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The old cliché “country of contrasts” really does apply to Venezuela, a Latin republic with a Caribbean beat and a strong indigenous presence. Jagged, snow-capped Andean mountains shelter quaint Spanish colonial towns, while the indian Warao communities of the Orinoco basin practice their simple lifestyle.

In the “Lost World” of tepuys - flat-topped tablelands - waterfalls plunge over towering vertical cliffs, falling to the extensive savannah grasslands and on to the marshy llanos where capybaras, caimans and anteaters jostle for space. The best known is the romantic Angel Falls, the longest drop in the world, where the stream of water breaks down into a veil of misty spray.

Little visited by foreign visitors are the long stretches of gorgeous palm-fringed Caribbean beaches along the mainland coast and Venezuela’s Caribbean islands, including the divine sun-drenched coral reef islands of Los Roques. Venezuela is a growing adventure activity destination with horse-riding, mountain-biking and canoeing opportunities. The comprehensive road and air network makes it easy to get around.



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Isabelle

Isabelle Mazille

A more sensual experience than flying over the Angel Falls, the highest waterfall in the world, is to travel to the base of the falls by canoe (and, for the final section, by means of a challenging hour and a half hike through the jungle). Staring up at the dizzying cascade of spray from the lookout, or even from the pools below is a staggering sight. The visit can be done in a long day but much better is to forgo any creature comforts for a night and stay at the hammock camp nearby.

Lina

Lina Fuller

The Llanos, in Venezuela's cowboy country, is one of the best places to spot wildlife in South America as the large flat marshy plains make the animals easy to find. The local guides have all been brought up here so are expert at helping you spot caiman, the enormous anaconda and some of the 200 plus species of bird and plus 30 mamals, including monkeys, puma, ocelot, jaguar, capybara (the world's largest rodent), anteater and giant otter.

Ben Line

Ben Line

Few visitors make it to the Orinoco delta but it is well worth the effort! The serene and remote maze of river channels (caños) cover an area the size of the Netherlands spills into the Caribbean Sea. Covered by wild jungle forest, swamps and mangroves that teem with wildlife, it is also the land of the Waroa or 'canoe people'. Their stilt villages sit sporadically along the riverbanks and you will often see them paddling along the waterways by dug-out canoe as they have done for centuries. Photographers will not be disappointed.

Mary Anne

Mary Anne Nelson

When visiting Merida, don't miss out the world’s highest and longest cable car, particularly between December and February when the days are the clearest. Reaching Pico Espejo at 4,765m, there are magnificent views over a savage, wild and ice-capped landscape. Part of the fun is watching locals from the tropical parts of the country who have never seen snow before and simply can't contain their sheer joy!

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What our experts say

Venezuela is a rich country. Rich in spectacular scenery: ancient sandstone tepuy plateaux soar sheer from the rainforest. Rich in wildlife whose home is the vast seasonal floodplain of the Orinoco.  And embarrassingly rich in oil: a resource whose plenty has led, ironically, to the country’s underinvestment in tourism. It’s still a land which is largely unvisited – except by me. Over the years I’ve been eight times, and no matter how often I scramble through the selva to the foot of the Angel Falls, it’s still a spellbinding climb every time.

Chris Parrott

Chris Parrott

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