No matter your travel style – whether it’s adrenaline-infused adventure in Gran Sabana or leisurely exploration of Morrocoy National Park – Venezuela holds treasures to meet everyone’s taste.
On the Paria peninsula lies an oasis of green hills, farms, and remote hamlets interspersed with lush cloud forests.
1. Angel Falls
Venezuela’s Canaima National Park hosts one of the highest waterfalls on Earth – 15 times taller than America’s Niagara Falls and with an astounding roar that will truly impress.
The waterfall’s name has an unusual past: originally it was named for American aviator Jimmie Angel who first flew over it in 1933. But in 2009 Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez announced that indigenous name Kerepakupai-meru should be used instead.
Today, Canaima National Park’s iconic waterfall has become one of its signature tourist destinations and can often be reached by river boat. Situated in Gran Sabana region southeastern Venezuela and home to various table mountains known as Tepuis; Canaima also acts as the starting point for treks up Roraima Tepui which is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
2. Morrocoy National Park
Morrocoy National Park, situated along Falcon State’s coastline in northwestern Venezuela, is a popular beach destination. Boasting clear waters with coral reefs teeming with marine life, making this park ideal for snorkeling and diving activities. Furthermore, this area also hosts several bird species as well as dolphins.
Tourists visiting Morrocoy enjoy exploring its island beaches and cays, swimming in its crystal clear waters, relaxing on white-sand beaches and taking advantage of Morrocoy’s natural beauty by hiking through rainforest trails and discovering hidden caves.
Jose used to visit Morrocoy with his family regularly as a child and was always taken aback by its breathtaking blue ocean waters. Now an adult himself, Jose continues his visits as an escape from economic pressures back home – though due to a massive oil spill in 2013, his experience may no longer be quite so vibrant or clean.
3. Puerto Piritu
Puerto Piritu, Venezuela is an incredible Caribbean coastline gem offering gorgeous beaches, delicious cuisine and vibrant culture. For optimal conditions and visitor numbers, December to April are considered peak tourist season; expect higher prices and crowds during this period.
Travel the region’s beaches, islands, and coves by taking a boat tour. Not only will this give you the chance to swim in more remote spots while learning about its history and culture – you may even spot whales!
Anzoategui State is a land of contrasts, from its beautiful beaches on both the Caribbean Sea and Orinoco River to its bustling oil industry and cultural traditions that have been handed down from generation to generation. This state was named for Jose Antonio Anzoategui – one of the key military figures during Venezuela’s Independence War – who had an immense impact in shaping this unique region that now stands as a key tourist destination in Venezuela.
4. Church of Potosi
Potosi’s church stands out for its attractive yet simple facade and represents a blend of indigenous and European artistic influences, contributing to the city’s cultural legacy.
Trips to Potosi’s historic churches provide an engaging glimpse of religious devotion and architectural evolution in Potosi. Visitation during the dry season ensures optimal weather conditions and visibility.
In 1985, locals of this small Venezuelan town were forced to leave behind their homes as the government flooded it for hydroelectric dam construction. Now one of Potosi’s most captivating sights is its haunting floating church with its single cross poking out of its lake waters crookedly – with guided tours that include visits to catacombs housing ancient bones as well as its elaborate main portal boasting both baroque and Bolivian mestizo styles.