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Ciudad Bolívar

Ciudad Bolívar

Ciudad Bolívar is the capital of the eastern Venezuelan state of Bolívar. It was founded with the name Angostura in 1764, renamed in 1846, and, as of 2000, had an estimated population of 312,691.

Bridge over the Orinoco at Ciudad Bolivar, Venezuela (2004)The town lies at a narrowing of the Orinoco River and the original name was a contraction of the town's full descriptive name, 'Santo Tomé de Guayana de Angostura del Orinoco', "Saint Thomas of Guayana of the narrows of the Orinoco." The city lies at a spot where the Orinoco narrows to about 1 mile (1.6 km) in width, and today is the site of the only bridge across the river. Two more bridges are under construction.

Places to Stay

Don Carlos Hotel
Amor Patrio Hotel

Places to Visit

Cathedral
Orinoco River
Angel Falls

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Ciudad Bolivar
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