The capital city of Venezuela is Caracas which is also it’s largest city. Venezuela’s climate is divided into dry and wet seasons spanning from November to June and May to October respectively. Favourable and mild weather conditions make travelling relatively easy across the country. The Mestizo denomination is the largest ethnic group in Venezuela contributing up to 50.3% of the population. Other denominations that make up Venezuela are the White Venezuelans, the Black Venezuelans, the indigenous Venezuelans, the Arab and middle eastern Venezuelans and the Asian Venezuelans.
Majority of the population in Venezuela are Catholics. Catholic Venezuelans make up to 71% of the Venezuelan population while, the remaining 29% consists of Protestants, Muslims, Jews, Buddhists, Santeria and Maria Lionza. There are over 40 languages spoken by Venezuelans but Spanish is the country’s official language. It’s cuisine consists of dishes like Pabellon Criollo which is the country’s national dish, Cachitos, Mandoca, Perico. Pasticho, Cocada, Tizana e.t.c
Air travel would be more ideal to reach popular tourist destinations like Angel Falls and the Amazon region due to distance. Regardless, travelling is also possible by roads however, except the major roads leading to the capital, most Venezuelan roads are bad. There is also availability of rail and water transport only in specific parts of the country.
Travelling to Venezuela can be highly risky due to the political unrest, high crime rate, drug activities, kidnapping and violence in the country. It is advisable to steer clear from Venezuela as a tourist destination. Asides from human-caused dangers, Venezuela suffers from natural disasters such as hurricanes, floods and earthquakes.
Despite its ugly circumstances, Venezuelan is still home to a lot of beautiful and amazing sights. The beaches, the tropical delta, the landscapes, the jungles, the wetlands, and the wildlife are all a sight to behold. Carupano Carnaval, El Dia de San Jose, Corpus Christi Devil Dancing, San Francisco de Yare, Festival de San Pedro y San Pablo, Feria de la Chinita are all festivals that provide an avenue to feast your eyes on the alluring nature of Venezuelan women.
If you’re looking for a place to stay, five-star hotels in top cities like Maracaibo, Caracas, Puerto Cruz, Maracay, Valencia costs within the range of $130 - $500.
The world's highest waterfall is Angel Falls, It is over 3,000 feet tall. It is Venezuela’s main centre of attraction and it is considered a crime to not be visited by a tourist during a sojourn in Venezuela. Other tourist attractions and fun activities Venezuela boasts of are:
- Caracas City Tour: A tour of the capital city.
- Choroni and Henri Pittier National Park: Beach
- Isla Margarita: One of the most popular beaches in Venezuela.
- Merida: A place for hiking, rafting, mountain biking e.t.c
- Los Roques Archipelago: A Paradise.
- Catatumbo Lightning: A rare occurrence that happens only within April to November.
- Orinoco Delta: A place to view wildlife, jungles and swamps.
Every country has some unique detail about them that separates them from other countries and Venezuela is no different. Here are some interesting and fascinating things you might not know about Venezuela.
- Venezuela has one of the largest oil reserves.
- Even though this is one of the top-producing oil countries in the world, about 30% of Venezuelans live in poverty.
- “The Simpsons” television show is considered inappropriate in Venezuela and is banned from public television.
- School children in Venezuela can choose between attending classes in the morning or the afternoon throughout their entire school career. Older children can even choose to take night classes if they wish.
- Canaima National Park which is located in Venezuela is one of the largest national parks in the world.
- Venezuela’s northern coastline along the Caribbean is the longest stretch of Caribbean coastline of any country.
- The Sierra Nevada National Park is the highest mountain the Pico Bolivar.
Common Questions Travellers Ask About Venezuela
Is Venezuela safe for US citizens?
Crime is ever rampant in Venezuela, It’s murder rate is the highest in the world and Kidnapping is common. Foreigners are prime targets and are highly prone to mugging, kidnapping, carjacking e.t.c. It is recommended to stay clear of red-zone drug areas and procure the services of a local guide.
What places are safe to visit in Venezuela?
Every city has its pros and cons. There are no guaranteed safe places in Venezuela. Only the degree of safety in each city varies. But the best option is to stick to public places and limit movements to during the day. And if there must be movements at night, ensure to avoid walking on the streets and opt for cabs.
What is the official Venezuelan Currency?
The Venezuelan Bolivar is the official currency of Venezuela.
What is the best time to visit Angel Falls?
The best time to visit angel falls is during the rainy season. It is said that the true beauty of Angel falls reveals itself during the rainy season. More water flow allows tourists to be able to bask in the magnificence of the falls.
Are there famous people from Venezuela?
Retired baseball players Guillermo Quiroz and Magglio Ordóñez, E! Entertainment host Patricia Zavala, Retired footballer Juan Pablo Galavis, Singer Devendra Banhart, Actor Andrew Divoff, Singer Franco De Vita are examples of famous celebrities from Venezuela.
What are the most beautiful cities in Venezuela?
Cities in Venezuela are rich in beauty, taste and culture and it’s no wonder foreigners risk the dangers involved to come satisfy their eye needs. Cities like Valencia, Porlamar, Merida, Maracaibo, Ciudad Bolivar, Coro, Carupano, Caracas, Canaima, Barquisimeto are great spectacles to behold. From architectural masterpieces to exotic views to historical monuments, each city differs in its own unique way.
What are the mobile network operators and internet service providers in Venezuela
There are 6 mobile network operators and also quite a number of internet service providers in Venezuela. You can checkout the
list of networks operators in Venezuela
and also details about each of them.