Venezuela is on the North coast of South America, and is home to some of the most spectacular wildlife and stunning natural landscapes on the continent. With a Caribbean Sea shoreline, pristine beaches offer unrivalled opportunities for sunbathing and diving. Venezuela’s prime tourist attraction is Angel Falls, in the Guiana Highlands, which is the world’s highest waterfall. The country also includes the second-longest river in South America, the Orinoco. Rich in the natural resources of gas and oil, this is a country with lots to offer.
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There have recently been demonstrations and political unrest in some parts of Venezuela, which has led to temporary closure of the border with Colombia. If you are planning to travel to Venezuela, you are advised to check the details for your specific destination, and remain vigilant about your personal safety at all times, as there is potential for violence. This advice applies throughout the country, and you should always be aware of taking any additional risks, travelling after dark and carrying valuables. If possible, travel as part of an organised tour with a guide who knows Venezuela well.
Venezuela is affected by the Zika virus. Women who are pregnant or planning to become pregnant should not visit the country. Road conditions in Venezuela are poor, so talk to locals before you set out about any route you plan to take. Cycling and hitchhiking are very dangerous, and it is not advisable to travel via these means in any part of the country.
Medical facilities in the large cities are of a reasonable quality, but the standard of care varies considerably throughout the country. Venezuela’s economic situation means there is a shortage of supplies, and any medical treatment beyond basic procedures may require evacuation.
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