Overview

The UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office currently advises against travel to Venezuela.

Journey Latin America continues to monitor the situation and looks forward to offering holidays to this friendly, diverse and beautiful country again soon.

If you are interested in alternative ideas, please get in touch.

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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Where to go when - our guide to Venezuela

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The weather in Venezuela is wide and varied

Venezuela is home to an array of unique ecosystems and wildlife-rich landscapes, from otherworldly tabletop tepuys and the loftiest falls on the planet to teeming rivers which flood tropical grasslands. Situated just north of the equator, temperatures do not vary greatly throughout the year, and the seasons are instead distinguished by rainfall. The drier months are November - April, when you’ll find sapphire skies, comfortable humidity and plenty of sunshine. Make the most of the clear, drier weather to soak in some of Venezuela’s staggering natural beauty: climb the ancient Mount Roraima, spot wildlife in the Orinoco Delta or roam between farming villages in the snow-capped Andean mountains. The wet season is from May - October, when gushing rivers overflow and flood the Llanos. By September, the increased water volume in Angel Falls means the cascade is full and dramatic. The beaches of the Caribbean are in fact at their driest this time of year, as they experience the most rain from November - January. The sparkling bays and coastline can get busy during holidays: Carnival in February / March and Easter as well as some weekends attract local visitors, but you’ll often have the entire beach to yourself during the week.

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Real Latin american experts

  • Sally Dodge
    Sally Dodge - Travel Expert

    A former Journey Latin America tour leader, Sally spent 7 years working, travelling and living throughout Latin America before returning to the UK to help people arrange their own adventures to this wonderful destination.

  • Hannah Donaldson
    Hannah Donaldson - Travel Expert

    Having spent part of her childhood in Colombia and worked in Brazil and Costa Rica, Hannah's ties to Latin America run deep. Hannah is a much valued Travel Expert in our Tailor-made Holidays and Group Tours sales team.

  • Chris Rendell Dunn
    Chris Rendell-Dunn - Travel Expert

    Anglo-Peruvian Chris grew up in Lima and spent much of his adult life in between London and Cusco as a tour leader, before settling permanently in our London-based Tailor-made and Group Tours sales team.

  • Hannah Waterhouse
    Hannah Waterhouse - Travel Expert

    Hannah had an early introduction to Latin America when her family moved to Ecuador and she returned to study in Buenos Aires for a year before backpacking across the continent.

  • Mary Anne Nelson
    Mary Anne Nelson - Travel Expert

    Born in the Atacama Desert in northern Chile, Mary’s insider knowledge and dry sense of humour make her a highly valued member of the Tailor-made Holidays and Group Tour sales team.

  • Ben Line
    Ben Line - Travel Expert

    Ben fell in love with Latin America on a six month backpacking trip from Colombia to Mexico in 1995. Since then he has explored most of South America, including living in Peru for a year. He is now Head of Sales.

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