Venezuela, what a beauty – a tick off the bucket list
From pristine beaches, world-class dive sites and majestic national parks, Venezuela is a country to visit if you need to recharge your batteries, get in touch with nature or take advantage of amazing summer weather. There are also a number of great churches to frequent and children will be delighted to know there is a Children’s Museum in Caracas, where they can learn about science and technology. This is brilliant for some family fun.
Head to Venezuela which promises to be a holiday filled with relaxation, fun and surprises around every corner.
Food to try on your holiday
The Venezuelans really now there stuff when it comes to preparing delicious cuisine. The food is flavorful and your holiday just gets better as you make your way through an array of dishes, many of which have French and Spanish influences.
- Arepas: Crispy bread made from flour or dough. It is eaten either for breakfast (stuffed with egg) or served with meat at dinner time. It’s eaten daily around Venezuela.
- Pisca Andina: A chicken broth mixed with potato and egg. Sometimes cheese and milk is also incorporated into the dish.
- Pabellón criollo: A traditional dish in Venezuela, made of shredded beef, black beans and rice. Sometimes an egg is placed on top.
Scuba divers ahoy!
Grab your scuba tanks and head to some of the world’s best diving spots. There are countless islands for divers to explore. Margarita Island off Venezuela, located on the Caribbean Sea is a superb place to dive. There is an array of fish, coral and sea life that will intrigue every scuba diving enthusiast. Another popular dive location is Los Roques, where angel fish, rays, parrot fish and other exotic marine life await you. Los Roques is classified as one of the best dive spots in the world. Have your choice of a shallow or deep dive to explore caves and reefs. Don’t miss out on the well-known stone of Guaza, which is a mountain under the ocean.
Things to do in Venezuela
- Angel Falls: This is the highest waterfall in the world and drops 979 meters from Auyán-tepu Mountain. Angel Falls is situated in Canaima National Park, which has an array of wildlife. There is an airstrip where visitors land at the park, hop on a 4-hour boat trip and then you hike your way up through the jungle to Angel Falls. There are also other waterfalls around the main attraction for you to see. Yes, it may seem like a long trek to get to Angel Falls, but who else will be able to say they’ve been to the highest waterfall in the world. A true natural wonder that must not be missed.
- National Pantheon of Venezula: Formally a church, it became the National Pantheon in 1875. The Pantheon makes for great photographs. This national mausoleum situated in Caracas, is the final resting place for various prominent Venezuelans, including Simón Bolivar, who helped liberate Venezuela from Spanish rule. There are works of art to see from the 1930s and there is a huge chandelier with over 230 lights. Don’t miss the impressive changing of the guard while you’re at the Pantheon.
- Waterland: Ever wanted to swim with dolphins? Make this dream come true at Waterland situated in Porlamar. The waterpark is filled with different slides and will help you escape the heat of the day. It’s a brilliant place for a family outing.
- El Yaque Beach: Constant wind equals windsurfing and kitesurfing paradise, which El Yaque Beach is known for. If you are keen to get into this sport, classes are held often. Before you know it, you’ll be a pro. This is a wonderful beach to visit that is not too crowded. The ocean here is clear blue and not too deep, which makes it ideal for children to swim. There are plenty bars and restaurants to grab a bite to eat and quench your thirst after catching a tan. Accommodation in El Yaque varies from hotels, inns and houses to rent.
- La Llovizna National Park: This beautiful national park is the perfect place to visit if you are a lover of nature. If you feel like a walk, choose from the many trails to get the and even spot some monkeys and see the park’s many waterfalls. If you’re keen, rent a kayak and get close up to the waterfalls – what an adventure! This park is a must-visit while you are in Venezuela.
- Mount Roraima: A mountain so great it has even served as inspiration for writers like Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s novel “The Lost World”. No matter if you’re a natural lover or not, it’s highly recommended that you visit Mount Roraima and it will probably be one of the best hikes you ever go on. One of the oldest rock formations on earth, it can take you at least 4 or 5 days to trek up the mountain with its fascinating cliffs. There are guided hikes up the mountain for those expeditioners at heart. The weather changes often as you make your way to the top, so kit yourself up with a raincoat, hat and sunscreen. Be prepared to be blown away by breathtaking views.
- Mochima National Park: Discover fish in the ocean, take a boat along the crystal clear waters or relax on the beach and bask in the sunlight. Mochima National Park is a good place to relax and unwind on your holiday. Be sure to visit Playa Colorada, which is easily accessible by boat. This beach boast everything from good snorkel spots, cliffs and fishing trips that will keep you entertained. There are also guided hikes where you can explore the national park.
- Basilica de Nuestra Senora de Chiquinquira: A must-see while you are in Maracaibo. This beautiful old church boasts brilliant architecture both inside and outside. There is a wonderful park in front of the basilica with a unique statue of the Virgin Mary. There are little shops in the area for souvenirs. Visitors to this region should also head to Maracaibo Lake, which is serene and a popular attraction for tourists. The lake is a good place for a picnic.