Think of Venezuela and images of out-of-this-world beauties with brains to match will conjure up before our eyes. There is much more to Venezuela than Miss Worlds though – the beautiful Latin American country is a treasure trove for those with wanderlust in their blood. Right from the lofty Andean peaks to the turquoise Adam’s ale of the Caribbean Sea, Venezuela offers more than a glimpse of nature at its very best. Read on for our travel tips for Venezuela.
Some of the must-sees and must-dos of Venezuela include the following –
- You cannot afford to miss the ferocious rush of gallons of water down the Angel Falls, the highest uninterrupted waterfall in the world!
- Environment junkies can expect to find nearly 100 species of butterflies, 500 species of birds and 120 species of mammals at the El Ávila National Park. A cable car ride to the national park gives a panoramic view of the Venezuelan capital of Caracas.
- Those looking for sun, sand and surf can consider a jaunt to Margarita Island, which is famous for its more than 50 beaches. From windsurfing to swimming with dolphins, from trudging in the mountains to indulging in spa treatment and retail therapy – you will find a plethora of activities to splurge in during your stay in the Venezuela island.
- Get a taste of the colonial era as you traipse through the coastal hamlet of Choroni.
Tempted enough to consider a holiday in Venezuela? Then pay heed to the following to ensure you have a hassle-free vacation.
Travel Tips for Venezuela
Pack right. Venezuela is located near the equator so temperature variations aren’t much throughout the year. The regions up there in the Andes, however, experience snowfall in November through February. The period from May to November marks the rainy season. Make sure that you carry light clothes as it can get quite humid in Venezuela. If you are planning to go to the Andes, do not forget to carry jackets. Medical vacationers to Venezuela in particular should pack according to the time of the year they plan visiting the South American country. Different regions of Latin America have significant variation in weather. For example, countries like Costa Rica are different from Venezuela as the former mostly has tropical and warm weather. If that suits you better, then you may want to get a cosmetic makeover or a full mouth restoration in Costa Rica or Mexico rather than in Venezuela. It all depends on the time you want to travel, and your health and mood at that time.
Language. Spanish is the official language of Venezuela. This is great for many Americans who already speak the language. If, however, you can’t speak the language, it still won’t be too difficult for you to get around as many locals do speak English. Traveling for getting treated is altogether a different ballgame than traveling for leisure. As the sheer number of medical tourists is higher in other Latin American countries such as Costa Rica and Mexico, you will find it easier to get around in these countries without knowing any Spanish. So if you are thinking of getting a nose job or dental implants in Costa Rica or Mexico, it will be much easier linguistics-wise than in Venezuela.
Visa. Citizens of many countries including Canada, the United States and much of Europe do not require a visa to enter Venezuela. They will only be required to show a valid passport and will be able to stay in the country for 90 days after their arrival.
Your safety is important. Here are a few pointers on being safe in Venezuela.
- The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (UK) advises against traveling “within 80 km (50 miles) of the Colombian border in the states of Zulia, Tachira and Apure.” These regions are notorious for drug-related violence and hence, best avoided.
- Roads can be in a dilapidated state during rains. Always look-up for weather updates.
- Petty crimes such as pick pocketing are common in the cities. Be aware of your surroundings all the time.
- Some general safety tips which you should consider when in Venezuela:
- Don’t travel around alone at night.
- Get to know your hotel staff so they know your whereabouts.
- Don’t trust strangers too easily.
- Keep all of your valuables in the hotel safe.
- Don’t carry too much cash on you.
Be a smart traveler – book flights at least three weeks in advance. We are all aware of the rule of thumb for traveling by plane that the closer you are to departing, the more expensive the ticket will be. It is always best to book your tickets a minimum of 21 days in advance. This will save you a lot of money, one of the best travel tips for Venezuela.