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Venezuela is perhaps most noted for being home to both outstanding areas of natural beauty, ranging from sumptuous stretches of Caribbean coastline to wetlands and rolling savanna. In addition, it is also home to the world’s highest waterfall, Angel Falls. As such, it is the perfect place for the adventure seeking traveller and offers abundant choices for scuba diving, kitesurfing, windsurfing and more. Canaima National Park, which is located close to Angel Falls, is an idyllic retreat for all and a very popular year-round tourist attraction for its incredible variety of tropical wildlife in the area, including monkeys, poison arrow frogs and delightful variety of wild orchids. Hiring a car to reach the area is particularly recommended.
The capital of Caracas is popular for its regional festivals, arts and crafts and nightlife. With a population around four million, Caracas is the capital and more populated city in Venezuela. It is located close to the soast (La Guaira Port), but at an altitude of eight hundred meters which gives it a unique climate. The museum of modern art, is one of the most important in south America and you can appreciate high quality works. Every year Caracas hosts an international Theater Festival, where groups from all over the world meet.
From Caracas, you can drive to Coro which was the first capital of Venezuela. Steeped in rich colonial architecture, it offers an abundance of unique natural scenery and tourist attractions. Its historical downtown is considered as a cultural World Heritage Site, and is a must-see. Mérida, a charming university town in the Andes mountains, is popular for outdoor activities and offers an abundance of small town activities and is definitely worth a short stop on any longer term trip around the country.