For the adventurous backpacker who is looking for something wild, exotic and different, there’s not many places on Earth which can match Venezuela. This tropical offers some truly special and fantastic landscapes. Here you’ll find irresistible bounty beaches on the Caribbean Coast, fantasy-like and almost unreal areas with waterfalls (among others the highest in the world) and strange mountain formations, perfect trekking- and diving opportunities, wild animals in the swamps of Los Llanos, Amazon magic and much more.
Cities of Venezuela: Caracas and Choroni
If you’re flying into Venezuela, you’ll probably land in the capital Caracas. This is a hectic and quite crazy place. The city definitively has its charm, but if you don’t have much time we suggest that you look for other adventures out of the city.
The first stop after Caracas could very well be the seaside town of Choroni, a beautiful place at the Caribbean Coast three hours’ drive from Caracas. Though you won’t get this place for yourself, it’s still a great place to relax on it’s beautiful beaches before setting out for the real adventure.
The Lost World
The jewel of the magnificent area La Gran Sabana is Mt. Roraima, a surreal and fantastic mountain, which is more or less flat on the top! There are actually several of these so-called table mountains (or tepuis) here! Due to the isolation of the place, the flora and fauna here on the top has developed on its own and is like no other place on Earth – it is like something from a different world! No wonder this weird and wonderful area inspired Conan Doyle to write ‘The Lost World’.
Angel Falls – the highest waterfall in the world
Mt. Roraima is located in Canaima National Park, along with the enormous Salto Angel, Angel Falls, which is the world’s highest waterfall. This extraordinary waterfall falls no less than 979 meters from the top of a tepui. It is so high that the water evaporates before it hits the river below!
Mountains or beaches?
Pass by Mérida, a beautiful city in a lush valley between the mountains. It is a vivid university city with great restaurants, nightlife and entertainment. From here you can try the world’s longest and highest cable car system to get to the top of Pico de Espejo and enjoy the grandeur of the Andes. Or you can go trekking or perhaps even mountaineering if you’re into that.
Why not relax on the country’s beautiful Caribbean Coast? Here is one irresistible beach after another, many of them surrounded by swaying palms and soft white sand! Try Playa Medina on the Paria Peninsula! You can stay here in simple bungalows complete with hammocks in the shade of the palms.
Do you want to dive in Venezuela?
Los Roques is perfect for that; It consists of more than 300 very small islands, most of them with pure white sand, surrounded by crystal clear waters full of colourful corals and large schools of tropical fish!
In Morocoy National Park you can also go snorkelling and while looking for flamingos and the beautiful ibis.
Los Llanos, Amazonas and Orinoco
Los Llanos is a great place to see many of the inhabitants of the Amazon, which are hard to spot in the dense forest. That’s why it’s recommended to give it a try here in Los Llanos, which is rich on anacondas, monkeys, armadillos, giant anteaters, parrots and much more!
Further south you can go on a river journey on the famous Orinoco River, the largest in Venezuela, with the possibility to stop in one of the small Indian communities on the way.