Country guides South & Central America
Things to do in Venezuela
Although Venezuela's potential as a tourist destination remains largely untapped, the country is home to some glorious natural attractions and a few cultural gems.
Top natural attractions in Venezuela include the spectacular Angel Falls, the highest waterfalls in the world, which can be found deep within the jungle of the beautiful Canaima National Park. On the other extreme, balancing out the wet greenery of the rainforest, are the unexpected stretches of golden sand dunes found in the Los Medanos de Coro National Park. Many travellers also choose to explore the lovely coastline and Margarita Island (Isla Margarita) is a particular favourite, with dozens of pristine beaches and a vibrant nightlife.
Most travellers start their journey in the capital, Caracas, and this old city boasts some tourist attractions, but sadly the urban areas of Venezuela have been hit hard by poverty and have become increasingly dangerous for tourists. This is not to say that the city has nothing to offer, but those sightseeing in Caracas are advised to take precautions against crime. One of the best things to do in Caracas is take a trip on the cable car up the mountain, which earns travellers wonderful views of the city. Caracas also boasts a fun and feisty nightlife.