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Venezuela Vacation and Travel Guide
Venezuela whose name comes from "Little Venice", renamed it as the Juan de la Cosa, one of the companions of Amerigo Vespucci, is a young American country endowed with rich and varied nature. Birthplace of Simon Bolivar, the liberator of five nations and a sign of unity and grandeur throughout Latin America.
Gateway to South America with a heavenly landscape of unique beauty that offers an immense variety of settings that invite the enjoyment and recreation. Every corner of the country is an opportunity to have a beautiful contact with the great goodness of its fauna and flora, its beaches, its geography, its historical sites, cultural heritage and above all its people.
The Amazon Rainforest offers visitors a tropical world where emotions are constant, there is the Angel Falls, the highest world’s waterfall, The Orinoco River, one of the longest in Latin America, with a length of 2,600 kilometers and of great strategic importance in the national economy, being the export route for iron and steel surplus Guayana region as it flows into the Atlantic ocean and La Gran Sabana a plain of 75,000 square kilometers, a place magic seems to be off this planet.
Located in the Eastern sector of the Canaima National Park, in the Massif Guayanes south of the Orinoco River, it is the oldest geological formation of the earth, whose age is estimated between 1,600 and 2,000 million years of unparalleled beauty. This vast region is an ideal place for ecotourism to be characterized by its large landscape values place. Pemon indigenous communities and the presence of more than 80 majestic Tepuis, the most striking natural feature that dominates the skyline of La Gran Sabana, representatives the fisiocronología Earth, allowing us to move to remote periods of millions of years.
Also in the Canaima National Park in the Valley Camarata, is the Auyan-Tepuy, colossus of stone, carved by erosion thousands of years. On top of this ancient geological formation, a stream is born as a result of continuous rain that falls to 1005 meters Churún River tributary of the Carrao River at the base of the same shaping the Angel Falls the higher water fall in the world. It is one of the 28 finalists in the election of the Seven Natural Wonders of the Modern World.
Angel Falls is one of the biggest tourist attractions in Venezuela and the world, but even today, a trip to the falls is not a simple matter, because the area is isolated by thick jungle and make tepuyes hazardous air navigation. You can reach the region by plane for a flight from Caracas or Ciudad Bolivar to arrive at a camp in Canaima. Other tourists prefer to reach the falls by more natural means, crossing the jungle waterways to reach the base of the jump.
Venezuela has a long coastline, full of beautiful and fascinating beaches. They are more than three thousand kilometers of sand and Caribbean waters for the enjoyment of all those wishing an atmosphere of sun and beach, with the best flavor fun and relaxation. East of the territory, on the route of the sun, a tropical paradise where you can enjoy the wonderful beaches of Anzoátegui, Sucre and Nueva Esparta extends. Following the eastern route, you can combine the days of sun and beach with an exotic journey through this immense green lung, where the exuberance of the forest and water, form the majestic natural monuments that give to visitors.
They are distinguished by their magic and light. Typically tropical, they are as varied tourism providing many options as romantic bays, beaches ideal for water sports, diving and dream islands.
Others are suitable for adventure tourism. 1,700 of these kilometers are sandy beaches, warm crystal clear waters and radiant tropical sun throughout the year. In the West the Venezuelan coast, consists of arid areas that are mixed with the mangroves. To the east, the forest jumping into the sea, there are rocky cliffs ending in the Orinoco Delta. The coast extending from the central coast to the Peninsula of Paria, in the east of the country is known as La Ruta del Sol.
Anzoategui Coast is particularly extensive and beautiful, provides the east of the country one of the biggest attractions for lovers of aquatic nature as Mochima National Park. The coastline of Aragua state is quite hilly, with accentuated windings moving toward the sea, points, headlands, corners, bays and coves, there are the Bay of Cata and Choroni two of the most beautiful beaches of Venezuela. Meanwhile the Carabobo state opens the Caribbean Sea with a jagged coastline, crossed by perpendicular branches spurs to the mountains of the Costa. With over 600 km of coastline, Falcon State offers beautiful beaches with white sand, turquoise waters, warm sunshine throughout the year and a tropical climate with unique characteristics in the Caribbean, and a tropical paradise as El Morrocoy National Park.
The Miranda State offers visitors beautiful beaches and gentle waves plain background, endowed with tourist services, surrounded by lush green areas. Nueva Esparta State consisting of the island of Margarita known as La Perla del Caribe, by the lush beauty and variety of its beaches. And the islands of Coche and Cubagua. Sucre State is open to the Caribbean for 750 kilometers of coastline with beautiful beaches really fit for enjoyment and for water sports, especially diving and sailing, it houses the National rque Mochima and Playa Medina. In Vargas State are the beaches of the central coast, with a number of coves and bays, located on a narrow strip extending between the skirt of Avila and the Caribbean Sea, irregular topography and strong waves. Connection of Lake Maracaibo with the Gulf of Venezuela allows the Zulia State offer 80 km of beaches all along the peninsula of Guajira, in the coastal strip are located the best beaches in the region of Zulia.
