Why Venezuela Is Worth A Visit
Before I tell you about Venezuela, I would like to say a few words about traveling. Going somewhere else is always full of mystery and unknown adventure, which is why it’s such an important experience to have.
Traveling transforms us and every location does it in a different way; every new place has something unique to offer that wouldn’t have been available to us any other way.
When we travel, we get away from all the things in our lives that push and tug at us everyday and we engage in new activities, we see wonderful things, we meet lovely people and we eat delicious new food.
Traveling also reminds us that we’re meant to move, we’re meant to explore different places, and we’re meant to be free!
Overall, traveling is a learning experience, a way to connect with other cultures, explore different lifestyles, and expand our awareness and our sense of diversity. It also gives us the opportunity to take a break, to heal, to find or refuel our enthusiasm for life, and it’s a great opportunity to get in touch with yourself.
Traveling is not just a luxury, it’s something we need to do not just so we can have adventures and a moment to revitalize ourselves, but also because we shouldn’t go through life without getting to know at least some of this amazing wide world.
It’s highly likely that everything you’ve heard about Venezuela has to do with the disastrous political and economic environment that threatens to ruin the country. But believe me when I tell you that this is one of the most beautiful countries in South America and it has a lot to offer.
Tourists always have access to a different side of the places they visit, and Venezuela is not an exception. Even though times are hard for Venezuelans, tourists will find reasonable access to everything they need to enjoy their trip.
Venezuela is located on the northern coast of the continent and it’s bordered by the Caribbean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean to the north, Colombia to the west, Brazil to the south, Trinidad and Tobago to the north-east, and Guyana to the east.
The country is best explored with the assistance of a knowledgeable local guide to keep you away from danger and show you the most breathtaking locations.
Experience Some Of The Wonders Of The World
One of the many reasons Venezuela is one of the most beautiful South American countries is that it’s one of the most diverse countries in the world. Your adventurous spirit will have a lot to choose from; mountains, jungle, forests, wetlands, sand dunes, tropical deltas, caves, coastal wilderness, and more!
Here are a few options to consider:
- Angel Falls. Angel Falls is the highest waterfall in the world and it’s one of the country’s incredible gems. The Angel Falls offers a unique adventure where you’ll be able to bare witness to what natural beauty looks like and you’ll find inspiration, strength, freedom, and adventure.
- Choroni & Henri Pittier National Park. This is one of Venezuela’s most beautiful landmarks and it offers the most beautiful beaches. This is only three hours away from the capital so it might be a great way to start your trip. The scenery is breathtaking and you’ll be able to engage in different activities, including paddle surf, hiking, snorkeling, and more.
- Roraima. This is the highest rock formation of Canaima National Park and it’s one of the most stunning things you’ll ever see. Hiking the mountain is quite an experience and you’ll be amazed by the unique flora and fauna.
- Orinoco Delta. Orinoco Delta offers access to the virgin jungle and mangrove swamps of the Warao indigenous people, abundant flora and fauna, and the most beautiful scenery you’ve seen in your life.
- Los Roques. Los Roques Archipelago National Park is a true paradise on earth and you’ll be able to explore some of the most sublime coral reef formations in the world. Many different water activities are available and you’ll be enchanted by the wonderful beaches, colors and spectacular views.
- Isla de Margarita. Margarita is a lovely island and one of the country’s tourist centers. You’ll be able to explore different beaches and other islands and live adventures that include snorkeling, kayaking, kite surfing, and more.
Taste The Delicious National Cuisine
Venezuelan food is simply delicious and you’ll have a lot of new things to try and enjoy.
Here’s a list to serve as a guide:
- Arepas. This is the most popular dish and it can be eaten at any time of the day. Arepas are basically thick corn tortillas that can be stuffed with cheese, ham, shredded meats, salads, and more.
- Pabellón Criollo. Pabellón is the national dish a delicious dish that includes rice, black bean, shredded meat, and plantain slices. You can’t miss it!
- Empanadas. Almost every country in South America has their own version of the empanada. In Venezuela, the dough is made with cornflower and it’s stuffed with shredded meats, ham and cheese, pabellón, mashed potatoes, and more.
- Hallacas. Hallacas are a typical Christmas dish and they’re the Venezuelan version of the tamale; they’re stuffed with a meat stew, typically pork, olives, raisins and they’re wrapped in plantain leaves and steamed.
- Quesillo. This is one of the typical deserts and it’s similar to Spanish or Mexican flan, except that quesillo is creamier, richer and you’ll simply love it.
These are just a very few of the dishes you can taste in Venezuela!
Amazing Facts About Venezuela
- “Venezuela” means “Little Venice”. The name was given by Amerigo Vespucci, Italian navigator because the stilt houses around the Lake Maracaibo reminded him of Venice.
- Lake Maracaibo is the largest one in South America, and it’s also one of the oldest in the world, at 20 t0 40 million years old.
- Where the Cataumbo River joins Lake Maracaibo, there’s a meteorological phenomenon known as the never-ending storm.
- Venezuela is home to the largest rodent in the world, the Capybara, and the Orinoco crocodile, the most endangered crocodile in the world.
Venezuela is going through the hardest times in its history and we can’t deny the risk of visiting, but the truth is that the risks are localized and tourists can enjoy their trip and have a unique experience if they take the time to research and plan their trip carefully.
Venezuela is not a country where you can just hop off the plane and go from there. You need to plan everything and it’s important that you work with local specialists to make the right decisions and ensure your safety.
If you give the country a chance, you definitely won’t regret it, and you’ll make some of the most exciting, happy memories of your life! Good Luck!
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