Things to do in Venezuela
Caracas - hiking at the Avila National Park
The El Avila National Park was created in 1958, and has played an important role in the protection of some of Venezuela’s natural flora and fauna. The area is made up of mountains and forests and is home to over 500 species of bird, nine of which are unique to the country, and three are classed as being endangered. There are many good hiking opportunities in the park, as well as guided tours, plus a cable car that can take you to the highest point in the park.
Caracas - enjoy a classical music performance at the Teresa Carreno Cultural Center
Lovers of classical music or dance should make their way to the Teresa Carreno Cultural Centre, to see what shows are on during their stay in Caracas. Supported with government funding, the centre often hosts both international superstars and also aspiring local artists, looking for their first, major break. In addition to the two main buildings, that host large shows, the centre also has a number of smaller rooms, where smaller concerts or recitals can be held.
Margarita Island - dive for sea pearls
People have been diving off Margarita Island for pearls since the 15th century, possibly even earlier. Even today the island is still an important centre for sea pearls. Sea pearls are very hard to find in the wild, which adds to their value, although now many places farm their pearls on oysters attached to stings, hung in the water. Unusually the waters around the area produce a larger number of black pearls. These can make an excellent memento or gift.
Margarita Island - windsurfing at Playa El Yaque beach
There is always a gentle breeze on El Yaque beach, on Margarita Island, making it an ideal location for windsurfing, but not necessarily sunbathing. The shallow waters and consistent winds make it an excellent place to learn to windsurf or practice, if you are a little rusty. The centre has developed into a world recognized site for windsurfing, and in recent years it has also gained popularity with kite boarders.
Introduction to Venezuela
Although the country is relatively small in comparison to other South American nations, Venezuela packs a powerful tourist punch that attracts millions of visitors each year. Whether you want to experience the spectacular Venezuelan culture and colonial influences in the major cities, or relax along a hidden beach in one of the many Caribbean Sea islands, then it has what it takes to give you a memorable and satisfying getaway. Hotels in Venezuela can be quite cheap, but of course, the exclusive world hotels generally include higher rates. Nevertheless, hotels here are quite diverse in style, depending on where tourists want to stay. When visiting the country, travellers can experience a vast array of cultures, beautiful mountainous areas, pockets of breathtaking rainforests, cities splashed with colonial flavouring and modern amenities, and magnificent island escapes. It is recommended that reservations for accommodations would be made in advance, particularly during the summer months, which usually results in an increase in tourist numbers.