Printable travel guide for Venezuela
Travel Guide

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Basic Facts

Official Country Name: REPUBLICA BOLIVARIANA DE VENEZUELA. Capital: Caracas which contains most dencity of population of the country. Its pleasant climate that oscillates between the 20 and 28 degrees Celsius (70 and 80 F). Its nocturnal life and its famous international gastronomy, as well as the cableway to raise the National Park Avila, makes of Caracas a well-known better special place like the Branch of the Sky. But our country contain as well most of the possible climas and lanscapes around the world, we could find there dessers, jungle, beautifull caribean coast, forrests, snowed montains at LOS ANDES MERIDA, among others... and temperatures of 40 degrees celcius in Maracaibo as well as 0 degrees on top of our Andes. President:Hugo Chavez.

Attractions and Things to See and Do

The activity of adventure and nature practices in all the national territory.The destinies or microclusters that presents/displays a greater concentration of supply are:Canaima and the Great Savannah, Mérida, Archipelago of the Roques, Morrocoy and the Andes. Biodiverso of the world is the sixth country, standing out to more have 39 National Parks and 41 Natural Monuments that represent 16 % of the territory of the country, and is protected, in addition, by other conservacionistas administrative figures, which gets to represent until 52 % of the territory, turning to Venezuela a paradise for observers of birds, wild fauna, endemic vegetation, between whose indicators they emphasize that in Venezuela it is 44 % of the species of birds of the South American region and 14 % of the world-wide level. --------------- I recommend to visit: http://www.venezuelatuya.com/indexeng.htm? Enjoy! Lilly

Maps

Mapa de Venezuela at [http://eshuar.tripod.com/venezu4s.htm]

http://www.a-venezuela.com/mapas/index.shtml http://www.venezuelatuya.com/siteinfo/mapadelsitio.htm

Off the Beaten Path and Insider Tips

Suggested Itineraries

1 Day, 1 Week, 2 Weeks, 1 Month ...

Transport

Once you are in Venezuela, first thing you should know is that you don't need to worry about bus stops, big and small busses ("busetas", "carritos por puesto") stop where ever you ask them to and they are very cheap!!! air trips are a bit more expensive than you could think, so it is always better to travel around by bus or hitchicking, specialy around country side. I would not recomended departing from capital thou, first get by car or plain to a different city and then enjoy the rest of the country by bus, meeting lovely people and eating great spicy food!!!Getting there and away, Getting around by Air, Train, Bus, Car, Motorcycle, Boat, Hitchhiking, Bicycle ...

Accommodation

If you do not want to stay with other HC members, or noone is available, here is what other members suggest. Hostels Hotels Camping Other Options

Food and Drinks and Local Specialties

Restaurants, Supermarkets, Street Food, Local Specialties ...

Money and Costs

NACIONAL CURRENCY: The official currency is "BOLIVARES" (Bs).Use of credit cards is accepted in most of the commercial establishments, restaurants and lodging, and normaly international banks charge you about $4 per transaction on the cash points (ask first to your bank, and be carefull to cancel transactions at cash points once you finish!!!!! some of them are being corrupted!!!!).At the moment, it exists official exchange control rate equivalent to Bs.1,950 per US dolar but you could obtain even Bs.3000 per dolar in black market (Through Venezuelan people, but you must be aware because actually is off law! so if you do it in a public place you could go to jail!!!....but everyone does it a bit undercover) TO SEE VENEZUELAN NOTES AND COINS http://www.a-venezuela.com/billetes/index.shtml

Visa and Documents and Embassies

Visa is not necessary, and as we say, this he is pais without law "...." he is maximo…

Borders and Customs

Post and Communications and Internet

Post, Telephone, Fax, Internet Access ... you have all the facilities you need to comunicate localy and with the rest of the world. Specilly you get internet cafes and international call centres (centro de telecomunicaciones) everywhere in almost every town!!!! it is great! and still very cheap!

Questions and Answers or Forum

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Hospitality Club Meetings

Hi all. Hola a tod@s! Propongo una reunion el sabado en El Leon, aproximadamente a las 8.00 p.m., para darle la bienvenida a los que estan de visita por la ciudad. Saludos. Lilly do Mercosul

Travelogues

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Photos

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Activities and Sports

Nightlife and Entertainment

If you like salsa, do not forget to visit El Mani es asi in Avenida Casanova. For bohemians, Cafe Rajatabla, next to Ateneo de Caracas. And, of course, bars around the main university, Universidad Central de Venezuela. Lilly ------------- Agenda/Calendar 2009 - El Maní es Así (CCS): http://www.elmaniesasi.com/m/index.php

Population and People

Culture and Conduct or Local Customs

Language and Useful Phrases

Events and Holidays

Festivals, Sports, Concerts, Public Holidays...

Climate and When to Go

Geography

Environment and Flora and Fauna

Dangers and Warnings

Tourist Traps

Health

HEALTH And ATTENTION MEDICA The services health public are gratuitous but bad. In some cases tariffs by certain types of attendance exist.The clinics and establishments of private health request previous deposit of entrance, and accept credit cards.One recommends the participants who verify the validity of their insurance before the exit trip.

History

Government and Politics

Economy

GDP, GDP per head, Annual growth, inflation, Major Industries, Major trading partners...

Arts

Music, Literature, Theater, Movies ...

Media

Newspapers, Radio and TV, Magazines ...

Religion

Volunteer Opportunities and Work

Organized Tours

What to Bring or Packing List

Shopping

Books and Further Reading

Guidebooks, Travel, History and Politics
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Other Information

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External Links

http://www.geodyssey.co.uk/venezuela/venezuela_travel.htm http://venezuela.embassyhomepage.com/ http://www.embavenez-us.org/ http://www.auyantepuyonline.com/index_e.html http://www.think-venezuela.net/ http://www.geographia.com/venezuela/ http://www.venezuelatuya.com/eng.htm http://www.venezuela.gov.ve/ http://www.mit.edu/people/cdemello/ve.html

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