Venezuela is a tropical paradise which is becoming more and more popular, when visiting you can get up close to Angel Falls - the worlds highest waterfall, learn about the indigenous population, go in search of exotic wildlife, explore the long stretch of Caribbean coastline or join an activity break. We have some fantastic travel ideas where you can experience the highlights of the country.
Get inspiration for the best things to do if you would like to go travelling, backpacking or take a gap year in Venezuela.
Expect a warm climate all year round, rainy season generally starts in November for a few months but even then there is a humid atmosphere. Take lots of sunscreen and light clothing if you are going trekking or travelling into the rainforest
Most international flights arrive into the capital city of Caracas, on arrival you will be given a 90 day tourist visa, UK/USA passport holders should be able to gain entry without any problems if you have proof of funds and a return plane ticket. If you are not from the UK or USA you will need to check your eligibility.
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In Venezuela you can see the white sandy beaches and warm Caribbean waters of Playa Colorada, climb the 52km route up close to Angel Falls and visit vast National Parks. Venezuela also has an abundance of wildlife, you could go swimming with wild dolphins, tuna, swordfish, red snappers and even reef sharks. Popular places to visit include Mérida in the Andes Mountains and in Playa Colorada which is in the spectacular Mochima National Park.
Researching ideas for a gap year to Venezuela? Our guide will help you book an experience. Most gap year trips will require you to be aged 18+ to join and Venezula is definately a destination to visit if you are looking to escape the tourist crowds and experience authentic life in South America. If you don't know any Spanish try to learn some before arriving in Venezuela, you will find most people don't speak English. We recommend trying the local food and eating at locally run cafes and visiting markets for fresh food. Arepas which is like a corn-based food filled with different foods like cheese or meat are highly advised to try.
Before booking a trip to Venezuela check latest safety recommendations to ensure you are prepared and it is okay to visit. There has been quite a lot of government instability and some travel has been restricted. We recommend taking money in advance and getting travellers checks, the local atm's are notoriously expensive to use.
View our South America budget travel guide.