Expansive beaches, lush rainforests, roaring waterfalls, grassy savannas, and large limestone caves are just a few of the stunning natural sites in Venezuela. Venezuela accommodates all types of travelers, from nature lovers and explorers to those who want to relax their vacation away on the breathtaking beaches and everyone in between. Venezuela invites tourists to visit their land all year round depending on what they would like to do, with the rainy season being from May to October and the dry season from November to April. Some of the sites and attractions that shouldn’t be missed are Angel Falls, Canaima National Park, the Jesus Soto Museum of Modern Art, and the Drowned Church of Potosi.
1.Morrocoy National Park
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Morrocoy National Park has over 32,000 acres of protected island and marine preserve filled with island beaches, mangroves, and cays like Cayo Sombrero. The white sand beaches are spectacular and perfect for visitors to come and relax while enjoying water activities; the clear water coral reefs are home to sea turtles, fish, and dolphins, many of which are visible during a scuba diving trip. Visitors can also explore the wetlands and see the rich birdlife in the area, including flamingos, which are a fun site to see for the entire family. Other animals people may come across include anteaters, opossums, sloths, howler monkeys, and various species of deer.
Parque Nacional Morrocoy, Tucacas 4101, Falcón, Venezuela, Phone: +58-42-41-42-18-31
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With a height of 3,212 feet and a plunge of 2,648 feet, Angel Falls in Venezuela is the highest uninterrupted waterfall in the world. The waterfall can be found within the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Canaima National Park, and it drops over the often-visited Auyan Tepui mountain. Visitors will be able to enjoy the serene peace and beauty offered by the flowing waterfall during their visit there. A tour guide will be able to give visitors a lot of interesting tidbits about the waterfall and the US aviator, Jimmie Angel, who the fall was named after. While there, visitors will be able to go hiking, kayaking, and explore the flora and fauna around them.
Auyán-tepui, Canaima National Park, Bolívar State, Venezuela
3.Bararida Zoological and Botanical Park
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Having opened in 1967, the Bararida Zoological and Botanical Park is one of Venezuela’s most family-friendly day attractions. The combined park, zoo, and botanical garden give visitors an opportunity to see of the country’s most wondrous flora and fauna. There are over 8,222 animals at the zoo for visitors to get up close and personal with, with nearly 65% of them on the nearly extinct list. There’s an extensive collection of native trees in the park, while the botanical garden has over 150 different species of local and imported plants for visitors to see.
Av. Los Abogados y Calle 13, Barquisimeto 3001, Lara, Venezuela
4.Canaima National Park
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Home to the highest uninterrupted waterfall in the world, Angel Falls, Canaima National Park consists of three million hectares of grassy savannas, tropical forests, flat-topped mountains, and tepuis. The UNESCO World Heritage Site is the sixth largest national park in the world and has some spectacular landscapes for visitors to explore. There are tons of activities for visitors to partake in while in Canaima National Park including abseiling, camping, hiking, and exploring the many caves there. While there, visitors will also come across some exciting flora and fauna such as the White-faced saki, jaguars, hummingbirds, dusky parrots, and giant otters and anteaters.
5.Casa Natal & Museo Bolivar
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Simon Bolivar is a military and political hero who played a significant role in establishing Venezuela as a sovereign state. Casa Natal & Museo Bolivar is the seventeenth century house, now a significant tourist attraction, where the leader was born. In addition to being the place of his birth, the house is also one of the very few from the colonial era that still stands today. Visitors will be able to see the main room where Bolivar was born, the courtyard in which he was baptized, and period furniture and artifacts that belonged to him. Other exhibits include mementos from his childhood, personal records, and paintings by Tito Salas depicting heroic battles and scenes from Simon Bolivar’s life.
esquinas de San Jacinto a Traposos, Caracas, Distrito Capital, Avenida Universidad, Caracas, Distrito Capital, Venezuela, Phone: +58-21-25-41-25-63
6.Children's Museum of Caracas
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The Children’s Museum of Caracas teaches children about technology, science, arts, and culture in a fun and friendly interactive environment. It was established in 1982 by Alicia Pietri de Caldera, the former First Lady of Venezuela, and it has grown to become one of the best attractions for younger visitors. The exhibitions and resources there let children get hands on to better understand may topics of learning, including food, the human body, bodies of water, the Earth, and space. Programs and activities teach them about Christmas and local culture and traditions in Venezuela in an entertaining and exciting way.
