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.
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