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It's home to several indigenous groups, and children are educated not only in Spanish but also Pemon, an indigenous language. It's proximity to the border with Brazil makes it busy trade town... mostly importing products from Brazil, and exporting oil from Venezuela.
Flights to and from the airport are operated with small Cessnas. Schedules change frequently.
There are very few flights to Santa Elena de Uairén. Rutaca is the only airline that services the town with any regularity from Ciudad Bolívar and Puerto Ordaz. You should contact the airline at the Ciudad Bolívar Airport (58-285) 632-4465 / 632-8426 to find out more information about the flights. They should direct you with information on how to book.
Night buses go to Santa Elena from Ciudad Bolivar, Puerto Ordaz, Maturin and Puerto la Cruz in Venezuela and from Boa Vista Boa Vista in Brazil. There is one day bus Puerto Ordaz and Ciudad Bolivar. A few buses travel to/from Caracas (Oriente Terminal) stopping in Cuidad Bolivar. These are semi-cama buses, and take 22 hours to make the journey. Bus companies that do the route are Expresos Los Llanos, Expreso Occidente, and a state owned company with red buses.
If you take a bus please understand that the buses are cold and drivers refuse to raise the temperature. Bus temperatures average around 7ºC (45F).
The Boa Vista route is the best connection for those coming from anywhere in Brazil.
Taxis are very cheap and do not cost more than 20 bsf anywhere in town.
Hotel Michelle, Calle Urdaneta, ☎ 0289-416 12 57. Probably the cheapest option in town and the bedrooms are still nice. Also doubles as a travel agency. Single from BsF 45.
Posada Backpackers, (next door to Hotel Michelle). Slightly more expensive but rooms slightly nicer than at Hotel Michelle. The German owner, Eric, is extremely helpful. This hotel/hostel also organizes trekking tours and has restaurant with great food.