Located in the north of South America, Venezuela is well known for its unstable political system, however the country has a lot of good reasons to visit. The country is one of the 17 most diverse countries in the world, offering an array of different landscapes and ecosystems, a rich history and culture, friendly locals and amazing prices for tourists.
LANDSCAPES & NATURE: Venezuela is one of the 17 most biodiverse countries in the world, offering a diversity of landscapes and natural habitats like the snow-capped mountains in The Andes mountain range, paradisiac beaches in both Caribbean Sea and Atlantic Ocean, the Amazon rainforest, Canaima, one of the biggest national parks in the world, arid deserts, lowlands, and much more to explore
PEOPLE: Venezuelans are warm, friendly and hospitable, especially in the countryside. They might not have much, but will gladly share it with you. They also love to gather for no reason, to have a good time and enjoy each other’s company.
AFFORDABLE: Although it is bad for the country, the tumultuous political situation of Venezuela has affected its economy, leaving the country with the highest inflation in the world, which make foreign currencies extremely strong and allow you to have a luxury getaway for much less.
ARCHITECTURE & HISTORY: The history of Venezuela is very similar to its neighbors. The country has been inhabited by indigenous tribes since the beginning of the human race, until the spanish colonized the country, which created a mix of races and cultures, that can be seen on its gastronomy, culture and architecture.
What to expect
LANGUAGE: Spanish is the official language in Venezuela. English is taught in schools, and you might find a decent amount of english speakers in big cities and tourist attractions, however this won’t be the case in the rest of the country.
ELECTRICITY: In Venezuela the standard voltage is 110 V and the frequency is 60 Hz. That’s the standard voltage in the US, Canada and most South American countries.
CURRENCY: The Bolivar Soberano is the official currency in Venezuela. However and due to the inflation, everybody will gladly accept dollars, as it has become the unofficial currency of the country. You could exchange any foreign currency at the banks, but it is not recommended as the government rate is too low in comparison to the unofficial rate. It is recommended to find a local to make this transactions. Foreign credit cards are rarely accepted, but again, the exchange rate will be too low and it is recommended to carry cash. The hyperinflation of the country makes it really hard to set an exchange rate, as it
CLIMATE: The climate in Venezuela is generally tropical, however, the country has different regions, with different altitudes and weather, like the coastal area, the arid deserts, the Andes mountains, the jungles and so forth. I would recommend to research further about the area you will be visiting.
SAFETY: Unfortunately, Venezuela has become the most dangerous country in the world. Crime rates (violent and non-violent) are extremely high. However, crime rate tend to drop if you visit remote areas like the Amazon Jungle, the Canaima National Park or Los Roques. I wouldn’t recommend to go without a local or somebody who knows the area / country.
PASSPORT: Citizens of the following 66 countries are allowed to enter Colombia without a visa for a period up to 90 days, including All European Union Citizens, Andorra, Antigua and Barbuda, Australia, Argentina, Barbados, Belarus, Belize, Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominica, Ecuador, Ethiopia, Grenada, Hong Kong, Iceland, Iran, Jamaica, Japan, Japan, Liechtenstein, Malaysia, Mexico, Monaco, Nicaragua, New Zealand, Norway, Palestine, Paraguay, Qatar, Russian Federation, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Saint Lucia, San Marino, South Africa, South Korea, Switzerland, Trinidad and Tobago, Turkey, United Kingdom and Uruguay.
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