Venezuela is the South American country where the great Andean range meets the Caribbean. With the longest Caribbean coastline in the Americas, you will find pristine white sandy beaches. The archipelago of Los Roques boasts some of the best snorkelling in the country and a fantastic place to relax and unwind after the adventures of the interior.
Merida, the capital of the Venezuelan Andes has the longest and highest cable car ride in the world, reaching the foot of Pico Bolivar 4776m. The region is situated in the Sierra Nevada’s mountains which offers superb walking.
The Andean mountain range drops away into the flat lands known as the Llanos, a grassland with slow running rivers which flood during the rainy season (May – Nov). Teeming with wildlife, it is a nature lover’s paradise, giving you the opportunity to view some of Venezuela’s 1300 species of bird along with anacondas, river dolphins, caiman and capybaras.
Canaima national park, the 2nd largest in Venezuela with 30,000 sq km is the home of the impressive Angel falls, the highest in the world. At 979metres – 16 times higher than Niagara it is synonymous with Venezuela. Situated within an impenetrable jungle it can only be seen by air or by an adventurous boat ride.
The Gran Sabana situated in the far southeastern corner is a wild silent place well off the beaten track. Flat tabletop mountains and hidden waterfalls made this one of the candidates for Arthur Doyle’s ‘lost world’.
The Orinoco and the Amazonas contain protected rainforest, which require a permit from the authorities to visit. This is a unique opportunity to encounter remote tribal Indians and a chance to understand their culture and way of life.
Los Roques is amongst the very best of the Caribbean islands, situated 160 km north of the central coast of Venezuela; it is made up of a chain of 40 coral islands, along with hundreds of smaller islets, sandbanks and flat sandy cays.
The Gran Sabana is Venezuela’s last frontier, where few tourists come. The best way to reach it is by plane and 4WD vehicle. The area is characterised by the 114 ‘Tepuis’, flat topped mountains
Canaima National Park is in Venezuela’s remote south eastern corner and contains some of the most interesting flora, fauna and geological formations found anywhere on the continent.
Merida, in the heart of the Andean range is situated on a giant plateau, surrounded by snow capped peaks. It has a relaxed atmosphere with colonial architecture and neatly cobbled streets
The Orinoco River is a rarely visited paradise, flowing into the Atlantic in the form of endless creeks and channels. The entire delta contains luxuriant mangrove forest that harbours endemic species of flora and fauna.
The Llanos is a savannah wetland at the base of the Andes. Life here revolves around the rains which cause the flats to flood from May to November. The flooded savannah eventually subsides making it one of the top destinations
Venezuela featured lodges:
Posada Caracol is one of the few posadas in Los Roques located directly on the beach. This finely decorated posada has four rooms, all with private bathrooms and equipped with ceiling fans and air conditioning
The owner Elena Battani personally sees after her guests. White washed, the posada is has been decorated with great taste and attention to every detail, all of which is in a Mediterranean style