Spreading over 352,000 square miles, Venezuela’s majestic and varied landscape serves as the gateway to South America. Eleven miles from the coast, midway between Venezuela’s eastern and western borders, lies the capital, Caracas: a captivating and modern city,whose hectic life-style also offers space and time for relaxation.
In the Caribbean Sea, 176 Km north of Caracas, lies the National Park Archipelago Los Roques, one of the largest marine national parks of the Caribbean with exceptionally beautiful beaches of white sands, and multicolor, crystalline, warm waters, consisting of 50 islands, islets and coralline keys with lagoon occupied by mangroves and coral formations.
The Orinoco Delta is one of the largest delta regions in the world with swamps surface covered by one of the most dense, intricate and diverse jungles in the world, populated by abundant tropical fauna, with birds like parrakeet, parrots, macaws, kingfishers, mockingbirds, herons and corocoras as well as howling and capuchin monkeys, alligators, turtles, snakes, river dolphins, otters and fish. South of the country’s main waterway, the Orinoco River, lies the Venezuelan jungle, a virgin and untamed land, marked by swift-running rivers that traverse formidable cascades such as Angel Falls and great tablelands towering above the rolling plains of the Gran Sabana.
Away from the wide horizons of the jungle, Venezuela’s central-western plains, called the “Llanos”, are yet another expression of nature’s infinite beauty. The endless plains stretch out on all sides as far as the eye can see, interrupted here and there by streams and ponds, where colorful herons and ibises flock and take off in thrilling flight.
The Andes range, with peaks topping 16,000 feet, delight the eye with their serene beauty, and one of the most impressive, Pico Espejo, can be reached by riding the world’s highest cable-car. And nestling among the slopes of these high mountains lies a myriad of small towns and villages.
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