Finally are the beautiful beaches of Archipelago de Los Roques National Park, one of the natural landscapes of greatest ecological, scientific and tourist interest that Venezuela has. With a sea and land area 225,153 hectares which includes more than 50 keys, some 250 coral reefs and sandbars 300. shaped atoll that makes it unique and incomparable to the island group of Venezuelan seas.
The Venezuelan Plains are the ideal place to live fascinating and great contact with nature moments stage. The states of Guarico, Apure, Barinas, Portuguesa and Cojedes, provide a wide variety of natural attractions where rivers, streams, ponds, marshes, reservoirs; allow tourists fishing, bird watching, take boat and water or non-traditional sports.
For those who want a much quieter and enjoy the biological richness of one of the most fascinating archipelagos in the world, ambient option certainly, Los Roques, 160 kilometers off the coast of the central coast and a National Park, with to retain its large reservoir of flora and fauna and preserve it as one of the most important wetlands in the world.
To the west are The Andes, the Sierra Nevada is covered with everlasting snows, dunes in the desert of Falcon, Lake Maracaibo, the largest in South America and seat of the most important oil fields in the country. The cable car in Merida, the longest and highest in the world, with its five stations and more than 12 km route to the Pico Espejo.
For lovers of Ecotourism and Tourism of Observation, the variety of forms and reliefs that show different natural landscapes of the country, allowing some 3,336 species and subspecies of animals 1,315 bird species are including in their territory (equivalent 15% of all known in the world and 40% of the 3,000 species living in the neotropics) 25,000 species of plants, which places Venezuela as one of the countries with the highest levels of diversity in the world, this allows you to host rare, unique species in the world has 51 species of rare birds added about 45 species that have a very limited geographical distribution worldwide. To this 332 species of reptiles, 113 amphibians, 1,195 fish and 328 mammals come together.
Venezuela is a paradise for lovers of Extreme Sports such as mountaineering, climbing, diving, kayak and rafting as well as places for water sports like surfing, windsurfing, and air sports as skydiving, Paragliding and Hang Gliding Icaro.
For the protection and conservation of these natural resources, Venezuela has a system of protected areas in which 43 national parks covering about 16% of the country and 21 natural monuments are included. Tourism demand in the National Parks of Venezuela, are mostly concentrated in the Morrocoy National Park (Falcon State), and secondly the Henry Pittier National Park (Aragua state), the other most visited parks are; San Esteban National Park (state of Carabobo), Yurubí (Guárico State) National Park, Mochima (Anzoategui and Sucre states) National Park, Los Roques National Park, Medanos de Coro National Park (Falcon State), Cave Guácharo ( Monagas state) and Canaima (Bolivar State) National Park.
There are many places in Venezuela for Religious Tourism, which mark the displacement of hundreds of thousands of visitors, either on their own or attached to the pilgrimages to these holy places.
Thousands of believers, native or foreign visit the National Sanctuary of Our Lady of Coromoto, located in Guanare Portuguesa State, instead concentrating hundreds of pilgrims every year. Equally important pilgrimages to other shrines are performed such as: The Basilica of the Virgin of El Valle in Margarita Island, Nueva Esparta state, where there is a museum exhibition of valuable offerings of the faithful in gratitude for favors received. The Basilica of the Virgin of Our Lady of the Rosary of Chiquinquirá, better known as "La Chinita". Located in the city of Maracaibo, capital of Zulia state. Where on the eve of November 18 of each year's celebration in his honor, where devotees sing songs as a serenade, to the rhythm of the bagpipes and other musical styles in the square that is at the doors of the Basilica is done. The Sanctuary of the Virgin of Betania, located in Miranda State, on the road between Charallave and Camatagua, which became famous for the series of apparitions of the Virgin. The image of the Virgin of La Divina Pastora, one of the most important religious icons of Venezuela. She is the patron saint of Barquisimeto and is one of the most beloved virgin and followed by that area of the country. It is in the church of Santa Rosa, near Barquisimeto town, state Lara. Famous for the procession that attracts hundreds of thousands of believers every year in January at the show that bears his name.
A few kilometers from the city of Trujillo, on the hill known as Rock of the Virgin, is one of the most important religious attractions Trujillo state. Monument to Our Lady of Peace. This colossal monument is carved on a solid iron structure appears as one of the tallest statues in the world in style, comparable only with the Statue of Liberty in New York and the Corcovado Christ in Rio de Janeiro.
The city of Maracay in Aragua state, has also become an important religious center in the country, since in her the Shrine of Mother Mary of St. Joseph, who was beatified in 1995 by Pope John Paul II is. In the town of Isnotú in Trujillo is the Sanctuary of Dr. Jose Gregorio Hernandez, which attracts hundreds of thousands of pilgrims throughout the year because it is both highly revered by the people of Venezuela and neighboring countries.
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