump at Skydive Venezuela since last april. The problem with the collapse of the bridge means it now takes 3 hours to get to Caracas by the alternative road (though they're already working in a bypass for the collapsed bridge). Actually I had to do it a week ago when coming back from my vacation in Spain. It didn't look too dangerous since it is packed with cars all the way to Caracas. Then it's 1 1/2 to 2 hours drive to the DZ. If you have any further questions and cannot reach Giancarlo or Jonathan, you can PM me and I'll try to be of some help.
Unfortunately the problem with Venezuela is that in way towards decay of pretty much all the infraestructures.
It is not strange to have shortages in water suppply, electricity, etc.
There are possible flights from Caracas (Maiquetia Airport) to Maracay or Valencia. I would suggest you contact Aeropostal, Avensa, Rutaca, Aeroejecutivos, aerotuy. All reservations need to be reconfirmed by a day or two before the actual flight (by phone) otherwise you loose your reservation.
There are other problems there of course and I would seriously advice don't venture out at night without local friends.
Just didnt like it too much , and the beach near the dz is full of mud (brown). the jumps in isla la tortuga dont exist anymore . we stayed for days waiting to jump but on weekdays is really slow , two jumps if lucky .
The weather is usually OK all year long in Higuerote, but now it's even better since the rainy season is already at its end. Regarding the coastal road, I have no clue, but I wouldn't expect too much from secondary roads in Venezuela.