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Venezuela Tours

Packed with Caribbean islands and teeming wetlands, flat-topped mountains and the staggering heights of the world’s highest waterfall, Venezuela remains one of South America’s most diverse and least visited destinations.

Highlights of Venezuela

Things to See & Do

  • Angel Falls

    Angel Falls

    The Auyantenpuy (2.500 m) is home to Angel Falls, which at 979 metres high is considered the world’s tallest waterfall. It was seen for the first time by Jimmie Angel, the adventurous North American pilot, who over flew it on the Flamingo in October 1937. The airplane’s mechanical problems forced him, his wife and two other passengers into a lucky landing on the top of the Auyantepuy. Unscathed, they decided to descend the course of the Carrao River and after 11 days managed to return to civilization.

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  • Caracas

    Caracas

    The city's large green parks are a welcome contrast to the hustle and bustle of a South American city.The fashionable suburb of El Hatillo is an interesting colonial style town with pastel colored facades and narrow streets around the gracious central square and the parochial church. The surrounding alleys hide some excellent restaurants, artisan shops and art galleries.

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  • Gran Sabana

    Gran Sabana

    The Gran Sabana, extends for nearly 35,000km² in the Sierra de Lema, north of Sierra Pakaraima in the south, and features wide plains, interrupted by gentle hills, forests, rivers, small Indian villages and the legendary ‘tepuys’, (‘mountains’ in the local Pemon language). These sandstone mountains, in geometric shapes with a flat top and vertical sides, are considered the world’s most ancient rock formations (around 3,000 million years old). The tepuys’ surfaces, usually flat and slightly inclined, have canyons, caves and rocks that turn into labyrinths, endemic plants, an apparent absence of life and a climate that is often rainy and cold with unexpected fog that blocks visibility. This other-worldly environment has inspired explorers and writers, perhaps most notably Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and his novel ‘The Lost World.

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  • Los Llanos

    Los Llanos

    Los Llanos is the name for the vast plains in the centre of Venezuela, where colonization and exploitation started in the 16th century. Now known as ‘cattle country,’ the climate reaches extreme temperatures both in the dry and rainy seasons. Many rivers run through the region and during the rainy season, the plains are completely flooded. Even if it takes up a third of the country’s landmass, it is home to only a minute fraction of its population. The roads are scarce and in poor repair, the few sleepy urban centres are shabby, and the ‘llaneros’ (cowboys) still chase herds on horseback across the plains. Los Llanos are one of the most interesting regions in South America as far as wildlife is concerned, and they are paradise for bird-watchers. It is inhabited by more than 50 mammal species, including the capybara, (the world’s largest rodent) and also by opossums, tapirs, deer, anacondas, monkeys, armadillos, ant eaters, otters, ocelots and jaguars.

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  • Merida

    Merida

    The Venezuelan Andes boast the country’s highest peaks, Pico Bolívar (4,978 m), Pico Humboldt (4,942 m) and Pico Bompland (4,883 m), and they form two parallel chains separated by a green valley where the charming town of Mérida lies, the main urban centre of this mountainous region. The mountains are dotted with small villages and towns whose inhabitants maintain many of their ancestral traditions. Even Mérida, the state’s modern capital, is a medium-sized town with no tall buildings, an enchanting town that boasts a spectacular location at 1,645 m of altitude. The Andean region offers an amazing range of landscapes from lush rain forests to snow-capped mountains. A popular centre for adventure sports and activities, other popular activities include visiting picturesque villages, shopping for artisan handicrafts, enjoying thermal springs and discovering the fascinating culture and exquisite local food.

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  • Los Roques National Park

    Los Roques National Park

    A 30 minute flight from Caracas brings you to an elliptic archipelago enclosing a lagoon surrounded by white sand beaches bathed by turquoise water, mangroves and magnificent coral reefs teeming with marine life. Free of any large hotels, accommodation is provided by one of the many fishermen’s houses which has been turned into a ‘posada’ or small guest house. In order to preserve and protect the national park, the posadas offer a maximum of 10 rooms and have only one floor. There are no cars in the small town consisting of a few sandy roads. The archipelago is blessed with an average year round temperature of 28°C (82°F). Aside from relaxing on the beach, the archipelago is ideal for a number of activities: snorkelling, diving, bonefish and deepwater fishing, windsurfing and ultra light aircraft flights over the archipelago are all available.

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  • Ciudad Bolivar

    Ciudad Bolivar

    Ciudad Bolivar is one of Venezuela’s most historically important cities and was declared a National Historic Monument due to its many colonial buildings and elegant squares.

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  • Salto Yuri

    Salto Yuri

    Salto Yuri is one of the many spectacular waterfalls in Canaima. It is accessible by ‘curiara,’ a local canoe carved from laurel wood through jungle and ‘tepuys,’ the world’s most ancient rock formations. A swim in the pinkish waters, that result from plant decomposition, is a highlight of this adventure.

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