Venezuela,
originally named Little Venice, offers an incomparable contrast of
spellbinding landscapes - from the stunning Andes mountain range to
calming beaches to the awe-inspiring Amazon. For travelers who want to
have it all, this is an extraordinary vacation spot you may have
overlooked in the past.

Find the best of Venezuela tucked away in its northwestern region
abounding with dipping valleys and sierras, on the riverbanks of the
Orinoco River and along the extensive stretch of coastline at the
southern tip of the Caribbean. Its tropical lowlands hide a huge array
of wildlife, lush vegetation and dramatic waterfalls, while providing
an open playground for nature lovers, trekkers and mountaineers.

Mochima National Park

TravelSense Community Member Dominic

With so many different types of excursions to choose, you can expect to
find the unexpected. For travelers planning their first or second
honeymoon, desiring a romantic getaway or looking to explore the most
spectacular corners of the world, Venezuela offers a unique vacation
built for two that is worthy of special remembrance. It is the one
destination that can capture the intimacy in discovering one-of-a-kind
places and first-time experiences together.

A Hidden Oasis of Beauty
Fall upon some of the
most romantic and remote areas hidden inside of this captivating
country. Take a scenic flight or canoe trip to the foot of Angel Falls,
one of the eight natural wonders of the world, in the Canaima National
Park. Its freshwaters plunge uninterrupted down 3,212 feet, turning
quickly into mist by the strong winds at the base. If you choose to do
so, the hiking journey to the base of the waterfall is a paradise
bursting with greenery and surrounded with exotic wildlife.

Venezuela's Wildlife

TravelSense Community Member PatandCorinne

La Gran Sabana features tepuis, prehistoric tabletop mountains
soaring skyward from the rolling plains that contain a cultivation of
plants found nowhere else on the planet. On the lively climb to Mount
Roraima, the park's famous tepuis peaking at 8,985 feet, you'll
encounter the fascinating sights and sounds of the tropical savannahs,
cloud forests, river streams and misty waterfalls.

Nearby, you'll come across Ciudad Bolívar, a city worth visiting for
its colonial architecture and prehistoric rock formations. The
riverfront boulevard, Paseo Orinoco, is a popular place to stroll, with
old buildings lining one side of the street and the river running along
the other. Plaza Bolívar, the brilliantly restored historic quarter,
features the bold colors of the town's colonial structures and facades
that date back to the late 1700s.

Jungles of Venezuela (Margarita Island)

TravelSense Community Member kelto



Head underground to the Cueva del Guacharo located within a few
hours of Cumanà. Inside of the six-mile-long limestone cavern, you'll
see a number of large chambers and stunning cave structures. You'll
also find a humbling experience trekking the mountains of Los Nevados,
Pico El Aguila and the Sierra la Culata. Or enjoy the novelty of skiing
in the tropics in the Sierra Nevada National Park or Cordillera de
Merida, which boasts snow lined peaks all year round. From Merida,
board the world's longest and highest cable car that runs for eight
miles to the top of Pico Espejo, a good starting point for mountain
hiking.

Located down the central stretch of Cordillera de la Costa, El Ávila
National Park separates the city of Caracas from the Caribbean Sea.
Wander through the park's many hiking trails, where you'll see a
blooming variety of tropical orchids, ferns, palms and the lily of the
woodlands. Come face to face with Venezuela's extraordinary creatures
such as weasels, monkeys, three-toed sloths, small anteaters,
armadillos, porcupines and guacharacas.

More Than a Beach Paradise
If your heart
desires the calming pace of a beach vacation, Venezuela's beautiful
islands and coastal resorts will provide the perfect escape. Sitting on
the northern coast is Caracas, Venezuela's capital and the perfect
departure point to numerous Eastern and Southern Caribbean islands.
Nestled in a valley at 3,300 feet above sea level, Caracas is
surrounded by the majestic mountains of Cordillera de la Costa,
separating it from the Caribbean Sea, and contains a remarkable mixture
of natural sights and landscapes.

Southern Caribbean (Aruba)

TravelSense Community Member Suzie1969



Caracas is quite a dynamic city of great historical and cultural
beauty that provides convenient passage to many of the Caribbean's
popular resort islands, including Aruba, the Netherlands Antilles,
Grenada, Barbados and St. Lucia. Loved for their easy pace and tranquil
ambiance, any of these islands will create the perfect setting for a
romantic honeymoon. Charter a boat through the channels of the Morroy
National Park in the northwest or sail to the islands of Cayo Sombrero
and Chichiriviche. Morroy is an exceptional area for sailing, swimming,
snorkeling and scuba diving with pleasant breezes and magnificent coral
reefs and wildlife.

Maiquetia sustains a lively mix of resort-style hotels and thatched
hot restaurants and bars catering to weekend and tourist crowds. Take a
short drive east to Macuto, an enchanting seaside resort where you'll
relish the atmospheric beaches and take in the warm sun rays and soft,
warm breeze of the Caribbean. Charter a boat to the idyllic islands of
Los Roques, which has a huge extension of peaceful, crystalline waters
and a significant presence of lagoons, small islands and white-sand
beaches.

Cabins along the Orinoco River

TravelSense Community Member PatandCorinne



Travel through the nearby Portachuelo Pass to the coastal region where
the rainforest meets the sea at Ocumare de la Costa. The coastline of
the 3,710-foot pass is dotted with fine beaches and islands, many
inhabited only by flamingos and scarlet ibis, which can be reached by
hired boat. Morrocoy, off the coast near the small town of Tucacas, is
a spectacular island with hundreds of coral reefs and palm beaches
ideal for fishing and recreational diving.

Enjoy the charming coastal resort of Puerto la Cruz, an
increasingly popular spot for honeymooners and a central area for
traveling to the remote territories of the Mochima National Park. Its
beauty is diverse: spectacular beaches and the Gulf of Santa Fe, the
archipelago of Borracha, Manare Peninsula and Bay of Mochima, multiple
well-preserved islands and a unique combination of mountains kissing
the sea.

See the park's world-famous Red Beach, where you'll walk along the
crisp, golden (almost red) beach sands. Enjoy every moment on Margarita
Island, a tropical retreat permeated by a laid-back lifestyle and
dramatic architecture with high mountains framed by white, sandy shores
and turquoise waters. Margarita is blessed with 300 days a year of sun
and beaches lined with palm trees, including Playa El Agua and Playa
Parguito.

Playa Medina

TravelSense Community Member Dominic



You'll fall in love with Venezuela's snowcapped peaks and
flat-topped mountains, steamy Amazon jungles and placid coastline. The
natural wonder of this destination will steal your heart and invigorate
your spirit with every new memory you create together here. From the
moment you step off the plane, you'll begin to understand why Venezuela
is, without a doubt, an epic country with spectacular sights you won't
find anywhere else.