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Venezuela
Venezuela, officially the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, is a tropical country on the north coast of South America. The country has several islands outside its continental territory located on its coast in the Caribbean Sea or the Caribbean Sea. Venezuela is an old Spanish colony that conquered its independence in 1821.

Venezuela is now an unwise country for anyone who wants to take a vacation, with the exception of Margarita Island.
Documentation
No entry visa is required in the country for stays of less than three months. A passport with a minimum validity of six months is required.
 
Dual citizenship: The Citizenship Law determines that, in the case of dual citizenship, you must use Venezuelan identity documents to enter, stay and leave the country.
 
Customs / Health Restrictions on the Importation of Products: Import of products of animal and plant origin or large quantities of medicines is not allowed.
Official language
Spanish
Currency
Bolivar Venezuelan
For tourists it is advisable to use the dollar, looking for the best exchange offer.
Tourism
Target of international prominence in the last decade due to political issues, Venezuela is a country that has much more to offer its visitors than heated discussions about the regime of government of Hugo Chavez.

Its varied geography, made up of a wide coastline, plains and the Andes Mountain Range, makes the country a destination for the most different species of tourists, although the highlight is its beautiful beaches. Bathed by the celebrated Caribbean Sea, the Venezuelan coast provides great options for those seeking to enjoy clear sands and a clear sea without having to shell out a great investment. Given the proximity to the country, it is easy to find tourists enjoying their holidays, or even long weekends, on the beautiful beaches of Isla Margarita. A 35-minute flight from the capital Caracas, the island has dozens of beautiful beaches, which, due to the variety of styles, can satisfy all tastes. Another popular destination is Los Roques, an archipelago that offers lagoons, white sand, crystal clear water and is a must stop for diving enthusiasts.

For those looking for another type of experience, getting to know the Andes can be an excellent idea. A good option is to stay in the city of Merida, from where several tours to the mountain ranges take place. The main one of them is the ascent to the Peak of the Mirror, with more than 4600m of altitude, that is made by means of the highest and long cable car of the world. However, before visiting the place, inquire about the operation.

Shopping can also be a good option in Venezuela. The country also offers casinos, to please the more nocturnal tourists. Porlamar, on Isla Margarita, is the best destination if these are your choice. Remember, however, that the bolivar is the only currency accepted in commerce. Be careful with the black market; although widespread and advantageous in theory, the practice is prohibited and can generate problems, not only before the police, but with the delivery of fake money. To facilitate the exchange, it is recommended to bring US dollars.

Finally, no beach and sea sun Venezuela lives. Get to know the impressive landscapes that inspired Conan Doyle to write The Lost World on the tepuys of the triple border with Brazil and Guyana and see the largest waterfall on the planet, the Angel Falls, with its 900 meters of waterfall.
Gastronomy
The contemporary cuisine of Venezuela has a strong influence of the colonial legacy (Mediterranean diet), being quite varied. It is the result of the cultural and gastronomic mix of Europe (especially Spain, Italy, France, Portugal); Africa, through populations of slaves brought by the Spaniards, and the gastronomy of the indigenous peoples, who occupied and occupied the Venezuelan territory, with the Indian style.

The typical dishes change according to the region of the country.

Arepa: Typical Venezuelan bread that is usually fried or cooked on the grill. It can be filled like a sandwich.

Hayaca: bags made with meat and cornmeal wrapped in banana leaf. Usually, they are served for Christmas.

Cachapa: the preparation of corn sugar and water is similar to a typical pancake.
Climate
The climate of Venezuela is tropical, with the seasons characterized more by rainfall index than by temperature difference. There are two seasons: winter (rainy) and summer (dry). The average annual temperature of Caracas is 19.4 ° C. In the mountains, this average is lower, as in Merida (18.4 ° C). At some peaks there are eternal snows.
Safety
There is a possibility of protest demonstrations throughout the country, which could lead to situations of confrontation between participants and police forces. The travelers are not advised to participate in the demonstrations, and should remain at a distance from any concentration of people.

Due to the economic crisis that the country is experiencing, there is hyperinflation and scarcity of certain essential products, such as food and hygiene, as well as medical services and some medicines.
 
Venezuela is a country with a high crime rate, with very poor security conditions. Insecurity and delinquency are considerable in large cities, especially in Caracas, including Maiquetía International Airport.
 
Caracas is the most dangerous city in the country, where violence is part of the daily life of the population. If most of the crimes are committed in the neighborhoods (tin neighborhoods that surround the capital), no zone is free of risks, including the municipality of Chacao, traditionally considered safer.
 
The Carabobo State is also considered one of the most dangerous states of Venezuela, registering important crime rates, especially in the cities of Valê.
Health
The public health network is of poor quality, with frequent shortages of medicines and means. Prices are high in private clinics and hospitals, where insurance policy guarantees or in-kind coverage or credit card are required.
 
There are no major health problems in Greater Caracas or in the tourist archipelagos of Margarita and Los Roques. As Venezuela is a tropical humid country there is the possibility of contagion, mosquitoes, malaria, dengue and yellow fever, especially in the wilder and remote areas. Dengue cases are high in the country. With regard to malaria, it may be an increased risk of contracting the disease to visit the states of Amazonas, Apure, Barinas, Bolívar, Sucre, Táchira and Delta Amacuro.

More recently, cases of Zika virus have been diagnosed by local authorities, so frequent use of insect repellents is recommended.

The Traveler Consultation is recommended for clarification of precautions to be taken with regard to health aspects, in particular as regards malaria.
 
Vaccination against cholera and typhoid is advisable. In case of travel to the areas of the Amazon jungle, the vaccine against yellow fever is recommended. It is recommended to consume bottled mineral water, without addition of ice, and to avoid the ingestion of food sold at out-of-town stations.
 
The use of suitable sunscreen, suitable for the strong irradiation of the tropics, and the adoption of preventive measures against mosquito bites, such as mosquito nets and repellents, are also recommended. In case of fever (especially at very high temperatures), it is important to take into account that dengue can be easily mistaken for the flu. In case of rash, it is advisable to seek immediate medical examination before taking anti-inflammatories.
 
It is recommended to purchase travel insurance that includes medical expenses, repatriation by air ambulance, or transfer of the patient to another country.
Electricity and Telecommunications
Electricity
The electricity is 120V and 60Hz.
It is advisable to have a universal adapter kit for the sockets and a current converter for 220V appliances.

Telecommunications
The fixed telephone network is reliable as well as mobile, despite its limited coverage in remote areas.
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