Venezuela

Must see locations, events and places to travel and enjoy in Venezuela.

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Islas Los Roques – Los Roques, Venezuela

The Carribbean’s Oldest and Largest Marine Park

Venezuela’s offshore islands are so little known that few but Venezuelans talk about them – and they rave. Islas los Roques form a remarkable archipelago of forty largish islands (three alone are inhabited – sparsely) and more than 250 islets and cays, all sur­rounded by healthy coral reefs that promise snorkeling and diving in conditions that haven’t existed elsewhere in the Caribbean for decades. Schools of fish numbering in the thousands, massive forests of soft coral, unending stretches of virgin hard coral, per­pendicular drop-offs, caverns, and pinnacles are what Islas los Roques – the Caribbean’s oldest and largest (850 square miles) marine national park – are known for.

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Windusurfing at Islas Los Roques – Venezuela

Nondivers will find talcum-soft beaches with no trace of a footprint and some 300 bird species, including the largest concentration of scarlet ibises on earth. You can land by helicopter or small aircraft on the ambitiously named Gran Roque, a traffic-free island whose main fishing village is all of three blocks long. A handful of clean, simple posadas (island guest houses) can be found here, but the real action is underwater, and many in-the-know visitors live aboard the French-crewed, 85-foot dive vessel Antares III.

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Angel Falls – Puerto Ordaz, Gran Sabana, Venezuela

Earth’s Highest Waterfalls Deep in the Lost World

American bush pilot Jimmy Angel was searching for a fabled mountain of gold when he “discovered” these wondrous falls – the highest in the world – in 1935. At 3,212 feet, and with an uninterrupted drop of more than 2,600 feet, they are fifteen times taller than Niagara Falls and one and a half times higher than the Empire State Building. Angel Falls springs from the summit of Auyan Tepuy, one of the area’s mysterious tabletop tepuys (from a Pemón Indian word meaning “mountain”) that interrupt the jungles and savanna.

La Gran Sabana is populated by more than 100 of these massive sandstone mesas. They are some of the oldest and – with heights reaching 9,000 feet – some of the most impressive rock formations on earth, located within the Canaima National Park. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle was inspired here to write about dinosaurs and other Jurassic creatures in his classic The Lost World. On the park’s lagoon side, Campamento Canaima is a rustic but comfortable jungle lodge of thatched-palm cabanas that offers flight-seeing tours and trips to the base of the falls by jeep, foot, and motorized dugout canoe.