Venezuela Travel Guide

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Venezuela Travel Guide

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Venezuela is a very interesting country located in South America, on the northern coast; a place bursting with wild life and actually considered as being a state with an extremely high bio-diversity. Well, I don’t know about these two words, extreme and bio-diversity put together, I mean I can’t imagine that it’s something wrong about such a place; but the fact that Venezuela has a wide range of natural habitats, i.e. the Amazon Basin’s rain forests and the Andes Mountains, not to mention the Caribbean coast and the Llanos planes, well, these definitely play a role when it comes to bio-diversity, don’t you think? Having an incredibly rich geography and a beautiful and varied landscape translates into abundant wildlife. Just to get the general idea, about forty percent of the country’s territory is occupied by national parks, and that says it all.

As for its surroundings, Venezuela is bordered by the North Atlantic Ocean and the Caribbean Sea to the north, Brazil to the south, Colombia to the west and Guyana to the east.
The country has a land surface of 912,050 square kilometers and a population of 29 million people. The capital is Caracas, an impressive city filled with favelas and romantic (and crumbling) colonial architecture, standing side by side with modern skyscrapers. The city offers its visitors numerous museums and art galleries along with an incredibly vivid nightlife.
For the trip of a lifetime, Venezuela has much to offer: golden savannahs, safaris where you can admire the country’s almost prehistoric fauna and flora, dramatic waterfalls, the Orinoco Delta, a stunningly beautiful coastline and lots of offshore islands, and let’s not forget, the definition of Caribbean beauty, the Los Roques archipelago. But let’s not anticipate, stick with me and let’s discover Venezuela together, shall we?

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What to see, What do do?!

Those of you who are seeking for a taste of Venezuela’s electric nightlife should spend some time in the cosmopolite capital, Caracas, which also offers a good deal of impressive museums, theaters, parks and art galleries for the cultural-thirsty.

Coro, the country’s first capital, is also a lovely city that appeals through its vast colonial architecture, its downtown being considered a World Heritage Site.
Another popular destination is the city of Carupano, known for its carnival and heavenly beaches. Be sure to check out Playa Medina once you’re here, you won’t regret it.
One of Venezuela’s most reputable treasures is the Angel Falls waterfall (or Salto Angel), another UNESCO World Heritage site and the world’s highest waterfall. It is located in the Canaima National Park, which also offers an impressive amount of beautiful natural sights, such as waterfalls, lagoons and a varied flora and fauna.

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Those of you who want some action going on will feel great at Parque Nacional Mochima, which has a great deal of resorts and is the place to be for swimming, diving, fishing, snorkeling or just relaxing on the plethora of golden beaches.
If you’re a ski aficionado and you’re visiting from November to June, you can go skiing on the Andean peaks of the Cordillera de Merida.

cave of the ghost
The Guajira Peninsula should also be on your list of destinations, the place being known as “Little Venice”, drawing its name due to the indigenous people’s houses, which are built above the lake on stilts.
For exploring some of the local wilderness and admiring its wildlife, be sure to check out Parque Nacional Henri Pittier, which is rich in a wide variety of bird species as well as monkeys, pumas or jaguars.
Venezuela is also home for the highest and longest cable car in the world, known as the Teleferico de Mukumbari. Riding it will be a wonderful experience.

national park

Food and drink

Some traditional Venezuelan dishes are pabellon (the national dish) – meat cooked with peppers, onions, rice and black beans, arepas – corn tortillas stuffed with a variety of fillings, cachapas – corn pancakes with cheese or ham, hallacas – corn dough with meat, olives and raisins wrapped and steamed in banana leaves.
As the country is a main producer of cocoa beans, you should try the Venezuelan chocolate.
Some regional drinks are chicha Andina – a non-alcoholic sweet and creamy drink made from rice or corn flour, papelon con limon – sugar cane juice and lemon. The Venezuelan rum is very good, be sure to try the “1796” from Santa Teresa.

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Visa Requirements

To enter and visit Venezuela, you’ll only require a valid passport, but no Visa.

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