Venezuela is one of the few countries in the world that still appeals to tourists, even though it has been tagged as one of the most dangerous countries in the world. Like many other Latin American countries, it is no doubt risky to visit (especially for travelers), but the huge list of attractions and adventures the country offers are worth the risks. For those willing but still hesitant, here are some reasons why you should take a trip to Venezuela right now.
UPDATE: 2023/02/04 21:11 EST BY AARON SPRAY
More Reasons Why One Should Visit Venezuela
Venezuela is one of the most stunning countries in South America to visit. Unfortunately, no one should visit the country at the moment, and everyone should defer to relevant travel advice. Still, there are many reasons why one would like to visit the tropical rainforest-covered country with plenty of pristine beaches. This list has been expanded with more reasons to visit.
13 Venezuela Is Cheap
The country is one of the cheapest countries in the world to visit. The exchange rates may vary, but a hundred US dollars is still more than 20 million Venezuelan Bolivar (VEF). One who has such economic power in Venezuela lives like royalty. For comparison, the average monthly salary of a worker in Venezuela is $25, and the minimum wage is $6. Food and transportation are so cheap one can easily eat prestigiously in a month with just $100. Most restaurants, bars, and other service providers accept US Dollars so there usually is no need for exchanges.
12 It Is Home To The World’s Tallest Waterfall
At a total height of 979 m (3212 feet), Angel Falls is the tallest waterfall in the world. The waterfall is located in Canaima National Park in Venezuela and presents amazing scenery as well as adventures. Things to do around the waterfall include hiking, mountain climbing, and kayaking in the Carrao River.
11 Incredible Food
Venezuela has one of the most savory cuisines in South America. It is a combination of Spanish, French, West African, Italian, and Portuguese cultures that makes it so unique. Expect lots of rice, plantain, yam, and beans, as these are some of the country’s staples. More precisely, the dishes usually consist of fresh produce, which makes it not just delicious but healthy as well. The fact that they are incredibly cheap also means that one can have as much as one desires. Caracas – the capital and largest city in Venezuela, is the best place to enjoy this food diversity as there are many restaurants spread out across the city.
10 Interesting Wildlife
The rich fauna of Venezuela presents hundreds of mammalian, reptilian, and amphibian species. The country also hosts more than a thousand species of birds and fish. The Amazon river dolphin and the Orinoco Crocodiles are some of the unique creatures to see here. This incredible biodiversity can be seen and explored in the numerous National parks in the country. Some of the national parks to visit include:
Henri Pittier National Park;
For amazing bird watching
Canaima National Park;
For a diverse exploration of animals
Los Roques Archipelago National Park;
For a thrilling exploration of marine life in Venezuela.
9 Beautiful Beaches
The beaches in Venezuela are mostly characterized by beautiful white sand beaches, tall palm trees, swelling waves, and beautiful turquoise waters. The huge line-up of beaches will have travelers enjoying their tropical vacation, relaxing on the soft pristine sands or windsurfing in the restless waters.
8 So Many Spectacular Mountains
View from the Roraima tepui on Kukenan tepui, Venezuela
Mountain seekers will find thrill in Venezuela as the country features lots of tall and challenging mountains. Some of the most notable ones, such as Pico Bolivar – the tallest in Venezuela, and Mount Roraima – the highest of the Pakaraima chain of Tepuis in South America present spectacular scenery with snow-capped mountain tops and surrounding lush forests.
7 Gasoline And Transportation Are So Cheap
Venezuela has the largest oil reserves in the world, which is why gas is so cheap in the country. One may even be tempted to buy a couple of gallons and export them, but that’s illegal. A few cents is usually enough to fill up a car’s tank. It is as cheap as water. The cheap price of gas in the country is also why transportation in the country is so cheap.
6 Great Weather
Lovers snorkeling on a tropical island
Venezuela is hot all year round, with bright sunny clear skies creating a conducive atmosphere for many outdoor activities. The average water temperature of 29 degrees Celsius (84°F) combined with the bright atmosphere also makes the beach even more appealing.
5 Love For Baseball
Baseball lovers will enjoy the game to its fullest in Venezuela as it is the most loved sport in the country. Some of the most famous baseball players in the world, such as Miguel Cabrera and Luis Aparicio, came from this country. Throughout the year, there are baseball events held across the country that draw in devoted baseball lovers from all over the world.
4 Highest And Second Longest Cable Car In The World
For those who love heights and thrill, Merida cable car is the ultimate place to enjoy this experience. Standing at the height of 4765 meters (15633 feet), it is the highest cable car in the world. It also stretches for a length of 12.5 kilometers, making it the longest cable ride in the world.
3 The Lightning Capital Of The World
Impressive Lightning Strikes
Venezuela is home to Maracaibo Lake, which is famous as being the lightning capital of the world. There are more lightning strikes here than in any other part of the world. Visitors can go and discover why sailors have referred to it as the lighthouse of Venezuela. But that’s not all; Lake Maracaibo is also the largest lake in South America (or at least a very large tidal estuary).
2 The Rainforest
Sunset Over The Amazon Rainforest
Venezuela is also home to extensive tropical rainforests, including parts of the Amazon rainforest in the south (to be part of the Amazon rainforest, the forest needs to be a part of the Amazon basin). The basin is massive, with 2.1 million square miles of its 2.7 million square miles covered by rainforest. It is made up of 390 billion trees, and it is the largest and most biodiverse tropical rainforest in the world.
1 Unspoiled By Tourists
Tropical Beach With Clear Waters and Palm Trees
Unfortunately, Venezuela is not suitable for travel at the current time on account of the economic and political crises that have been ravishing the country for many years. The upshot is one day, when the country is once again open for tourism; it will be a virgin destination for travelers. There is almost no international tourism in Venezuela at the moment, but hopefully, that will change in the future.