You might have heard that Venezuela is one of the most picturesque countries in the world. With its vibrant historical cities and beautiful natural wonders, it should be towards the top of your list of places to visit in South America.
The country has everything from table-top mountains to luscious national parks and epic coastal views. There is so much to discover and we want to make it easy for you. We’re here to take you through the top ten most beautiful places to visit in Venezuela.
The name of Venezuela
Before we take a look at beautiful attractions and dreamy sights you might want to know a bit about the origins of Venezuela. The name of Venezuela has a long history, stretching back to the days of Christopher Columbus. In 1498, Christopher Columbus came upon the land of Venezuela, which Alonso de Ojeda and Amerigo Vespucci explored the next year.
Here’s an interesting little fact for you! “The early explorers named the country “Venezuela” (Spanish for little Venice) because they found inhabitants living in stilt houses in lakes.
The constitution of December 15, 1999, changed the name of the country from the Republic of Venezuela (República de Venezuela) to the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela”(loc.gov).
Where is Venezuela located?
Before you book your plane tickets and start scouting hotels, it helps to know where to find Venezuela on the map. Venezuela is located in the northern region of South America. The country borders the North Atlantic Ocean and the Caribbean Sea and sits between Colombia and Guyana.
It’s roughly triangular area is larger than France and Germany combined. You could spend weeks there and still only see a fraction of all Venezuela has to offer.
While the enormous area of Brazil to the south dominates the continent, Venezuela is a country with a wide variety of climates and culture. The average temperature in Venezuela hovers between 79 and 82 degrees Fahrenheit. So make sure you pack the sunscreen!
How did the geography of Venezuela affect its trade?
Trade routes and export statistics might not be on your mind when you visit Venezuela. But many of the things you see in Venezuela today may not have been the same without the country’s thriving trading sector.
The country’s advantageous position on the continent enables great trading routes with the Caribbean, Central America and North America. Andmore than 75% of Venezuela’s export earnings come from the sale of oil. Venezuela’s connection with the United States is particularly significant.
How does geography impact culture in Venezuela?
If you’re lucky enough to visit Venezuela you will quickly notice that it is a country with a vibrant and varied culture. And you might ask yourself, while travelling through tropical forests and expansive plains, how the geography inspired the fascinating Venezuelan culture.
Venezuela’s coastline is around 2800 km long and is conveniently positioned to allow an exchange of culture with other South American countries, the Caribbean and the United States. As a result, while retaining their own distinct culture Venezuela has also absorbed the language, food and music of their neighbours and vice-versa.
As urbanization developments have grown in the past century, parts of the country have become more accessible and cities like Caracas have expanded in size and population. When you visit Venezuela you may experience both dense populations in mountain valleys and isolated communities with their own unique culture and identity.
Venezuela is famous for its geography, but what are the top places to visit and where should you visit when the pandemic is over? Let’s take a look.
- Angel Falls
Maybe you’ve already heard about it? A truly jaw-dropping place to behold, Angel Falls is the highest uninterrupted waterfall in the world and it is located in the heart of the country. If you make your way through the Canaima National Park on a sunny, cloudless day between May and November you will be blessed with a heavenly sight that is the envy of the rest of South America.
- Pico Bolvar Mountain
From one natural wonder to another. The Pico Bolívar is the highest Mountain in Venezuela standing at a staggering 16,332 ft. The peak is covered in snow and is only accessible on foot. It is named after Simón Bolívar, the famous Venezuelan hero who led the country to independence from the Spanish Empire.
- Isla de Margarita
Having the same name as a famous cocktail, Margarita Island situated just north of the Venezuelan mainland in the Caribbean sea is a beautiful place to visit. The paradise-like views and climate have made it one of the most popular Venezuelan tourist destinations for many years. The soft sandy beaches and accommodating venues make this one of the most beautiful places to visit in Venezuela
- The Table-top Mountain of Roraima
Roraima, like Angel Falls, can also be found in Canaima National Park. To scale the epic mountain often requires a multi-day hike but once you get to the top the view is worth it. It is one of the highest tepuis in the park and on a good day you can see the beautiful rainforest stretch away for miles and miles. Get your hiking boots on!
- Morrocoy National Park
Venezuela has many stunning National Parks, and Morrocoy is one of the most beautiful. It is a protected island and marine preserve on the Caribbean coast of Venezuela. The island is well known for its mangroves, idyllic beaches and is a great place to go diving and explore the vibrant underwater life.
- The National Pantheon of Venezuela
Venezuela can boast many natural wonders but there are also some fantastic man-made structures worth seeing too. In particular, the National Pantheon of Venezuela stands out as one of the most significant attractions in Caracas. Inside are the remains of Simón Bolívar alongside other important figures in Venezuelan history.
- Los Roques
More beaches. And this time they are stretched across a beautiful sun-drenched archipelago that has become one of the most sought after holidays destinations in South America. The buildings that run along the coastline are painted in a kaleidoscope of colors and the turquoise waters are sparkly and clear.
- Los Llanos
From the beaches, now to the plains. Los Llanos is an expanse of grassland that runs over the border of Venezuela and Colombia. The tropical plains are home to some of the most beautiful and terrifying animals in the world, including: the Orinoco crocodile, anacondas, jaguars and caimans.
Choroni is one of the top coastal towns to visit in Venezuela. It is a popular tourist spot because of its calm atmosphere, luscious beaches and its proximity to the Henri Pittier National Park.
- Medanos de Coro
Venezuela truly is a country where you can see all the different kinds of climates and landscapes the world has to offer. Medanos de Coro is another example of Venezuela's varied beauty. Here there are rolling sand dunes as far as the eye can see. The island sits in stark contrast to the largely tropical environment you will find across the country.
As you can see there is so much to explore in Venezuela. Here we’ve listed only ten places but I’m sure you’ll be able to find many more beautiful spots. And if you have family in Venezuela they will also have their favorite places.
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