A country of many faces, Venezuela! Venezuela has several Caribbean beaches, wetlands, Andean Peak swarming anacondas, piranhas and inland sandbanks. The tropical country has biodiversity, it not only has the number of beauty pageant winners but also oil exports. The place is known for the birthplace of Simon Bolivar, who liberated several South American from the Spanish Rule.
In the heart of the country, where table top mountains rise up like giant monoliths from the surrounding landscape, is the magnificent Angel Falls. Dropping 979 meters, it is the highest waterfall in the world and one of the highlights of South America. This stunning site in Canaima National Park is remote and difficult to access, but flights over the falls are easily arranged. The best time to see the falls is during the rainy season, between May and November, when water is plentiful and the falls do not disappear into a mist before reaching the bottom as they do in the dry season.
The table-top mountain of Roraima has an alluring appeal for nature lovers and adventure seekers, with an almost mystical Jack and the Beanstalk type of wonder attached to it. Rising up from the surrounding lowlands, Roraima is an island in the sky that has been intriguing people for centuries, with its bizarre rock formations, waterfalls, and meat-eating plants. This tepui (table-top mountain) was even the inspiration for Arthur Conan Doyle’s famous novel The Lost World.
Morrocoy National Park
Morrocoy National Park is located in the northeastern part of Venezuela. It contains an area of mangroves and numerous islets and cays with beautiful sandy beaches. Coral reefs and tropical fish are abundant in the waters around the cayos. Dolphins, marine turtles and even some coastal caimans live in the remoter mangroves. Birds include pelicans, flamingos, egrets and the colorful scarlet ibis. On the islands, vegetation is sparse and generally adapted to the dry, salty environment.
Riding the Merida Cable Car (called the Teleférico) is something that every visitor to Venezuela simply must do. Why? Because it’s the world’s longest and highest cable car. The cable car route is almost 12 km (7.5 miles) and soars more than 4,700 meters (15,600 feet) in the air. The cable car stops along the way, so visitors can get out and maybe do a little trekking; the stops are named after the views and other sights that are seen along the way. December to February is the best time to make the ride because there’s no fog.
Hallacas consist of a corn dough wrapped in plantain, filled with a stuffing called “guiso” made with beef, olives, pork, capers and many vegetables and then cooked in boiling water. This is the perfect example of the cultural mixture that was created in Venezuela as a result of colonization. The plantain comes from Africa; the corn dough comes from the indigenous people of the region; and the guiso comes from Spain.