Parque Central, Av Bolívar, Caracas, Distrito Capital, Venezuela, Phone: +58-21-25-75-30-22
7.Cueva del Guacharo National Park
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Cueva del Guacharo National Park can be found in Monagas, Venezuela and is one of the greatest natural attractions in the country. The main attraction of the park is a large limestone cave that is over 10 kilometers long and has many large chambers within it. Visitors can explore the cavern and see the spectacular rock formations within it; they’ll also be able to see the Guacharo bird, or oilbirds, that are known to create guano, which provides the basic nutrients for the cave’s ecosystem. The nearby Humboldt Museum will let visitors see various exhibitions on the national park, the cave, and on Alexander von Humboldt, the Prussian geographer and explorer who visited the cave in 1799 and realized the oilbirds were an unknown species at that time.
Monagas, Venezuela, Phone: +58-41-60-80-02-14
8.El Avila National Park
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Established in 1958, El Avila National Park houses a part of the Cordillera de la Costa Central mountain range. While most of the visitors come to climb, hike, and explore the Pico Naiguata, the highest point on the park at 9,072 feet above sea level, there are still many other things to see and do. Visitors can see some stunning views while enjoying the longest cable car ride in the world or take part in activities such as biking, running, camping, rock climbing, and zip lining through the national park. The flora and fauna there varies widely, and the area is home to over 120 mammals, 100 butterfly species, and over 500 bird species, with nine of them being endemic to Venezuela.
Subida Sabas Nieves, Caracas, Miranda, Venezuela
9.Henri Pittier National Park
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Found in Northern Venezuela, Henri Pittier National Park is the oldest national park in the country and consists of rainforests, cloud forests, shrub forests, mangroves, and rivers throughout its 107,800-hectare land. Named after the Swiss geographer and botanist who devoted years to studying the flora and fauna in the park, the park also has a coastal area with bays and beaches. The park is identified as an Important Bird Area and is filled with diverse flora and fauna for visitors to explore; while there are at least 582 species of birds, there are also 140 species of mammals including sloths, howler monkeys, water rats, pumas, and giant otters.
10.Jesus Soto Museum of Modern Art
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Established in 1973, the Jesus Soto Museum of Modern Art was named after the Venezuelan kinetic artist, sculptor, and painter Jesus Soto. In addition to exhibiting many of Soto’s works, the museum also displays art that Soto had collected over the years as well as newer additions by various artists from around the world. A lot of the work is abstract, and visitors will have a great time exploring the unique displays and unraveling the thought process behind them. In the surrounding gardens, visitors will see many artistic structures built into the landscape, including the penetrables of Maestro Soto that is said to stimulate several senses at the same time.
Avenida Germania, Cdad. Bolívar, Bolívar, Venezuela, Phone: +58-28-56-32-05-18
11.Medanos de Coro National Park
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Established in 1974, the Medanos de Coro National Park lies on the Medanos Isthmus and covers over 35 square miles of coastal habitat, deserts, as well as salt marshes. Visitors can easily get there by taxi or bus from the city of Santa Ana de Coro and spend the day exploring the unique habitat that almost never gets rainfall. The massive sand dunes can get over 130 feet high and are constantly transforming from the wind there. While enjoying the stunning views, there are high chances for visitors to come across many species of birds including the Yellow-shouldered amazon; other fauna includes foxes, rabbits, anteaters, and lizards.
