The variety of different landscapes makes Venezuela a tourist attraction. The fine sandy beaches along the northern coast and the island of Margarita invite you to relax. In the west are the high valleys of the Sierra Nevada de Merida; here the dream street, the "Carretera Panamericana," reaches one of their highest points in all of South America (4000 meters). There is no personnel transport into the Amazon region of the South, and for the traveller a pristine natural landscape is presented, table mountains with wild craggy rock fortresses, deep canyons and caves in which an ancient geological vegetation thrives. Located near the tourist center of Canaima, there is the highest waterfall in the world, the Angel Falls ( "Orinoco basin"). With a drop height of almost 1000 m. But Venezuela is no unproblematic country travelling. Almost nowhere, the contrast between city and country is so extreme. While the inner landscape is determined by lush rain forests, huge mountain formations, savannahs, mountains and unexplored islands, the cities are prevailed by brisk activity.
Holidays and Festivals
Holidays are the l. January, Carnival, Shrove Tuesday, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday is the 19th April, l. May, 24 June, 5 July (National Day), 24 July, 4 September, 12 October, and 25 December.
Tips for travel
Main Journey season: The northern coastline is year-round warm. In summer the temperatures (36 ° C) are difficult to endure for Europeans. In the dry season during the months from December to April temperatures are slightly lower.
Entry requirements: Citizens of Germany, Austria and Switzerland need a tourist card; issued freely by travel companies or consulates of Venezuela. Passengers must possess a return or onward journey ticket and have enough money for the duration of stay.
Currencies: The importation of foreign and local currency is no restriction subject for tourists.
Vaccination: Vaccination against yellow fever is recommended for all travellers who are also residing outside the larger cities. Malaria protection is required in some rural areas of Venezuela throughout the whole year.
Travelling: There are no major train connections in Venezuela. The airlines "Aeropostal" and "Avensa" connect all major cities with each other. The other opportunities are the busses and the "Porpuesto" (a kind of collective taxi). For the daily busses between the major cities, tickets should be pre booked. Highways are the most important connections between La Guaira andCaracas or Valencia and Caracas and also the Venezuelan "Carre Panamericana." The islands of Los Roques and Margarita can be reached by ferries.