(Aruba, Bogotá, Curaçao, Havana, Lima, Medellin, Miami,
Port-of-Spain, Puerto Plata, Santo Domingo, coming soon:
Atlanta, GA and Orlando, FL)
(Paris-Charles de Gaulle)
(Dallas/Fort Worth, Miami, New York-JFK, San Juan)
(Aruba, Curaçao, Punta Cana, Santo Domingo)
(Aruba, Curaçao, Fort-de-France)
Cubana de Aviación
Delta Air Lines
(Miami, Santiago de Chile)
Lloyd Aereo Boliviano
(Santa Cruz de la Sierra)
Santa Barbara Airlines
(Aruba, Guayaquil, Madrid, Miami, Quito, Tenerife-Tenerife
Spirit Airlines expects to
begin daily service from its Fort Lauderdale hub in South
(Mexico City, San José (CR))
(Funchal, Lisbon, Porto)
(Manaus, São Paulo-Guarulhos)
(Barcelona, Barquisimeto, Maracaibo, Maturín, Porlamar,
Puerto Ordaz, Santo Domingo del Táchira)
(Barcelona, Barquisimeto, Maracaibo, Maturín, Porlamar,
Puerto Ordaz, Santo Domingo del Táchira, Valencia)
(Acarigua, Barcelona, Barinas, Barquisimeto, Canaima,
Carúpano, Coro, Cumaná, aracaibo, Mérida, Porlamar, Puerto
Ordaz, San Tomé, Valencia, Valera)
(Barinas, Ciudad Bolívar, Los Roques, Maturín, Porlamar,
Puerto Ayacucho, El Vigía)
(Ciudad Bolívar, Porlamar, Puerto Ordaz, San Antonio del
Santa Barbara Airlines
(Barquisimeto, Las Piedras, Maracaibo, Mérida, San Antonio
del Táchira, Valencia)
(Canaima, El Yavi, Los Roques)
(Los Roques, Valencia)
From Caracas to London is 13 hours
to Los Angeles is 10 hours 45 minutes and to New York
is five hours.
Alternative Entry Portals
|Puerto La Cruz on the mainland and
Porlamar on Isla Margarita,
about 60 miles north, are the jumping-off places for both tourists
and cruising sailboats. Both have large airports and offer a wide
variety of hotel and tour packages. English and other foreign
languages are widely spoken at Porlamar international airport on
The 2nd largest international
airport after Caracas which gets 90% of the traffic is
MAR by flightstats.com] located in the second largest city of
at the northwest border with Columbia, which exchanges several
flights a day with Miami.
List of Airports in Venezuela
List of Venezuelan consulates by embassy
embassy is in Caracas, at the corner of Calle F and Calle Suapure
There are many handicrafts unique to Venezuela that
are made by local Indian tribes. Good purchases are gems and
jewellery, cacique coins, gold, pearls, pompom slippers, seed
necklaces, shoes and handbags, Indian bows, arrows, mats, pipes and
baskets, alpargatas (traditional local footwear of the Campesinos),
chinchorros (local hammocks) and many other Indian goods.
Shopping hours: Mon-Sat 0900-1300 and 1500-1900.
Only 2 Roads IN!
Road access is from Colombia (Barranquilla and
Medellin) on the
Pan American Highway to Maracaibo, and from the Amazon territory of Brazil (Manaus)
There is no border access between Guyana and
Venezuela except on the tallest table top mountain, Mr. Roiraima at Tres
Punto, where the citgo-like obelisk stands marking the point where
the three great languages and cultures of the Western hemisphere
touch each other. For more visit our guide to the
Brazilian State of
Roriama or the Guyana border
gateway city of
The following items may be imported into Venezuela without incurring
200 cigarettes and 25 cigars; 2l of alcoholic beverages;
four small bottles of perfume; new goods up to a value of
Flowers, fruit, meat and meat products, live plants and birds or
bird products or bird by-products from Chile.
Country code: 00 58
Time Zone: GMT/UTC -4 (-5 in summer)Electricity: 120V
Weights & measures: Metric
Language: Castilian Spanish is spoken by almost all Venezuelans, though
some 25 indigenous tongues are spoken by remote tribes. English is
spoken by some people in urban centers.
