Venezuela Tours

Why visit? Situated in the tropical north of South America, with its pristine coastline lined with miles of postcard-perfect beaches, an abundance of exotic wildlife and some of the most spectacular waterfalls in the world, Venezuela boasts a natural diversity not many countries in this world can compete with.
 
Usually, Australians start their Venezuela tour in Caracas, the country’s capital, located in Venezuela’s northern mountain valley. From there, a trip to Canaima National Park is a highlight no adventurous traveller should miss due to its natural beauty and being home to the spectacular UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Angle Falls, the highest waterfalls in the world. 
 
To see some of Venezuela’s gleaming white beaches and crystal clear waters, head to las Roques, an archipelago off the mainland that impresses with beautiful islands, coral reefs, mangroves and seagrass beds and is an ideal place for water sports.
 
A biodiversity rivalling the Amazon can be found at the Orinoco delta, in the north of Venezuela, where the great Orinoco River runs through the country and spills out into the Atlantic Ocean. This area is characterised by dense jungle, large areas of wetlands and mangroves home to some of the country’s mammals such as Howler monkeys, Tapirs, Jaguars and pink dolphins to name only a few.
 
How to get there? Being in the north west of South America, it is almost as easy to get to Venezuela from Los Angeles as it is from Santiago, Chile. Which route you take is probably more likely to be determined by what you’d like to do en route (Patagonia or Peru, go via Santiago. Mexico or the US, go via LA). QANTAS actually offer a split fare into (or out of) LA, returning via Santiago – for those who want to do a loop.
 
More information: Below we have shown you just a fraction of the options available for Venezuela and multi-country travel. Browse to get an idea of where you want to travel.
 
Still wondering? Contact us:  You are definitely better off giving us a call or dropping us a line and letting us do the hard work for you.
 
#Livefortoday and book your Venezuela tour with us today. Chimu Adventures is Australia’s leading Latin America and Polar specialist and can put together an itinerary to suit you.
 
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Featured Venezuela Trips & Deals

BUDGET  From 1,280

Witness the spectacular Angel Falls for yourself on this four day budget trip. Option to take a flight for a birds-eye view of the falls.

POPULAR  From 4,030

This 12 day trip provides a great mix of exploration & relaxation in Venezuela. Travel to the Canaima National Park to see the spectacular Angel Falls.

POPULAR  From 2,900

Feel the spray of the spectacular Angel Falls in Canaima National Park, experience Gran Sabana and unwind on the beaches of Los Roques on this 7-day tour.

Venezuela Tours

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Our most comprehensive tour of Venezuela! Major highlights will be Angel Falls and the Canaima National Park but this tour lets you dig a little deeper...

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A 16 day multi-destination package combining Guyana and Venezuela & all of the main highlights of these two impressive countries.

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A 17 day multi-destination package combining Guyana and Venezuela, experiencing rivers, mountains, hiking and wildlife.

Articles On Venezuela

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Posted on Fri, 15 Jun 2018

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Posted on Fri, 08 Jun 2018

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Posted on Mon, 04 Jun 2018

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Posted on Tue, 29 May 2018

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Posted on Fri, 18 May 2018

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Posted on Tue, 15 May 2018

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Posted on Tue, 15 May 2018

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Posted on Tue, 15 May 2018

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Posted on Mon, 14 May 2018

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Venezuela Reviews

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from The old parts of BA are great. Great guide for the sights of BA.
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Country Information

When to go to Venezuela
  • Venezuela has an estimated population of around 29 million.
  • Venezuela has the world’s largest oil reserves.
  • Venezuela is home to the world's highest waterfall, Angel Falls and the second longest river in South America, the Orinoco.
  • Venezuela has the longest coastline to the Caribbean Sea.
  • The word ‘Venezuela’ is believed to have come from "Veneziola", the name given to the Lake Maracaibo area by the navigator Vespucci because the stilt houses there reminded him of the city of Venice.
  • Slavery was abolished in Venezuela in 1854.
  • Venezuela has the least expensive fuel in the world.
Weather in Venezuela

Venezuela was colonised by Spain in 1522 and finally declared independence in 1811, beginning the Venezuelan War of Independence. The first Venezuelan republic was brought down by the rebellion of the Venezuelan llaneros (herders) and a devastating earthquake that struck Caracas in 1812. A second Venezuelan republic in 1813 was also crushed after only a few months.

 

Independence was not securely established until 1821 when Simon Bolivar won the Battle of Carabobo and with the Granadian army under his control, he liberated several countries and founded Gran Colombia. Venezuela gained full independence in 1830 after the collapse of Gran Colombia.

 

During the 19th century, Venezuela was ruled by military strongmen (caudillos) and the country suffered political turmoil. A democratic process was implemented in 1958 and the country then had a series of democratic governments. There was still more turmoil to follow with the 1989 Caracazo riots, two attempted coups in 1992 as well as the impeachment of President Perez in 1993 for he embezzlement of public funds.

