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Overview to Venezuela: Travel Guide and Tourist Information
Venezuela holds a privileged position in travel terms. A gorgeous and geographically diverse country, it still receives surprisingly few tourists. Which is both a shame and a blessing, since those who do visit often get the impression they’ve been let into a wonderful secret.
The country’s capital, Caracas, possibly accounts for Venezuela’s lack of touristic renown; a sprawling urban jungle, there’s relatively little here to warrant a prolonged stay. However, Caracas is the perfect base for launching off into Venezuela’s more uncharted territories.
The city is situated in the middle of the country’s Caribbean Coast, which means that regardless of whether you head east or west, Venezuela’s idyllic beaches quickly come into view. The very best sun, sand and sea, though, can be found at the National Parks at Mochima and Morrocoy.
Travel inland and a dramatic change sets in. The Andes loom out to the west on the border with Colombia, whilst the expansive plains of Los Llanos, further to the south, accommodate a breathtaking array of wildlife.
Head towards Venezuela’s eastern areas and the terrain becomes lush and leafy. Ciudad Bolivar proves a good base from which to explore the surrounding areas. In particular, visitors head for the National Park of Canaima, where the world’s highest waterfall can be found.
Like the terrain, Venezuela’s inhabitants cover a broad spectrum. The cosmopolitan cities are contrasted by scores of small villages housing indigenous people in the country’s heartlands. And it’s through contact with these remote people and their traditional ways of life that Venezuela’s secret may just be uncovered.