Full country name:
República Bolivariana de Venezuela
Area: 916,445 sq km
Population: 25 million
Capital City: Caracas (pop 4,608,934)
People: 67% mestizo, 21% European descent, 10% African
descent, 2% indigenous. There are approximately 200,000 Amerindians,
remnants of a number of diverse semi-nomadic hunter-gatherer
societies. Its friendly population is the product of an ancestral
crossbreeding characterized by racial toleration.
Religion: 96% Roman Catholic, 2% Protestant
GDP: US$194.5 billion
GDP per capita: US$8,500
Venezuela, a third larger than Texas, occupies most of the northern
coast of South America on the Caribbean Sea. It is bordered by
Colombia to the west, Guyana to the east, and Brazil to the south.
Mountain systems break Venezuela into four distinct areas: (1) the
Maracaibo lowlands; (2) the mountainous region in the north and
northwest; (3) the Orinoco basin, with the llanos (vast
grass-covered plains) on its northern border and great forest areas
in the south and southeast; and (4) the Guiana Highlands, south of
the Orinoco, accounting for nearly half the national territory.
-authoritive & regularly updated
25,730,435 (July 2006 est.)
Population growth rate:
1.38% (2006 est.)
Net migration rate:
0 migrant(s)/1,000 population (2006 est.)
Life expectancy at birth:
total population: 74.54 years
male: 71.49 years
female: 77.81 years (2006 est.)
HIV/AIDS - adult prevalence rate:
0.7% - note - no country specific models provided (2001 est.)
HIV/AIDS - people living with HIV/AIDS:
110,000 (1999 est.)
HIV/AIDS - deaths:
4,100 (2003 est.)
Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, Arab, German, African, indigenous
nominally Roman Catholic 96%, Protestant 2%, other 2%
is the only mainland country
baptized by Cristóbal Columbus,
he was so enchanted with what he saw that he called it
“paradise on Earth.”
Venezuela will charm you too with its immense variety of
birds, exotic mammals, its soaring mountains, and
steamy jungle interior. Visitors return to Venezuela time and time again to
travel up the mighty Orinoco river and explore the Guayana Highlands.
Today his day recognized the Amerindians who had been here
for many millennium, many of these Indians have been able to maintain their
traditions and lifestyles in one of the hemispheres richest and least
populated countries. Visual arts and handicrafts are popular in
Venezuela, but the country's most distinctive cultural outlet is probably
its music, which is an eclectic blend of European, African and indigenous
Roman Catholicism is by far the dominant
religion in Venezuela, and has been adopted by most indigenous people - only
those living in isolated regions still practice their ancient tribal
beliefs. The Protestant church has a significant presence, and recently has
been gaining some ground, attracting adherents from the Catholic Church.
GETTING THERE by Air
Caracas Maiquetía International Airport (Simón Bolívar), Maiquetía, Edo
Vargas, Venezuela 1161
Country Code 58 Telephone(0)212 303 1329 or 1330 Fax(0)212 355
Many international flights arrive here and there are numerous daily
connections to the main airport in Caracas. The airport will handled nearly
8,000,000 passengers in 2005.
leaving Venezuela from Caracas (not local flights) cost Bs.102.900 or
US$54 at the official exchange rate (near US$45 unofficial).
National flights from Maquetia Airport (Caracas) have an airport tax
These amounts can change as well as being payable in local in Bolivars only.
There is NO entry tax into Venezuela
List of Airports in Venezuela
also has flights to Margarita Island.
provides 3-day information on arrivals and departures.
GETTING YOUR FAIR
FARE: Check for a departure city and associated
airline in the left column and then begin your comparison shopping. Checking
including the airlines sites, or having a travel agent who will do so is
important. Being flexible about departure dates helps too. Knowing the 3
letter code of connecting airports can speed your search.
A passport and a tourist entry/exit card are always
required when boarding a plane. The dispute not allowing Venezuelan
air carriers to serve USA airports is expected to be resolved by 2006.
Domestic Air travel:
is the best means of internal transport but services are often overbooked
and even confirmation does not always ensure a seat. Travelers are advised
to arrive at the airport well before the minimum check-in time in order to
obtain confirmed seats. Schedule changes and flight cancellations with no
advance warning are also likely.
Caracas Maiquetía International
Airport (Simón Bolívar)
|Information desks are
strategically located throughout both terminals, with two desks in
the International Terminal (tel: 212 303 1526/7/8) and on in the
Domestic Terminal (tel: 212 303 1403 or 1408).
