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Best Things To Do In Venezuela: Tourist Attractions

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Venezuela’s tourist attractions are not known by many people, instead many know the country for the rich black gold that lays in the East as well as an energetic president.  What people don’t know is that there are an incredible amount of things to do in the country.

During your visit to Venezuela you can find excellent scuba diving, the highest falls in the world, the unique lightning show seen nowhere in the world, and even the small unique city known for its tourist attractions.

The once bustling country has not had the best economic times as of late so please have extra caution during your visit since crime is worsening every year.  You can find safety in small areas like my home town of Merida and even the island of Margarita.  Be very careful if traveling to Caracas.  Here are the top 5 Venezuela travel attractions:

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A church during the climb to the top

Merida & Pico Bolivar:

The gateway to the Andes, you should visit this city because I was born there.  It is a quaint city that is home to the highest point in the Andes Mountains in Venezuela: Pico Bolivar (still not the reason why you should visit).  The city has perfect weather year round as it lies in a valley and is known as a university city with plenty of nightlife (nope still not the reason).  The highest cable car in the world? Nope still not it.  Great outdoor activities like hiking, climbing, waterfalls, and a plentiful forrest? Nope. You should visit Merida because it is awesome. That’s it.

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The barren beaches on Margarita Island

Margarita Island (La Isla Margarita):

This is one of the most popular things to do during your Venezuela travel.  It is an island that sits just north of the Venezuelan coastline that is a popular getaway for locals as well as tourists.  The crisp blue waters will remind you of the Bahamas and the breathtaking scenery will make you want to come back every year.  The endless nightlife will punish your inhibitions as well as your plastic with duty free shopping.  There are at least 50 magnificent beaches to explore with the most popular being Playa Puerto Cruz.  Windsurfing is world reknown as well as great opportunities to dive and snorkel.  Don’t forget to see sightsee the Castle of la Asuncion and Juen Griego.

The Capital City of Caracas

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The skyline of Caracas from Altamira

Caracas is blessed with an immense about of history as some of the most important men in South America were born there.  It is the political and financial capital of the country and at one point in history it was a favorite destination for travelers around the world.  Due to political and economic problems poverty and crime have become rampant issues in the city.  There is an incredible cable car ride where you can access the mountain and see incredible views of the city.  The nightlife will astound you and the arts have also been given some praise, dont forget to visit Hotel Humboldt which lies high on the mountainside.  Make sure to keep an extra level of caution due to the current state  of the city.

Angel Falls & The Amazon:

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A view of Angel Falls from the base

The Angel Falls are the highest waterfalls in the world and are hiding deep within Venezuela’s Canaima National Park.  The best time to visit the Angel falls is well debated due to the fact that’s it well within the jungle.  The rainy season can be almost impossible to see due to cloud cover and overflowing and the dry season can be disappointing with only a trickle coming down devil’s mountain.

After contacting a tour guide who lives in the region the best time is in spring around February or possibly May.  Most activities in the area need a guide and most tourists spend 3 nights and 2 days to see the falls.

The Amazon is one of the most unique ecosystems on our planet.  Venezuela is actually home to the world’s largest rodent (largest rat), the chupacabra (kidding).  It’s actually called the Capybara and its large and ugly but I digress.  There are tons of unique animals to discover.

You can encounter dolphins, flowers, anything the nature tourist desires!  Anaconda’s are also very popular in this region be assured they are not venomous.

Sand Dunes at Los Medanos de Coro National Park:

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Sand Dunes (Medanos de Coro) in Venezuela

Sand in the tropics? Really? YES!  Many people don’t even know that the sand dunes exist in Venezuela.  The dunes are just north of the small town called Coro which is an incredible place to see Spanish colonial architecture in its true form.  Is there anything else to do in Coro you ask? Not so much.  The sand dunes are in constant movement as they are created by the trade winds coming from West.  The Mesquite plant’s root systems catch retain massive quantities of sand stopping the flow of the wind.

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Graciel Cecilio July 14, 2011 at 2:42 am

Venezuela is on my top 5 list. I want to actually go to Mt. Roraima then chill at Isla Margarita. My only question is how safe is it to travel solo?

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WanderingTrader July 15, 2011 at 12:28 am

NOT SAFE. Margarita is okay but places like Caracas are very dangerous. I’d recommend you look for tours out of Guyana Graciel and maybe end up in Margarita or reverse. If you want I can look into tours I have family in Venezuela

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Foreverfantasy78 November 18, 2011 at 12:51 pm

Visiting as a solo person is dangerous but she could go with a tour group . it would be much safer im sure you would agree

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Buttrfinger December 1, 2011 at 8:13 pm

Not that safe :/

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WanderingTrader December 2, 2011 at 4:35 pm

I got kidnapped in Venezuela!! Not “that safe” at all lol

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alex May 17, 2014 at 8:04 am

Seriously?!:O

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chango July 8, 2014 at 9:48 am

You are part of the opposition that wants to hand over the natural resources of Venezuela to a few mafioso families.

