Explore Caracas, Venezuela’s Capital
Initially occupied by ancient indigenous peoples, Caracas was eventually established in 1567 by Spanish colonists. Today, Caracas is the country’s cultural and economic center, hosting theatres, historical monuments, cathedrals, and the Federal Palace. Must-see stops such as the National Pantheon of Venezuela and Simón Bolívar House – Birthplace to one of Venezuela’s greatest heroes – guide visitors through the rich history of this country. Additionally, surrounded by mesmerizing wilderness, visitors can easily escape city life’s bustle for a tour of nearby national parks like El Avila.
Venture into the Rainforests
Covering a region of 18 million hectares, the Amazon rainforest makes up nearly 50 percent of Venezuela’s territory. Nicknamed the Lungs of the World, exploring some of the world’s most unique flora and fauna is unbeatable here. Visitors will have the chance to see exotic species, including jaguars, monkeys, caiman, sloths, river dolphins, and much more.
Relax on the Caribbean Coast
Located on the warm Caribbean coast, Venezuela is dotted with crystal blue beaches, biodiverse coral reefs, and tranquil island escapes. Visitors can occupy their days lounging in the sun or exploring the region’s activities, like snorkeling, wind sailing, and island hopping. Nationally protected parks such as Morrocoy and Mochima are plentiful in marine life, perfect for snorkeling. Perhaps most unique, however, is the wild flamingo. Be sure to be on the lookout for schools of these pink beauties.
Island Hop & Snorkel at Los Roques Island
The archipelago of Los Roques is perfect for those looking to have a combination of adventure and relaxation. The island hosts a number of fantastic beaches for sunbathing. The crystal blue water invites travelers to enjoy watersports (like windsurfing and fishing) or island-hopping via boat. Snorkeling is especially popular here to discover the untouched marine paradise full of colorful coral reef, underwater animals, wildlife, and unique creatures.
Things to See in Venezuela
Home to some of South America’s most impressive natural wonders, there are plenty of things to see in Venezuela. Additionally, with monuments dating back to the 16th century, visitors can brush up on their history and culture at a number of sites around the capital. Here is a list of the top things to see in Venezuela.
Angel Falls is the tallest waterfall in the world, cascading an impressive 800 meters. Located in the Canaima National Park, the region that surrounds this remarkable waterfall is equally beautiful. Visitors can partake in several activities, including wildlife viewing, hiking, and enjoying the view of Angel Falls from all angles.
Mount Roraima is the most famous Tepuis mountain within Canaima National Park, and with one look, it’s easily understandable why. Roraima is the highest peak for miles and serves as the tripoint between Venezuela, Guyana, and Brazil. Its flat summit, stretching miles, and surrounded by steep rising cliffs is one of the unique geographies within South America. Whether venturing to the summit or catching sight of Mount Roraima from afar, it is a must-see in Venezuela.
The Caracas Cathedral has undergone many renovations over the years. However, its significance as a holy site dates back to the 17th century. The cathedral today is a striking example of Romanesque architecture, housing several large naves and ornate columns. The church also houses a museum and the resting places of national hero Simón Bolívar’s relatives. While in Caracas, this is a must-see site, providing visitors with a glimpse of Venezuela’s rich history and old wealth.
Food & Drink in Venezuela
While the political climate can overwhelm the news in Venezuela, there is one thing for sure, the food and drink in Venezuela is delicious! Some of our favorite dishes include Arepas, a corn-based bread that can be grilled or baked and filled with local ingredients. The Pabellon Criollo is Venezuela’s national dish and consists of pulled beef, black beans, rice, and plantain. For those looking for a mozzarella stick abroad, try tequenos, a popular puff pastry wrapped around cheese!
Is Venezuela Safe?
As noted on our Venezuela safety page, the main cities and destinations of Venezuela are safe for travel. However, the Foreign Commonwealth Office of the UK, as well as the Canadian government and the US government, advise against travel to the westernmost border.
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Best time to Visit Venezuela
In our expert opinion, the best time to visit Venezuela is during the dry season. The dry season in Venezuela lasts from November to April. During this period, there is the least amount of rainfall and warm, sunny weather. Additionally, it’s less humid, allowing travelers to explore Venezuela’s natural landscape.
What is Venezuela Known for?
Venezuela is primarily known for its economic and political crisis. However, past the country’s challenging times, Venezuela is known for its incredibly beautiful landscapes. Travelers love visiting Angel Falls, Los Roques Island, and Mount Roraima.
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