Venezuela is usually not the first choice for tourists planning to explore South America. There are several reasons for this. But the most important thing is safety . Although the political situation is a bit more stabilized now and there are not many protests / riots, the atmosphere in the country is quite tense anyway. Drug gangs can pose an additional problem, and they still pull strings there.
Nevertheless, Venezuela wants to be open to tourists and tries to create the right conditions for them to explore its beautiful areas. And there is really something to admire there! Because Venezuela is famous for its numerous, naturally valuable areas . Places such as the Canaima National Park or the Los Roques archipelago delight with incredible landscapes and the wildness of nature. And most importantly - in Venezuela you can count on a really intimate sightseeing. There are still no crowds here, which allows for close contact with nature and a better understanding of the local culture.
What to see in Venezuela?
What to see in Venezuela? It will be very easy to answer this question, because Venezuela is not a country with thousands of monuments and great museums. Despite the fact that the Spaniards left their colonial cities, such as Coro (the first capital of the country), it is rather good to look for magnificent architecture. I even considered deleting this bookmark completely, but it was only thanks to Coro that I stopped myself. The matter is also very complicated if you plan to visit Caracas . Yes, there is a lot to see in the city, but it is still one of the most dangerous cities in the world. We were many Poles who visited the city without any problems, but always kept saying that you have to keep your eyes open and not stand out.
One of Venezuela's greatest assets is the coast of the Caribbean Sea and its islands. Tourists appreciate the beauty of the Puerto la Cruz area, where some of the country's best beaches await you. In addition, the stunning Mochima National Park is also nearby . Also noteworthy is the Los Roques archipelago , where empty beaches with white sand and a truly paradise holiday atmosphere await you. A holiday is also worth considering on the Margarita Island , whose coastline also offers a wonderful space to relax.
Venezuela's nightlife, what is it like? Until a few years ago, the nightlife in Venezuela kept you awake. Due to the increasing number of homicides in Caracas , most of the bars and discos have closed . Now Venezuelans are having fun at houses, because it is safer and cheaper. Isla Margarita is much safer (but not always). Many hotels have clubs right next to the pools, so it is a guarantee of good and safe fun. Besides, in Porlamar itself there is a place to have fun (the capital of the Margarita island). And it is worth taking as many dollars or euros as possible with you. With galloping inflation in the country, you will feel like a bogol. Carupano , where an amazing colorful CARNIVAL takes place every year, remains for dessert.
Natural wonders in Venezuela
Admittedly, Venezuela's greatest asset is its nature . If you are one of the people who like to spend their time in the wilderness and want to enjoy the beauty of the landscapes, then in this country you will have plenty of opportunities to do so. And this regardless of whether you stop by the coast or decide to venture into the interior. When it comes to the north of the country, definitely visit the Mochim National Park - a popular diving destination. In the south, be sure to visit Canaima National Park , where you will see the world's tallest waterfall!
Activities in Venezuela
Exploring the natural wonders of Venezuela will only be possible if you are not afraid to get tired and sweat a little. Because reaching, for example, the Salto Angelo waterfall in the Canaima National Park requires some effort. Trekking and boat trips are popular forms of penetrating various nooks and crannies of Venezuela. One of the most famous hiking destinations is Roraima , the most famous table mountain in South America. When going to Venezuela, be sure to take a mask and a tube with you , because the coast is full of reefs and quite intense, underwater life.
Off the trail in Venezuela
Most places in Venezuela can be classified as off the main tourist routes. Mainly because foreign guests do not bang on to this country with doors and windows. But some parts of Venezuela are visited very rarely or not at all. One of them is Los Lanos , a huge steppe area where mainly wild animals, cattle and… a handful of cowboys live. Due to the large distance from the main roads and the city, and generally difficult logistics, Canaima National Park is not very crowded. By choosing there, you can count on a really intimate atmosphere.