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Marcello July 13, 2014 at 6:00 pm

Not quite Chango. I’m part of the people that would like to see Venezuela function as a viable country without all the crime, corruption, and nonsense that it has now.

WanderingTrader July 15, 2011 at 12:30 am

Roberta I think you may be right but its very difficult to get there, could be hidden gems of South America. I would love to hear about your tour and how you want. Could you shoot me an email with the info?

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Anonymous August 5, 2011 at 12:56 am

I took a tour of Angel Falls, but it was only on a small airplane. It was gorgeous as we flew over the jungle in between these cool mountains and looped around the falls a couple of times. We then stopped at another falls and had lunch. It was amazing, but I would have rather explored it on the ground and spent more time in the jungle. Great tips!

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WanderingTrader August 14, 2011 at 9:55 pm

I would have to agree with you Demoo.. thanks for the comment

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WanderingTrader October 18, 2011 at 7:07 pm

Stephen I was actually born in Venezuela! I have gone back many times and can share that its very dangerous right now.. I would love to hear your experience after you have gone.

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chango July 8, 2014 at 9:09 am

You say dangerous just to downgrade the accomplishments of the Bolivarian Revolution. Look to your neighbor Colombia which hides it’s statistics on crime, poverty and missing children and women which adds up into the thousands every year for fifty years and counting . My wife is from Maracay and I have visited many times and it’s just like any country it’s has its problems and beautiful things as well. I could say the same for Puerto Rico or Jamaica as well.

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Marcello July 13, 2014 at 6:01 pm

Colombia has done much better over the last 20 years in helping the poor and bringing them out of poverty than anything that Venezuela has done. Venezuela poverty has increased in the last 20 years, not decreased. You have a flawed vision and Venezuela should look to Colombia as a role model.

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WanderingTrader November 5, 2011 at 9:17 am

I would recommend you go to Merida Venezuela as well as Margarita.. Margarita is a very interesting place to be

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WanderingTrader November 5, 2011 at 9:18 am

Check out the sand dunes in the east and head along the coast to the east towards guyana.. you will find loads of good stuff there

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WanderingTrader November 9, 2011 at 5:07 pm

Im going in December.. come visit :-)

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Foreverfantasy78 November 18, 2011 at 12:49 pm

Ive only been there once and i was very young but margarita islands are beautiful and absoultly breath taking :) i hope to visit there soon with  mi familia :)

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ice December 3, 2011 at 11:12 am

How far is Angel Falls and Margarita island from Caracas?

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WanderingTrader December 3, 2011 at 5:12 pm

They are both a few flights away… Angel falls is more difficult because its in the middle of no where.. you can either from Macaus in Brazil or you can fly from Caracas. The flight is roughly 2-3 hours plus the time to get to the falls which can take roughly an entire day. Margarita is just a few hours via flight

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Plsportyboy10 December 17, 2011 at 1:10 pm

I went to margarita island and got to go deep sea fishing

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Puglover1616 December 19, 2011 at 12:28 pm

not safe at all!

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WanderingTrader December 30, 2011 at 2:11 pm

I was born there Michelle, would recommend you stay out of the big cities and look to stay in either Margarita or Merida which are the most touristic and safest cities in the country. I just got back from Venezuela and had a great time in Merida

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WanderingTrader February 13, 2012 at 10:32 pm

Bogota is in Colombia not Venezuela? You can view the guides that I have for the city.. I will be uploading more information soon

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Andrea Thornton February 22, 2012 at 7:54 pm

hi i willbe going with my husband in may, i was born i caracas i know it isnt the safest but who do u recommend we go thru to find tour groups an such that wont try to rip us off? also if i stay in caracas downtown ,what safe options do i have to get to margarita? how far is it?

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WanderingTrader March 3, 2012 at 1:42 am

It isn’t safe.. I got kidnapped.. and Im Venezuelan!

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WanderingTrader March 16, 2012 at 12:06 am

EXTREMELY DANGEROUS is one if you are in the wrong area, very spontaneous (in a bad way because things can get bad very quickly). On the upside that people are very friendly very open I would love to help anyone

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Leigh April 12, 2012 at 2:59 pm

My husband has been to Venezuela several times and it is a country he unfortunately has no desire to go back to – he also felt unsafe, he dealt with totally corrupt officials and there were way too many snakes in the jungle for his liking. Very unfortunate – and I hope it gets better in my lifetime because there is much I would like to see. Interestingly I had three Venezuelan students in my Photoshop class in Calgary last night.

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admin April 13, 2012 at 1:41 pm

Elections are this year but that doesn’t mean that things will change.. its a shame to see such a beautiful country with so many assets get wasted.. Colombia was like that at one point as well so I am hoping things will change in Venezuela. Thanks for the comment Leigh!

