The coast north of the Guyana Highlands offers beautiful beaches and resort towns such as Higuerote, La Sabana and Lecheria, which hosts the San Juan Festival of Drums in late June. The mountainous country of Guyana south of the Orinoco covers half of the country and is known for its gold and diamond wealth. The Orinoco Region and the Orinoco Delta have developed into an important trading region. The old town of Ciudad Bolívar (formerly Angostura) on the south bank of the Orinoco is currently experiencing a building boom, but traces of its colonial past can still be found. The animal -rich Gran Sabana National Park is the largest plateau in Venezuela. Santa Elena, the Guri Dam and the Danto Falls are nice places to visit. In the pioneer townSanta Elena de Uairén hosts a fiesta every August. Climbing the Roraimaberg, located near the village of Peraitepin, can take up to 14 days on foot. The ascent to the top of Tepuly is as sweaty as it is rewarding; in Los Caribes the diamond mines can be visited. After a heavy rain shower, the children of Icaban search for gold nuggets that have washed down the mountainside.
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In the Orinoco Delta you can take boat trips to La Tucupita. In Canaima (with 3 million hectares one of the largest national parks in the world) you can see the Salto del Angel (Angel Waterfalls). The waters of the Churum River thunder 979 m deep into an abyss. Tours include a visit to the waterfalls and other natural wonders, such as the many rare plants (there are over 500 species of orchids). Accommodation can be found on the shores of the lagoons. Other national parks are in the State of Bolívar and the Federal Territory of the Amazon ( El Cocuy and Autana ).
This large, sparsely populated region of grassy steppes east of the Cordillera de Mérida and north of the Orinico is mostly flat. The area extends to the north coast and is the center of cattle breeding. Numerous rivers meander through the landscape; on its shores lie forests and swamps where egrets, parrots, alligators and monkeys live. At the rodeos you can admire the horsemanship of the steppe dwellers and their skill with the lasso. For relaxation, you can also participate in the Joropo, Venezuela’s national dance.
Gems, jewellery, cacique coins, gold, pearls, shoes, handbags, Indian bows and arrows, mats, whistles, baskets, alpargatas (traditional native campesino footwear) and chinchorros (hammocks). Shop opening hours: Mon-Sat 09.00-13.00 and 15.00-19.00.
In the larger cities there are nightclubs and discos. In the National Theater and on the many city stages one can enjoy concerts, ballet performances, plays, operas and operettas. Caracas also offers open-air theaters and cinemas.
Specialties include the appetizer tequenos (thin dough wrapped around white cheese and fried), arepas (cornbread), tostadas (the inside of the bread is removed and the crispy shell is filled with ham, cheese, seasoned meat, chicken salad or cottage cheese), and empanadas (meat pie). Roast lapa (juicy roast), chipi chipi (small clam soup) and hervido (soup with pieces of beef, chicken or fish and local vegetables) are also extremely tasty. The rather spicy side dish guasacaca is usually eaten with meat, while pabellón criollo (meatloaf) with black beans, plantains and rice is another delicacy. Table service is common. Opening hours: 19.30-01.00/02.00. Beverages: Foreign wines are bottled in the country. Several good local beers, the aperitif pousse-café, gin and the excellent rum are recommended. Merengada (pulp, ice, milk and sugar) is a particularly refreshing drink. Batido is also a good thirst quencher, but is made with water. In the bars you are served at the table or counter. Most bars stay open late. In the bars you are served at the table or counter. Most bars stay open late. In the bars you are served at the table or counter. Most bars stay open late.
Excellent hotels are available in Caracas for vacationers. There are many smaller hotels throughout the country; Advance booking recommended. Categories: Hotels are classified into three categories. The more expensive the hotel, the more comfort it offers. There is no service charge and there are no seasonal price differences. Hotels outside the capital are cheaper, but the standard is slightly lower. More detailed information is contained in the Guía Turistica de Caracas Littoral y Venezuela, published by the Corporación de Turismo de Venezuela (see addresses).
There are no official campsites. You can pitch your tent on beaches, on islands, in the llanos or in the mountains. Tour operators that offer jungle tours sometimes organize camping trips as well.
Other accommodation options
Auskünfte erteilt: Hostelling International, Av. Lecuna Parque Central, Edif. Tajamar, Level OFC 1, Of. 107, Caracas (Tel: (02) 576 44 93) sowie Idiomas Vivos srl, Res. La Hacienda Local 1-4-T, Final Av. ppal. Las Mercedes, Apt. 80160, Caracas 1080. Phone: (02) 993 39 30.
Roman Catholic (96%). Protestant (2%), Orthodox and Jewish minorities.
Social Rules of Conduct
Manners: When greeting someone shakes hands. The abrazo, a combination of a hug and a handshake, is also common. Dress: Restrained everyday dress is appropriate in Caracas. Men should wear suits to business meetings. A jacket and tie are expected in restaurants and at social events. Dress is more casual on the coast, but swimwear belongs on the beach. Smoking: Smoking is prohibited in closed public spaces such as workplaces, shopping malls, restaurants, bars, nightclubs, etc. Tipping: The amount is usually at the discretion of the guest. Most bar and restaurant bills include a 10% service charge, with another 5-10% being common. Hotel staff also expect tips. Taxi drivers are tipped by rounding up the fare if they help with luggage, for example. Caracas tips more than other parts of the country. Tourist guides typically receive a 5-10% tip.
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The climate is tropical on the plains and temperate on the mountains. At altitudes over 2000 m it can get quite cold. Rainy season from May to December. The best time to travel to Venezuela is from August to October.
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