Airport Facilities: Find a variety of ATMs, Bureaux de
change, banks, telecommunications and postal services. Facilities to
send/receive faxes and Internet access are available at the Cantv
office on level 3 of the International Terminal.
This is a large airport with many shops and places to eat and drink.
A pharmacy and several travel agencies and tour operators are in the
Disabled Access is good throughout the airport
|Executive lounges at the
airport include the Simón Bolívar Lounge on the second floor
of the Domestic Terminal and the Venezuela Lounge in the
International Terminal. The American Airlines Admiral Club
is situated on the second floor of the International Terminal (after
security), while the United-Iberia lounge is also situated on
the second floor of the International Terminal.
|Luggage: A left-luggage
service is available in both terminals. Trolleys are available
throughout the airport. Beware of informal porters who tend to
Connections: The Caracas Airport has been
called the most dangerous place for travelers in Venezuela. It often must be
negotiated twice because connections frequently require you to stay
On a good day it is half-an-hour to Caracas, however with road work, commute
or weekend traffic that can become over 2 hours. Staying in a beach hotel
near the airport is increasingly popular although there are some problem
neighborhoods there to avoid.
The US Embassy in Caracas urges U.S. citizens to travel only the most
heavily trafficked routes to the airport and to avoid travel after dark.
Caracas at sleepinginairports.net
"employees during the day time hours stand next to the sinks and squirt soap
into your hands...and expect tips. The security staff have the paranoia of a
guard dog with all the class of a night club bouncer. Airline employees are
|National driving licenses are valid for one year.
International Driving Permits are also valid. Drivers must have
their license and insurance documents with them at all times when
driving. Stops at national-guard and police checkpoints are common,
and travelers should follow instructions and be prepared to show
papers or be searched. Road rules like red lights are often not
observed by local drivers.
In the event of an accident, both vehicles must remain in the
position of the accident until a Traffic Police Officer arrives,
otherwise insurance companies will be unable to pay claims.
|Car rental/hire companies represented at
the airport are
Aco Alquiler, Amigo, Auto 727, Avis, Budget, Hertz, Margarita
Rental and Rojas. Car hire desks are located
in both terminals.
|Car Parking: short- and
long-term car parking open 24/7[24 hours a day, seven days a week]
Corporación Anfitriones de
official 24-hour taxi service. Look for distinctive yellow desk in
the Arrivals areas of both terminals where passengers can pay for
the trip in advance;
24-hour on call Taxi service. For their webpage and online
reservations please go to
To reach by phone from within Venezuela
Address: Av. Orinoco, Edif. River Suite, Pent House, Bello
TaxiTaxco Provides 24-hour on call Taxi service. The
number to call from within Venezuela is 0212-576-8322.
WARNING: It is no longer possible to rely on the fact that a
taxi driver presents a credential or drives an automobile with
official taxi license plates marked “libre.” Travelers should take
care to use radio-dispatched taxis or those from reputable hotels.
In 2006 there was no foolproof method of knowing whether a taxi
driver at the airport was reliable. Travelers should call a 24-hour
radio-dispatched taxi service from a public phone lobby or ask
hotel, restaurant, or airline representatives to contact a licensed
cab company for them.
after 22:00 hours you can expect rates to might double or to
pay US$50 one way to Caracas or abouts.
Unofficial Taxis Drivers are likely to approach you- always
get a quote in advance. Using this route is more dangerous in
Caracas than most cities. Robberies at gunpoint by unofficial taxi
drivers frequently occur.
Forum - Taxis From Caracas Airport
Airport Car Service
|Arrange for advance airport pickup:
arriving passengers are urged to make advance plans for
transportation from the airport to their place of lodging. If
possible, travelers should arrange to be picked up at the airport by
someone who is known to them
Provides options for arranging pickup at the airport upon arrival
|UCAM buses run between the airport and Caracas
(journey time: approximately 40 minutes); bus stops are conveniently
close to the metro stations in Caracas. They have a reputation for
being unsafe and uncomfortable, however.
Call for an official taxi or better yet make advance arrangement for
|Some of these are not located in good safe
neighborhoods and caution is advised when wandering outside.
An airport Hilton hotel is currently under construction
[opening 2007] to be located opposite the International Arrivals
area. The Four Seasons Hotel, contrary to information on many
web sites, has been closed since 2003.
