Venezuela

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Venezuela is a country in South America. Having a shoreline along the Caribbean Sea and the North Atlantic Ocean, Venezuela borders Colombia to the west, Guyana to the east and Brazil to the south, and is situated on the major sea and air routes linking North and South America. Off the Venezuelan coast are the Caribbean islands of Aruba, Bonaire, Curaçao and Trinidad and Tobago. The Angel Falls (Kerepakupai Vená) in the Guiana Highlands is the world's highest waterfall and one of Venezuela's major tourist attractions. (less...) (more...)

Population: 28,459,085 people
Area: 912,050 km2
Highest point: 5,007 m
Coastline: 2,800 km
Life expectancy: 74.23 years
GDP per capita: $13,800
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About Venezuela

History

Venezuela was one of the three countries that emerged from the collapse of Gran Colombia in 1830 (the others being Colombia and Ecuador). For most of the first half of the 20th century, Venezuela was ruled by military strongmen, who promoted the oil industry, but in 1958 a democratic process was implemented. From 1998 to 2013 the country was ruled by President Hugo Chávez.

Food

Arepas, thick corn tortillas which are split and stuffed with myriad fillings, are the quintessential Venezuelan dish. The most famous variations are the "reina pepiada" (shredded chicken salad with avocado) and “domino” (stuffed with black beans and shredded white cheese). Hallacas (Venezuela's homegrown version of the tamale, with meat, olives, raisins covered in cornmeal and wrapped in plantain leaves to be steamed) are a popular Christmas dish. Cachapas (corn pancakes often topped with a salty cheese called "telita" or "queso de mano"), empanadas (savory pastries) and the ubiquitous "perros calientes" (hot dogs) are popular street food. For slow food, try delicious fish meals, or a shrimp soup known as “cazuela de mariscos”.

The traditional Venezuelan lunch is pabellón, and consists of rice, black beans, and meat, with a side of fried plantain slices. The above dishes are known as "comida criolla", or Creole food.

Venezuela is a leading producer of fine cacao beans and Venezuelan chocolate can be excellent. The El Rey brand has consistent quality.

Drinks

To some tastes, especially those who prefer stronger and complicated beers, Venezuelan beers may seem thin and watery. The most popular beer brand is Polar, which is available in a low-calorie version (Polar Light), light version (Polar Ice), or premium version (Solera). Zulia and Regional are other beers available throughout the country. Whisky is very popular among Venezeulans, particularly for special events. Venezuelan-made rum is generally dark and of very good quality. Among the best is the "1796" brand from Santa Teresa. It is a Solera rum. Others popular brands of rum are Pampero "caballito frenado" and Cacique.

Venezuelans are heavy drinkers and will often go through a case of beer during vacation days, starting before breakfast, only to carry on with a bottle of rum or whisky come nightfall.

A popular non-alcoholic drink is called "chicha Andina," which is made from rice or corn flour.

Malta or Maltin is a carbonated non-alcoholic malt drink sold alongside regular soft drinks, although it is also manufactured by the Polar company.

Venezuelan coffee is excellent, but make sure you are asking for proper coffee (machine-made, 'de la maquina'), otherwise you might be served a 'negrito' or 'guayoyo', which can be anything from weak filter coffee to coffee-smelling brown water.

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Venezuela's currency is the Bolivar Fuerte (BsF), which replaced the old bolivar on January 1, 2008 at the rate of 1 BsF to 1000 old Bs.

Due to strict currency controls in place since 2003 bolivars are not easily convertible either in or outside the country. Currently, the official rate (offered by banks and the few bureaux de change) give 6.3 BsF per US dollar, but there is a thriving parallel market that trades for higher rates. These unofficial rates fluctuate depending on general demand for foreign exchange, inflation and political instability. Within the "parallel market" there are various exchange rates: the tourist, the black market (a bit higher but dangerous and uncomfortable), and the bonds brokerage one (high amounts in government bonds, when on sale). That highest one, which appears as reference on certain internet pages, is the government dollar bonds rate, inaccessible unless you buy thousands of dollars in government bonds through a Venezuelan brokerage firm. This last one determines the rate of the black market one and the tourist one. The black market should be avoided unless you are sure of the honesty of the people changing currency for you. They may be scammers, thieves or even police disguised as traders. The safest parallel exchange is the tourist rate which is normally provided by higher-level people in the tourism industry (hotel managers, posada owners, etc.). The rates vary around Venezuela and from week to week. The tourist rate rarely varies in time. Once you change you cannot change back to euros or dollars unless the tourist operator that exchanged for you is nice enough to take it back. The tourist rate as Jan 2013 is around BsF16 to the dollar and BsF20 for euro.

