Overview Venezuela

Visiting Venezuela

Also known as the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, Venezuela boasts excellent beaches, a vibrant culture and an incredible biodiversity, with habitats ranging from the Andes Mountains to the Amazon Basin Rainforest, making it an increasingly popular travel destination for nature lovers and beach bums alike.

The natural beauty and incredible biodiversity of Venezuela are on full display in its massive Parque Nacional de Canaima. Home to a host of the country’s most exotic and rare species, Caniama is also the site of the world’s highest waterfall: Angel Falls. One of the country’s other biological treasures is Henri Pittier National Park, widely renown for the 580 species of Venezuela’s 1,380 species that call the park home.

Scores of beautiful islands pepper Venezuela’s Caribbean coastline, with Isla de Margarita one of the most popular.... Read More
Also known as the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, Venezuela boasts excellent beaches, a vibrant culture and an incredible biodiversity, with habitats ranging from the Andes Mountains to the Amazon Basin Rainforest, making it an increasingly popular travel destination for nature lovers and beach bums alike.

The natural beauty and incredible biodiversity of Venezuela are on full display in its massive Parque Nacional de Canaima. Home to a host of the country’s most exotic and rare species, Caniama is also the site of the world’s highest waterfall: Angel Falls. One of the country’s other biological treasures is Henri Pittier National Park, widely renown for the 580 species of Venezuela’s 1,380 species that call the park home.

Scores of beautiful islands pepper Venezuela’s Caribbean coastline, with Isla de Margarita one of the most popular. With fifty beaches and biological enclaves like Restinga National Park, Margarita Island seems to have it all. The smaller island known as Cayo Sombrero, or Hat Key, is another idyllic beach retreat worthy of attention.

So whether you’re a first-timer or a frequent visitor, a business traveler or a budget explorer, IgoUgo has all the travel-planning tools and resources you need to create a memorable vacation. Read traveler reviews of the top hotels, restaurants, and things to do, browse amazing photos; ask for advice in our friendly travel forums; and find cheap flights and hotels. Then, after your trip is over, share your travel reviews, tips, and photos with friends and fellow travelers right here on IgoUgo.    Close

Stories and Tips Venezuela

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You Are What You Eat & Drink - VENEZUELAN!

Written by Jose Kevo on 07 Apr, 2004

Arepas - cornmeal cakes shaped like a hockey puck, go down like a rubber biscuit, and served everywhere with everything costing hardly anything. Actually, they're rather decent and filling when served as mini-sandwiches stuffed with meats or seafood and cheeses costing about 50-cents.Enjoying an…Read More


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Hit the Road - Venezuela's Transportation System

Written by Jose Kevo on 07 Apr, 2004

Throughout years of traveling, there were apprehensions and uncertainties about my planned itinerary for two weeks in Venezuela, since this would be my first time of taking to the road rather than basing everything from one location. Would I be able to find my…Read More


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Unveiling la Chinita

Written by Jose Kevo on 07 Apr, 2004

When it comes to random cultural festivities and celebrations, I must be the luckiest traveler on the planet for always seeming to show up just in time for these events no one could actually plan for. My first full day back in Maracaibo proved…Read More


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Nitty-Gritties of Travel Necessities & Extras

Written by Jose Kevo on 07 Apr, 2004

Travel DocumentsWe all know the list of precautions and safeguards which I must confess never bothering with when it comes to "being prepared". But considering the current high-risk security issues in Venezuela, never has it been so critical to follow the recommended suggestions of…Read More


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LOCAL NIGHTLIFE - the only way to Glow

Written by Jose Kevo on 15 Jul, 2004

As a beachside community, Tucacas hinted of the Dominican lifestyle I've became accustomed to when it comes to all but laziness with how locals lead simple, everyday lives while still often working very hard...even if it's at doing nothing! People here took to the…Read More


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The Longest...One for the Road

Written by Jose Kevo on 12 Aug, 2004

Puerto Colombia was to be highlight of my Venezuelan travels; the coastal itinerary designed on getting there. Perhaps unrealistic expectations foiled what I initially found, but something just didn't feel right...yet nothing to warrant changing plans. Uneasiness was likely grind from already a…Read More


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The Northeastern Rim - Trip Extras

Written by Jose Kevo on 13 Jun, 2004

The Uninviting Point of No Where Preconceived visions of tearing through the arid Australian Outback in the blistering heat began to really transpire as we headed for the tip of Paraguaná; the most northern point of Venezuela. Turning off near a well-secured military compound, the…Read More


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Being Crazy at Canaima

Written by the Xplorer on 11 Dec, 2000

At Canaima Falls you can hike to the top of the falls for a view from the top overlooking the never-ending jungle, and the river as it weaves away into the jungle. Even though the waterfall is approximately 125 feet tall, before the final…Read More


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The Many Faces of Venezuela

Written by Josh S on 06 Jan, 2005

A country of contrasts. That phrase aptly describes the hidden gem of Venezuela. While most American travelers look forward to following the well-trodden Costa Rica-Peru-Belize-Mexico circuit, Venezuela sits almost hidden from view among "norteamericanos," despite being the most accessible South American country, and despite offering an…Read More


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Lonely Planet-Listed Attractions to Avoid

Written by Jose Kevo on 14 Nov, 2004

Aside from the historic center, only a couple of things were listed as attractions to make a day of. Laguna de Sinamaica was where Venezuela got its name when explorers found natives living in palafitos over water, reminding them of Venice. Three different locals convinced…Read More


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