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The old cliché “country of contrasts” really does apply to Venezuela, a Latin republic with a Caribbean beat and a strong indigenous presence. Jagged, snow-capped Andean mountains shelter quaint Spanish colonial towns, while the indian Warao communities of the Orinoco basin practice their simple lifestyle.

In the “Lost World” of tepuys - flat-topped tablelands - waterfalls plunge over towering vertical cliffs, falling to the extensive savannah grasslands and on to the marshy llanos where capybaras, caimans and anteaters jostle for space. The best known is the romantic Angel Falls, the longest drop in the world, where the stream of water breaks down into a veil of misty spray.

Little visited by foreign visitors are the long stretches of gorgeous palm-fringed Caribbean beaches along the mainland coast and Venezuela’s Caribbean islands, including the divine sun-drenched coral reef islands of Los Roques. Venezuela is a growing adventure activity destination with horse-riding, mountain-biking and canoeing opportunities. The comprehensive road and air network makes it easy to get around.

Our holidays to Venezuela

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Iles du Salut, French Guiana

Coq of the Rock: Trailblazing the Guianas

18 days from £4090pp

The Angel Falls, Venezuela

Signature Venezuela: Highlights of the Lost World

13 days from £2353pp

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Time difference

GMT -5.5 hours

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Easter (Holy Week)
Feast of John the Baptist

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Our insider tips for Venezuela


Isabelle Mazille

Arriving by canoe and on foot at the foot of Angel Falls and staring up at the dizzying cascade of spray. A more sensual experience than flying over the cataract where your view may be obscured by clouds...


Lina Fuller

Spotting a flock of brilliant Scarlet ibis on a guided wildlife safari in the marshy plains of the llanos, avoiding the capybara dozing on the rough road, while macaws and parakeets screech overhead.
Ben Line

Ben Line

Learning about the simple way of life of the Warao Indians from your lodge in the Orinoco delta, and maybe get an understanding of what it means be content with so little.

Mary Anne

Mary Anne Nelson

Riding the world’s highest and longest cable car in the Andes outside Mérida: it reaches Pico Espejo at 4,765m, and there are views over a savage, wild and ice-capped landscape. It’s not always operating so grab your chance if you can…

What our experts say

Venezuela is a rich country. Rich in spectacular scenery: ancient sandstone tepuy plateaux soar sheer from the rainforest. Rich in wildlife whose home is the vast seasonal floodplain of the Orinoco.  And embarrassingly rich in oil: a resource whose plenty has led, ironically, to the country’s underinvestment in tourism. It’s still a land which is largely unvisited – except by me. Over the years I’ve been eight times, and no matter how often I scramble through the selva to the foot of the Angel Falls, it’s still a spellbinding climb every time.

Chris Parrott

Chris Parrott


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