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Venezuela Holidays: When to Travel, What You Don’t Want to Miss

Venezuela holidays are exciting adventures like no other! If you’re planning a trip to the country, get ready for the experience of a lifetime.

When to Travel

Venezuela holidays are great any time of the year, but some months are considered a bit better for travel. The period of May to October is recommended as the best time to visit the country, as tourists miss the dry season and the coolest months of the year. The average temperatures during January and February are lower than the rest of the year, making conditions less than ideal to explore this tropical country. The dry season in Caracas lasts from December to April and October to May in the Andes, which unlike many other areas of the world is not the optimal time for a visit, as the country is most enjoyable after the rain, when the humidity is low and the rivers are full of freshly fallen water.

Highlights of Venezuela Holidays

Venezuela is full of fun and exciting things to do. Whether you’re looking to have a city experience, take in some of the country’s natural wonders, or both, check out some of the top places to visit on Venezuela holidays:

  • Caracas: The capital of Venezuela is a bustling city, filled with things to do. Visit the El Silencio area of downtown for a look at some of the city’s stunning historical architecture, including O’Leary Square and Miranda Square. Check out the Parque Central area, the more modern, artistic part of the city, which is home to museums, galleries, a concert hall, shops, restaurants, and cafes.
  • Canaima National Park: Considered one of the world’s most beautiful natural wonders, Canaima National Park was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site, due to its tepuis. These raised plateaus with vertical walls and flat tops are millions of years old and a beautiful site to see. An estimated 65% of the park is covered by tepuis, with Mount Roraima as the tallest and Auyantepui as the home to Angel Falls, the world’s tallest waterfall, standing approximately 980 meters high. The park is home to a very diverse assortment of wildlife, plants, and birds, including a number of endangered species.
  • Merida: Nestled deep in the Andes, this village offers more authentic Venezuelan experience. There’s plenty of things to do, as the city is home to Universidad de los Andes, one of the country’s major universities, but the remote, serenity of the area is entirely different from Caracas. Enjoy the views of the Andes on all sides and the fresh mountain air, while visiting sights like Catedral Metropolitana, Los Nevados, and Museo Arqueologico.

Venezuela holidays are exciting, offer travelers sites and experiences that cannot be duplicated anywhere else in the world!

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Venezuela Caracas City

When visiting Venezuela Caracas is often overlooked by travelers in favor of heading straight to some of the country’s noteworthy natural wonders. While Venezuela is home to some of the world’s most beautiful natural sites, Caracas is a stop that should be added to any itinerary.

Things to Do in Venezuela Caracas City

This bustling metropolitan area is actually the capital city of Venezuela and home to approximately four million residents. It boasts stunning historical architecture, especially in the El Silencio area, museums, art galleries, shopping, theater, and so much more. Some of the most popular sites in the city include:

  • Cathedral: Located on the eastern side of the Plaza Bolivar, this beautiful, elaborate church is a site not to be missed. The structure took 48 years to be completed and contains the Bolivar family chapel. Admission to the Cathedral is free.
  • Parque Central Area: As one of the more modern areas of the city, you’ll be surrounded by large, impressive buildings. Parque Central is an artistic part of the city, home to museums, art galleries, a concert hall, shops, restaurants, and cafes.
  • National Pantheon: Originally built as a church, this structure now serves as a resting place for national heroes, including the famed Simon Bolivar. The vault of the building is adorned with 1930s paintings of scenes from Bolivar’s life and a huge chandelier hangs in his honor, which was mounted on what would have been his 100th birthday, in 1883.
  • The Plaza Bolivar: Serving as the center of activity in the old town area, the Plaza Bolivar is an essential stop not to be missed.
  • National Capitol: The home of the country’s Legislative Power is a beautiful site to see. The Capitol includes the Legislative Palace and the Federal Palace buildings. The great fountain on the grounds serves as a picture perfect spot for visitors.
  • La Estancia: Although this 220 year old coffee house has been renovated, history still surrounds it. The property includes an art museum, displaying pieces by local artists. On the weekends, people bring picnic baskets and gather on the patio for free concerts.

