The Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, to give it its proper title, Venezuela is South America’s sixth largest country. Blessed with a staggering variety of natural and cultural highlights, its position at the northern extremes of the South American continent saw its traditions and customs strongly influenced by those from European Spain and Africa. Awash with Amazonian rainforest, towering snow-capped mountains and miles of Caribbean beaches, it can also boast the world’s highest waterfall, South America’s largest lake and some of the most varied cuisine in Latin America.
Long overshadowed by its more showy neighbours, Venezuela was more famed for its oil and the political posturing of its president rather than its natural wealth, which includes some of the most bio-diverse landscapes in the Americas. Amongst its fertile vistas you can find wetlands and jungles filled with caimans and manatees, sloths and Amazon river dolphins, whilst its Caribbean coastline is the longest to be found in any single country.
Perfect for adrenaline junkies and adventurers alike, Venezuela can also offer miles of trekking trails, world class dive sites, paragliding, wind surfing and kite surfing. And let’s not forget the spectacular torrents of Angel Falls, one of the most breathtaking spectacles anywhere on earth.
Head out on a dugout canoe to visit the Warao people in the isolated Orinoco Delta.