Sharing borders with Guyana, Brazil and Colombia the oil-rich South American country of Venezuela was discovered in 1499 by the Italian explorer Amerigo Vespucci who named it “Little Italy” because the indigenous peoples’ huts reminded him of Venetian homes. Today travellers coming off flights to Venezuela will land in a country far from the one Vespucci discovered and where those stilted huts once stood are now luxurious seaside resorts set against lush jungles and a sprawling capital dotted with towering high-rises.
Venezuela’s natural beauty is unparalleled. Boasting the highest waterfall in the world, the longest cable car, the largest lake in South America, not to mention the stunning Andean peaks and white-sand Caribbean beaches it seems to have it all. Despite all of this, it still remains one of the least-visited countries in South America. One might ask why? And the answer will vary depending on who you ask. But one thing is for certain, visitors who book flights to Venezuela won’t be disappointed.
Venezuela has a tropical climate. The temperature averages 25 degrees and it rains often, especially between the months of June and November. It’s extremely hot and humid in the southern and central parts of the country, where you’ll see lots of rain. It gets colder the higher you climb in the Andes Mountains.
The dry season (December to April) is high season, taking in Christmas, February Carnival and Easter.
Low season is the “wet” months of May through November.
Several commuter airlines link Venezuela including Aeropostal (Alas de Venezuela), Aero Ejecutivos and Sol America.
Bus lines such as Aeroexpresos Ejecutivos, Expresos Los Llanos and Rodovías offer decent services throughout the country.
Unsurprisingly for an oil-producing nation, petrol is cheap in Venezuela, making car rental a good option for travellers. All the major international car-rental companies are represented at airports.