Getting to Venezuela  Caracas Transportation

When visiting Venezuela Caracas is an easy place to get to for most travelers. Simon Bolivar International airport is located in the town of Maiquetia, which is approximately 25 kilometers from central Caracas. Many major airlines fly into the airport and non-stop flights are offered from countless cities across the world. If you choose to use a taxi to get from the airport, you’re advised to use an official airport black Ford Explorer cab. Many unlicensed taxis offer shuttle service for a presumably cheaper fare. While it’s not advisable to take this transportation option, if you do, don’t share a ride with anyone else and negotiate the price before driving away from the airport.

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Canaima National Park: A Geological Wonderland

Located in southeastern Venezuela’s Bolivar State, Canaima National Park borders Brazil and Guyana. This massive geological wonderland covers 12,000 square miles, making it the sixth largest national park in the world. Roughly 65 percent of the park is covered in tepuis or tabletop mountains, a type of plateau with vertical walls and nearly flat tops, making for stunning scenic views. The park was designated a World Heritage Site in 1994, by UNESCO, because of its tepuis.

Top Sites in Canaima National Park

  • Angel Falls: Indisputably the most popular site in the park, Angel Falls is the world’s tallest waterfall, standing 3,287 feet high. It is actually 16 times taller than Niagara Falls.
  • Mount Roraima: Another very popular tepuis in the park, as this is the tallest and easiest to climb. Visitors enjoy exploring its black rocks, pools, gorges, and wildflower gardens.
  • La Gran Sabana: This terrain offers breathtaking views of wide open plains filled with tepuis.
  • Salto Aponguao: Considered one of the country’s most beautiful waterfalls, Salto Aponguao has a drop of more than 300 feet. This site is challenging to reach, but visitors say the stunning sites are worth the difficult trek.
  • Mt. Auyantepui: One of the largest mountains in the Guiana Range, the waters of Angel Falls flow from the cliffs of Mt. Auyantepui.
  • Kavak: A remote village run by the Pemon Indians. While reaching the site isn’t the easiest, travelers who make the trip are always glad they did so.
  • Salto el Sapo: Adventure seeking travelers enjoy the opportunity to cross a waterfall by foot offered by Salto el Sapo.

Canaima National Park Wildlife

The park is home to a diverse assortment of plant and animal species not found anywhere else in the world. One-third of the plants in Canaima National Park are not found anywhere else in the world. According to UNESCO, 118 mammals, 550 birds, 72 reptiles, and 55 amphibians have been recorded in the park. Six species of mammals are of conservation concern, including the giant anteater, giant armadillo, giant otter, bush dog, little spotted cat, and margay.

Where to Stay

Camping in Canaima National Park is not permitted. Although the rule is enforced throughout the park, officials monitor the Angel Falls area extra closely, as it is the most popular site for visitors. Travelers stay at the inns, hostels, lodges, and official campgrounds in the park. Some of these include:

  • Campamento Canaima
  • Barquilla de Fresa
  • Waku Lodge
  • Jungle Rudy’s Ucaima Camp
  • Tapuy Lodge
  • Campamento Parakaupa
  • Excursiones Kavac
  • Arekuna Lodge
  • Campamento Morichal Canaima
  • Camp Tiuna & Tours

Enjoy your trip to Canaima National Park, one of the world’s greatest natural wonders. You’re sure to see sites and take in experiences that you’ve never even dreamed possible!

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Santiago Metro: An underground museum

If you are visiting Santiago, the Chilean capital, take sometime to use it’s underground metro.  The Chilean government implemented the MetroArte project which consists of 33 art pieces spread over different terminals. Through them the Santiago Metro has acquired its own identity which in turn has earned a spot in the Lonely Planet (placing the Universidad de Chile Metro station as one of ten ‘must see’ stations to visit in the world). The Universidad de Chile station is an authentic museum which gives the feeling of being in an art gallery with works of different styles, from Soviet art to murals. The “Memoria Visual de una nación” mural is the work of national artist Mario Toral and reviews the history of Chile. In addition to the Universidad de Chile station, stop by the Santa Lucia station which features traditional Portuguese mosaics as well as The Parque Bustamante station which features the “Vida y Trabajo” (Life and Work) mural by renowned Chilean artist Alejandro González.

