Venezuela, originally named “Little Venice,” offers an incomparable contrast of spellbinding landscapes – from the stunning Andes mountain range to calming beaches to the awe-inspiring Amazon. For travelers who want to have it all, this is an extraordinary vacation spot you may have overlooked in the past.
Find the best of Venezuela tucked away in its northwestern region abounding with dipping valleys and sierras, on the riverbanks of the Orinoco River, and along the extensive stretch of coastline at the southern tip of the Caribbean. Its tropical lowlands hide a huge array of wildlife, lush vegetation, and dramatic waterfalls while providing an open playground for nature lovers, trekkers, and mountaineers.
With so many different types of excursions to choose from, you can expect to find the unexpected. For travelers planning their first or second honeymoon, desiring a romantic getaway, or looking to explore the most spectacular corners of the world, Venezuela offers a unique vacation built for two that is worthy of special remembrance. It is the one destination that can capture the intimacy in discovering one-of-a-kind places and first-time experiences together.
A Hidden Oasis of Beauty
Fall upon some of the most romantic and remote areas hidden inside of this captivating country. Take a scenic flight or canoe trip to the foot of Angel Falls, one of the eight natural wonders of the world, in the Canaima National Park. Its freshwaters plunge uninterrupted down 3,212 feet, turning quickly into mist by the strong winds at the base. If you choose to do so, the hiking journey to the base of the waterfall is a paradise bursting with greenery and surrounded by exotic wildlife.
La Gran Sabana features “tepuis,” prehistoric tabletop mountains soaring skyward from the rolling plains that contain cultivation of plants found nowhere else on the planet. On the lively climb to Mount Roraima, the park’s famous tepuis peaking at 8,985 feet, you’ll encounter the fascinating sights and sounds of the tropical savannahs, cloud forests, river streams, and misty waterfalls.
Nearby, you’ll come across Ciudad Bolívar, a city worth visiting for its colonial architecture and prehistoric rock formations. The riverfront boulevard, Paseo Orinoco, is a popular place to stroll, with old buildings lining one side of the street and the river running along with the other. Plaza Bolívar, the brilliantly restored historic quarter, features the bold colors of the town’s colonial structures and facades that date back to the late 1700s.
Head underground to the Cueva del Guacharo located within a few hours of Cumanà. Inside the six-mile-long limestone cavern, you’ll see a number of large chambers and stunning cave structures. You’ll also find a humbling experience trekking the mountains of Los Nevados, Pico El Aguila, and the Sierra la Culata. Or enjoy the novelty of skiing in the tropics in the Sierra Nevada National Park or Cordillera de Merida, which boasts snow-lined peaks all year round. From Merida, board the world’s longest and highest cable car that runs for eight miles to the top of Pico Espejo, a good starting point for mountain hiking.
Located down the central stretch of Cordillera de la Costa, El Ávila National Park separates the city of Caracas from the Caribbean Sea. Wander through the park’s many hiking trails, where you’ll see a blooming variety of tropical orchids, ferns, palms, and the lily of the woodlands. Come face to face with Venezuela’s extraordinary creatures such as weasels, monkeys, three-toed sloths, small anteaters, armadillos, porcupines, and guacharacas.
More Than a Beach Paradise
If your heart desires the calming peace of a beach vacation, Venezuela’s beautiful islands and coastal resorts will provide the perfect escape. Sitting on the northern coast is Caracas, Venezuela’s capital, and the perfect departure point to numerous Eastern and Southern Caribbean islands. Nestled in a valley at 3,300 feet above sea level, Caracas is surrounded by the majestic mountains of Cordillera de la Costa, separating it from the Caribbean Sea, and contains a remarkable mixture of natural sights and landscapes.
Caracas is quite a dynamic city of great historical and cultural beauty that provides convenient passage to many of the Caribbean’s popular resort islands, including Aruba, the Netherlands Antilles, Grenada, Barbados, and St. Lucia. Loved for their easy pace and tranquil ambiance, any of these islands will create the perfect setting for a romantic honeymoon. Charter a boat through the channels of the Morroy National Park in the northwest or sail to the islands of Cayo Sombrero and Chichiriviche. Morroy is an exceptional area for sailing, swimming, snorkeling, and scuba diving with pleasant breezes and magnificent coral reefs and wildlife.
Maiquetia sustains a lively mix of resort-style hotels and thatched hot restaurants and bars catering to weekend and tourist crowds. Take a short drive east to Macuto, an enchanting seaside resort where you’ll relish the atmospheric beaches and take in the warm sun rays and soft, warm breeze of the Caribbean. Charter a boat to the idyllic islands of Los Roques, which has a huge extension of peaceful, crystalline waters and a significant presence of lagoons, small islands, and white-sand beaches.
Travel through the nearby Portachuelo Pass to the coastal region where the rainforest meets the sea at Ocumare de la Costa. The coastline of the 3,710-foot pass is dotted with fine beaches and islands, many inhabited only by flamingos and the scarlet ibis, which can be reached by hired boat. Morrocoy, off the coast near the small town of Tucacas, is a spectacular island with hundreds of coral reefs and palm beaches ideal for fishing and recreational diving.
Enjoy the charming coastal resort of Puerto la Cruz, an increasingly popular spot for honeymooners and a central area for traveling to the remote territories of the Mochima National Park. Its beauty is diverse: spectacular beaches and the Gulf of Santa Fe, the archipelago of Borracha, Manare Peninsula and Bay of Mochima, multiple well-preserved islands, and a unique combination of mountains kissing the sea.
See the park’s world-famous Red Beach, where you’ll walk along the crisp, golden (almost red) beach sands. Enjoy every moment on Margarita Island, a tropical retreat permeated by a laid-back lifestyle and dramatic architecture with high mountains framed by white, sandy shores and turquoise waters. Margarita is blessed with 300 days a year of sun and beaches lined with palm trees, including Playa El Agua and Playa Parguito.
You’ll fall in love with Venezuela’s snowcapped peaks and flat-topped mountains, steamy Amazon jungles, and placid coastline. The natural wonder of this destination will steal your heart and invigorate your spirit with every new memory you create together here. From the moment you step off the plane, you’ll begin to understand why Venezuela is, without a doubt, an epic country with spectacular sights you won’t find anywhere else.