Wednesday, January 04, 2006


Transportation in Caracas

Caracas being a large city in a valley, the metropolis is experiencing several traffic problems. There is a diversified system of public transport: busetas costing between 600 and 1000 Bs. Cabs and motorbike-cabs with prices negotiated at the moment of the ride. The Metro goes to almost all the neighborhoods of MetroCaracas. It costs 400 Bs, with option of 350 Bs for ride of less than 8 stations and 300 Bs for less than 4 stations. The Metro operates from 5 am to 11 pm. The people registered at the World Social Forum will get a pass for the Metro for the time of the event. They will have to pay their own rides for the time before their registration.

The Transportation Commission of the World Camp presents the Roads of the Forum. Details concerning the roads and costs will be available on this blog when they are known.

Service Roads

These are the roads that will be used for people participating in the World Camp from the arrival terminal in Caracas to the sites of the Forum. The Maiquietía Simón Bolivar airport and the Bus Terminals La Bandera and El Oriente will have welcoming brigades that will offer information about the World Camp to the people arriving. These brigades will divide the incoming persons in different buses, cabs and motorbike-cabs accreditated and to the exclusive use for the World Social Forum at the expense of the different users. The particular bus terminals* existing in the city will also have welcoming teams but without the exclusive transportation. In this case, the normal public transportation will be offered.

* Terminals: Peliexpres, Expreso Occidente, Aero Ejecutivo, Expreso Mérida and Lago Express.

Social Roads

The goal is to show the social initiatives that are currently happening in Venezuela: Barrio Adentro, Mercal, Casas de Alimentación and Education Missions, among others. Tours will be available between January 23rd and 30th of 2006. Fees will be at the expense of the individual users. There will be a translation service.

Socio-Turistic Roads

These are the roads going to other cities and states in Venezuela. They are available for people interested in knowing the diversity of ecosystems and social projects out of the Greater Caracas Area.

The options of roads, types of transportation, housing if needed, with or without food and the description of the turistic features will be made available on this blog further on.

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Place of the World Youth Camp

The World Youth Camp will be locate in the Parque del Este in the east part of the city of Caracas. The park covers 82 hectares of which 20 will be accesible for the Camp. Since 1961, it is the second largest park of the city after the Nacional Park of Ávila. It hosts a diversity of plants and animals characteristic of Venezuela among others many species of birds, turtles, reptiles and insects and the Astronomical Observatory of the National Navy. (...)

Dates of the World Youth Camp

Opening of the camp: January 23rd of 2006

Ending: January 19th of 2006

How to go to the World Youth Camp

The El Parque del Este is located at the “Parque del Este” station of the line 1 of the Caracas metro. A welcoming team will be present 24/24 at the Poliedro (bus terminal) and at the Simón Bolívar-Maiquetía international airport to welcome the arriving participants.

What will there be in the World Youth Camp

The Camp will be an alternative housing space for tents. A group of food cooperatives will sell prepared meals (between 2 and 5 US$, 1 US$ are 2150 bolívares). A indigenous market of food staples will offer food for the people who would prefer to cook themself. 200 chimical toilets and 200 outdoor showers will be available. The garbage cans will be spread around the site and be divided in organic and recyclable garbage. 2 hospital-tents with a capacity of treatment of 50 persons each will also be on the site to help people with sickness or injuries. Ambulantes will also be at hand to evacuate the people who would need more urgent treatment. All the sites will be identified for a better orientation of the participants.

The available spaces for the activities proponed by the participating organizations are divided in 6 sites of a capacity of 500 people each, 20 sites for 100 people each, 10 sites for workshops and an outdoor theater for cultural events. Some multi-usage fields will also be available for sporting events.

The Camp will have a radio with speakers with a service of public interest announcements and news. A internal daily newspaper will also cover the activities of the Camp. A room with computer with internet access will be offered to the press. There will be approximately 40 computers and the other computers with free access to internet will be spread on the site. There will also be some places to change currency and to do banking activities for 10 hours every day.


For the countries member of the OECD, the fee is of 64500 Bs by organization for the access of 5 people for all the Camp, 25800 Bs per person per day for the people exceeding the number of 5. The visitors must pay a fee of 5000 Bs per day.

For the countries not member of the OECD, it is 25800 Bs per organization, 15000 Bs per exceeding person and 5000 Bs for the visitors.

The venezuelian organizations pay 43000 Bs.

1 US$ equals 2.150 bolivares, 1€ = 2500 bolivares, 1CDN$=1850 bolivares

The list of the countries member of OECD

If it is posible, please send the the Camp email ( the list of the people of your organization that will participate and if their are not member of an organization, the name, passport number, country of origin or place in Venezuela where they live. Proposals of political activities are highly welcomed.

The visa process for the World Social Forum is free for all the world. All the participants in their own countries only need to tell that they are abou to participate in the World Social Forum Caracas-2006. The one who would be experiencing trouble, please send an email to the Camp address ( with their complete name, passport number and we will send them a personalized invitation letter.

What should bring the participants to the Camp?

Tents, sleeping bags, insect repelent, sunscreen, condoms and in general everything that is hended to camp.

The Parque del Este being a zoo, the introduction of outside animals and firecamps will not be allowed on the site. The consumption of alcohol and illegal drugs is forbidden on the site. It is forbiddent to carry firearms or other type of weapons.

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