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Arianwen April 22, 2012 at 7:13 am

I’m about to head to South America for seven months. I contemplated Venezuela, especially because Angel Falls look strikingly beautiful, but in the end I didn’t think it was worth the risk. Let’s hope the situation improves. I’ll certainly be back if it does!

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Marcello July 19, 2012 at 10:58 pm

Head to a town called Cucuta and cross the border there.. its one of the safest regions in the country and you can access Merida which is one of the most touristic cities in the country with an 8 hour drive

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Liz May 8, 2012 at 3:47 pm

What a bummer…I want to visit Los Roques and Angel Falls yet I’m reading it might not be worth the risk at this time….disappointing. I would appreciate any updates or suggestions. thanks

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Marcello May 28, 2012 at 9:39 pm

Liz go to Manaus, Brazil and then go up by land and then you can buy a tour in Venezuela instead of before hand. You may want to look for a tour company that will sell you a tour starting from Brazil… that would be the best option. My advice.. AVOID CARACAS AT ALL COSTS.

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Gabriel June 19, 2012 at 7:27 pm

For all of you who are planning on going to Merida or Margarita Island, or Angel Falls/Amazon, don’t let Venezuela’s dangerous reputation turn you away. As long as you aren’t going to be spending a lot of time in Caracas, you’ll be fine. Merida, Margarita, and the Amazon (middle of nowhere) are among the safest places to be in the country, and you’d only be in the Caracas airport for a few hours if you were planning on going to any of the other destinations. While I admit that Caracas isn’t too good of a city for a foreigner to be in unless you have friends/family to show you around, provided you stay smart and stay out of dodgy areas, you’ll be able to stay out of trouble. I have been to Venezuela many time and all my family say that most of Venezuela’s bad reputation comes from Caracas, while most other areas are relatively safe.

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Marcello June 20, 2012 at 7:38 pm

Gabriel I would have to disagree with your comment “not going to spend a lot of time in Caracas”.. Caracas is one of the most dangerous places in the world and I would highly recommend that everyone AVOID THE CITY at all costs. The airport delays are atrocious as well. I would agree that the places you mentioned aren’t as dangerous but it is still Venezuela and you have to keep an extra eye out just in case. Otherwise.. I would definitely agree with you!

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Nicky July 2, 2012 at 8:21 pm

Venezuela has a lot of nature like Canaima, Amazonas, Roraima, Gran Sabana, Orinoco Delta, Humboldt route, Merida, Chroroni, Los Roques, Margarita island but it isn`t recommend to visit the big cities alone.

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Marcello July 2, 2012 at 11:01 pm

Yep I agree Nicky.. will be seeing some of those very soon

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Hellohello August 2, 2012 at 8:06 pm

I never ever ever ever ever ever ever want to go to Venezuela or anywhere near it!! It sounds so dangerous and awful. Some nice places to see but safety outweighs it’s beauty.
I found Turkey a bit much but Venezuela….Nooo

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Marcello August 14, 2012 at 11:04 pm

When did you visit Turkey? Even though its dangerous there are quite unique set of things to do in Venezuela.. but yes you do have to be very careful

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Marion August 16, 2012 at 7:56 am

I have to stay in Caracas to 2 nights – would you suggest a hotel in the city or by the airport?
Thanks

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Marcello August 24, 2012 at 8:26 pm

Marion.. there is a hotel literally across from the airport. You walk outside where the cars are and its right there.. can’t remember exactly but its a Marriot if Im not mistaken

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Khalid September 7, 2012 at 1:28 am

I have a tentative plan to visit Venezuela in late December, 2012, any chance to have a clear view of Angel Falls?

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Marcello September 11, 2012 at 3:00 pm

Khalid.. really would depend on the weather as well as the level of water. The level of water is highest during the rainy season which is now so at the end of the year the water should be a bit lower and all you would have to count on is good weather

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poop September 12, 2012 at 9:34 am

venezuela is a nice place but man u will get fucked up.-.

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Marcello September 12, 2012 at 11:46 am

Very dangerous place…..

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Evin Jenkins October 12, 2012 at 11:14 am

Anacondas aren’t poisonous but they will swallow you

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Robert October 14, 2012 at 12:34 pm

I travel to Venezuela 3-4 times a year. If you need to know anything about your travel, I can tell you and if I can’t answer your questions, I have a lot of friends who live all over the country.

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Marcello October 17, 2012 at 11:19 am

I was born there Robert but thanks for the info!

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oscar October 15, 2012 at 1:39 pm

Venezuela es una de las mejores maravillas de mundo y tiene por virtud sus hermosas playas y montañas el cual les recomiendo que puedan visitar como: Merida,Margarita,Canaima,Pto la Cruz,la tortuga. Son tantos lugares que pueden recorrer y se que les va a encartar aver estado en esos hermosos lugares.