 

Hugo Chavez was elected in 1998 and the Bolivarian Revolution launched.

 

Venezuela Culture & Customs

Situated in the north of South America, Venezuela has a shoreline along the Caribbean Sea and the North Atlantic Ocean and borders Colombia to the west, Brazil to the south and Guyana to the east.

 

The Central region is the most populous part of Venezuela and includes the capital Caracas. Guayana is the largely uninhabited area south of the Orinoco River and makes up about half of Venezuela’s territory. It includes rainforest in the Amazonas, table-top mountains in the Gran Sabana as well as the flat marshlands of the Orinoco Delta formed as the Orinoco River makes its way to the sea. Los Llanos is the region of vast open plains where the main cattle ranches are found. The Northeast region covers an area of coastline of the Caribbean and North Atlantic and land to the south. The Northwest region borders the Caribbean coast, the Gulf of Venezuela and Lake Maracaibo and includes the Maracaibo lowlands and the Andes mountains.

 

Although located in the tropics, the climate of Venezuela varies from humid low-lying plains where the average temperature reaches as high as 35°C to glaciers and highlands where the average annual temperature is only 8°C.

 

The highest point in the country is Pico Bolivar (La Columna) at 5,007 metres.

 

Venezuela’s natural resources include petroleum, natural gas, iron ore, gold, bauxite, other minerals, hydropower and diamonds.

Venezuela History

The people of Venezuela come from a wide range of cultural backgrounds, but the majority of the population is of mestixo or mixed heritage and the three main groups are indigenous, African and Spanish. The ethnic minorities consist of groups that descend mainly from African or indigenous people. 

 

During the colonial period, many of the European immigrants came from the Canary Islands and this had a significant cultural impact on the cuisine and customs of the country. The exploitation of oil brought US citizens into Venezuela followed by waves of immigrants from other parts of Europe, the Middle East and China. The Spanish influence is evident in the bull fighting.

 

Over 90% of the population lives in urban areas in northern Venezuela and even though almost half of Venezuela’s land area lies south of the Orinoco, only 5% of the population lives there.

 

Spanish is the first language of Venezuela but there are also numerous indigenous dialects including Wayuu, Warao and Pemón.

 

Venezuela’s predominant religion is Roman Catholic with 92% of the population estimated to be Roman Catholic. There are also a growing number of Santería (mixture of Christianity and Voodoo) followers whose rituals include the slaughter of roosters, chickens or goats.

 

The influences of Africa can be heard in Venezuela’s music and the use of drums. The national musical instrument is the cuatro. Venezuela’s cuisine is also an amalgamation of flavours and influences from the various immigrant populations. A typical dish is arepas – thick corn tortillas split and stuffed with a variety of fillings such as shredded chicken and avocado or black beans with cheese. Other popular dishes include cachapas (corn pancakes topped with a salty cheese), empanadas, shrimp soup and pabellon, a lunch dish consisting of rice, black beans, meat and fried plantain. Venezuela is also a leading producer of cacao beans so try the Venezuelan chocolate!

 

Venezuela Geography

Oil was discovered early in the 20th century and Venezuela’s economy is highly dependent on oil revenues that account for around 80-90% of export earnings. The 1980’s oil glut resulted in an external debt crisis and a long running economic crisis. Inflation peaked at 100% in 1996 and poverty rates rose to 66% in 1995. More than 60% of Venezuela's international reserves are in gold.

 

Venezuela exports rice, corn, fish, coffee, beef, pork and tropical fruits. The country also manufactures and exports steel, aluminium and cement. Production is concentrated around Ciudad Guayana near the Guri Dam. This is one of the largest in the world and provides 75% of Venezuela’s electricity.

Tourism & Sustainability

Venezuela is a federal republic with one federal district, 2 federal territories, 23 states and 72 federal dependencies. The President is elected by vote and is both head of state and head of government. The term of office is 6 years, but the President can be re-elected any number of times. Universal suffrage is granted to those 18 years of age, but voting is not compulsory.

 

The political and economic histories of Venezuela are strongly intertwined since government revenues from the tax on the sale of oil are used to promote the economic growth of the country. Much of the government’s oil revenues have also landed in the pockets of the various military dictators and government officials.

Venezuela Food & Drinks
  • Hugo Chavez – Former President
  • Simon Bolivar – Venezuelan General
  • Carolina Herrera – Fashion Designer
  • Edgar Ramirez – Actor
  • Carlos Raul Villanueva – Architect
  • Ruben Limardo – Olympic Gold Medallist in Fencing
  • Pastor Maldonado – Formula One Racing Driver
  • Jacqueline Aguilera – Miss World & Top Model of the World 1995

Frequently Asked Questions

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