Venezuela

Where to go

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.

Highlights include:  

  • 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.  Home to the Angel Falls, the tallest waterfall in the world.
  • The Llanos, home to over 300 species of birds, jaguars, anteaters and alligators. 
  • Orinoco Delta, a sprawling web of intricate waterways meandering through deep jungle to the Atlantic Ocean. 
  • Los Roques Archipelago, located off the coast north of Caracas, with 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.
  • Margarita Island, located in the Caribbean Sea, with beautiful beaches, national parks and nature reserves as well as castles, cathedrals and churches for all tastes.


What to do

  • Relax on a Caribbean beach.  With 1,700 km of sandy beaches, warm, clear waters and bright tropical sunshine all year round, Venezuela has 314 islands and islets, including Isla Margarita and Los Roques, the only coral atoll in the South Caribbean. Perfect for fishing, diving and snorkelling.
  • Stay in a jungle lodge and visit the Warao Indian tribes in the Orinoco Delta.
  • 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.
  • 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 5007 meters. 
  • Try kite surfing!  Margarita Island has the best beaches in the world for kite surfing.



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When to go

Venezuela is a year-round destination with a tropical climate and temperatures ranging from around 22 °C 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.


Currency and money

Venezuelan Bolivar.  ATMs are easily available in the cities. 


Cuisine

You can find everything from international restaurants to delicious local specialities sold in street markets.  The national dish of Venezuela is Pabellon, a beef dish served with rice, black beans and plantain.  Culinary influences come from Spain and Italy as well as local dishes with Andean and tropical flavours.  Delicious fish and sea food can be found all along the coast.


Hotels

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 f or all budgets.  


Where to go next

With excellent flight connections, Venezuela can be combined well with most of the countries of South America.  We recommend combining Venezuela with a trip to Colombia or continuing to Central America to Panama and Costa Rica. 


Links

Saspo’s partner office in Venezuela is Condor Verde. For further information on the country and its highlights and destinations please see Condor Verde’s website: www.condorverdetravel.com

Contact:    TEL: +44 20 8123 1827   Mobile: +44 7989 982 210   Email: Info@saspoUK.com