Venezuela: Introduction

South America's Hidden Gem

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With its skyscraper skyline, the capital of Venezuela is a large very cosmopolitan city. Not only is Caracas a major air travel hub for much of South America, but it is also the largest economic centre in Latin America. Noteworthy sites in Caracas include the historic centre around Plaza Bolivar, the Museo de Arte Contemporáneo (Modern Art Museum), Galeria de Arte Nacional (National Gallery) and the Museo de Bellas Artes (Museum of Fine Arts) in the Parque Central district. With its stunning futuristic skyscrapers, historic sites and noteworthy art museums visitors to Caracas should be impressed by this increasing influential Latin American city. But be prepared for the downside of Caracas with its open and wide spread poverty, heavily congested streets and dangerous street crime. However, if Caracas is used as a gateway to other places in Venezuela, then travellers of all ages can enjoy the natural beauty and diversity of this amazing country.

From tropical island beaches, to vast jungle waterfalls and the snow tipped Andes, Venezuela has a lot to offer outdoor enthusiasts and those seeking an adventure-filled holiday. Travellers can choose from a wealth of active outdoor pursuits or just kick back, relax and enjoy this Latin American experience. The crystal-clear, warm waters of Venezuela’s Caribbean coastline and numerous offshore islands make for excellent snorkelling and diving. The Venezuelan Andean peaks near Mérida are a great place for hiking. And, the tropical lowlands harbour a fantastic array of wildlife, lush vegetation and scenic waterfalls. Hence, Venezuela, if not Caracas, can be an excellent holiday destination for all ages and activities. As long as you keep your head about you, street crime should not stop visitors from enjoying the true delights of this amazing diverse country.