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1. Posted by Cale Cross (Budding Member 28 posts) 10y

I'm off to Venezuela in two months and wanted to know what to do there. I know that Angel falls and Margarita are the biggest tourist attractions and I wanted to know about other things to see and do. Thanks

2. Posted by snatterand (Travel Guru 454 posts) 10y

A lot of people go to Mérida, though I didn't so I don't really know a lot about it. It's in the mountains and it's sort of an adventure city, like the Queenstown of Venezuela. It's supposed to be beautiful and really cool and I didn't go just because I was going to do loads of mountain stuff in the rest of South America and just wanted to be a beach bum in Venezuela.

We went to Playa Colorada (Jakera Lodge is just the most awesome hostel ever), Santa Fe, Playa Puy Puy, Rio Caribe and Caripe. The guys at Jakera Lodge are arranging cool trips, we hiked through the rainforest four days to Canaima and Angel Falls, but they also do Roraima trips and kayaking trips on the delta (I don't remember the name) that are supposed to be awesome. They have a website, you can just google for "Jakera Lodge Venezuela".

Good luck
//Susanna

3. Posted by globalgirl (Full Member 64 posts) 10y

Hey there,

I just spent a couple of weeks in Venezuela earlier this year...

It's a big country so I hope you have a lot of time...unfortunately I still missed out on a lot...

I did go to Merida and it IS beautiful! I really loved it. also it's a big college-type town so it's got a good vibe to it. My friend and I climbed Pico Humboldt which was really nice. The whole region is very mountainous, and the city sits in a valley. All sorts of outdoor activities there but I think the mountain trekking is great. i've heard Roriama is amazing...but unfortunately didn't have time to do it, which is why we went for Humboldt instead. wouldn't spend much time in caracas...

in terms of beaches, i went to margarita...if you're going peak time at all BOOK ahead (i learned the hard way). margarita is fun, beaches are great, but i would also look into los roques. i probably would have preferred to go there...i think it's just a lot smaller, quieter, and remote... also more expensive i believe but you can figure that out ahead of time by booking in advance. so it depends what you want - isla margarita is more of a party scene, and much bigger. easier/cheaper to get to. lots of friendly canadians ;) - I think because air canada flies there direct from toronto or something.

Happy to help if you had other questions - I definitely had trouble getting help before I went. One small point, I think I must have missed this in the travel books :) - there are two $$ exchange markets - oops, or ££ - in venezuela. The "official" and the "black market" rate - there's a big diff between the two and even those it's called black market EVERYONE does it...so try to trade your money there. you might have to just ask around, or it'd be helpful if you have some connection to help you with this.

Jaime

4. Posted by Cale Cross (Budding Member 28 posts) 10y

Cheers, both of you. snatterand I checked out the website and that could be an option, particulary for the excursions. globalgirl, were there any campsites on Margarita or los roques?

5. Posted by snatterand (Travel Guru 454 posts) 10y

Good luck, if you go to Jakera, say hello from me to Chris, Brendan and Lino. They are just the nicest of all people!

//Susanna

6. Posted by sdfsdfsxvd (Budding Member 3 posts) 10y

S spent 6 month in Venezuela in 2005 and have to say that it really depends how much time you have. I strongly recommend you NOT to do the "classical" tourist trip to Angel Falls (which costs around USD 300 from Ciudad Bolivar), but try to arrange the trip with the guys from Jakera (I walked with Susanna). However, my personal favourite was the hike in La Gran Sabana (on the Brazilian boarder). You spend around 5-6 days hiking to Monte Roraima, a table-top mountain. Again, Jakera is a perfect address for that! Just plan enough time, in Venezuela everything goes "tranquilo" ;-) if you go to Playa Colorada, say hello to BRENDAN (he sort of runs the camp there). roger

7. Posted by snatterand (Travel Guru 454 posts) 10y

Hi Roger! So nice to hear from you this way! Yeah, it was a great trip indeed... The walk up to Canaima I mean.

//Susanna

8. Posted by steff (Travel Guru 1160 posts) 10y

I can only agree with the others' suggestions, and totally loved hiking and the jungle in the Gran Sabana area (Santa Elena is also a nice little town in the very south of the country), had great fun in Mérida (paragliding over the mountain ranges there was absolutely amazing !) and relaxed for a few days in Choroni, a little "backpacker" village by the ocean close to Caracas.

Steff