Venezuela Travel Guide
Venezuela is a tropical paradise which is home to the incredible Angel Falls - the worlds highest waterfall, exotic wildlife and a stunning Caribbean coastline. View our comprehensive travel and backpacking guide with tips, ideas for the best things to see and do and information about itineraries, safety, costs, how to save money, and more!
Activities & Things to Do in Venezuela
Travel to Venezuela
Our destination guide aims to give you all the information you need to have an amazing experience in this amazing country. Find affordable travel and backpacking ideas with advice for amazing things to do and how you can be more than just your average traveller. You can also get recommendations for budget travel tips, where to stay and advice how to stay safe.
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- 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.