Venezuela is a country full of rich and varied culture and history. At the same time, a refined and soft touch of modernization makes this country fun and ideal package for tourism. Historical monuments, cultural and outdoor activities with fantastic food and wine are the highlights of Venezuela.
Extensive beaches, lush rainforests, roaring waterfalls, grassy savannas and large limestone caves are just some of the wonderful natural sites of Venezuela. Venezuela welcomes all types of travelers, from nature lovers and explorers to those who want to relax their vacation on the breathtaking beaches and all the others. Venezuela invites tourists to visit their land throughout the year depending on what they would like to do, with the rainy season from May to October and the dry season from November to April.
What to do in Venezula
Merida & Pico Bolivar
At the gates of the Andes, you should visit this city because I was born there. It is a picturesque city that houses the highest point of the Andes in Venezuela: Pico Bolivar (it is not yet the reason why you should visit). The city has a perfect climate all year round as it is located in a valley and is known as a university city with lots of nightlife (which is not yet the reason). The highest cable car in the world? No not yet. Great outdoor activities like hiking, climbing, waterfalls and an abundant forest? No. You should visit Merida because it’s great. That’s all.
Canaima and Gran Sabana National Park
The Canaima National Park covers three million hectares and is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is usually associated with Angel Falls and the area around the city of Canaima, but in reality this is only a small area of the extremely varied park. The park also includes the plateau of La Gran Sabana and includes over 100 tepuis (table mountains), which rise more than 1,000 meters above the savannahs. A trip through the Gran Sabana and Canaima National Park is a unique experience and does not necessarily have to be combined with a trip to Angel Falls, especially during the dry season.
The highlights of this area are the numerous waterfalls scattered throughout the area, particularly in the Gran Sabana near the Brazilian border. Swimming at the base of the falls is one of the strong points and can provide a refreshing escape from the hot midday sun during the dry season.
The Angel Falls
In the heart of the country, where table mountains rise up like giant monoliths from the surrounding landscape, is the magnificent Angel Falls. Falling 979 meters, it is the highest waterfall in the world and one of the highlights of South America. This beautiful site in the Canaima National Park is remote and difficult to access, but flights over the falls are easily arranged. The best time to see the falls is during the rainy season, between May and November, when the water is abundant and the falls do not disappear in a fog before reaching the bottom as they do in the dry season. During the dry season, the falls could be little more than a trickle and visitors might want to check in advance to see if there is enough water to make the trip worthwhile.
The waterfalls are usually visited by a tourist flight or a three-day boat trip that starts in the city of Canaima. The boat trip, which also includes an excursion through the jungle to the base of the falls, is not a luxury tour on any stretch, with basic accommodation along the way. Boat trips may not be possible during the dry season due to low water levels in the river. Flights over the waterfalls depart from many cities and can be arranged from various places, including Caracas, Ciudad Bolívar, Santa Elena or Isla Margarita, as well as other major cities, although usually with a connecting flight.
Bararida zoological and botanical park
Opened in 1967, the Zoarological and Botanical Park of Bararida is one of the most suitable daytime attractions for families in Venezuela. The combined park, the zoo and the botanical garden offer visitors the opportunity to see the most beautiful flora and fauna in the country. There are over 8000 animals at the zoo for visitors to approach and personal, with almost 65% of them on the almost extinct list. There is a vast collection of native trees in the park, while the botanical garden has over 150 different species of local and imported plants that visitors can see.
The capital of Caracas
Caracas is blessed with an immense history of history as some of the most important men in South America were born there. It is the political and financial capital of the country and at one point in history it has been a favorite destination for travelers around the world. Due to political and economic problems, poverty and crime have become rampant problems in the city. There is an incredible cable car ride where you can access the mountain and see incredible views of the city. The nightlife will amaze you and even the art has been praised, don’t forget to visit the Hotel Humboldt, which is located at the top of the mountain. Be sure to maintain an additional level of caution due to the current state of the city
Get on a cable car in the El Ávila National Park
Climb one of the longest cable cars in the world to the top of Cerro El Ávila, about 20 minutes’ drive from Caracas, for a spectacular view of the city and the mountains. On clear days, you can see the Caribbean Sea from the top of the mountain. The park’s forests are home to many butterflies, birds and orchids, including the country’s national flower, the Easter orchid.
