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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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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  • Mary
    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.

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    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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    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.

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    Charlotte Daubeney - Travel Expert

    Charlotte's fascination with Latin America began with a family holiday to Belize. She went on to study Spanish in school and at university before spending a year living in Santiago, Chile.

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    Millie Davies - Travel Expert

    Having caught the travel bug as a child, Millie has travelled all over Latin America before making her home in Buenos Aires for 3 years.

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    Juliet Ellwood - Travel Expert

    After graduating with a degree in Anthropology and History and having been fascinated by Latin America since childhood by the book featuring photos of Nazca, Juliet first visited the region in 2003. Since then, Juliet has visited the majority of countries in Latin America but has particularly extensive experience with Peru, a country she loves for many reasons but not least, its incredible archaeological richness and delicious food!

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