Intercomunal Coro - Punto Fijo, Falcón, Venezuela
12.Mochima National Park
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In 1973, Mochima National Park was the second marine park to be established in Venezuela. Visitors will be able to enjoy swimming and relaxing on beaches that stretch the entire shoreline between Cumana and Puerto La Cruz. The park is filled with extraordinary beauty and the coast ranges from mountainous zones with inlets, gulfs, and beaches. Visitors can explore everything from the sandy beaches to jungle vegetation and come up close and personal with all the flora and fauna in the area. There are many boat tours that will take visitors out to see the dolphins and whales in the waters surrounding the park.
Parque Nacional Mochima, Mochima 6101, Sucre, Venezuela, Phone: +58-41-43-32-00-20
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Mount Roraima can be found in the Guiana Shield as a part of Canaima National Park, and the mountains there are considered to be some of the oldest geological formations on Earth. Visitors can hike up the various trails at Mount Roraima and come across the many species of flora and fauna that are unique to the land such as the rare Rapatea heather and other local endemic plants. Mount Roraima has special significance for the indigenous people of the area, and visitors can learn all about the legends and myths that surround the region during their exploration.
14.Museum of Contemporary Art in Caracas
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The Museum of Contemporary Art in Caracas, or MACC, is an art complex in the Parque Central Urban Complex in Caracas, Venezuela. It was founded in 1973 by Sofia Imber, a journalist and art promoter who directed the museum from 1973 to 2001. Considered one of the most important museums on modern art in Latin America, MACC has over 5,000 pieces on exhibition. There are eleven rooms including spaces dedicated to Cruz Diez, Jesus Soto, and many other artists. Some of the most popular works housed there include The Thinker by Auguste Rodin, The Pyramids in Port-Coton by Claude Monet, and Kochel by Vasili Kandinski.
Zona Cultural de Parque Central. Nivel Lecuna, Avenida Bolivar, Caracas, Distrito Capital, Venezuela, Phone: +58-21-25-73-82-89
15.National Pantheon of Venezuela
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Established in 1874, the National Pantheon of Venezuela is the final resting place for national heroes. The Pantheon, which translates to the “Temple of all the Gods,” was built on the site of church ruins in Caracas. Visitors will be able to see the bronze sarcophagus of Simon Bolivar, who the entire central nave is dedicated to. Visitors will also see beautiful paintings from the 1930s depicting scenes from the national hero’s life on the pantheon vault and a huge crystal chandelier that was installed on the centennial of his birth. Some of the famed people buried at the Pantheon include journalist Cecilio Acosta, historian Rafael Maria Baralt, poet Andres Eloy Blanco, and Jose Francisco Bermudez, an officer in the War of Independence.
16.San Esteban National Park
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Connected with the Henri Pittier National Park of Aragua, the San Esteban National Park is a natural reservation area that was created in 1987. There are many attractions and historical places within the park for visitors to explore, including the Solano Castle, the Village of San Esteban, the thermal baths and spa center of Las Trincheras, and the bridge of Paso Hondo on the San Esteban River. Other attractions include the Parque Arqueologico Piedra Pintada where visitors can see petroglyphs made by pre-Colonial Indians and the house of General Bartolome Salom in San Esteban. The park is a great site for hiking and is home to exciting flora and fauna such as boa constrictors, pumas, and ocelots.
El Cambur, Carabobo, Venezuela, Phone: +58-24-18-59-05-30
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17.Teleferico de Caracas
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Found within El Avila National Park, Teleferico de Caracas is a gondola lift that takes passengers on a trip above the El Avila Mountain. The gondola was inaugurated in 1953, though it remained closed for many years before it was reopened in 2000. There are over 70 tram cars that carry visitors on the 3.5-kilometer ride up the mountain. The 15-minute ride offers stunning views of the mountaintop and its surroundings. At the top, visitors can explore the ruins of the Humboldt Hotel, dine at one of the restaurants or food kiosks, go ice skating, or buy souvenirs from the many stalls selling handicrafts.