The opening of the new 5-star
El Caribe in the historic
coastal village of
Macuto near the airport
following the disastrous landslides of 1999, has signaled a
return to the option of staying in a nice hotel close to the
airport, avoiding unpredictable traffic jams for connecting
flights and having a pleasant beach nearby.
Going east from the airport; Macuto, Puerto La Guaria and
Carabella are worth visiting if time permits. Go immediately
Caria La Mar, for the most
cheap hotel options offering airport pickup.
Airport opening in
2007 will be a Hilton right in the airport
[426 double rooms and 210 suites ] Final Calle La Guairita Urb,
caracas venezuela, satellite TV, bars, restaurants, 24-hour room
service, parking, no-smoking rooms, conference rooms, office
services, swimming pools, sauna, gym and a beauty salon.
5 star hotel with a unresponsive bureaucratic approach
to room theft
on-site problem restaurants--APR-2005
rewards with Precision Reservations
Passports & Visas
Tourists must pass through Venezuela customs. You must
present a valid passport, and a visa application. Tourist visa applications
are supplied on the plane, filled out and presented at the customs and
Said form must be returned upon departure.
Renders the following advice in 2006:
---"Passports should also be in good condition, as
some have been delayed or detained overnight for having otherwise valid
passports in poor condition
---passports have at least 6 months validity remaining from the date
of arrival in Venezuela as some have been turned back for this reason
---traveling with someone less than 18 years old
and less than 2 parents may require extensive documentation
---If you carry
prescription drugs, keep them in their original container, clearly
labeled with the doctor’s name, pharmacy and contents
Venezuela from certain countries are required to have a current
yellow fever vaccination certificate. In late February of 2006,
officials were demanding proof of vaccination against measles or you
were directed to a vaccination booth.
---Always carry your papers
with you and do not overstay the validity of your visa or tourist
card. Sometimes hotels will keep passports overnight for
registration purposes, but hardly ever longer than one day.
demonstrations. Travelers can accidentally become injured if caught
up in them. Also, American citizens have been arrested when local
authorities have thought they were participating in civil
demonstrations. If you are detained or arrested for any reason, ask
to speak with a U.S. consular officer.
|VACCINATIONS: No vaccinations certificates are necessary in
order to enter Venezuela. For
those traveling to the jungle should consult their physician
and vaccination against yellow fever is generally recommended. If your
visiting your health clinic check that you are up-to-date on your tetanus,
typhoid, and yellow-fever vaccines. It is also a good idea to get a
vaccination for hepatitis A and B. In 2006, proof of a measles vaccine
Malaria in EASTERN VENEZUELA found
predominantly in the jungle areas of the Amazonas and Bolívar states, as
well as in the Orinoco Delta. Malaria prophylaxis is suggested as Malarone®.
Please check with your physician to determine which anti-malarial drug is
best for you -
Dengue fever is similar to malaria and is spread by an
aggressive daytime mosquito. This mosquito seems to be most common in
lowland urban areas
Health risks: Cholera, Dengue Fever, Hepatitis, Malaria,
Yellow Fever. Travelers are
encouraged to carry proof of measles and rubella immunization, to avoid
SUN PROTECTION: It is
indispensable to pack solar lotions with high protection, as the sun can be
a formidable concern. Be sure to bring plenty of sun block with at least SPF
30. Most people prefer to use SPF 45. Sunscreens are even better. After-sun lotions and lip balms are also
Water: buying and drinking bottled water or soft drinks is
recommended, although water in Caracas & Isla de Margarita is said to be safe
to drink. The best way to protect yourself from diarrhea is to avoid
tap water and drinks or ice made from tap water. As an extra measure you
could avoid uncooked fruits and vegetables likely to have been washed in tap
water, especially at the beginning of your trip.
Venezuela tends to have a bit more than elsewhere. Long baggy pants, thick
socks, boots, oversized long sleeve shirts, and a good repellent with 30-60%
DEET should work. This does
not mean you can not wear shorts or swim in the rivers as you need to learn
quickly their patterns for the time of the day and the place.
More about avoiding mosquito bites
Travel health advice in Venezuela
For travelers who may eat or drink
outside major restaurants and hotels
Recommended for all travelers,
except those visiting only Caracas, Valencia, and the northern
Health information for travelers to South America
from the US Center for Disease Control
Tips for Travelers to Central & South America
|The State Department warns American citizens
not to travel within a 50-mile area along the entire Venezuela/Colombia
border. U.S. citizens who elect to visit areas along the border region with
Colombia against this warning, apart from the Colombian terrorist threat,
could encounter Venezuelan military-controlled areas and may be subject to
search and arrest.
