Venezuela’s 3,218 kilometres of coastline enjoy tropical conditions year round. The temperature averages 25 C and it rains often, especially between June and November. It’s extremely hot and humid in the southern and central parts of the country, where you’ll see lots of rain. It gets colder the higher you climb in the Andes Mountains.
When to fly to Venezuela
Tourists booking flights to Venezuela should plan ahead. Venezuela flights and hotel rooms book up fast during the summer months and prices can get expensive.
The best time to visit is between January and April. For Angel Falls at its most spectacular, visit during the rainy season (from May to November).
Getting around Venezuela
Several commuter airlines link Venezuela flights including Aeropostal (Alas de Venezuela), Aero Ejecutivos and Sol America. Bus lines such as Aeroexpresos Ejecutivos, Expresos Los Llanos and Rodovías offer decent services throughout the country.
Unsurprisingly for an oil-producing nation, petrol is cheap in Venezuela, making car rental a good option for travellers. All the major, international car-rental companies are represented at airports.
The following chart gives approximate journey times fromCaracas
(in hours and minutes) to other major cities and towns in Venezuela.
Venezuela insider information
- There are more than 40 national parks in Venezuela including Parque Nacional El Avila, in Caracas. Avila Mountain can be reached by cable car or Teleferico, from which there are sweeping views of the city on one side, and the Caribbean Sea on the other. For mountaineering, hiking and rock-climbing, visit the Sierra Nevada de Merida in Sierra Nevada de Merida National Park.
- Angel Falls, the world’s highest waterfalls, is in Canaima National Park, southeastern Venezuela. The national park takes in about 7 million acres and about two-thirds of the park is covered by table mountain or tepui formations. Angel Falls, 3,212ft high with an uninterrupted drop of 2,647ft are named for Jimmy Angel, an American bush pilot who first caught sight of the falls in the 1930s. His stories about the falls were only believed when his plane crashed and he had to trek for 11 days to reach civilization. His airplane was restored and now stands outside Ciudad Bolivar.
- Venezuela has amassed more Miss World and Miss Universe titles than any other country and has a very strong – some would say obsessional – beauty culture. Venezuelans are Latin America’s largest consumers of cosmetics on a per-capita basis. There is also a pageant for men – the Mister Handsome beauty pageant.
- Los Roques is a collection of almost 300 islands, north of La Guaira, Caracas' port. It has been a national park since 1972. El Gran Roque is the only populated island, but other important islands are Francisqui, Nordisqui, Madrisqui and Crasqui.
- La Gran Sabana is a region in the southeast of Bolivar state, south of the Orinoco River. Travellers described it as so wild and beautiful that Sir Arthur Conan Doyle was inspired to write The Lost World about it.