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Marcello October 17, 2012 at 11:18 am

Si es hermoso Oscar pero lamentablemente es muy peligroso viajar a Venezuela en este momento

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Rosber Ollarves October 17, 2012 at 1:39 pm

Hi guys, i´m a journalist from Venezuela and also i live in the country, in Caracas.

It’s very interesting all the entries that all you have left in this blog.

However, elements as security can be handle if you are with the right people, it’s juts a matter of information in order to know which places you can visit, what is the best time to go there, which sightseens you can enjoy in Venezuela, what kind of services do you need, and which ones are the best to be asure that you wont have any problem and will have a excellent tour.

In fact i’m a friend of Robert he has been here many times and he knows as treveler that if you have a person here that can help you to deal with this things, you will love Venezuela. Ask about his experience and you can confirm what i’m talking about.

Thanks to wanderingtrader to open this window to people like me, i love helping people enjoy their travel a touristics experiences and loves of course to travel.

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Robert Landen October 18, 2012 at 10:19 am

Sorry Marcello, my blog post was general & aimed to shead some recent insight and options available for the people on this blog who were inquiring and interested in going to visit Venezuela.

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khan November 23, 2012 at 10:18 am

Para todos ustedes que están pensando en ir a Mérida o la Isla de Margarita, o Salto Angel / Amazonas, no dejes que la reputación de peligroso de Venezuela, te das la vuelta. Siempre y cuando usted no va a pasar mucho tiempo en Caracas, se le multa. Mérida, Margarita, y el Amazonas (en el medio de la nada) se encuentran entre los lugares más seguros para estar en el país, y que sólo estaría en el aeropuerto de Caracas durante unas horas si estás pensando en ir a cualquiera de los otros destinos. Aunque admito que Caracas no es demasiado bueno de una ciudad para un extranjero para estar en a menos que tenga amigos / familia para mostrarle alrededor, siempre te quedas inteligente y mantenerse alejado de las áreas dudosas, usted será capaz de mantenerse al margen de problemas. He estado en Venezuela muchos tiempo y toda mi familia dicen que la mayoría de la mala reputación de Venezuela proviene de Caracas, mientras que la mayoría de las otras áreas son relativamente seguros.

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Marcello December 31, 2012 at 7:50 am

Es una de las cuidades mas peligrosos del mundo Khan, yo naci en Venezuela y como tengo familia en la cuidad y por el resto del pais sugiero que la jente no va a Caracas porque realmente no vale la pena, lamentablemente.

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vianona November 25, 2012 at 9:08 pm

Enjoyed reading comments…curious about the area ;)

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BABASESIN December 5, 2012 at 6:53 am

Hello, i really want to visit Venezuela even to work there. How can i get visa and the necessary information to come there?

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Marcello December 22, 2012 at 2:24 am

I would highly recommend against that since Venezuela is one of the most dangerous places in the world

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Mimi February 3, 2014 at 9:56 am

You proberly go to Venezuela boasting about how many countries you’ve visited and so on.I have stayed in Catia La Mar and Caracas walked to restaurants..I was fine..how can you instill absolute TERROR in potential visitors?? as with any city any where in the world be cautious.Be aware of your.Ability to speak and understand Spanish is a plus.Visit Venezuela don’t believe the hype. SMH

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Marcello February 9, 2014 at 11:09 am

I have family that lives there and knows what actually goes on there. That is why I can share first hand experience of what its like.

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chango July 8, 2014 at 9:22 am

I agree Mimi the motivation behind these comments by these idiots is politics. Venezuela has mucho, mucho oil.

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Kyron December 25, 2012 at 1:13 am

I have to disagree. Certainly a tourist alone in Caracas isn´t a good advice, I think with common sense (not to travel at night, not to use fancy clothes) you can see -no doubt about it- one of the most beautiful landscapes in the world… you can buy a tour with a good operator anf you will be safe and happy to visit us. You won´t regret!

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Marcello December 31, 2012 at 6:57 am

Kyron I have family that lives in Venezuela and especially Caracas and it can get very dangerous even with a tour guide. I would recommend most people not to visit the country but for those that insist on going they have to be extremely cautious.

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Sterling S Mohammed January 17, 2013 at 12:49 pm

I have been to Venezuela on two week overland trips from Trinidad and Tobago beginning at Guiria in 2008,2010,2012.In 2012 the tour was extended to Cartagena,Colombia.I have never been in any danger at anytime and never felt apprehensive,uncomfortable or insecure.Any doubts have been instilled by reading about how dangerous Venezuela is.I have been visiting Margarita since the 80′s and have the same experience.
I cannot support the idea that Venezuela is dangerous and should not be visited.This year we are planning Ciudad Bolivar/Caracas/Merida-the latter is one of the most beautiful places in the world!
In Trinidad,there are places I will not go.Same in Venezuela-would you go into a drug infested barrio?Then,do’nt.

