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alain  (C 97601)

Jan 9, 2006, 2:43 AM
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Hi there,

I have done a quick search in this forum but did not find a lot :

Has any one been to skydive venezuela recently ?
How is skydiving (wind, weather, F, ...) ?
How about life & accomodation down there , wondering if bunks are up & ready ?

My ticket is booked, I'll be there in a month but i still don't have any accomodation.

please don't reply 'email them' coz I've done that and they don't answer Unsure


BETO74  (D License)

Jan 9, 2006, 5:25 AM
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I haven't jump there yet, I did before it was Skydive Venezuela. Drop Giancarlo an e-mail he is probably a little busy in the HD record.


Premier LouDiamond  (D 25931)
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Jan 9, 2006, 9:08 AM
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PM Sent


fabiana

Jan 10, 2006, 1:09 AM
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Hi
we also go tho venezuela on 07.02.06
we are 5 people.weather is gred ther.
so hav some fun thogether!


Storhemulen  (C 18585)

Jan 12, 2006, 2:03 AM
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Havent gotten any replies either.
I'm going there jan 29th to feb 18.
I figured that the worst case scenario involves me not jumping and drinking a lot of rumdrinks...Sly

I'll see you guys there!


oLIVE  (F 12345678)

Jan 12, 2006, 9:05 AM
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hello! i m going there with alain at the same dates! you have to pay attention there is a problem with a bridge which is between the airport and the city. You have to take information.

For french people : http://www.diplomatie.gouv.fr/fr/conseils-aux-voyageurs_909/pays_12191/venezuela_12312/index.html


hope to see ya there

oLIVE


alain  (C 97601)

Jan 13, 2006, 4:29 AM
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wow, not so cool Unsure
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.

Alain


edit, my translation of the french embassy website:
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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 : 1029'10N 6650'39W
the DZ: 1027'42N 6605'37W
Cool


(This post was edited by alain on Jan 13, 2006, 5:02 AM)


BETO74  (D License)

Jan 13, 2006, 5:02 AM
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Yeah forget going from Caracas to Maiquetia what used to be a 30min ride became 5 hrs. It will be safest to drive thru Bagdad than ride thru that little road


alain  (C 97601)

Jan 13, 2006, 5:07 AM
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but we don't have to go to Caracas, right ?


fabiana

Jan 13, 2006, 5:14 AM
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Hi
We speak to jonathan,maybe its possible to be pickt
up by a cessna206 cost`s 300USD for 4-5 people.


alain  (C 97601)

Jan 13, 2006, 5:29 AM
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In reply to:
Hi
We speak to jonathan,maybe its possible to be pickt
up by a cessna206 cost`s 300USD for 4-5 people.

including drop 3000ft above la playa ? Tongue
joking appart, C206 would be a nice plan B


alain  (C 97601)

Jan 13, 2006, 5:57 AM
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I was wrong.

the international airport is actualy here
1036'09N 6659'38W

and I guess that going through Caracas is actually the only way unless you go by plane to the DZ.

Unsure


alain  (C 97601)

Jan 13, 2006, 7:01 AM
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the bridge is not at risk to colapse but DID ACTUALY collapse Shocked

http://cyber.law.harvard.edu/...a-bridge-to-caracas/
http://www.bloomberg.com/...amp;sid=akU0azyI5d84
http://caracas.usembassy.gov/wwwh2767.html
http://es.news.yahoo.com/...osed-in-caracas.html
http://en.structurae.de/...otos.cfm?ID=s0007036
http://english.eluniversal.com/..._art_07A651641.shtml
http://www.vheadline.com/readnews.asp?id=47490
http://www.vheadline.com/readnews.asp?id=47603
sea or air is the only way out...


(This post was edited by alain on Jan 13, 2006, 7:34 AM)


Storhemulen  (C 18585)

Jan 15, 2006, 10:47 AM
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Good news:
I've gotten a reply from the dropzone, they'll be sending someone to pick me up.

Bad news:
It's going to set me back 120$ and take ~5hours.
I guess I'll just hope for the best and consider the ride a different kind of sightseeing :)

Also I'm a bit worried about robbery, apparently there's alot of hijackers along the old highway.
Since I'm a typical fat white guyLaugh, I'll probably be considered prime baitPirate.


Premier LouDiamond  (D 25931)
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Jan 15, 2006, 3:05 PM
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Quote:
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.


flyingfrog  (D 25992)

Jan 16, 2006, 6:36 AM
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Quote:
We speak to jonathan,maybe its possible to be pickt
up by a cessna206 cost`s 300USD for 4-5 people
wow.. sounds cool.... any news on this?
we will be also there end Jan. beginning Feb.


poli  (B 102)

Jan 16, 2006, 3:18 PM
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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.


juanesky  (C 33620)

Jan 16, 2006, 5:46 PM
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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.


chileanXaos  (C 143)

Jan 17, 2006, 11:53 AM
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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 .


alain  (C 97601)

Jan 18, 2006, 12:31 AM
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how about weather this time of the year ?
(temp, clouds, rain, vind...)

would the costal road from the international airport to Higerote be a good idea ?
I understand a 4x4 is needed, but what about safety and how long travel time ?


(This post was edited by alain on Jan 18, 2006, 12:40 AM)


alain  (C 97601)

Jan 18, 2006, 12:41 AM
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do you mean 120USD one way or does it include the way back ?


Storhemulen  (C 18585)

Jan 18, 2006, 5:13 AM
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I think they meant one way 120$.
I've been thinking about the possibility of taking a boat trip instead, just hire a local fisherman or something. Could actually be quite nice!


alain  (C 97601)

Jan 18, 2006, 10:15 AM
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are you serious ???


oLIVE  (F 12345678)

Jan 18, 2006, 11:32 AM
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Yes! it was Sixty before the problem with the bridge! now we need to know if it's only for one person.

The fisherman's solution sounds like a good tripWink


poli  (B 102)

Jan 18, 2006, 3:20 PM
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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.


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