Final, Av. Principal de Maripérez, Caracas, Distrito Capital, Venezuela, Phone: +58-21-23-39-41-92
18.The Drowned Church of Potosi
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The town of Potosi once had 1,200 inhabitants before it was deliberately drowned in 1985 to build a hydroelectric dam. During that time, there was no hint that a town had even existed there except the 85-foot-high steeple of its church, which was used as a high-water mark for the reservoir. After nearly twenty-six years, El Nino caused a drought that receded the water and uncovered what remained of the town that once was. One of the main sites visitors can see is the now fully-exposed facade of the church; others include the ruins of houses and the outline of the former town square.
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Since 1975, Valencia’s Aquarium has been inviting visitors from all over to enjoy a fun-filled day with their family. The aquarium holds many records; in addition to being the largest and most complete aquarium in Venezuela, it is also one of the handful of aquariums in the world to house trained captive Amazon river dolphins. Visitors will be able to see a large collection of native fish species, including beautiful and unique river and freshwater fish. The aquarium is also home to a serpentarium and an aviary as well as a zoo that houses pumas, jaguars, turtles, monkeys, and much more.
Av. Fernando Figueredo, Sector Los Colorados, Pedestrian Bridge, Valencia, Carabobo, Venezuela, Phone: +58-24-18-57-47-39
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20.Coromoto Ice Cream Shop
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The Coromoto Ice Cream Shop, locally known as Heladeria Coromoto, holds the Guinness World Record for offering their customers 860 flavors of delicious ice cream at their parlor. At any given time, their customers can choose from over 60 different flavors created based on seasonal availability and favorites. The ice cream shop was established in 1980 by Manuel de Silva Oliveira who worked at larger ice cream corporations prior, but wanted to create different flavors that would appeal to his consumers. Though there are common flavors such as strawberry, chocolate, and vanilla, customers will also be able to try ice creams created with saltwater shellfish, garlic, and other unique ingredients such as tuna.
con, Calle 29 Zea, Mérida, Venezuela
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- Morrocoy National Park, Photo: Courtesy of avarand - Fotolia.com
- Angel Falls, Photo: Courtesy of Alice Nerr - Fotolia.com
- Bararida Zoological and Botanical Park, Photo: Courtesy of tamu - Fotolia.com
- Canaima National Park, Photo: Courtesy of evenfh - Fotolia.com
- Casa Natal & Museo Bolivar, Photo: Courtesy of Alexander Sánchez - Fotolia.com
- Children's Museum of Caracas, Photo: Courtesy of Anna Jurkovska - Fotolia.com
- Cueva del Guacharo National Park, Photo: Courtesy of Casimir Jover Reig - Fotolia.com
- El Avila National Park, Photo: Courtesy of Alexander Sánchez - Fotolia.com
- Henri Pittier National Park, Photo: Courtesy of Yogz - Fotolia.com
- Jesus Soto Museum of Modern Art, Photo: Courtesy of schankz - Fotolia.com
- Medanos de Coro National Park, Photo: Courtesy of Rafal Cichawa - Fotolia.com
- Mochima National Park, Photo: Courtesy of rigelp - Fotolia.com
- Mount Roraima, Photo: Courtesy of andrzej - Fotolia.com
- Museum of Contemporary Art in Caracas, Photo: Courtesy of thampapon1 - Fotolia.com
- National Pantheon of Venezuela, Photo: Courtesy of Alexander Sánchez - Fotolia.com
- San Esteban National Park, Photo: Courtesy of Marcel - Fotolia.com
- Teleferico de Caracas, Photo: Courtesy of Eli Coory - Fotolia.com
- The Drowned Church of Potosi, Photo: Courtesy of vectorfusionart - Fotolia.com
- Valencia's Aquarium, Photo: Courtesy of Vladimir Wrangel - Fotolia.com
- Coromoto Ice Cream Shop, Photo: Courtesy of Lsantilli - Fotolia.com
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