Since there are no direct flights to Venezuela, you can make a selection of stopover point from a wide range of options. From Heathrow, you may take flights with at least one stopover. Paris and Lisbon are the most preferred destinations for single stop flights to Venezuela.
There are ten international airports in Venezuela for public use. Among them, the following three are the busiest airports in Venezuela.
- Simón Bolívar International Airport or Maiquetía Airport (CCS) as it has come be known locally, has served 11,956,178 passengers as of 2016. This airport is the busiest airport in Venezuela and is about 21 kilometres away from downtown Caracas. The airport also has twin runways both more than 3.2 kilometres.
- La Chinita International Airport (MAR) is the second most important airport in Venezuela. The airport serves the city of Maracaibo and is only 15 kilometres away from the city centre. In 2017 the airport has served about 6 million passengers. The airport has two runways, one is 2.5 kilometres and the other is 3 kilometres long. Both facilitate the passenger for quick and easy travel.
- Jacinto Lara International Airport (BRM) is an airport in Barquisimeto city. The airport runway is 2.8 kilometres long and has attended 800,000 passengers in 2017. The airport is not more than 8 kilometres away from the city.
The best time to book a flight to Venezuela is in the mid of January. Most tourists visit the beautiful highlands of Venezuela that are more vibrant at the beginning of June. Buying tickets for June in the month of February would do the trick.
If you want to come to Venezuela in December then buying the ticket in the low season, at the end of July would be a good idea.
British citizens do not need to apply for a visa before entering Venezuela if they are flying to the country. Upon arrival, the UK passport holder would be provided with a 90-day tourist card. The British government strongly advises that you do not overstay your visa tenure. In case you need to stay in Venezuela for an extended time please visit the Servicio Administrativo de Identificación, Migración y Extranjería (SAIME) office in Caracas. Please avoid using agents who promise to help in extending your stay, as they could be fraudulent businesses and contact the SAIME office in Caracas personally.
The best time to visit Venezuela is from September to June. July and August is the peak time of the rainy season. You get considerable rain in June too, but many tourists coming to Venezuela do not leave without touring the Angel falls. By the mid of June, enough rainfall has hit the highlands of Venezuela to unleash the wisping torrent of the Angel Falls. December is dry, and the skies are open and welcoming as well.
The country is situated on the northern tip of South America. The country was moulded by the Spanish colonialism and later the European Enlightenment and Marxism. These philosophies have greatly impacted the country.
- Angle falls are the longest uninterrupted waterfall in the world. No words can express its wonder. The falls continue to drop for a kilometre. As the water plunges to the earth it begins to vaporise and turn into a mist that covers the forests below. Some have seen up to seven rainbows form over the length of the falls.
- Basilica Nuestra Senora de Chiquinquira in Maracaibo is among the most venerated churches in Venezuela. The church is a beautiful masterpiece of Spanish colonial architecture. The main attraction of the church is a Miraculous image of the Virgin Mary, St. Andrew and St Anthony that is especially exhibited by the church on the church’s own festival on November 18th each year.
- Catedral Metropolitana de Merida is also a fascinating landmark in the country. No matter which faith you come from the serenity and peacefulness of the area will engulf you. Some claim that it is the most beautiful cathedral in the world.
- Casa Natal & Museo Bolivar in Caracas is the place to visit if you are in Caracas. This is the house of the founder of Venezuela, Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru and Panama. The home of the ‘Father of Nations’ is immaculately preserved. In some way, the house is a crash course in South America history.
Venezuela’s festivals are a combination of the Christian cultures brought from Europe and the pagan customs of the native Indians adopted by the society as it grew. This has evolved into a culture that has considerably moved away from its Catholic roots, almost branching into neo-paganism.
- The Festival of the Virgin of Coromoto is the celebration of the Patroness of Venezuela on January 2nd. It is said that she appeared, gliding on water asking the native people of Venezuela to be baptized in the river in order to shed their sins. The streets are full of large nets, swinging with people, at the front of the parade to emulate how the Virgin saved the natives.
- The corpus Cristi devil dancing festival in San Franciso de Yare bring out the most heinous masked men into the streets. The chants and poems read on this day are ancient. The crowds move to the city centre, dressed in bloodied clothes and spooky costumes. Joining them is a real experience.
- The Feria de la Chinita is the festival that Chiquinquirá city hosts every year in November. This festival has amalgamated the worship of the Virgin and a beauty pageant into one. This festival is also known as the Gala of beauty and attracts thousands of visitors for ten nights.
Venezuela has an extensive network of roads. It has a total of 96,155 kilometres of Highways and collectively 100,000 kilometres of paved and unpaved roads. The south and the east of the country is covered by the Amazon rainforest, so movement in that part of the country is limited. Caracas city has its local metro sine 1983, and Maracaibo and Valencia have recently been given mass transit system. Going around these cities is cheap and the metro lines are easily understandable. Venezuela has also active seaports and river ports connected to its cities.
There are many five star accommodations in Venezuela. Most of the hotels are government-owned or are owned by companies extremely close to the Venezuelan bureaucracy. Utmost attention is paid to foreign guests when they stay in these hotels.
- InterContinental Tamanaco Caracas
- Hesperia Isla Margarita
- Hotel Venetur Margarita
- Trinitarias Suites
- Punta Palma Hotel & Marina