Located on the northern border of South America, Venezuela is a country largely undiscovered and undervalued by tourists, despite its array of vastly beautiful landscapes and tropical animals. A wonderful tourist destination due to its sheer natural diversity, visitors can experience everything from the depths of the Amazonian rainforest
to the idyllic Caribbean beaches
. There are 43 national parks in total and a multitude of indigenous animals
including, but not limited to: jaguars, bears, armadillos, sloths and anacondas. Guests can bathe the waters of Angel Falls
, the world's tallest waterfall; marvel at one of the world's largest rivers, the Orinoco
; or embark on a challenging trek in the Venezuelan Andes
. It is a must-see for nature lovers and outdoor enthusiasts alike. That said, it is not just the beautiful scenery that gives Venezuela is vibrancy. The capital city, Caracas
, is host to a number of museums and churches as well as some great shopping centres. However, it is advisable to check the latest travel advice before you travel to Venezuela, as Caracas and other major cities have a history of violent crime and can be dangerous at times.
FCO advice (last updated 6 March 2014): The Foreign and Commonwealth Office advise against all travel to within 80km (50 miles) of the Colombian border in the states of Zulia, Tachira and Apure. All but essential travel to the remainder of Tachira state is advised against as there are active drug traffickers and illegal armed groups operating in this area and there is a risk of kidnapping. Most major cities - Caracas, Merida, San Cristobal, Valencia and Maracay - are experiencing political demonstrations. Some of these have been violent and there have been injuries and deaths. It is obligatory for all people travelling to Venezuela to hold travel and medical insurance.