Venezuela is a country located on the northern coast of South America. It is bordered by the Caribbean Sea to the north, Guyana to the east, Brazil to the south, and Colombia to the west. The country has a rich history and diverse culture, with influences from its indigenous population, Spanish colonizers, and African slaves.
Venezuela’s geography is varied, with highlands, plains, and jungles. The country is known for its natural beauty, including Angel Falls, the world’s highest waterfall, and the beaches of Margarita Island.
The capital city of Venezuela is Caracas, a vibrant and bustling metropolis. The city is home to many museums, theaters, and art galleries, as well as delicious food and a vibrant nightlife. Other notable cities in Venezuela include Maracaibo, Valencia, and Barquisimeto.
Venezuela is also known for its music, with genres such as salsa, merengue, and reggaeton popular throughout the country. Sports are also an important part of Venezuelan culture, with baseball being the most popular.
Despite its challenges, Venezuela remains a unique and fascinating destination for travelers who are interested in exploring its culture, history, and natural beauty.
Traveling in Venezuela on February of 2023
Like in any other South American country, there are various buses daily between main cities located at their respective bus terminals. Entering from Cucuta(Colombia) and going to San Cristobal will require shared cab (5USD) from bus terminal. Santa Elena de Uairen to the border of Brazil by shared cab (3USD) can be found within the centre of the town.
ATM and currency!
This is probably the main issue currently when traveling around Venezuela. It’s very likely your card won’t work due to sanctions. It’s important to bring enough cash for the whole journey. USDs are accepted everywhere these days, but prepare some smaller notes prior, even supermarkets can struggle with 5USD change. In case you travel to Ecuador before, start collecting small notes, since USD is official currency there. Also depending on your destination, within the state of Tachira, Colombian pesos are accepted everywhere and would often offer slightly better rate, same applies with Brazilian reais within the proximity of the Border of Brazil.
Prior to visiting Venezuela, my main concern was the safety situation. However, to my surprise, I found it to be much safer than other countries in the region, such as Guyana, Colombia, Surinameand others. The only unpleasant experience I had was at a checkpoint between the Colombian border and San Cristobal, where I was asked to undress and pay a bribe (I didn’t pay, other reports mention 5-10USD). While there are various checkpoints closer to the borders, they usually ask repetitive questions and nothing more. I always felt safe during my travels in Venezuela.