Venezuela is a country of great natural beauty with the snow-capped Andes in the west, the Amazon jungle in the south, “tepuy” flat-topped mountains with high vertical walls in the east, and endless white sand beaches on the Caribbean coast. The country has a rich culture with Indigenous, African and Spanish roots.
You can find everything from international restaurants to delicious local specialities sold in street markets. Culinary influences come from Spain and Italy as well as local dishes with Andean and tropical flavours. The national dish of Venezuela is Pabellon, a beef dish served with rice, black beans and plantain. Delicious fish and sea food can be found all along the coast.
Venezuela offers a wide range of accommodation options from large international chains in the capital to smaller locally-owned hotels. You can also find simple mountain lodges and jungle lodges in stunning settings as well as luxury beach resorts catering for all budgets.
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Where to go in Venezuela
Canaima National Park and Angel Falls
A beautiful national park within the Amazonian rainforest, formed by a steep wall of remote mountains that shelter deep, wooded canyons. The park is home to the Angel Falls, the tallest waterfall in the world.
Spend time in the Llanos, an area extending for around 320,000 square kilometers, a great place to observe wildlife and admire the abundance of livestock in this beautiful open space between the coast and the Andes. The Llanos is home to over 300 species of birds, jaguars, anteaters and alligators.
A sprawling web of intricate waterways meandering through deep jungle to the Atlantic Ocean. Stay in a jungle lodge and visit the Warao Indian tribes in the Orinoco Delta.
Relax & Kite Surf on a Caribbean Beach
With 1,700 km of sandy beaches, warm, clear waters and bright tropical sunshine all year round, Venezuala is perfect for fishing, diving and snorkelling. The country has 314 islands and islets, including Isla Margarita and Los Roques Archipelago, the only coral atoll in the South Caribbean.
Los Roques, located off the coast north of Caracas, boast spectacular white sand beaches, warm blue waters and abundant flora and fauna with 50 islands, islets and reefs and a central lagoon with mangroves and coral.
Located in the Caribbean Sea, Margarita Island has the best beaches in the world for kite surfing, as well as national parks and nature reserves, castles, cathedrals and churches to suit all tastes.
Visit the Andean town of Mérida and explore its spectacular snow-capped peaks, known as “The Five White Eagles”. The highest point is Pico Bolivar at 4,978 meters.
When to go
Venezuela is a year-round destination with a tropical climate and temperatures ranging from around 22° to 35°C.
The dry season runs from November/December to April/May. This is the best time to visit to explore the towns and cities.
During the wet season, the country’s waterfalls and especially Angel Falls are actually more impressive.
Where to go next
With excellent flight connections, Venezuela can be combined well with most of the countries of South America.
Map of Venezuala
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