Of course a must-see is the renowned and powerful Amazon Rainforest, the largest and most important jungle in the world. Visitors are able to explore its rivers, searching for the wildlife who call it their home, taking note of all the lush tropical plant life that make it so important. For beach lovers, and especially for scuba divers and snorkelers, don’t miss Morrocoy National Park, about a 2-hour drive from Caracas, with white sand beaches and coral reefs and islands dotted along the coast. The park is also a bird watcher’s paradise with its parrots, osprey, and the colorful pink flamingos and scarlet ibis.
And for more beautiful beaches the tiny island of Cayo Sombrero will not disappoint with its white sand, turquoise water, and shaded by palm trees. This peaceful place is pure unspoiled nature, with no infrastructure or amenities.
Nestled right on the borders of Venezuela, Brazil and Guyana, Mount Roraima is a top destination for avid hikers and adventure seekers, like an island in the sky, and with its fascinating rock formations, waterfalls, and majestic table-shaped mountain it is a truly unique sight. The multi-day hike is rather demanding but with priceless views from the summit.
The legendary Orinoco River Delta, one of the most important in South America and the third largest river in the world after the Amazon and Congo, offers a completely unique landscape than other parts of the country, with its interesting formations from natural deposits and wildlife like monkeys, macaws, piranhas, and even alligators, anacondas and even the occasional jaguar sighting. Riverside lodges offer guided boat trips down the river to explore the area and view wildlife, and visit some local indigenous people.
And one of the top destinations on anyone’s list when visiting Venezuela is Los Llanos, the Serengeti of South America. Take a safari through this huge savannah, home to animals like capybaras, sloths, deer, caiman, and a vast array of birds.
And from the savannah to the desert- Los Médanos de Coro National Park is yet another ecosystem in Venezuela. With its large rolling sand dunes, reaching up to 40 meters in height in places, making for a perfect spot to slide down dunes. And nestled in between the dunes you can find magical feeling lagoons that make for some unique photography.
The beautiful Caribbean beaches of Mochima National Park may make you feel like you are in the islands of Thailand, with its mountainous islands and clear waters.
And continuing on from off the mainland, one of the most memorable and uniquely stunning destinations in South America that is not to be missed if you are a beach lover, boater, fisherman, diver, snorkeler, and appreciate being off the beaten track in a unique setting that is a photographer’s dream, you will want to visit the Los Roques archipelago. With jaw-dropping clear turquoise water, unspoiled beaches, and limited development and only single-story, colorful posadas along the beachfront, so the focus stays on the scenery, it is a destination like no other. And one of the top things to do in Los Roques is the fishing- it is famous for its saltwater fly fishing, and mostly for bonefish, via wading or by flats boats.
And one last destination off the mainland is Margarita Island, one of the more developed and beach destinations in Venezuela, with nice soft sand beaches and lots of sun, popular with Venezuelans and foreigners both, and kitesurfers due to its windy conditions.