|One of Venezuela’s biggest tourist attractions is the highest waterfall in the world. The Angel Falls (Churun Meru) is situated in the Guiana Highlands in the south east of the country, within the Canaima National Park. The falls have a total drop of 978 metres, though they are not the most accessible in the world! The best way to see the falls and the national park is by joining a tour group which flies in, and usually has a 2 nights, 3 days stay.
There is also a great deal more spectacular scenery to view in Venezuela, and varied landscapes. The Andes are in the north west of the country and feature wonderful mountain scenery, whilst the Guayana region is a large and mostly uninhabited area which has great variation in its own right – from the rainforests to table-top mountains, to flat marshlands.
Another great natural attraction of Venezuela is the Caribbean Sea beaches. With such a long coast it’s no surprise that beaches are abound in both the north west and north east of the country. Those in the north eastern regions of Anzoategui and Sucre are renowned for being practically deserted. So if you want a quiet and relaxed beach holiday this could be a great place to visit! There are still cities here too though, Puerto La Cruz for example, has everything a tourist should need.
If you’re visiting the north east, you may also like to go to the Mochima National Park. This is a marine park, so is situated on the coast and includes 32 islands off shore which you can visit by boat from Puerto La Cruz.
Venezuela also has large cities for those who prefer livelier holidays. Caracas is the capital city and largest in the country, situated on the coast. However, it’s not usually top of tourist’s favourite places to visit because it has been described as a concrete jungle and is a busy and noisy city. But, if you have a few days to spare at either end of your holiday there are a number of attractions here which may be worth seeing. This includes colonial architecture and the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Universidad Central de Venezuela.
And if the bustle gets too much for you, you can always take a trip by bus up to Avila Mountain which is good for hiking and for views of the city. Alternatively take the Teleferico up Avila. This is a cable car which travels up to an altitude of 2600 metres.