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Venezuela Travel Guide

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Here’s your introductory Venezuela travel guide. Venezuela is the northmost nation in South America. It has the longest coastline on the Caribbean (meaning excellent beaches for travelers) but is also home to the world’s tallest waterfall: Angel Falls. At a whopping 3,200 feet tall, most of the water flowing over the falls becomes mist before feeding into Kerep River. Angel Falls is a reason in and of itself to see Venezuela.

The country is also the fifth-largest exporter of oil in the world, but balances this potentially-destructive venture with exceptional preservation of its natural beauty. Venezuela is considered one of the few “megadiverse” countries in the world, with over 40% of its landmass being protected. Even the massive and cosmopolitan city of Caracas, which provides plenty of entertainment and nightlife, exists beneath the shadow of Mount Avila. Caracas has some of the cheapest gasoline in the world, and is prized for its fantastic cuisine, which includes locally-grown coffee and cacao. However, it may be best for travelers to avoid Caracas, as it is considered to be one of the most violent cities in the world. The police in the city are inefficient or corrupt, street crime is rampant, and around 7,000 murders occur there annually.

The best option for most travelers is to stay near tourist zones and enjoy the natural beauty of the country with a guide. Urbanized areas tend to be quite dangerous, but the intimidation factor should not keep a potential visitor from experiencing this idyllic nation.

Quick Info:

Capital: Caracas

Language(s): Spanish

Religion(s): Christianity

Currency: Bolívar fuerte (VEF)

Electricity Voltage: 110V

Calling Code: +58

Popular Travel Destinations:

  • The Angel Falls
  • Margarita Island
  • Laguna de Canaima

Official Website: www.think-venezuela.net/

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*Note* - Some of the graphics on this page were taken from the CIA World Factbook which contains a wealth of information on every country in the world. I highly recommend it.

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