This was not our most restful night's sleep!! The bus stopped at least 5 times for security checks, and people repeadedly checked our passport - but we knew that would happen before we got on (we were lucky we were going north, travelling south they get everyone off the bus in the middle of the night to search all the bags). We didn't expect a flat tyre tho - or our driver's reaction to it: he locked the bus, and ran off into the forest for a while, and then came back with a large rock to prop up the bus while he fixed the tyre! We also stopped at 3am for a dinner break (because we were obviously hungry then!), and finally made it to Ciudad Bolivar 3 hours late!!