Venezuela is a country surrounded by nature, with beautiful, charming places. Just like other countries, it has its beauties and imperfections but is a good destination if you’re a fan of nature. Here are the things that you should know about this amazing country:
WHAT WE’LL COVER:
- Basic information about Venezuela
- Top places to visit
- Venezuela travel tips and safety precautions
VENEZUELA, BASIC INFORMATION:
Location: Venezuela is located in South America, between Colombia, Brazil, and Guyana.
Time zone: UTC-04:00
Currency: Venezuelan bolívar / Bolívar Fuerte (VEF)
Modes of transportation: Train, taxis, private transfers, buses
Seasons: They have two seasons. dry or sunny (November to April) and wet or rainy (May to October).
TOP PLACES TO VISIT IN VENEZUELA:
La Gran Sabana
Plateaus are the most common landscapes in Venezuela, which include plains, the Andes and the Guiana Highlands. The Gran Sabana is a land of spectacular table mountains and water resources such as lakes and rivers.
The native people in Venezuela were hunters and gatherers and lives near the sea and the Orinoco River. They are the Guajiro, Chibcha, Caribs, and Arawaks.
Some of the things that can be seen in this area are the beautiful lagoon with great waterfalls, reddish water, and pink sand.
One of the weirdly eroded rock formations, strange plants, valleys carpeted with crystals, and endless labyrinths. It is also one of the most beautiful places in Venezuela. This mountain, almost 3,000 meters high, was formed before the continents split, which is why the top of the mountain is unique, and it takes a six-day hike to reach the top and return.
Also known as the tallest and uninterrupted waterfall in the world. This breathtakingly beautiful waterfall is 16 times the height of Niagara Falls. You can get into the jungle and set up a camp to get close to the waterfalls. It has a height of 979 meters and a plunge of 807 meters.
Isla de Margarita
This lies in the Caribbean Sea and about 40 kilometers away from the mainland. This is where the most popular beaches In Venezuela. Snorkeling and kitesurfing are some of the activities that you can try and the accommodations nearby are affordable.
This is, of course, the commercial and cultural center of the country. It is located in the northern mountain valley, established in the 19th century. Museums are some of the things that you can visit and you can a ride at a cable car at Avila National Park.
This town is the adventure-sports capital of Venezuela where you can go rafting, mountain biking, paragliding, hiking, etc. Are also present Spanish colonial architecture, parks, and outdoor activities.
This place is unspoiled and unique. You can see the mangrove swamps, the jungle of Warao where you can see animals such as monkeys, river dolphins, snakes, macaws. It is also rich in birdlife, and even anacondas (beware!).
Henri Pittier National Park
This place is 3 hours away from Caracas and here, you will surely see palm tree and beautiful beaches. You can do different activities such as snorkeling, paddle boarding and you can eat tuna barbecue by the beach.
VENEZUELA TRAVEL TIPS AND SAFETY PRECAUTIONS:
- If you’re going to hike, drink a lot of water, wear sunscreen and a hat because it’s normally hot.
- Keep your emergency money apart from the rest of your money.
- Don’t carry a lot of money.
- Dress simply.
- Don’t show off your valuables (cameras, phone, money) in public.
- Leave your valuable belongings in the hotel. Always make sure to lock the door.
- Beware of your surroundings at all times.
- Presently (from 2019 to March 2020 so far), due to Venezuela’s current political situation, the country is experiencing high levels of violence and crimes. If you’re a victim of a crime, don’t expect justice. Only a very small percentage of crimes result in trials.
- Kidnappings. Some cases can be called ‘express kidnapping’. Kidnappers will abduct the person, scare them and of course, rob all the money the person owns.
- Robberies. It can be pickpockets. Resistance to robbery can result in the victims being shot dead. Avoid displaying important stuff as much as possible. Always keep an eye on your belongings.
- Unauthorized taxis. Taxi drivers in Caracas have high chances of overcharging or even rob/ injure the passengers.
- Poisoned drinks. Be careful not to accept drinks given by strangers because there might be something in them.
- Airport. Beware of packages given. There are reported issues where drug trafficking groups working from the airport and might add drugs or anything questionable in your baggage.
There is little to no presence of police and is, for the most part, a beautiful, yet a lawless country.
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