Reasons to Visit
With an enormous Caribbean coastline, Venezuela has a number of beautiful beach options. The archipelago of Los Roques is simply stunning with picture perfect white sand beaches and simple posada accommodation. The Paria Peninsula in the northeast is a little more off the beaten track, and has long stretches of yellow sand beach with a palm tree, banana and cacoa plantation backdrop.
Spanning Venezuela, Brazil and Guyana, Mount Roraima is one of the largest table top mountains (Tepui) in this expansive landscape, which was said to be the inspiration behind Conan Doyle’s 'The Lost World'. Possible to climb via an 8 day trek, it is a draw for adventurous trekkers from across the globe to experience the unique eco-system on top of the mountain.
The world's highest single drop waterfall, the Angel Falls is located in the Canaima National Park in the southeast of the country. However the park is home to a plethora of other stunning waterfalls, not least to mention the beautiful Canaima Lagoon which has seven enormous falls tumbling into it.
The vast Los Llanos region is home to working cattle farms called hatos. These private estates have been protected for years allowing wildlife to blossom within the grounds, which can measure up to 60,000 hectares in size. An enormous variety of birdlife, caimans, crocodiles, capybaras, anteaters and even larger cats and anacondas are commonly seen during a stay in these remote wildernesses.
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Los Llanos rivals Brazil’s Pantanal for biodiversity.
A marvellous place for wildlife spotting, the Llanos is a vast seasonally flooded savannah that spreads across Venezuela’s heartland towards the Colombian border, rivalling Brazil’s Pantanal for biodiversity but with far fewer visitors.
Surrounded by Venezuela’s highest snow-capped peaks, the lively university town of Mérida is at the centre of Venezuela’s Andean region.
At the base of the falls trek for approx 1.5 hours up to Laime's lookout, to watch the magnificent falls dropping 979 metres above you just 200 metres away - an awesome sight.
A beautiful boat tour of Canaima lagoon in a traditional Indian motorised canoe (curiara) with a walk to Sapo Falls and depending on water levels either a walk behind the thundering curtain...
The wildlife here is absolutely prolific, especially in the dry season when animals gather around the shrinking watering holes. With over 300 species of birds found on this property this is an excellent place for birders.
With a palm-fringed Caribbean coast, the snow-capped peaks and rocky foothills of the Andes, pristine jungle in the Orinoco delta and an intriguing mix of people and nature on the high Llanos plain, Venezuela’s diversity and relative lack of foreign visitors make it an unusual but rewarding destination. Expert help in planning a trip to this huge, stimulating country is absolutely vital, and our specialists know the country from top to bottom.
12 Days from £2,975pp
Take a journey through the jungle to the stunning cascades of Angel Falls, the highest waterfall in the world. Afterwards, relax and unwind on the pristine white beaches of the island archipelago of Los Roques.
14 Days from £3,335pp
Take in the two must-see sights of Venezuela, the immense Angel Falls and surrounding table-top mountains and the unique abundance of wildlife in Los Llanos. The trip is complimented perfectly with some relaxation time of the stunning Los Roques archipelago.
14 Days from £6,120pp
Combine the fearless wildlife of the Galapagos with the world's highest waterfall and the stunning white sand archipelago of Los Roques.
12 1/4 hours (Caracas, via Paris)
Air Europa, Air France & Iberia
The best time to travel.
A good time to travel, but there may be some factors to be aware of.
Travel is possible, but this is not the best time of year.
Travel is not recommended.
Snow or ski season.
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