Getting there: regular flights from major world cities to Carrasco International Airport.
What to see: Caracas, Angel Falls, Bolivar Peak, Playa Colorada, Archipelago of Los Roques, Margarita, Coche
Currencies: bolivar fuerte
Official language(s): Spanish
A major air
route connecting South America with the rest of the world, Venezuela
remains one of the most easily accessible countries in South America
from points in the USA or Europe.
For the price,
Venezuela features verdant plains and arid desert, spectacular
vistas from the Andes mountains, and no less than stunning white
sand beaches kissed by the Caribbean Sea and Atlantic waters.
is not on anyone's top ten list of capital cities to visit due
to its jungle of concrete and urban blight. However, by all means see
the cathedral, the sprawling National Capitol building, and the
historic birthplace of "the George Washington of South America,"
- by far - is the country's stunning natural beauty beginning with
a visit up north to the Gran Sabana, featuring unusual flat top
mountains ("Tepuy") and spectacular Angel Falls (the
world's highest) in Canaima National Park.
And, for the grandest vista in all of Venezuela,
take the cable car ride up to Bolivar Peak, the country's highest mountain.
coastal attractions, see world famous beaches due east at Playa
Colorada, or up north in crystal clear Caribbean waters at Archipelago
• The term Venezuela literally means ‘Little Venice’, so named by early explorers who first saw houses on stilts along the shore and were reminded of Venice.
• Not to say that Venezuelan women are the most beautiful on the planet, but Venezuela has more Miss Universe titles (6) and more Miss World titles (5) than any other country.
• Baseball is the most popular sport in Venezuela. Many Venezuelan players have moved to the United States to play in the U.S. major leagues, including Felix Hernenadez of the Seattle Mariners, Bobby Abreu of the Houston Astros, and Dave Concepcion of the Cincinnati Reds.
• The Red Devils of Yare festival is held every Corpus Christi Day in Venezuela to reenact the 400-year old battle of good vs evil (and guess who has won every time?)
• Venezuela is home to an amazing mix of animals including manatees, jaguars, the Giant anteater, sloths, Amazon river dolphins, and the worlds largest rodent, the capybara.
Venezuela tourism around the Web:
Venezuela - Check out this complete travel guide to accommodations, art and culture, major
attractions and activities, getting around, plus a message-board,
related links and don't miss the sound bites, video and images
at the virtual tour.
Travel Information - Find expert information on traveling throughout
the country with special focus on Caracas and Angel Falls, with
tips on getting around, maps and photos, from Lonely Planet Guides.