During a visit to the park, enjoy a meal in one of the restaurants or buy handmade souvenirs. If you are looking for something more adventurous, try the zipper, climbing or camping. Take a sweater or jacket because it can get cold when the cable car reaches a height of around 7355 feet (2,135 meters).
Santa Ana De Coro
This picturesque city has a secret. A few steps away from its winding cobbled streets and its great colonial architecture stand the moving sand dunes of Los Medanos – some of which rise up to a height of 30 meters and beyond. They are spectacular and form the only desert area of Venezuela.
Visit Vibrant Plaza Bolívar
Plaza Bolívar marks the point where Diego de Losada of Spain founded the city in 1567 and serves as a vibrant civic and cultural center of the old city, where inhabitants, visitors and vendors have all been united since 1874. In the corners of the square, statues of four women represent the states of the former Gran Colombia: Venezuela, Ecuador, Peru and Colombia. An equestrian statue of the national hero Bolivar is another prominent feature of the square.
Public buildings such as El Capitolio Nacional, La Catedral de Caracas and the Palacio Municipal de Caracas surround the square.
Cueva del Guacharo National Park
The Cueva del Guacharo National Park is located in Monagas, Venezuela and is one of the major natural attractions of the country. The main attraction of the park is a large limestone cave that is over 10 kilometers long and has many large rooms inside. Visitors can explore the cave and see the spectacular rock formations within it; they will also be able to see the bird Guacharo, or oily birds, which are known to create guano, which provides the basic nutrients for the cave ecosystem. The nearby Humboldt Museum will allow visitors to see various exhibits on the national park, the cave and Alexander von Humboldt, the Prussian geographer and explorer who visited the cave in 1799 and realized that oil birds were an unknown species at that time.
Henri Pittier National Park
Founded in northern Venezuela, the Henri Pittier National Park is the oldest national park in the country and consists of rainforests, rain forests, shrub forests, mangroves and rivers in all its 107,800 hectares of land. Named after the Swiss geographer and botanist who has spent years studying the flora and fauna in the park, the park also has a coastal area with bays and beaches. The park is identified as an important area for birds and is full of different flora and fauna that visitors can explore; while there are at least 582 species of birds, there are also 140 species of mammals including sloths, howler monkeys, aquatic rats, pumas and giant otters.
Roraima’s Table Mountain has a seductive charm for nature lovers and adventure seekers, with an almost mystical wonder of Jack and the magic bean attached to it. Rising from the surrounding plains, Roraima is an island in the sky that has fascinated people for centuries, with its bizarre rock formations, waterfalls and carnivorous plants. This tepui (Table Mountain) was also the inspiration for the famous Arthur Conan Doyle novel, The Lost World.
Roraima is one of the highest tepuis in the Canaima National Park. It is also one of the most easily accessible and popular excursion destinations, although it is a challenging multi-day excursion. The temperature decreases with increasing altitude and Roraima is often cloudy, foggy or rainy, so hikers must be prepared to face the elements.
Immerse yourself in the culture of the Centro de Arte Los Galpones
The Centro de Arte Los Galpones in the eastern part of Caracas is the favorite place to visit; numerous mango trees and an outdoor terrace create a tropical vacation in the midst of the urban environment. The center has about 15 spaces where you can immerse yourself in the local culture, including art galleries and restaurants like the Hache Bistro – try the famous arepas of Venezuela – round corn pies seasoned or filled with meat, eggs, tomatoes or various others ingredients. The center also has bookshops and everything from tango and yoga classes to movies and outdoor concerts. The Centro de Arte Los Galpones is closed on Mondays.
Immerse yourself in the past at Casa Natal and Museum
In a city that abundantly honors the national hero, it is not surprising that great attention is paid to maintaining the birthplace of Simón Bolívar: a 17th century colonial house in Caracas built by his great-grandfather. The visitor can feel the past in family portraits, antique furniture and home decorations, which was listed as a national monument in 2002. There are several epic paintings by the Venezuelan artist Tito Salas.
The Bolívar Museum on site has a large collection of objects and personal documents, as well as military uniforms and weapons and more.