The incidence of political
demonstrations in Venezuela has decreased markedly since the referendum in
August 2004. Nevertheless, travelers should be aware that violence,
including exchanges of gunfire, has occurred at political demonstrations in
the past. Most major tourist destinations, including coastal beach resorts
and Margarita Island, have not in the past been generally affected by
protest actions. However, the city of Merida, a major tourist destination
in the Andes, has experienced violent student protests.
|Why so much
concern about crime in Venezuela?
|" Investigation of all crime is haphazard
and ineffective. In the case of high-profile killings, the
authorities quickly round up suspects, but rarely produce evidence
linking these individuals to the crime. Only a very small
percentage of criminals are tried and convicted. "
Harassment of U.S. citizens by pro-government groups,
Venezuelan airport authorities, and some segments of the police occurs but
is quite limited. However, Venezuela’s most senior leaders, including
President Chavez, regularly express anti-American sentiment. The Venezuelan
government’s rhetoric of hate directed against the U.S. government, as well
as American culture and institutions, is slowly affecting attitudes in what
used to be one of the most pro-American countries in the hemisphere. U.S.
citizens traveling or residing in Venezuela are advised to take common-sense
precautions and avoid large gatherings and demonstrations, no matter where
- High SPF 25+ waterproof sunscreen lotion
- PFD and/or helmet (if desired).
- Beach towel.
- Mosquito repellent
- Light sweater/ Light jacket/ windbreaker.
- Extra spending money, travelers check for
- Paperback books for flights and evenings
- Earplugs for sound sleeping in a new
- Ball-point pen (helpful for any airport
forms, customs, etc.).
- A CURRENT PASSPORT in decent condition is required and must
be valid for 6 months after your scheduled departure date.
- Copies of passport, credit card used to
Find regular updates at:fco.gov.uk/travel
currency is the Bolívar (Bs), sometimes called the 'Bolo'. The US dollar
is the most commonly accepted foreign currency in Venezuela. The
official exchange rate differs from the street rate or the rate you
get from banks and ATMs leading many to recommend you carry cash.
Traveler's checks are difficult to negotiate anywhere but banks but
are a good way to keep emergency money.
|New penalties came into effect on Oct. 14
2005, assessing large fines and potential jail terms for those caught
violating the exchange laws. It has been reported that this new law
will NOT affect those in the country for less than 180 days
(tourists) and for amounts under US$10.000 in any one year.
and working in Venezuela by Dan from Margarita Island's Casa Trudel
include: Citibank, Banco Venezuela, Banco
Provincial, Banco Union, and Banco Mercantil.
Currency: Bolívar (Bs) =
100 céntimos. Notes are in denominations of Bs50,000, 20,000,
10,000, 5000, 2000, 1000, 500, 100, 50, 20, 10 and 5. Coins are in
denominations of Bs500, 100, 50, 25, 5, 2 and 1, and 50, 20, 10 and
Tips are not compulsory, but in the majority of bars and restaurants, 10 per
cent is added to the bill and it is customary to leave another 5-10% per cent
on the table. Bellboys and maids should be tipped. It is customary to give
baggage handlers a tip of $1USD per bag. In Caracas, tips are higher than
Banks will change cheques and cash, and cambios will change cash
only; as will hotels, although often at a less favourable rate.
as of 2006.10.23
United States Dollars =
Venezuela Bolivares 1 USD = 2,145.02 VEB 1 VEB = 0.000466196 USD
Venezuela Bolivares 1 EUR = 2,705.91 VEB 1 VEB = 0.000369561 EUR
|1 GBP = 4,241.79 VEB
1 VEB = 0.000235750 GBP Venezuela Bolivares
Credit & debit cards: American Express, MasterCard and Visa are
widely accepted. Many credit cards and debit cards have added surcharges to foreign
transactions of 1% to 3%. Many other have not since there is no actual
cost to them --plan accordingly. Your
airline may require you to show the card you purchased the ticket with. If
you have lost the card, remember the card number to avoid delays and
Emergency cash should always be on-hand in Caracas for a secure
Telephones & Internet
|The international country code for Venezuela is +58 and the
outgoing code is 00. City/area codes are in use, for example Caracas is
If you are calling from the U.S. all numbers need to be preceded by
the international dialing code (011) and country code for Venezuela (58).
|Cell phone numbers in Venezuela begin with a 4
(414, 416, 412,) and if being dialed from within Venezuela must be
preceded by a 0.