Source: Turismo Chile Newsletter.

 

 

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Why is travel insurance important?

 

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez died yesterday, March 5, 2013. If you are traveling through Venezuela right now your trip/itinerary will probably be affected. This is just one of many reasons why it is important to purchase travel insurance before traveling. It will protect you against the unexpected.

Reasons to buy travel insurance
1. Your flight has been cancelled.
2. Your bags are lost and your medication is in it. You need to have an emergency prescription filled.
3. Your passport and wallet are stolen, and you need emergency cash and a replacement passport.
4. You’re involved in an accident and adequate medical treatment is not available. You need medical evacuation.
5. You need to cancel your trip due to illness.
6. Your cruise line, airline or tour operator goes bankrupt. You need your non-refundable expenses covered and to get to your destination.
7. You have a medical emergency in a foreign country.
8. A terrorist incident occurs in the city where you’re planning to visit and you want to cancel your trip.
9. A hurricane forces you to evacuate your resort, hotel or cruise.

For those looking for good insurance companies I recommend this article: Frommers.com’s Top 8 Travel Insurance Providers. It gives you great tips on how to pick the best policy.  We recommend (and use) the The Travel Insurance Center.

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How to pack a suitcase

Ever wonder how to pack a suitcase like a pro? In article from Real Simple magazine experts reveal their trusted, time-honored solutions. Try out these tips on your next vacation and let me know what you think. You can also check-out more travel tips on the TIC Pinterest page.

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Happy New Year! May 2013 be a year full of learning, exciting travels and new discoveries

To all our wonderful followers, Happy New Year! Turpial Travel wishes you a year full of learning, exciting travels and new discoveries.

We wanted to start the year by sharing this wonderful article “5 Things That Really Smart People Do” which describes five ways to step aside and continue to increase your smarts. It recommends:

  1. Quieting Your Inner Voice

  2. Arguing With Yourself

  3. Acting Like You Are Curious

  4. Finding the Kernel of Truth

  5. Focusing on the Message Not the Messenger

How about applying these principles to your travel? It will keep you engaged, impressionable, relevant and constantly learning new things.  Do you think Albert Einstein would agree?

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How about touring Poet Pablo Neruda’s homes in Chile?

Are you a fan of Poet Pablo Neruda? If you are in Chile, you should definitely take the time to visit his unique homes, which are open for tours. The homes reveal a man of surprising tastes and reflect on the country’s tumultuous past.  We recommend visiting his Isla Negra home as that is the final resting place of Neruda and his wife, whose graves face the sea. If you want to learn more, read this excellent article by the LA Times : http://www.latimes.com/travel/la-tr-neruda-20110501,0,4236577.story

Isla Negra Home

La Sebastiana – Valparaiso

La Chascona – Santiago

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Mount Roraima- Venezuela’s Lost World

Looking for a top trekking expedition in South America? How about trekking Mt. Roraima- where Arthur Conan Doyle placed his 1912 story “The Lost World,” about scientists attacked by dinosaurs and ape men in a land cut off from the rest of the world? This flat-topped mountain, 9,200 feet tall, is encircled by cliffs that shoot straight up 1,300 feet or more. In Doyle’s book, nothing can climb to the top, and nothing can climb down however this is not true! Explore the wonders of this magnificent Tepuy in a six-day trek. When you return you will feel that for once, the word “awesome” is no cliche. Our Roraima Trek & Angel Fall Expedition is a tour to consider!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Latest review from one of our travelers!

Dear Joanne,

thank you so much for helping us put together a memorable trip!
We enjoyed traveling through Venezuela so much  we will go back again soon.
I will get back to you with answers to your questions ASAP.
Best,

Carlo

Tour: Venezuela Active

Tour Date: Jul 06 – Jul 20, 2012

Destinations visited: Canaima National Park, Orinoco Delta, Los Llanos, Andean Region, Merida, Los Roques National Park

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