Venezuela is a fabulous destination. Not many countries in the world offer the range of natural beauty Venezuela does. A feast for the eyes, this South American nation residing along the northern coast features the breathtaking Andes Mountains, idyllically lush islands, turquoise-blue Caribbean waters, and vast grasslands overflowing with compelling wildlife. Venezuela is the birthplace of Simon Bolivar - who liberated several countries on the continent from oppressive Spanish rule - and many solemn tributes to the soldier and statesman are found in just about every city, town, and village. For those with an adventuresome spirit who want to explore this intriguing country, you must scroll down to see the top things Venezuela is famous for.
1. Natural Gas
Venezuela is abundant in natural resources, like shimmering gold, and a variety of in-demand crops. However, it’s most economically rich because of the nation’s easy availability of natural gas: petroleum. This country boasts the biggest traditional oil reserves and the second-biggest natural gas reserves in the Western Hemisphere! As a result of being a central producer of petroleum products, Venezuela’s oil has become the cornerstone of its economy. Though the country’s oil production has declined in recent years, Venezuela is still a major player in the international oil-producing industry.
2. Los Roques National Park
Situated 81 miles (130 kilometers) off the central coast of Venezuela is one of the most enticing national parks on the globe: Los Roques National Park. Located in the Caribbean Sea, this archipelago park was established in 1972 with the aim of protecting and preserving the outstanding marine ecosystem comprised of coral reefs, mangroves, seagrass beds, and more. Pristine beyond measure, this is a go-to place to visit in Venezuela. A highlight is the tiny island of Cayo de Agua, where you can lounge at one of the most tempting beaches in the country. This beach offers beautiful shallow turquoise waters that are ideal for taking a casual dip or a fun snorkeling escape.
Los Roques National Park
Website: Los Roques National Park
3. Pabellón Criollo
A classic dish in Venezuela is the yummy Pabellón Criollo. This meal is found throughout South America and the Caribbean, and it is comprised of juicy shredded - or pulled - steak paired with fluffy rice and tasty stewed black beans. Other types of beans can be incorporated into the recipe, however, robust black beans are the main staple in Venezuela. Dynamic flavors creating a delectable taste, no one should visit Venezuela without sampling this hearty dish. Pabellón Criollo is often served with delicious plantains to enhance the meal.
4. The Orinoco River
The Orinoco River is an epic body of water stretching 1,398 miles (2,250 kilometers) through dense rainforests, expansive grasslands, and submerged forests. One of the longest rivers in South America, The Orinoco River flows in a huge arc-shaped pattern from Colombia, through Venezuela, and ultimately makes its way to the vast Atlantic Ocean. This outstanding river boasts a rich and diverse plant and animal life. Avian life flourishes here with flocks of pretty flamingos, vibrantly colored parrots, and more. Some animal species that make this river home are endangered, like the Orinoco crocodile.
5. Angel Falls
A true gem of this country is the magnificent Angel Falls waterfall. Found in Canaima National Park, Angel Falls towers at a height of 3,212 feet (979 meters) with the water cascading 2,648 feet (807 meters) making an exhilarating sight! Angel Falls is considered one of the four most gorgeous waterfalls on the globe. This remote piece of Mother Nature’s creation can only be accessed via a motorized canoe or a compact plane. Tourists eager to see this rare beauty should catch a one-day boat ride from Canaima, or a sightseeing-plane flight.
6. Canaima National Park
Canaima National Park is a jewel of natural splendor made up of some of the earliest landforms on earth! This UNESCO-recognized site is immense: covering 11,583 square miles (30,000 square kilometers), making it one of the largest national parks in the world. The park is known for its many huge flat-topped mountains on grassy plains, which are often covered in an attractive mist, creating a striking otherwordly scene. A collection of waterfalls dot the beautiful landscape, and a standout activity is cooling off at the base of a waterfall at the Gran Sabana on a hot summer day
Canaima National Park
Address: Bolivar, Venezuela
Website: Canaima National Park
Opening hours: 24 hours (daily)
7. Mount Roraima
Located in Canaima National Park, Mount Roraima is one of the highest table-top mountains of the park’s collection. Sitting prominently on the park’s landscape, Mount Roraima is a huge draw for nature lovers and avid adventurers. A fascination for many, this mountain even served as inspiration for famed writer Arthur Conan Doyle’s acclaimed novel, The Lost World. Mount Roraima’s allure is understandable, given the mountain features some of the earliest geological formations on earth. Its unique character was created by the wearing away of the sea-bed matter when South America and Africa drifted apart!
8. Caroni River
Flowing the length of 591 miles (952 kilometers), the Caroni River - like The Orincoc River - is an alluring body of water on Venezuela’s terrain. The pair of rivers offer very distinct appearances, with the Caroni River being dark in color and The Orinoco River offering a muddy, yellowish hue. The rivers flow side by side for miles before they meet at a rare and visually stunning confluence: the rivers do not mesh because each has a very different chemical makeup. This dazzling phenomenon can be viewed in Ciudad Guayana - specifically between San Félix and Puerto Ordaz.
9. Beauty pageants
If you’re keeping score, Venezuela has an impressive record when it comes to winning beauty pageants. This country has captured more Miss World pageant titles than any other nation on the planet. A pageant powerhouse, Venezuela has produced seven Miss Universe winners, seven Miss Internationals, and six Miss Worlds. Venezuela has every right to brag as it’s the only country to twice win two Big Four crowns in the span of one year: Miss Universe and Miss World in 1981 and Miss Universe and Miss Earth in 2013. Pagent popularity looms so large that Miss Universe winner Irene Sáez was elected mayor of Caracas in the early 1990s, and ran for the presidency in 1998!
With picture-perfect coastal scenery and soft sandy beaches, it’s no wonder Isla Margarita is a major tourist destination in Venezuela. Aside from the impeccable beach scene, Isla Margarita offers an island oasis filled with lots of interesting history, fascinating culture, and of course, raw tropical beauty. A visit to this appealing respite will provide everything, from a tranquil afternoon surfside to a day spent learning about this island’s distinctive artisan creations. Isla Margarita - without a doubt - is a slice of heaven on earth.
Margarita Island Full-Day Tour
Duration: 8 hours
Whether you’re bewitched by a mesmerizing and diverse landscape or go crazy for unique and delicious local cuisine, Venezuela is a memorable destination that does not disappoint. From balmy resort islands to chilly hilltop forested jungles, this country encapsulates the best of nature’s splendidness. Don’t miss any of the popular festivals and be sure to check out the best places to visit as well. Explore a few of the spots on this list and you’re sure to have an unforgettable South American escapade.
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