Exploring Venezuela

Everything you need to know about Venezuela....

That is so basic.......

  • The capital of Venezuela is Caracas.
  • The language spoken there is Spanish with a little bit of indigenous dialect.
  • The population (according to the 2013 estimate) is about 28,459,085.
  • The currency used is the Venezuelan Bolivar Fuertes.
  • The religion there is mainly Roman Catholic.
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The Venezuelans

The general attitude of venezuelans is usually very tolerant and loving. When meeting somebody, even if it is for the first time, it is common to give two kisses, one on each cheek; women greet men and women this way, while men only kiss women. Between men a strong-gripped handshake is the custom and many times this is accompanied by the placing of the other hand on the side for greater emphasis. A hug is also used between men, especially if the men have not seen each other for a while. One thing you do NOT want to do in Venezuela is give someone the "okay" sign. It means homosexual. A couple of other things you might want to remember is to always bring a gift to the house you are visiting and show up 30 minutes later than you are supposed to. Venezualans really like to be fashionably late!

You are expected to eat and drink something when you visit someones home.


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The Venezuelan Way.

The families of Venezuela are very, very close. Families stick together. They have good morals and are very traditional. The mothers are the core of the house and children are expected to help out the family financially and stay at home until marriage.

Young venezuelans will have their baptism and then their first communion.

Marriage rules aren't too strict, as long as you are in the same racial status.

Men overwhelmingly occupy the most important political, economic, social, and religious positions in Venezuela. The traditional sexist Western gender division of labor is present in Venezuela, with men occupying the most physical demanding jobs. Although men and women are legally equal, there are still great differences in terms of actual wage earnings, sexual freedom, and social expectations. In daily life, men are still expected to work outside the home and support the household.

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El Silbón - Venezuela
“The Whistler” is a terrifying man that haunts the Venezuelan and Colombian Llanos region. According to the legend, the ghost is a black-hearted young man who killed his father in to eat his organs. Tis apparently rather tall character is forever doomed to walk the region as a lost soul, carrying a bag filled with his father's bones. The Whistler gets his name from the harmonic bone-chilling whistling sound he emits: When the whistling sounds far away, El Silbón is actually near by and vice versa. Some people barely notice the seemingly long-distant music...and when they do, it’s usually too late.

When should you go?

Venezuelas dry season is around October-April. The wetter season is usually around June -Sepetember. The wet season is the best time to visit because its not too wet and its warm weather. It usually rains less in Venezuela at that time of year than Florida. The reason it is a good time to go is because that is when everything is green, fresh and blooming. Oh, and dont worry about hurricanes because it is well out of the Caribbean's hurricane zone. Also, since the weather is fairly warm here year round, you probably would want to bring lighter clothing.

What the tourists really want to know....

If you are in Venezuela, don't leave until you have seen Angel Falls. It is beautiful and highly reccomended by travelers who have seen it.

Maybe think about planning your trip around one of the festivals Venezuela has to offer. There are many to choose from.

Like these:

  • The Procession of the Holy Shepherdess
  • Carnival in Venezuela
  • La Paradura del Nino
  • Drumming Feast of St. John
  • May Cross Celebrations
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Health and Safety

There are a few insects that you need to watch out for in Venezuela because they could cause you to get sick if they got ahold of you. For example, the mosquito and the "kissing bug". These two can cause diseases and the kissing bug could even cause death from its diseases but there are hospitals in Venezuela. Other than that you just need to take your usual health precautions and be up to date on your vaccinations so you do not get the following:

Hepatitis A & B




Yellow Fever

The largest problems in terms of social unrest are those that result from traditional crimes and riots. Crimes come in all shapes and sizes, from petty theft to widespread government corruption. Most street crime is committed at night or in the poorest neighborhoods of the urban centers. These violent crimes, although committed at gun- or knifepoint, tend to be fatal less often than they could be. There is, however, widespread carrying of guns not only by the police but also by private guards and a significant part of the male population. All of this contributes to constant shoot-outs and police chases, which produce a notable increase in wounds and death. At the same time the police and other government officials do not tend to garner much public affection, which only increases the difficulty of maintaining the public order.


Venezuela has rich architectural heritage.


Venezuela's government is federalist in nature, composed of executive, legislative, and judicial branches. The executive branch is led by a popularly elected president who holds office for five years. The legislative branch is composed of a Congress that is divided into a Senate and a Chamber of Deputies. The Chamber of Deputies reflects the country's regional representation, while the Senate has two representatives from each state and the capital's federal district. Venezuela's highest judicial institution is that of the Supreme Court, whose members are elected by the representatives of Congress.


There are plenty of buses to take and many metros too.


1 dollar in America = 6.34 dollars in Venezuela.

not bad.... not bad....