Cueva del Guacharo National Park
The Cueva del Guacharo National Park is located in Monagas, Venezuela, and is one of the major natural attractions of the country. The main attraction of the park is a large limestone cave that is over 10 kilometers long and has many large rooms inside. Visitors can explore the cave and see the spectacular rock formations within it; they will also be able to see the bird Guacharo, or oily birds, which are known to create guano, which provides the basic nutrients for the cave ecosystem. The nearby Humboldt Museum will allow visitors to see various exhibits on the national park, the cave and Alexander von Humboldt, the Prussian geographer and explorer who visited the cave in 1799 and realized that oil birds were an unknown species at that time.
Henri Pittier National Park
Founded in northern Venezuela, the Henri Pittier National Park is the oldest national park in the country and consists of rainforests, rain forests, shrub forests, mangroves and rivers in all its 107,800 hectares of land. Named after the Swiss geographer and botanist who spent years studying the flora and fauna in the park, the park also has a coastal area with bays and beaches. The park is identified as an important area for birds and is full of different flora and fauna that visitors can explore; while there are at least 582 species of birds, there are also 140 species of mammals including sloths, howler monkeys, aquatic rats, pumas and giant otters.
Where to Stay in Venezuela
Located in Pampatar, Mompatare SJS-15 offers a garden, an outdoor pool and views of the lake. The air-conditioned accommodation is 31 km from El Yaque. Free WiFi is provided and free private parking is available on site.
The apartment features 3 bedrooms, a flat-screen TV with satellite channels, an equipped kitchen with a dishwasher and a microwave, a washing machine and 1 bathroom with a shower.
Waldorf Hotel Boutique
Waldorf Hotel Boutique is located in Caracas, 1.8 km from Caracas Museum of Fine Arts. It offers accommodation with a restaurant, free private parking, an outdoor pool and a bar. Facilities at this property include a 24-hour reception, room service and free WiFi in all areas. The property offers an indoor pool, a garden and rooms with city views.
All rooms at the hotel are air-conditioned and feature a flat-screen TV with satellite channels, a Blu-ray player and a private bathroom with a shower, hairdryer and free toiletries. All rooms have a desk.
The Waldorf Hotel Boutique offers a continental or buffet breakfast.
The accommodation offers a terrace.
InterContinental Tamanaco Caracas
Luxury travelers are familiar with the InterContinental name, and it is certainly worth the stay in Caracas. It is located near Las Mercedes, which is a trendy area of the city near business and shopping destinations and also about 45 minutes drive from Simon Bolivar Caracas International Airport. There is an outdoor pool here to enjoy the good weather in the country, the tennis courts and Le Gourmet is on site and one of the best restaurants in the city. Popular activities to do during your stay here include shopping for antiques in the town of El Hatillo, taking a cable car up Mount Avila and simply watching the sunset.
Lidotel Hotel Boutique Margarita
A nice boutique hotel in the Sambil shopping center, in a great and safe location. With a nice view of the pool and jacuzzi on the top floor.
LD Suites Punta Playa
The new LD Suites Punta Playa hotel – Spa & Resort offers its guests 120 luxurious suites with quality service and a modern atmosphere to ensure maximum comfort and make your stay truly relaxing and unforgettable. The Punta Playa Club offers a new concept of accommodation that offers a wide variety of entertainment and fun alternatives that will allow the whole family to stay within its facilities such as the Beach Club.
Margarita International Resort and Village
Margarita Village with all-inclusive, is strategically located between the commercial area of Porlamar and the main beaches. This is a family-run hotel where you will find a typical rustic infrastructure consisting of bahareque (a type of mud used for construction) and logs, which makes it a picturesque place for vacation.
4-star beach hotel with all-inclusive service. Includes a combination of 4 ecosystems: Lagoon, Sea, Sand Dune and Mountain. Located on a spectacular bay of blue waters and white sands over a kilometer.
Countries to visit in South America
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- Visit Argentina
- Visit Bolivia
- Visit Brazil
- Visit Chile
- Visit Colombia
- Visit Peru
- Visit Uruguay
- Visit Venezuela (Angel Falls, highest waterfall in the world)