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Venezuela may have been named by Spanish sailors who were reminded of Venice, but it was made famous by its natural attributes like Angel Falls, the highest waterfall in the world, the longest stretch of coast in the Caribbean along with some of the best diving in the Caribbean, snowcapped Andes peaks and the sprawling Llanos (prairie and marshland) region, a paradise for nature lovers.

Some highlights not to miss on your trip to Venezuela are:
Angel Falls, the world’s highest waterfalls, are so high that during dry season the water can evaporate into mist before reaching the bottom. Set in the rainforest of the Guiana Highlands off the Río Churún, the waterfalls were not discovered by the outside world until US pilot James C. Angel spotted them from above in 1935.

Isla Margarita, off the northern coast of Venezuela, is a major tourist destination for sun worshippers worldwide with wide spans of palm-lined white beaches, clear water and numerous water sports like windsurfing, scuba diving and snorkelling.

Parque Nacional Los Roques is the perfect island retreat for anyone who enjoys snorkeling, fishing, windsurfing, diving or just lounging on peaceful, remote islands in the beautiful Caribbean Sea. Los Roques can be a day-trip from Isla Margarita or Caracas.

The Sierra Nevada de Mérida is the only Venezuelan range with permanent layers of snow on the higher peaks, including Venezuela’s highest, Pico Bolívar at 5,007 m (16,427 ft). This area features excellent hiking, mountain climbing and mountain biking among other activities and is also home to several delightful rural villages.

The Parque Nacional Henri Pittier is the oldest park in Venezuela, established in 1937, and is home to 43% of Venezuela’s bird species - 580 in the park - as well as monkeys, jaguar, puma, ocelots, armadillos, snakes, butterflies and more. Spanning 107,800 hectares to the west of Caracas, the park includes some of Venezuela’s nicest mainland beaches, as well as steep mountains and rich vegetation leading into the Andes.







13 Oct 2011

Top Places in Venezuela

Machu Picchu and the Inca Trail

102039Framed by spectacular Andean peaks and surrounded by verdant jungle, Machu Picchu is an eye-tantalizing tribute to man in harmony with nature. Located high above the clouds, the city\'s streets, ...
City
Machu Picchu and the Inca Trail, Peru

The Inca Trail

102040Characterized by rugged ascents boasting magnificent views of Andean scenery and trails that wind their way through the cloud forest and past ancient archaeological sites, the Inca Trail is perhaps ...
Hiking, Major Attraction, Trekking
Machu Picchu and the Inca Trail, Peru

The Sacred Valley

102417The Sacred Valley is the valley west of the sloping edges of the mountain town of Cusco. This area is rich, not only in fields, farms and views, but also in ancient Inca ruins, particularly Pisac and ...
Region
Peru

IguazĂş National Park

103628The main reason tourists come to the 67,620-hectare (167,093-ac) Parque Nacional IguazĂş is to see the impressive waterfalls. Approximately 908,499 liters (240,000 ga) of water surge over the more ...
City
IguazĂş National Park, Argentina

Torres del Paine National Park

104799Torres del Paine National Park is bordered by the Southern Patagonian Ice Field, one of the largest glaciated areas in the world outside of Antarctica. Sister park to Yosemite in California, Torres ...
Major Attraction
Chile

The Nasca Lines

101571An Ancient MysteryAges ago, a mysterious culture etched thousands of figures and shapes into the barren desert rock outside of the present-day town of Nasca, Peru. No one knows for certain why these ...
Major Attraction, City
Around Nasca, Nasca, Peru

Quilotoa Loop

The region that has come to be known as the Quilotoa Loop boasts some of the most breathtaking scenery in Ecuador, and is perfect for travelers seeking a taste of indigenous farm life and spectacular ...
Region
Ecuador

Canoa

107673Altitude: 12 meters (40 feet)Population: 4,476Phone Code: 05Mompiche may have the surfer’s hearts and Atacames may have the bars, but Canoa is sure to romance almost anyone into a stupor with its ...
City
Canoa, Ecuador

Lake Titicaca

101593At 3,812 meters (12,503 ft) above sea level, Lago Titicaca is the highest navigable lake in the world. With a surface area of approximately 8,560 square kilometers (3,305 sq mi), it is also the ...
Region
Peru

Cusco, Machu Picchu and the Sacred Valley

102845Nestled among spectacular snow-capped mountains and decorated with quaint Andean villages and Inca Ruins, the Sacred Valley and Cusco region tempts visitors with its cultural charms and natural ...
Region
Peru

Perito Moreno Glacier

103787The Perito Moreno Glacier is located in Los Glaciares National Park in the southwestern part of Santa Cruz province, Argentina. When it snows high in the Patagonian Andes, the snow and ice does not ...
Boating, Trekking, Hiking, National Park
El Calafate, Argentina

Things to do in Venezuela

Calle La Ronda

116012Parting from Calle Benalcázar, the downhill walk along Calle La Ronda is a short journey through a very significant representation of colonial life in Quito. The term ronda refers to a small ...
Cultural Tour
Centro HistĂłrico, Quito, Ecuador

Museo de Arte Latino de Buenos Aires (MALBA)

117010 Established in 1995 with the mission to collect, conserve, study and present the art of the region, MALBA has become one of Buenos Aires' most popular and important museums. This is a great ...
Museum
Palermo, Buenos Aires, Argentina

The Inca Trail

102040Characterized by rugged ascents boasting magnificent views of Andean scenery and trails that wind their way through the cloud forest and past ancient archaeological sites, the Inca Trail is perhaps ...
Hiking, Major Attraction, Trekking
Machu Picchu and the Inca Trail, Peru

Evita Museum

129260Eva “Evita” Duarte Perón, one of the most important women in Argentina’s history and forever immortalized on stage and in film, has her own museum in Buenos Aires—Museo Evita. Built by the ...
Museum
Palermo, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Cerro San Cristobal Funicular

126183On a clear day, the view from the top of Cerro San CristĂłbal is spectacular, providing the best view in the city of the stunning contrast between Santiago and its surrounding mountains. The hill is ...
City Park
Santiago, Chile

Trekking in Torres del Paine

117438Featuring spectacular milky lakes and breathtaking mountaintop views, Torres del Paine National Park is Chile's and possibly South America's most famous park. Since it was declared an official ...
Other Activity
Chile

TelefériQo

102675Quito’s best-known tourist attraction offers some of the most spectacular and most easily accessible views of the city. There are 18 gondolas that soar up the side of Quito\'s western mountain ...
Hiking, City Park
Northern Quito, Quito, Ecuador

Otavalo's Markets

101624The Otavaleños have been long renowned for their weaving skills, and over the last few decades have become the most successful indigenous group on the continent, thanks to the popularity of their ...
Market, Info.
Otavalo, Ecuador

Perito Moreno Glacier

103787The Perito Moreno Glacier is located in Los Glaciares National Park in the southwestern part of Santa Cruz province, Argentina. When it snows high in the Patagonian Andes, the snow and ice does not ...
Boating, Trekking, Hiking, National Park
El Calafate, Argentina

Museo Oro del PerĂş / Gold Museum

The Museo Oro del Perú, considered one of Lima’s premier attractions, houses the private collection of Miguel Mujica Gallo, who spent years amassing it, often by purchasing relics from grave ...
Museum
Lima, Peru

Museo Nacional de ArqueologĂ­a / National Archaeology Museum

The Museo Nacional de ArqueologĂ­a, AntropologĂ­a e Historia del PerĂş is a must-see for history buffs. Like the Museo de la NaciĂłn, it provides an overview of the history of the region, mostly ...
Museum
Pueblo Libre, Lima, Peru
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