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Marcello January 17, 2013 at 2:04 pm

Thanks for the note Sterling but as a person that was born in Venezuela and continues to have family that lives throughout the country I can tell you from personal experience that it is very dangerous. Margarita is one of the safest places in the country, after that its Merida.

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Rebecca Anoai February 11, 2013 at 12:44 pm

Love this even though Im using it for school!

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hugh trancoso February 14, 2013 at 2:18 pm

this carnival i visited venezuela ,the starting point was at guiria ,it was seventeen hour trip from there to caracas , we stayed at the altamira five star hotel ,over all it’s a lovely place to visit & dangerous at the same time

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Carla March 4, 2013 at 10:04 pm

Stop saying that Venezuela is one of the most dangerous places in the world, I’m from Venezuela, Caracas exactly and it really annoys me when people who have never been in my country say that it’s extremely dangerous. It’s dangerous, I have to admit it. We have political and economic issues that have several consequences with society. But that’s not a reason to “avoid” visiting this AWESOME country. Every country have problems or things that are not the best to talk about. But I have travelled around my country and I can say that I have never seen landscapes and similar places in other countries like those I have seen in Venezuela. If you want to visit different and exotic places Venezuela is a country you really sould go, but you have to plan it really good before arriving here, and being cautios about cameras and mobile phones while you are walking in really crowed places. Places that I really recommend are Los Roques, Canaima, Sand Dunes, The Amazon, Merida, Margarita, etc. those are places that you can go and see really unique views.

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Marcello March 4, 2013 at 11:52 pm

Carla I dont think you realize that I was born in Venezuela, has traveled around Venezuela, and still has family that lives in Venezuela (Caracas in included). It is not to say that there aren’t beautiful things to see in the country but sadly it is a place that people need to take caution. You can’t even trust cops. I recently went a few years ago and was STRIP SEARCHED at every military checkpoint to see if I had any dollars. Its a place where people need to be very careful and it is (by the numbers even) one of the most dangerous places in the world.

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Glen February 15, 2014 at 5:16 pm

Hey Carla,

Thanks for the post. Although I have not been to your country, I have visited places like Tijuna, Mexico and most people say it’s dangerous and I found it to be full of fun. Traveling alone, looking to check out the club scene. Your thoughts?

Gb

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Anthony March 21, 2013 at 7:39 pm

Marcelo with all respect, I do not know why not just leave Venezuela.
I have a family here, a business, a jungle lodge, and I have a lot of faith in Venezuela.

We have a beautiful country here and we are here to stay.

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Marcello March 23, 2013 at 4:28 pm

Hey Anthony I never said that the country is neither of what you have described. I think Venezuela is a gorgeous country and has beautiful kind people to go along with it. It does not go without saying that it is a safe country. I prefer to tell people the truth and to be extra careful rather than have someone get hurt.

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Chris March 23, 2013 at 12:26 pm

I agree with Carla. Before I visited Venezuela I was concerned about how safe I would be and if I would actually be able to enjoy my visit there because of my concern. I was thinking about how obvious it would be to the locals that I’m a tourist (blonde and light-skinned from England) and that I could be some sort of easy “target”. I have to admit this concern was mostly due to reading advice about travelling to Venezuela on the British Foreign & Commonwealth Office website. When you see things like high crime rates and “express kidnappings”, I think it’s natural that you would be concerned about your safety, no matter where you are. However, I have now visited Venezuela twice (16 days in August, 4 weeks in November last year) and I am extremely glad I went. Approaching Caracas airport by plane you see stunningly beautiful views of Venezuela and you’re just like.. Wow! (The airport is a nightmare to get through customs at times, be prepared to wait in long queues depending on your arrival time). I have visited Margarita Island and been to most places there, I would highly recommend spending time there, also places like Caracas, Maracay, Valencia, La Colonia Tovar. I have walked around streets of Caracas and taken bus rides (very different from England haha) and been to many places in the parts of the country I previously mentioned. From the 6 and a half weeks I have been there I have to say I didn’t feel unsafe or in danger 99% of the time. This is not to say there are no dangerous areas in Venezuela though. I found if you exercise caution in public, keep paying attention to what is happening around you, don’t wear fancy clothes or have expensive items on show (watches, phones etc) and most important to use common sense and you will be fine and thoroughly enjoy this beautiful country. I am lucky enough that my girlfriend lives there and I have other friends there so I can’t just wander off into dangerous parts, so maybe some advice would be to either organise a tour/guide or to make friends with Venezuelan people. Everybody there was extremely friendly and polite to me, which in turn made me feel comfortable during my visits. I plan on visiting another 3 times this year, for obvious reasons but also to see more of a truly beautiful country. (The great weather is awesome too!)

