Venezuela is an extraordinary country, vast and diverse. Distances are great and infrastructure limited, but the reward is well worth the effort. Visit the Andean town of Merida, or wonder at the huge range of wildlife in the Llanos. The dramatic tabletop mountains and the incredible Angel Falls will all leave a lasting impression, as will the picture postcard islands of Los Roques, which offer the ideal desert island getaway complete with stylish boutique hotels.
Why we like Venezuela
You will find Venezuela at the point where the Andes meets the Caribbean and the resulting scenery is both dramatic and spectacular. It is ranked in the world’s top ten countries for biodiversity with 40% of the country protected by parks and wildlife reserves. If, like us, you crave a journey that is quirky, edgy and just a touch unpredictable, then Venezuela ticks all the boxes.
What to expect on your Venezuela holiday
Venezuela is world-renowned for its glamorous beauty pageants, interesting politics and a passion for baseball, but despite this still remains largely undiscovered by tourists. And yet, with 1,700 miles of Caribbean coastline, numerous idyllic islands, vast wetlands, huge rivers, idyllic colonial towns, little-explored jungle and majestic mountains, it must surely start to ring some bells before long.
Sadly you will not find any dinosaurs or ape-men at the top of Mount Roraima, the flat topped tepui that inspired Conan Doyle’s Lost World, although the landscapes will take your breath away, as will Angel Falls, the highest waterfall in the world at just over 970 metres, which never fails to impress. That said Venezuela must, for now at least, remain the preserve of the more adventurous traveller. The infrastructure creaks, distances are long, internal airlines haphazard and the quality of the accommodation variable.
Some ideas for a Venezuela holiday
- Take a flight over the Angel Falls, unless of course you suffer from vertigo! The view looking down is incredible.
- Trek across the Gran Sabana where the giant tepuis rise out of the flat plain.
- Ride across the low lying grassy plains of Los Llanos which provide a perfect habitat for innumerable species of wildlife.
- Climb to the top of Mount Roraima.
- End with a few days on the Caribbean beaches of Los Roques.
Beyond the ordinary
Take an awesome helicopter flight to the top of Mount Roraima.
our venezuela expertise
James is our Venezuela expert, having been bewitched by the country on his first visit. He can put together an itinerary for you that meets all your requirements.