Richard Moor - May 17, 2010

Venezuelan landscape is as varied as its flora and fauna. Lakes, mountains, jungles as well as the highest waterfall in the world can be found in this South American country.

Venezuela in northern South America is a country with different regions and landscapes offering visitors of all tastes an opportunity for an unforgettable holiday. Beaches, mountains, jungles and plains – the country has it all. When you travel to Venezuela a number of unique destinations and attractions are here for you to choose from no matter whether you prefer sightseeing or rather admiring nature or rich cultural diversity.  

Among the most prominent and popular regions in Venezuela are the Los Roques archipelago, Morrocoy National Park and Isla Margarita. These three areas lure many foreigners as well as locals for their beautiful beaches, white sands, crystal clear water and variety of marine species.

The archipelago of Los Roques is formed by a group of islands and cays that make up one of the main attractions of the country. With exotic beaches, Morrocoy is a park consisting of small keys very close to the mainland, which have been rapidly growing in popularity as one of the most sought after attractions in the Caribbean. Margarita is one of the ultimate destinations for leisure activities. It is an island with a modern infrastructure, surrounded by idyllic beaches suitable for extreme sports lovers. The island is also visited by tourists interested in sightseeing since there are several castles, forts and churches of great cultural value.

Although Venezuela is dominated by plains and tropical temperatures for one of its states – Merida – the prevalent vegetation are moors, it is typical for low temperatures, snow peaks, glaciers and the mountains of Venezuelan Andes. Among the attractions luring especially hikers and mountaineers are Sierra Nevada, Pico Bolivar, Merida Cable Car, Pico Espejo, Humboldt Peak, Sierra La Culata, Cerro El Avila, Caracas Aerial Tramway, and Laguna Mucubají.

In the south of the country, which is only sparsely inhabited, travelers can find ancient mountain ranges, rivers and savannahs, as well as jungles and forests with the Angel Falls – the world's highest waterfall (979 m; 3,212 ft).

The plains region located in the centre of Venezuela is characterized by low relief. These areas are of particular importance to agriculture and livestock, especially cattle, swine and goats. The region is also of great importance to the history of the country since it was here where in 1917 the oil boom started. Currently, the region of Los Llanos is undergoing economic recovery focusing on agriculture. 

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  1. Great article, but as someone who is from Venezuela, this article doesn't mention the crime and insecurity issue. Furthemore, Venezuela is going through an extreme drought at the moment. Angel Falls is dried up and there is water and electricity rationing throughout the country. Venezuela is a beautiful country, but the government needs to take more steps towards improving its tourism infrastructure before visitors are able to truly enjoy the country.

    Luigi (USA)

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