With a rich heritage and lots to do and see, this country makes a fascinating holiday destination...
Venezuela is a largely undiscovered tourist destination. It's famous for its former president, Hugo Chavez, and the military leader Simon Bolívar, who helped to set Latin America free from Spanish rule along with José de San Martín. The country is also known for its rich oil reserves.
Caracas is the capital of Venezuela and has a wide variety of shops, entertainment venues, salsa clubs, restaurants and historical locations. There are many festivals and art events and a baseball stadium.
As well as the rainforest, you can visit the mountains of the Andes and flat-topped hills called tepuis and explore the wildlife of the jungles, savannah and the Amazon River. In Canaima National Park you’ll find Angel Falls, the highest waterfall in the world. You could also take a safari tour in Los Llanos, where you can see jaguars, caiman and anaconda.
Activities for the adventurous include hiking, paragliding, windsurfing and scuba diving in lovely surroundings. Los Roques is a popular destination for diving because of the beautiful coral reefs and marine life.
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Flying to Venezuela usually involves a flight to the capital Caracas via a connection point in Europe or the USA...
Air France and Lufthansa operate several times weekly via their hubs in Paris and Frankfurt, with several UK departure points in addition to London. Journey time is upwards of around 13 hours. Iberia also offers flights from London via Madrid.
Delta has connections from London, Edinburgh and Manchester via its Atlanta gateway, taking upwards of around 16 and a half hours.
When you fly to Venezuela, you’ll discover that public transport from the airport is cheap and reliable...
Getting to Venezuela is easy by air. There are regular Venezuela flights from London airports, including London Heathrow (LHR) and London Gatwick (LGW). These arrive at the capital Caracas at Simon Bolivar International Airport (CSS) or Porlamar Del Caribe International Airport (PMV) on the island of Porlamar.
There is a good metro system in the major cities as well as a decent road network, making travelling by car or taxi an easy way to reach your hotel.
After your flight to Venezuela, a taxi into the centre of Caracas takes about 45 minutes and should cost the equivalent of around £15 in Venezuelan bolivars. Buses take about an hour, though a ticket will deprive you of only 24VB (£2.30).
At Porlamar Airport, inexpensive taxis dominate the onward transport options. As in Caracas, various car rental agencies also operate from the airport.
Venezuela is an accommodating and welcoming country – a quality you’ll find reflected in its many hotels...
Venezuela is fast becoming a popular tourist destination, with great hotels and resorts now available to accommodate the increasing number of visitors. Accommodation in the country is relatively affordable.
Caracas has grand old hotels that have been welcoming travellers for a century or two, mostly in the city centre, alongside many modern hotels from international names you’ll recognise.
Before travelling to some parts of Venezuela, check with the country’s online advisory from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO). It currently advises against all travel to within 50 miles of the Colombian border in the states of Zulia, Táchira and Apure, because of the risk of kidnapping from drug traffickers and armed groups. It also advises against all but essential travel to the remainder of Tachira.
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