Remember though that you are a guest in another country, treat locals with respect and really try to learn some Spanish (if you don’t know any already), from what I got told while I was there, Venezuelans love to see that foreign people respect and like the country, and that you try talk to them in Spanish. At least try anyway haha. I even own a Vinotinto football shirt now. I can’t wait until I visit Venezuela again.

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Marcello March 23, 2013 at 4:07 pm

Hey Chris.. I think it is quite different for you since you have locals taking you around where you shouldn’t be. There are safe parts of Caracas but as whole it is not a safe country. I have family that live in Venezuela (many in Caracas) and if they say it isn’t safe then it isn’t safe for tourists either. Margarita island also is one of the safest places in the country and wouldn’t consider that dangerous at all. Venezuelans as a whole are kind, open, and gracious. That doesn’t mean that it is safe. Thanks for the comment!

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Ell March 29, 2013 at 4:13 pm

Does anyone know of a Venezuelan company that might have an english speaking guide to lead a canoeing trip to angel falls?
Thanks

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Gunes AKDOGAN March 31, 2013 at 9:39 am

If you know how to travel with a common sense and little bit extra care then you will not have any problems in Venezuela. Venezuela is as dangerous as New York for me.
You can add Orinoco Delta Tour to the list. Delta is the most secure place in the world. With a amazing nature and people, this will be your one of best travels. Everyday lots of tourists coming from all over the world and leave with a smiling face.

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Alexander April 5, 2013 at 5:55 pm

Come on Marcello, I can tell you have serious problems about Venezuela. I’m form Spain and I have been traveling to Venezuela since I was 13 (I’m 40 now) and I agree with Gunes AKDOGAN “Venezuela is as dangerous as New York for me” . I never have experienced anything wrong in your country. I appreciate you warnings but I can tell you got some issues, political issues maybe?. Thanks

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Marcello April 6, 2013 at 7:35 am

Dont really get into the politics since I don’t live there Alexander. I go by what my family tells me who is living there.

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Luque April 11, 2013 at 9:27 am

Hi, I booked a trip on the 3 of May to Venezuela and for the first time I’m going to South America I feel a little bit scared. I’m also travelling on my own. I wonder if there are a lot of backpackers in Venezuela nowadays? I will be in Caracas for two days and then going to Los Roques and Merida. I will post my feelings about your country after my trip. I was in Colombia in November and March and most places I went were very save, didn’t feel uncomfortable at any moment. I feel very sorry for the people of Colombia that everyone thinks it’s unsafe and think about drugs when talking about Colombia. Best country I have been so far( and I have visited all countries in SA except Venezuela, Paraguay en Uruguay), good food, very nice women , beaches, mountains, ….
Luque

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Mirna Espina April 22, 2013 at 4:29 pm

My wonderful country is gorgeous! thankyou Lord.

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Joe April 24, 2013 at 9:34 pm

I booked a trip to Venezula but the recent policital tension has me concerned. Is this all media hype?

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Marcello April 25, 2013 at 1:06 am

It isn’t the safest place to be in the world Joe but just keep an eye out on your surroundings and you will be okay.

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Richard H. April 30, 2013 at 8:54 am

My wife is leaving in a few weeks to go with a friend from University who is from Venezuela. Her friend is here on a education visa and her entire family lives in Maracaibo. Of course, she will be staying in their home and they are fairly well to do. I’m reading some things that are pretty scary regarding that area of the country. Does anyone know anything first hand about that area? Is she going to be safe? I can only assume that her friend’s family will always be with her and not take her to the dangerous areas of town.

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Tero May 3, 2013 at 7:55 am

@Marcello
You’re using second hand information while almost everyone here is using first person information, why are you so confident? Because someone told you so?

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Marcello May 3, 2013 at 8:35 am

Because I have been to Venezuela many many times and I have family that still lives throughout the country. Family members who live in cities are not going to lie about how dangerous a city is and the over the top things they need to do to stay safe. Sorry but it isn’t that safe in Venezuela.

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Hugh May 4, 2013 at 11:23 am

Marcello, go home !!! It’s more dangerous to live in the United States where everyone is packing a gun and there is always some lunatic going crazy shooting everyone with a machine gun!

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Marcello May 5, 2013 at 3:20 am

I beg to disagree HUgh. You don’t have a very high possibility of getting robbed and/or kidnapped in the United States. Many big cities I wouldn’t think twice about my security. Most cities in Venezuela, outside of Merida & Margarita Island, one has to keep an eye on their surroundings because you never know what can happen.

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Indira May 22, 2013 at 2:31 pm

Have to agree with Marcello. Being honest about your country does not make you a betrayer or the likes. It is unsafe and if we want tourists to enjoy such a beautiful country, we rather be open about the risks involved when traveling there.

