Monday, March 13, 2023


Venezuela Flag

Why visit 
For the traveler seeking to enjoy beaches, birdwatching, castles, churches, colonial architecture, culture, desert, ecotourism, extreme sports, fishing, hiking, historical sites, horseback riding, mountain biking, national parks, nightlife, paragliding, ranch tourism, scenery, scuba diving, snorkeling, shopping, surfing, trekking, tropical jungles, valleys, waterfalls, and wildlife.

AnzoáteguiVenezuela. Photo Credit: Héctor Medina/Pixabay 

At a Glance
  • Souvenirs to Buy: Baskets, ceramics, gold jewelry, masks, pearls, shoes, tapestries, and wood carvings.
  • Local Cuisine to Try: Alfajor (cookie). Arepa (stuffed wrap). Cachitos (sandwich). Casabe (flatbread). Chicharrón (fried pork). Chupe Andino (soup). Humitas (tamales). Mandoca (fried cornmeal). Mondongo (soup). Queso Blanco (white cheese). Tajadas (plaintain snack). Tequeños (fried cheese).
  • Local Drink to Try: Cacique (rum). Chicha (fermented). Cocada (coconut milkshake). Frescolita (strawberry soda). Malta (carbonated malt). Ponche Crema (cream liquor).

Merida, Venezuela. Photo Credit: David Mark/Pixabay 

Fun Facts
  • During World War I (1914 - 1918) oil deposits were found in Lake Maracaibo.
  • Has the largest known oil reserve in the world. 
  • Caracas (capital) fine dining used to compare to New York City or Paris.
  • Margarita Island (northeastern coast) is the largest island.
  • Angel Falls (3,212 ft) is the world's tallest uninterrupted waterfall.
  • Compared to other countries, the women have won the most pageants.
  • Caracas has more restaurants than any other Latin America cities.
  • Only Western Hemisphere with a preference of Pepsi vs Coke.
  • Only South American country where baseball is more popular than soccer.
  • Neither Australia or New Zealand have embassies there.
  • Consist of 23 states.
  • Roughly shaped like a triangle.
  • Pico Bolívar is the highest mountain point (16,335 ft).
  • Has 33 over crowded prisons.
  • Los Roques Archipelago consists of approximately 350 islands, cays and inlets.
  • Canaima National Park is considered the 6th largest national park in the world.

Cumaná, Venezuela. Photo Credit: Luis X/Pixabay 

Special Holidays/
  • Annual Events: (January) San Sebastian's Walk, (February) Fair of the Sun, San Pedro y San Pablo, (March) Carúpano Carnaval, (June) Diablos Danzantes Devil Dance Festival, Fiesta de San Juan, San Pedro & San Pablo, (September) Virgin of Coromoto Festival, (October) El Hatillo Music Festival, (November) La Chinita Fair, Venezuela International Book Fair, and (December) San Benito Festival.
  • Holidays: New Year's Day, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, Declaration of Independence Day, Labor Day, Battle of Carabobo Anniversary, Independence Day, Simón Bolívar Birthday, Feast of Assumption,  Indigenous Resistance Day, Rafael Urdaneta Birthday, All Saint's Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas, and New Year's Eve.

Caracas, Venezuela. Photo Credit: Greg Tovar/Pixabay 

Good to Know
  • Avoid evening travel.
  • Avoid public transportation.
  • Violent crimes are known to occur throughout the country.
  • Avoid evening travel.
  • Do not enter with controlled substances or narcotics.
  • ATMs do not accept USA credit or debit cards.
  • Do not consume tap water.
  • Within a 50 mile radius avoid the Colombian border.
  • Medical care and treatment is below our standards.
  • Photographing airports, government buildings, military bases, and presidential palace is illegal.
  • Drug trafficking is a serious problem.
  • Emergency wire transfer of funds is unreliable.
  • Prevalent Diseases: Chagas Disease (Trypanosomiasis), Chikungunya, COVID-19, Dengue, Leishmaniasis, Malaria, Measles (Rubeloa), Schistosomiasis (Bilharzia), and Zika.
  • Child car seats and seatbelts are not mandatory.

MéridaVenezuela. Photo Credit: mureibis/Pixabay 

This international destination requires:
  • A valid passport with six months of validity upon return and two blank pages for entry stamp.
  • Tourist VISA required.
  • Required Vaccination from select countries. 
  • Currency Restrictions for Entry/Exit: $10,000USD.

Juan Griego, Venezuela. Photo Credit: David Mark/Pixabay

  • Best Time to Visit: December - May
  • Coolest Month: November - February
  • Hottest Months: June - September
  • Peak Season: July - August & December

Monumento a la Virgen de la Paz, Trujillo, Venezuela. Photo Credit: David Mark/Pixabay 

Your Must-See & Do
  • UNESCO World Heritage Sites: Canaima National Park, Coro, and University City of Caracas.

CaracasVenezuela. Photo Credit: Ander Unibaso Villaverde/Pixabay 

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