Since 24 December 2013, there is a new exchange rate called the SICAD exchange rate. As of 27 January 2014, the SICAD exchange is 11,29 BsF. per US dollar.

Visa and MasterCard are widely accepted, American Express and Diners Club are usually accepted at upscale restaurants, hotels and shopping centers. Merchants always ask for ID before making a credit card transaction (a passport will suffice). ATMs exist all over the country. They hand out only Bolivars and at the official exchange rate of 4.3. Maestro Debit Cards are the most accepted but Visa Debit Cards are often not accepted because they are a "fee-scam" for the sellers (appears as "Debit" for the buyer and as "Credit" for the seller), and some ATMs also ask for the last two digits of Venezuelans' ID numbers as an added security precaution, causing problems for foreigners with no ID number tied to their bank account.

It is best to carry small change rather than large bills as many traders, in particular taxi drivers, rarely have change. Tipping taxi drivers is not customary and can appear strange. Be a little wary of cab drivers as almost all of them are exploiting tourists, particularly from the airport to Caracas. Use only the official airport taxis (black Ford Explorers), which have a vending spot inside the airport. Buy your ticket there, first checking the fee according to the destination displayed on the counter, not asking the teller or the cab drivers directly. You can also get airport pick-up but it would be more expensive (mostly luxury hotels). For a safe taxi service in Caracas, you can use "Teletaxi", which you can set by phone (0212-9534040). Please ask the fee by phone before ordering the service.

At restaurants, tipping is usually minimal. If a 10% service charge is included then some extra small change can be left on top of the total, or if not included then a tip of only 10% is customary.

Handicrafts

Hammocks and some dark wooden handicrafts can be found throughout Venezuela, as well as gaudy painted statuettes of big-busted women. Some areas such as Falcón state have a tradition of excellent glazed pottery.

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Fine Venezuelan rum, chocolate and cigars are on sale at the airport.

This article is based on Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike 3.0 Licensed text from the article Venezuela on Wikivoyage.

Cities in Venezuela

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Caracas is the capital and largest city of Venezuela. It is located in northern Venezuela, near the Caribbean.

Interesting places:

  • San Francisco Church
  • Bolivar Square
  • Bolivarian Museum
  • Caracas Cathedral
  • Caracas Square
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  • El Tirano Beach
  • Manzanillo Beach
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Porlamar is a city in Venezuela's Margarita Island.

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  • Agua Beach
  • La Caracola Beach
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Pampatar is a city on Margarita Island.

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  • Pampatar Beach
  • San Carlos Borromeo Castle
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Vargas is the newest state in Venezuela. Named after Venezuela's first non-military president and doctor José María Vargas, the Estado Vargas is one of the 23 states (estados) into which Venezuela is divided. Located in the north of Venezuela it borders Estado Aragua to the west, estado Miranda to the ... (read more)

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Bolívar is a state in southeastern Venezuela. Bolívar is in the southeastern region of the country, or in the Venezuelan Guayana, his name is obviously a homage to the Liberator Simón Bolívar are limits to the north, separated by the Orinoco, with the states, Delta Amacuro, Monagas, Anzoategui and Guarico on ... (read more)

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  • Orinoco Botanical Gardens
  • Bolivar Cathedral
  • Jesus Soto Museum of Modern Art
  • Las Nieves Theater
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Canaima National Park is in the Gran Sabana region of Venezuela, in the southern Bolivar State.

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  • Angel Falls
  • Canaima National Park
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Maracay is the capital of Aragua state in Venezuela.