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Marcello May 22, 2013 at 4:04 pm

Thank you Indira… I appreciate that

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Elbert July 25, 2013 at 9:25 pm

Hello.
i actaully did read all the coments below and i can say that u are beining unfair with venezuela… As a VENEZUELAN you must know that venezuelan usually OVER react… Im not saying that because someone else told me about its because ive living here for the past 21 years of my life (yes im venezuelan and proud of it) I understand you were robed (almost kidnaped) but you cant say by only one experience that its THAT dangerous .. and play dont over copy and paste my the phrase ” have family that live in Venezuela” because thats a silly excuse.. Why? Because i also have family living in venezuela and lol i live here so i know better than you the situation … Venezuela isnt safe? Can you tell me is there any place without any risk? No im pretty sure you cant… Now, in my own experience i have never been robed kidnaped… In my friends experience they have never been robed kidnaped or even traeated bad by officials(this last thing was weird though) and they actually did come here in a solo mode without a native telling them what to not do… Why? Because they had someting called Common sense… Now, for the record i has been beaten in spain by some punk nacionalist grup(skinhead) for beining Latino. Someone else stole my walled in london… And i spent one day in prision in rumania for not paying what they call “police taxes” but if i have a change in my life i would definely go there again…(if cadivi alow me to >..<

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Marcello July 26, 2013 at 10:48 pm

Singapore has no risk and is one of the safest places in the world. I never said that everyone is going to get robbed and kidnapped but the fact of the matter is Venezuela is not a safe place. There are only a very small number of neighborhoods and cities that I would actually call safe. The fact is Venezuela is not a place to go and I would not recommend people visit until things change. Period.

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fell August 30, 2013 at 3:56 am

Come on Marcello, admit it. You work for the Venezualan Tourist Board

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Marcello August 30, 2013 at 5:51 pm

Good one Fell lol

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Ram October 19, 2013 at 4:42 pm

Let’s see…Most of you say Venezuela is beautiful but dangerous. True on both counts.
I am Venezuelan by birth but have lived abroad since I was 14.
To most Venezuelan and tourists, Caracas is the worst place to be because of the
high probability that you may be mugged, kidnapped, carjacked, etc. The best advice is
to know somebody when u do ur tours; someone either from a tour agency or
any friend or old acquaintance you may know.
Merida is very beautiful and worth the 10 hour trip from Caracas.
There are awesome beaches in the west coast as well as
Margarita.
The reason I personally don’t go back is because: 1) my family and I were
held at gunpoint in our old vacation residence by the beach and we were later made to travel with these kidnappers in our car but thanks to the courageous actions of my dad, who was made to drive, we were able to escape without major physical harm but with a never ending fear of the country. If u need to know: my father rammed the car into a street light, knocked the guy with the gun out cold n his accomplice in the back, who had a knife, panicked n got out of the car as soon as he could leaving his friend behind. My dad needed stitches as well as the robber and they caught the 2nd guy soon thereafter n both went to prison but the danger for retaliation was very high so we had to sell the house. Will this happen to you? Probably not but do you want to take that risk to visit a country with beaches like the ones you’ll find in Cozumel or Bonaire? It’s your choice.
Secondly, and this is getting worse, to get out of the country you have to pay an “impuesto de salida” or exit tax. Yeah, wtf? Right? The exit tax was usually a set fee that is charged to all persons leaving the country. The amount increases every other month and there’s no real regulation or limits set by anyone. You have to pay this at the airport the day you leave, and if you happen to travel on a particularly busy time, you’ll be waiting in line for hours which means, you better get there early or you’ll lose your flight. I personally am against paying this corrupt tax. I am not a rich person so when I travel I always have a tight budget and it pisses me off that I havevto pay this tax simply because someone wants to fill their pockets.
There is so much corruption down there that contributing to the system by going and visiting tge country is ethically compromising to people who rather not participate in the fleecing of others.
These are the reasons I have for never going back to that God forsaken country called Venezuela.
In the 70′s tgere was a tourism slogan on TV promoting the beauty of the country that went:
“Venezuela, un país, un país para queeereer.” (Venezuela, a country, a country to love). My friends and I would recite this slogan over and over again everytime a Government official stole vast amounts of money and would leave the country surreptitiously so as not to be tried.
We would add to the slogan one additional word at the end, making it thus:
“Venezuela, un país, un país para querer” irse which translates to Venezuela, a country, a country to love to leave. The same continues to be true today. So good luck of you go. Hope you dont get carjacked when you are there. Cheers.

