Venezuela is bounded by the Caribbean, Brazil, Colombia, and the Atlantic Ocean. Venezuela offers the tourist a great variety of landscapes – tropical beaches, enormous rivers, forests, jungle, waterfalls, great mountains, and arguably some of the most beautiful women in the world. Nestling in a long narrow valley, Caracas, the capital, is typical of the ‘new Venezuela’, despite being one of the oldest established cities in the country (founded in 1567). The area has numerous pristine beaches and resorts ranging from the comparatively luxurious to the unashamedly opulent, which stretch along the coastline.
One of the most popular destinations for water-based activities is the Isla de Margarita, which lies some 25 miles off the mainland, with access twice daily by ferry.
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This is a picture perfect Caribbean location and climate, with some 105 miles of white, sandy beach shoreline, and home to fabulous swimming, surfing, snorkeling and diving enthusiasts. The busy season is December 15th thru the end of January. The island is packed with Venezuelan Amazonians on vacation, looking to party and work on their tan. Venezuelans as a whole are some of the most intelligent and sophisticated of the South American women. You’ll discover the country is more appropriate and enjoyable picking up a part-time girlfriend for your vacation than the purchased quickie. The language spoken here is Spanish.
If you’re the adventurer type, we’d recommend you get your butt over to Merida. Venezuela is home to the Andes Mountains, as in 15, 000 feet high. Merida is a regional tourist hub for serious trekkers, as well as home to a large local university full of stunning looking young women who love, but never get to meet Americans. To say you will be in high demand is an understatement. The Merida region is also noted for its Hi Wire Cable Car, (teleferico), the world’s longest and highest. It runs for 7.9 miles from Merida to the top of Pico Espejo (15, 629ft ), and provides easy access to starting points for mountain treks. Another popular trekking destination is Guyana, home to the country’s most famous natural attraction – Angel Falls, the world’s highest waterfall (with an uninterrupted drop of 807m/2647ft, which is about 16 times the height of Niagara Falls).
The climate varies according to altitude. Lowland areas have a tropical climate. The dry season is from December to April and the rainy season from May to December. The best time to visit is between January and April.
Visa required if not entering the country by air. Passport is required and must be valid for at least six months (if entering with a visa) or for the duration of stay (if entering with a Tourist Entry Card). There’s have been reports of people traveling from Isle of Margarita back to Venezuela and scammers trying to charge a $30 entry fee. There is no entry fee. There is however a $36 exit fee from the Isla.
Currency: Bolivar (Bs) = 100 centimos. Notes are in denominations of Bs50, 000, 20, 000, 10, 000, 5000, 2000, 1000, 500, 100, 50, 20, 10 and 5. Coins are in denominations of Bs500, 100, 50, 25, 5, 2 and 1, and 50, 20, 10 and 5 centimos. The import and export of local and foreign currency is unlimited. Pay for everything there in Bolivars, it goes a lot further.
Currency Exchange: Banks will change cheques and cash, and cambios will change cash only; as will hotels, although often at a less favorable rate.
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