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Trekking Roraima. Anyone else worried about this....

Postby charliemcfarlie » Tue Apr 16, 2013 8:09 pm

http://www.ctvnews.ca/world/venezuela-g ... -1.1240274

The company for which I work (a global engineering company) is currently making plans for the evacutation of all staff in Venezuela. According to our company security group, the political situation in Venezuela has turned very nasty.There have been shootings and civil disruption. It is anticipated that by the end of this week there could be very serious security issues. BUT G Adventures assure me that, a solo female traveller like myself will be fine and are encouraging me to go along anyway and see how it goes! My secondary concern is the accomodation they provide in a well known red zone, an area specifically cautioned against by not only the UK Ministry of Foreign Affairs but also on numerous travel advisory sites.

Is anyone else on this trip at all concerned? IS there anyone else on this trip?

Please get in touch if you are or if you have any advice on the best course of action. I would love to talk about this with someone else who is planning to go.
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Re: Trekking Roraima. Anyone else worried about this....

Postby sinecure » Wed Apr 17, 2013 12:04 am

I checked our Safety page and don't see any notes about Venezuela.

http://www.gadventures.com/safety-updates/

This doesn't mean that there are no issues, you should always exercise caution when traveling.

I've checked the a few government warning sites and none had a "don't travel warning". I checked the map of your trip and it doesn't go in to the "red zone" that you mention.

Government of Canada:
Venezuela - Exercise a high degree of caution
There is no nationwide advisory in effect for Venezuela.

Government of the UK:
Warning for only the border area with Columbia.
https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/venezuela

But at the end of the day, your personal safety is always your decision. If you have already booked and don't want to go I would check with your travel insurance provider to see if you can reschedule.
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Re: Trekking Roraima. Anyone else worried about this....

Postby charliemcfarlie » Wed Apr 17, 2013 1:28 am

Hi Sinecure,

Thank you for taking the time to respond! I have done all the same checks as you and have even called the ministry of foreign affairs but it still remains that Sabana Grande is well known as a red zone by night and the UK travel advisory specifically mentions this fact "Sabana Grande is not a safe area in which to stay in Caracas; cheap hotels can be found in safer areas like Chacao, La Castellana and Altamira. "

Despite that, the scenario is vastly different with the current civil unrest. There is always a certain amount of danger when travelling to countries such as Peru, Columbia and especially Venezuela but when my employer is currently working on evacuation plans for all staff in the country and they have sent an official travel advisory NOT to go, this does raise some serious questions about safety. What compounds my concern is that this information comes from staff currently in Caracas and I have also has several friends who live or have lived in Venezuela tell me that it is definitely not safe to fly there at this time - the airport and the road to Caracas being one of the most risky places to be. Sadly i have not been able to link in with anyone on this small group and do not know if anyone else will even be there, should i risk this trip.

I always exercise caution when travelling but considering our accommodation has reviews as follows: i would say this is a very real concern. http://www.tripadvisor.ca/Hotel_Review- ... egion.html and increased considering the heightened unrest and aggression surrounding disputed election results and accusations of coup d'etat.

Would you recommend you mother or your sister travel alone to Caracas in this current climate?

I want to go more than anything, but can I in good conscience risk my safety for fear of losing a large sum of money? I have cancellation insurance but would require a government no travel warning for Caracas to get any kind of reimbursement.

Thank you again for taking the time to reply.

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