Interesting places:

  • Maracay Aeronautical Museum
  • Jose Perez Colmenares Stadium
  • Central University of Venezuela
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Catia La Mar is a city in the state of Vargas. The beaches west of the Caracas airport beginning with Catia La Mar have never been as popular or well maintained as those to the east. While they were relatively unharmed by the mudslides, the area is plagued by pollution and insecurity. Still this is the beach ... (read more)

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La Guaria is the capital of the state of Vargas in Venezuela. This is the 500 year old country's historic port of entry. It is located next to Maiquetia which hosts the airport which sees 90% of the international air traffic in Venezuela and is about 20 minutes drive when there is no traffic from the country ... (read more)

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Nueva Esparta is one of the 23 states of Venezuela, granted free-port status in 1973 and located in the Caribbean Sea, just a short distance off the northeastern coast of Venezuela.

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Maracaibo is the capital of Zulia state in western Venezuela, and is the second largest city in the country after Caracas. It has more than 2 million people and it's famous for its typical music, big shopping malls and beautiful parks. It is called "La Primera Ciudad de Venezuela" (The Most Important ... (read more)

Interesting places:

  • Plaza Bolivar
  • Basilica de Nuestra Senora de Chiquinquira
  • Luis Aparicio Stadium
  • Lake Maracaibo Bridge
  • Jose Encarnacion Romero Stadium
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Barquisimeto is a city in Venezuela.

Interesting places:

  • Ayacucho Park
  • Bararida Zoo and Park
  • Barquisimeto Cathedral
  • Sambil Barquisimeto Mall
  • Juarez Theater
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Coro is the capital of Falcón state in Venezuela.

Interesting places:

  • San Francisco Church
  • Coro Cathedral
  • Medanos de Coro National Park
  • San Clemente Church
  • Museo de Arte de Coro
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Must see San Cristobal is a leafy, prosperous city of west Venezuela. The city is located in a mountainous valley in the temperate green hills of the Andes bordering Colombia.

Interesting places:

  • Parque Metropolitano
  • Sambil San Cristobal Mall
  • Tachira National University
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Pedro Gonzalez is a city on Margarita Island in Venezuela.

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Archipelago de Los Roques is a chain of islands and coral reefs in the Caribbean Sea about 166 km north of the Venezuelan mainland. Administratively, they are part of Venezuela's Federal Dependencies.

Interesting places:

  • Isla Los Roques National Park
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Ciudad Guayana is a city in Venezuela.

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  • La Llovizna Park
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Valencia is the third largest city in Venezuela and capital of Carabobo.

Interesting places:

  • Iturriza Palace
  • Municipal Theater of Valencia
  • Naguanagua Botanical Garden
  • Fernando Penalver Park
  • Plaza Monumental de Valencia
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Barinas state is in the Los Llanos region of Venezuela.

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  • Federation Park
  • La Carolina Park
  • Cathedral of Our Lady of Pilar
  • Estadio Agustin Tovar
  • Comercial Center El Dorado
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Chichiriviche is a city in Falcón.

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  • Morrocoy National Park
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Points of Interest in Venezuela

  • Angel Falls in the Guiana Highlands and Canaima National Park.
  • Los Roques with its crystalline beaches.
  • Los Llanos and its spectacular wildlife.
  • Mérida and its breathtaking Andes scenery.
  • Caracas, the true urban jungle.

San Francisco Church - Caracas

Plaza Bolivar - Maracaibo

Maracay Aeronautical Museum - Maracay

Merida Cathedral - Merida

Agua Beach - Porlamar

San Francisco Church - Coro

El Tirano Beach - Manzanillo

Araya Castle - Araya

El Yaque Beach - El Yaque

Iturriza Palace - Valencia

Pampatar Beach - Pampatar

Angel Falls - Canaima

Los Canales Beach - Lecheria

Morrocoy National Park - Chichiriviche

La Restinga Beach - La Guardia

Bolivar Square - Caracas

Bolivarian Museum - Caracas

Caracas Cathedral - Caracas

Caracas Square - Caracas

Caracas Athenaeum - Caracas

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