Sights in Venezuela
Venezuela is a very exciting country, which boasts beautiful scenery and welcoming Latin American culture. Although far from the world’s main tourist routes, it is definitely worth to visit and will surely fascinate you. There are thousands of important sites to enjoy in the country, but we have prepared a list of the 10 most interesting tourist attractions every traveler should see.
1. Angel Falls.
With a height of 1054 meters, Angel Falls is the highest waterfall in the world. It is located in the dense equatorial jungle of Venezuela.
The waterfall became famous thanks to the American aviator James Crawford Angel, who reached the waterfall on November 16, 1933.
This natural wonder is located in the eastern parts of the country, deep in the jungle, within the Canaima National Park.
2. Margarita Island.
Located not far off the coast of Venezuela, Margarita Island is the personification of the typical Caribbean charm. The island is known for its white sandy beaches, lush forests and azure waters.
It is bathed in bright tropical sunshine and looks like the most friendly and welcoming place in the world. The famous Christopher Columbus came here in 1498.
3. Mount Roraima.
There is a place in Venezuela which is still shrouded in mystery and obscurity. A few brave people have visited this God-forsaken place in the heart of the dense equatorial jungles.
In 1889, the British botanist Everard Im Thurn reached Mount Roraima in southeastern Venezuela.
After he returned to Europe, his stories about mysterious and wild places fascinated all British people and inspired Sir Arthur Conan Doyle to write “The Lost World”.
4. Coro town.
Founded in 1527, Coro is one of the oldest settlements in Venezuela. The town is known for its historic atmosphere and ancient architecture with one and two storey buildings in bright pastel colors. The town is under the auspices of UNESCO since 1993.
5. Médanos de Coro National Park
North of the town of Coro and just a few kilometers of the lush equatorial rainforests extends a unique desert area. It was declared a national park under the name Médanos de Coro.
Most people do not expect to see giant sand dunes here. However, the scenery doesn’t differ from the great African Sahara Desert.
6. Los Roques.
Los Roques is an archipelago of small islands. It is located off the coast of Venezuela and is one of the most beautiful places in the Caribbean.
Because of its crystal clear waters and incredible variety of corals and fish, the archipelago is often compared to the Great Barrier Reef.
Everything is dominated by two colours – blue (like the colour of the sea and the sky) and white (like the fine coral sand).
Because of its vast wealth of species and rare beauty, the islands with a population of only 1,500 people were declared a national park in 1972.
7. Isla de Coche.
Isla de Coche is considered to be one of the places with the most beautiful beaches in South America.
This small exotic island proves once again how beautiful Venezuela is and how many natural attractions this wonderful country offers. Travelers will find here gorgeous beaches and transparent waters.
Away from the white beaches dotted by palm trees, a man falls into a completely different world.
The island’s dry and deserted interior is covered with cacti and other species that are typical of the desert flora.
It is very difficult for an entire region to be described as a landmark, but it does not apply to Amazonas – the wild and inaccessible South of Venezuela.
This part of the country, located south of the Guiana Highlands, is one of the most untouched and unknown places in the world.
Even today, few scientists have dared to dive into the depths of the Venezuelan impenetrable jungle. There are probably many animal and plant species in the region that are still unknown to science.
9. Gran Sabana.
Gran Sabana is part of Canaima National Park. This is one of the most extensive savannahs in the Western Hemisphere.
It covers a huge area of 10 820 square kilometers and strikingly resembles the African savannahs, which stretch thousands of kilometers to the east, across the Atlantic.
Because of the greater height of over 1000 meters above sea level, Gran Sabana has unexpectedly fresh and pleasant climate. It offers average temperatures of 20 to 23°C throughout the year.
10. Orinoco River.
No trip to Venezuela is complete without visiting and enjoying the magnificent Orinoco River. The catchment area of the giant deep water river covers almost the entire territory of Venezuela and even parts of neighboring Colombia.
There are numerous tributaries crossing the country and most of them lead to some of the most unknown and isolated places in Latin America.