Joanne Castillo

Roraima & Angel Fall Trek – Jonathan’s experience

I just came back from Venezuela with Turpial Travel, and I cannot say enough good things about them. I am a pretty experienced traveler, but Venezuela provides some unique challenges that I was not prepared for. Good thing Joanne over at Turpial was already anticipating those possible issues, and took care of them beforehand. I dont think I would feel safe traveling in Venezuela without an amazingly professional team behind this trip to help me. Thank you so much to Joanne and anyone else that helped make this an outrageous adventure that I will never forget!!

Jonathan Bickoff

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Laguna La Restinga in Margarita Island

Laguna de La Restinga

If you are planning an escape to Margarita Island why not visit Laguna La Restinga?

La Laguna La Restinga (The Rastinga Lagoon) is one of the most popular attractions on Margarita Island.  The lagoon is filled with mangroves, oysters, sea horses, fish and many birds. The Restinga lagoon is considered one of the world’s best wetlands with a water surface of less than 6 meters deep. Its ecosystem is preserved in its natural state and in it you find 85 bird species, 20 reptiles and 10 mammals.

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Off-The-Beaten-Path Museums in Venezuela

Dimitrios Demu de Lechería Museum

Planning a trip to Venezuela? Here are some off-the-beaten-path museums you can visit in Puerto La Cruz:

1. Museum El Sol de las Botellas (Sun of Bottles Museum): was conceived by the poet Douglas Gutierrez and inaugurated on August 28, 1993. The name of this museum stems from various bottles embed in circles throughout the museums walls.  The museum counts with five different rooms and in them you find samples of wooden art, metal, glass, ceramics, paintings and tapestries. There is also a room devoted to graphic design. Read more
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The largest snake in the world

Did you know that the anaconda is the largest snake in the world, when both weight and length are considered? It can reach a length of 30 feet (9 meters) and weigh up to 550 pounds (227 kilograms)! Kids, learn more about this fascinating specie at:

The anaconda is found in Los LLanos region of Venezuela  Turpial Travel promises extraordinary encounters with the anaconda. Visit our website at

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Tips from our Travelers

I wanted to take this opportunity to wish you all a Happy New Year from the Turpial Travel Team!
I thought it would be good to start the year by sharing some excellent feedback received from one of our travelers while traveling through Venezuela. I hope this helps!  Read more
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Venezuelan Religious Traditions


If you are in Venezuela during the months of December and January,  travel to the western side of Venezuela to see beautiful religious and folkloric festivities. It is a great time to enjoy and appreciate colorful and traditional events.

In December for example, the western side of the country has the highest concentration of events, especially between the 28th and 29th of December where they honor San Benito and commemorate the Holy Innocents. Sanare in Lara, is renowned for its “Zaragoza” who take the village streets on the 28th. Read more

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Falcón a destination for adventure

Falcón – a destination for adventure

Located in west of part of the country, the Falcon State offers a variety of beautiful beaches, warm waters and comfortable accommodations. Morrocoy’s and Chichiriviche’s beaches are among the most visited by locals and foreigners who cometo enjoy the sun, water sports, and nature. Turpial Travel offers unique packages to these destinations!

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Did you know?

Did you know that Latin America and the Caribbean have one of the greatest endowments of natural capital in the world? Did you know that the region is the site of six of the world’s most biodiverse countries—Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Mexico, Peru and Venezuela—as well as the single most biologically diverse area in the world, the Amazon rainforest? South America alone has more than 40 percent of the Earth’s biodiversity, and more than one-quarter of its forests. UNDP Report: Latin America and Caribbean are “biodiversity superpower”; 02 December 2010.

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Are you an adrenaline junkie?

Rafting in the Siniguis (IV – V) and Acequia Rivers (Level III) is said to be the best water coaster in all of Venezuela. You can also find good rafting in Puerto La Cruz and the Gran Sabana, but none like these. These rivers are born in Pico Bolivar “Bolivar Peakand as there is no population between Guamanchi and the top of the mountain the water is clear and wonderful to raft in. I did rafting in Chile, where I am, but the levels here are tremendous! “Qué cosa tan buena”!

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Andean Mountains

Sierra of La Culata

Bound by the Sierra Nevada and Sierra de la Culata, the Venezuelan Andean  ecosystem consists of mostly glacier formed valleys and plains with a large variety of lakes, peat bogs and wet grasslands intermingled with shrublands and forest patches. Read more

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