Venezuela Travel, Tours & Volunteering
Venezuela is a tropical paradise which is home to the incredible Angel Falls - the worlds highest waterfall. If you would like to travel, gp backpacking, take a gap year or volunteer in Venezuela you will get to learn about the indigenous population, go in search of exotic wildlife and explore the stunning Caribbean coastline.
Adventure Tours, Backpacking Trips & Gap Year Programs in Venezuela
Venezuela Travel Guide
Get inspiration for the best things to do if you would like to go travelling, backpacking or take a gap year in Venezuela.
- Capital - Caracas (population 4,454,000 approx)
- Currency - Bolivar Fuerte (Bs.F.)
- Population - 27,151,000 (approx)
- Language - Spanish + local dialects
- International Dailing Code +58
- Country Area - 912,000 km2
- Food - Local food in Venezuela is very healthy, expect to eat lots of rice, beans, chicken, fish, pasta, fruit, vegtables
Weather & Best Time to Visit
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
How to Get to Venezuela & Tourist Visa
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.
Health & Safety
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.
Top Places to Visit in Venezuela
Here are places you need to add to your itinerary:
- Angel Falls
- Los Roques Archipelago
- Isla de Margarita (Margarita Island)
- Parque Nacional Morrocoy
- Cayo Sombrero
- Canaima National Park and the Gran Sabana
- Orinoco Delta
- Parque Nacional Los Médanos de Coro
- Mochima National Park
Travelling & Backpacking in Venezuela
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.
Expect spectacular natural beauty, a spectacular coast and deep rainforest and lots of thrilling activies available like scuba diving, surfing, snorkelling, walking trips to remote villages, trekking mountains. Places you might visit on a tour include the old colonial coastal town Coro and taking part in outdoor adventure in Mérida State. Joining overland tours in Venezuela which is the easiest and safest way to explore and experience life in this remote region.
Gap Year in Venezuela
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.
Our tours are perfect if you are travelling solo and would like to meet other people and travel in a group. You will get to meet other international travellers and get taken to the best locations in the country with an experienced guide. Most of our tours specifically cater for the 18-35 age group and are a really popular option due to meeting other people, getting day-to-day activities, hotel check-ins, selected meals, accommodation and also transport/guides included in the price. Don't worry if you are slightly older, most tours accept all ages.
We have a selection of tours for all budgets, so whether you are looking to explore on the cheap or you have a bit more money to spend you will be able to find a trip to match your interests. Our website features lots of cheap tours of Venezulea allowing you to discover the highlights of the country and not break the bank.
Typical group sizes are around 10-18 travellers with an average of 12 but this can vary between the tour and operator. On most tours you will travel overland in a private small tour van. For day trips and excursions sometimes you will use public transport and sometimes use internal flights to allow you to see the highlights as quick as possible.
Angel Falls and Roraima Trekking Tours
Challenge yourself and join this adventure trip in Venezuela where you will climb Roraima Mountai, see Angel Falls and explore spectacular National Parks. These trips will take you to see amazing landscapes and places off the beaten track in South America far away from the tourist herds. Mount Roraima is a huge mountan and very sacred to the tribes and indigenous people, you will be able to climb to the summit and see the breathtaking views of Venezuela, Guyana and Brazil.
Most treks last around six days and will be a challenge you will never forget! There is more to these tours than just climbing Moun Roraima though, you will also be able to go canoeing, wander around stunning National Parks and also visit Angel Falls. Not many trips in the world compare to the thrill of this one but as it is quite physically demanding you will need to be in good health and shape to join.
Venezuela Wildlife Tours
One of the most popular reasons to visit is to see exotic wildlife. These trips are incredible! You will get to see exotic wild animals including iguanas, jaguars, otters, monkeys, sloths, foxes and birds.
Volunteer in Venezuela
Volunteering in Venezuela is a popular option now compared to a decde ago, there will be lots of people to meet and experiences to be had. If you are worried about meeting new people after a program has finished consider booking a group experience through our website where you will travel with other people in a safe way and led by experienced staff.
Most projects are found in Merida and Playa Colorado in Eastern Venezuela. There are also opportunities to participant in places like Santa Elena on the border, you could even cross and volunteer in Brazil or volunteer in Guyana. On most projects you will be working within communities but there are also opportunities to be based on the coast and in places like the Mochima National Park and Guacharo National Park.
Please note this is not an easy country to either get to, you will find more programs if you search neighboring countries on our South America volunteer directory.
Education & Teaching Projects
There are lots of different programs available to join including helping with street children and also teaching youngsters who are the future of the country. You can also help train local people to gain new skills by teaching in Venezuela.
Community Outreach Programs
Raise awareness of key issues, helping educate local children by teaching and coaching sports. You can also join construction and building projects working within remote areas of the country with people often cut off from the beat of mainstream life are very rewarding.
Wildlife & Conservation
Assistants are needed all year round and tasks can include cleaning beaches, restoring beach shelters, helping wildlife, planting trees, resorting vegetation, building trails and helping marine biology. You could work in zoo's where you can work in a veterinary capacity helping animals.
Schedule & Time Off
Most organisations will require you to work Monday to Friday around 6 hours per day, some are more flexible and allow you to choose your hours. You will also get lots of free time to relax and enjoy your surroundings, you could go horse riding, paragliding, watch a live football game or join a tour in Venezuela seeing a different part of the country. Places you might want to check out in your free time include:
- The highest waterfall in the world - Salto Angel
- The coast and white sandy beaches
- Los Llanos
- The Ocinoco Delta
- The Amazon jungle
- Explore the capital - Caracus
To apply no previous experience is required and also do not worry if you do not know fluent Spanish for most placements. Usually it is an idea to learn to help improve your experience, there are also in-country classes available where you can combine volunteering, travelling and learning Spanish.
How to Book
Most NGO's and local organisations are supported financially by volunteer donations - you will be usually asked to pay a fee to volunteer or intern which also includes your accommodation, meals, transport, training and more. Placements can generally be joined for 2 weeks to over 1 year and there are popular summer 4-6 week group trips available which have an average group size of 12. Group flights can be booked with most international sending agencies.