Land line numbers within the greater Caracas area begin with 212. If
you are dialing a land line from within the greater Caracas area you
need not dial the 212, you need only dial the 7 digit number (this
includes when dialing from the airport). If you are dialing a
greater Caracas land line number from outside the greater Caracas
area then you need to dial 0212.
Efficient telephone network. Making international phone calls
easy, but expensive. The telephone company, CANTV has an information system that can be accessed by the number 103. Some
of the operators speak English.
Public telephones & phone cards:
There are many public telephones in Venezuela, even in the more remote
places, all of which accept CANTV cards only (tarjeta CANTV). Credit cards
are not accepted. Telephone cards are available for 2000 and 5000Bs and can
be purchased from CANTV offices and most supermarkets and souvenir shops.
Internet: ISPs include CantvNet ( www.cantv.net),
Compuserve Venezuela ( www.csi.com.ve) and Internet Venezuela (
Internet cafes are available in most urban areas.
domestic satellite system with 3 earth stations; recent substantial
improvement in telephone service in rural areas; substantial increase in
digitalization of exchanges and trunk lines; installation of a national
interurban fiber-optic network capable of digital multimedia services
Mobile telephone in Venezuela
|Mobile telephone GSM networks cover Caracas but are sparse outside of
Coverage is limited to around Caracas and major cities. Roaming agreements
exist with some international mobile phone companies.
Cell phone numbers in Venezuela begin with a 4 (414, 416, 412,) and if being
dialed from within Venezuela must be preceded by a 0.
|Cell network carriers
|Network are regulated by Conatel
If your carrier does not have a workable
deal for using your GSM phone in Venezuela you can purchase a Sim card
for your "unlocked"
GSM phone. GSM allows network operators
roaming services which mean subscribers
can use their phones all over the world. One of the key features of GSM
Subscriber Identity Module (SIM),
commonly known as a SIM card.
downloadable Pocket CityGuides™ for Caracas
|In most parts of the country,
the temperature stays around 77° F (25° C) during the year.
Venezuela's dry season lasts from October to April. But it
does rain occasionally during the dry season. In the Llanos and Amazonia ,
temperatures can reach 35 to 40°C.
However, the mountainous regions are
cooler, and there is even snow at the higher elevations of the Andes
Mountains. In the high Andes, temperatures can go down to 6°C early
morning, warming up during the day. Occasional rains could occur in Amazonia,
in the Andes, in the North-Western and Eastern Venezuela.
An astonishing climatic variety exists (27 areas),
defined by the plains with plane reliefs to wavy, the upper-class Andean
mountains of perpetual snow and the Guianese plateaus.
Venezuela by weather.yahoo.com
Once in the main
terminal you will may be overwhelmed by many luggage handlers
asking to carry your bags. Whether you choice to accept there
assistance is your choice - luggage handlers make their living this
way, but get a price first or be polite and answer "No gracias".
You may have to say this many times.
It is important to get a price first for the same reason you do this
before entering a taxi. The individual may demand way too much after
having provided you the service.
You may also run into a scam where individuals demand that you
change all US$ into the local currency the Bolivar. Same answer "No
Increasingly the unofficial cabs have taken
finding ways to seem official. This can mean collaboration with an
airport official. If this occurs the best advice is to insist on
getting help ordering pick-up service either from a radio-dispatched
taxis or those from reputable hotels.
"Maiquetia Airport, the international airport
serving Caracas, is dangerous and corruption is rampant. Concerns
include personal property theft, muggings, and “express kidnappings”
in which individuals are taken to make purchases or to withdraw as
much money as possible from ATMs, often at gunpoint. The Embassy
has received multiple, credible reports that individuals with what
appear to be official uniforms or other credentials are involved in
facilitating or perpetrating these crimes. For this reason,
American citizen travelers should be wary of all strangers, even
those in official uniform or carrying official identification.
There are also known drug trafficking groups working from the
airport. Travelers should not accept packages from any persons and
should keep their luggage with them at all times. "
International to Domestic Terminals at
Caracas Maiquetía International Airport
international terminal doors turn left and walk the concrete
sidewalk to the National terminal. About 5 minutes walk--It is next
door. Find your Air line and check-in. The flight into Margarita is
about 35 minutes.