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Nastkb October 27, 2013 at 1:53 pm

i think you’re a big idiot marcello.. i just realized about this blog and i think you are over reacting i’m not going to say that Venezuela is not a dangerous place, but not every f** day somebody is kidnapping, actually kidnapping is he less thing you see.. of course they are people robbing but everything depends on you and clearly the place where you are. Venezuela is one of the most gorgeous places in the whole world, the things here are not very good but i’m proud to be Venezuelan and is my responsability talk and defend the greatness of my country.
come and visit venezuela meet the fabulous places we have here, find info on a travel agency.. visit the quiet places and enjoy!! if you don’t like something take it as a experience and reflection to appreciate what you have and what you don’t in your contry.
i love venezuela i would like to have differents thing around here but for now it’s difficult so i see the good things and i would keep fighting to become this place in a paradise.

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Marcello December 24, 2013 at 12:48 pm

I think you should be more respectful when sharing your opinions. I think that Venezuela is a beautiful country that has a lot to offer tourists. Unfortunately the country has been overrun by corruption and crime and is not safe for people to visit. I know first hand what Venezuela is like because I was born there, visit regularly, and still have family there that let me know how things are doing.

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Traveller November 4, 2013 at 11:35 am

You have to be careful as a tourist in any country, but I never had any problems in Venezuela. I walked around Caracas, through neighborhoods and noone bothered me. I walked all over Merida, Cuidad Bolivar and Cuidad Guyana. The only trouble I had was some woman yelling “gringo”, but other locals stepped in to stop her from bothering us. Everyone else there was friendly and welcoming.

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Jenny January 4, 2014 at 1:00 pm

Hello! My husband is being transferred to Caracas for his job in the spring and I will be joining him. I’d love to volunteer or work for an NGO while we’re there, but I’m having trouble finding Caracas-based organizations. Does anyone have any ideas of where I might find some opportunities? I speak Spanish and have teaching and administrative experience. Thank you!

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Marcello January 5, 2014 at 7:33 pm

I would recommend that you possibly look up a few lists via some government agencies Jenny. That may help but I wouldn’t have any info on NGO companies in Caracas. Hopefully someone else could help here on the site can help

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Vik from Chronic Wanderlust March 8, 2014 at 11:26 am

It’s so sad! I lived there a couple of years ago and I really miss it and want to go back! Unfortunatelly I don’t want to risk anything so I still wait to visit my friends and family! Hopefully sometime soon!

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marsha March 15, 2014 at 8:47 am

i want to know more about the sand dunes, where should i look?

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Marcello March 16, 2014 at 4:53 pm

It is called the Medanos de Coro National Park Marsha

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Carly June 10, 2014 at 6:18 am

I was fortunate enough to fall head over heels for a Venezuelan. I visited in April this year and was quite nervous due to the riots and protests that escalated through February and March, but I had the most amazing time. I was lucky to be taken in by my boyfriends friends and family so I got the local experience of Valencia. I exercise a high degree of caution in any country that is not my own,especially in Venezuela because even the proudest Venezuelan will tell you how dangerous it can be, I have heard stories firsthand of kidnapping and robbery, it does happen! But that can happen to you anywhere in the world! Travel smart, make your photocopies of your documents, have some emergency money, learn some Spanish and always be polite and courteous and don’t travel alone.
Also note that you will probably have to bribe the police at some stage. And maybe it was my lucky day but I never had to pay an exit fee at the airorpt they did however try to convince me that I hadn’t paid for my flights yet (which I most certainly had!) and they dropped the issue as soon as I defended myself.

Please don’t let anything negative stop you from seeing this beautiful country and meeting it’s beautiful people. Just stay smart and stay safe :)

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Marcello June 10, 2014 at 10:19 am

I agree with you Carly that it is a beautiful country and the people are great as well. Would be interested to know exactly where you went Carly.

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Carly June 10, 2014 at 11:33 pm

I was only there for 3 weeks and spent almost all of that time in Valencia. We travelled through to different states to visit beaches, skate parks and went to La Colonia Tovar. The only time spent in Caracas was purely going to and from the airport as we felt it was best to avoid that area due to the violent protests. I hope to return next year for two months to see more of the country and experience the culture and lifestyle, I know I will have the protection of my venezuelan friends and family while I am there but I will still remain highly cautious of dangerous situations.
I would also love to speak with anyone who is also coping with a long distance relationship with a Venezuelan!! Let’s chat!

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Krissy September 16, 2014 at 10:55 am

Is Venezuela still just as dangerous to visit? I read through previous comments and am now worried for my passing through. I am planning on traveling by bus into Venezuela in November for three weeks (I will be coming in from Colombia) and I am a young white American traveling with my husband. I hope to go sightsee there as I make my way over to Guiana. Let me know your thoughts!

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Marcello September 17, 2014 at 12:16 am

I know of people that haven’t had any issues Krissy but would be better safe than sorry. Venezuela isn’t the safest place to be right now. I would recommend you fly into Cucuta, Colombia and possibly take a taxi/bus in to Merida. Merida is one of the most visited cities in the country outside of the island of Margarita. I still have family there and things are very bad right now and very dangerous.

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