Bradt Travel Guide
"Venezuela is a
long-overlooked paradise for backpackers, adventure travellers and
special interest visitors like hikers, climbers, rafters and
birders. The same size as neighbouring Colombia, but with half the
population, Venezuela's natural environment is in good shape. The
north of the country harbours 90% of the population, leaving the
huge southern states of Amazonas and Bolivar with one of the lowest
population densities in America.
key to its success is simple: the author lives in Venezuela and
regularly travels to the places she describes. The book is therefore
much more accurate - and more exciting! - than say the rival Lonely
Planet or the Footprint Guide. This 2003 edition stretches to 538
pages, yet it is still compact enough to be portable.
Lonely Planet Venezuela
Krzysztof Dydynski, 2004
Practical & helpful, but flawed...it captures
the nation's lively character
Footprint Handbook Venezuela
Murphy & Green, 2003
objective and tested recommendations of where to stay
(including the best ecotourism ranches
Venezuela chapter of the
South American Handbook in 2005. The guide is the
longest-running guidebook in English. He was in Venezuela in March
for about six weeks of hectic traveling. The new edition was
published in October 2005.
Insight Guides Venezuela
Angela Baynham, 2003
|the best of the lot and the
only one that portrays Venezuela as it really is.
---Venezuelan living in the USA ---
great pictures, but is not particularly helpful ---budget
Venezuela's #1 Attraction
Most visitors will only see a
limited glimpse of the falls from the window of their airplane.
There are no refunds in the event of a cloud cover allowing no
To really say you visited
Angel Falls, you'll need to take a boat from Canaima.
You can spend extra nights in a hammock at one of the
rustic camps, at the base of the falls or on Isla Orquídea.
The 4 hour upriver journey features rapids and jungle creature
sightings. The hike to the refreshing pool at the base of the
falls requires some stamina and balance so this is not a trip
for all ages. Returning with the current is faster and you
should visit Salto El Sapo before being dropped
back off at your hotel before sunset.
Day tours from Canaima range from $100 to $200 per person.
Two-day, 1-night tours to Angel Falls can cost between $150 and
This area is marked by
distinct geological formations, or tepuis -- massive
steep-walled and flat-topped mesas that inspired Sir Arthur
Conan Doyle's The Lost World.
From the Rio Grande, in Mexico,
to Alaska there are around 700 bird species. In
Venezuela alone, this piece of land that opens its doors to the
Caribbean, there are 1,346 species- that is twice as many as in
North America and about 44% of all birds in South America.
Top birder Chris Sharpe's guide — updates include a far
links page - with over 50 links of interest, - an
expanded section on
Books, Guides and Maps. , as well as organisations to
contact and details of country-wide conservation efforts. A key
information resource on Venezuela's birds
|Antimalarial drugs do not
prevent infection, but reduce the risk of serious illness by killing
the malarial parasites during their development. Malaria, however,
is best prevented by avoiding mosquito bites. The risk can be
significantly reduced by noting the following tips:
Wear light colored trousers and long sleeved tops
between dusk and dawn.
Avoid wearing perfume or aftershave.
Sleep in properly screened rooms and spray the
room with insecticide.
If sleeping elsewhere, use a mosquito net which
has been treated with pyrethroids.
Apply mosquito repellent containing
diethyltoluamide (DEET) to all areas of exposed skin.
A course of vitamin B complex tablets can help
deter biting insects
|Venezuela is ranked amongst the
top 10 countries (from a total of 255!), for its bio-diversity.
We can find about any kind of environment in Venezuela, from idyllic
beaches and mangroves on the Caribbean coast to dense jungle in the
Amazonas and the Coastal Range, sand dunes in the Coro Peninsula to
mystic tepuys in the Gran Sabana, and plains and permanent glaciers in
More than 40% of the territory is protected under some kind of legal
form: there are 39 National Parks, 17 National Monuments, 9
important Wildlife Refuges and Reserves and Forest Reserves, which
makes it the nation with the highest proportion of its territory
devoted to environmental conservation.
|Venezuela leads South
America in wilderness protection. Currently, a major effort is
underway to preserve genetic diversity and maintain the integrity of
key ecosystems. Known as “Man and the Biosphere," the project is
being conducted with UNESCO. The Venezuelan government has been
working to regulate atmospheric pollution and the usage of ozone
depleting substances with official decrees since 1992.