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Venezuela
Facts at a Glance
Economy - Major Products/Industries
Petroleum, mining (iron, bauxite, aluminum, steel, nickel, copper, diamond, gold, silver and so on), coffee, cocoa, corn and other cereals, fruits and sugar.
Population
The population in Venezuela is calculated over 30.825.782 of inhabitants (2015). Mainly of Spanish-Indian-African origin, as well as citizens from France, Germany, Italy, Hungary, Portugal and Spain.
Political System
The Venezuelan Republic of Venezuela is formed by a democratic and federal Republic. A representative democracy with five divisions of powers: the Executive Branch, headed by the President, assisted by Cabinet of Ministers; the Legislative Branch, formed by the chamber of Deputies, elected every five years; the Judicial Branch, formed by various branches under a Supreme Tribunal of Justice; and the Moral and the Electoral Branches.
Political Division
23 States, 1 Capital District and 72 Islands called Federal Dependencies. The capital is Caracas with 6 million inhabitants approximately.
Religion
96% of the people are Roman Catholic. There is separation of the Church and the State, with complete freedom of worship. Many major creeds are represented.
Language
The official language is Spanish. English is the second most important language, especially in business. More than 30 different American Indian languages coexist in the Guyana region: Amazonas, Delta Amacuro and Bolívar States.
Currency
The unit of currency is the Bolívar Fuerte, abbreviated to Bs. There are coins 1 Bolívar Fuerte and paper money 2; 5; 10; 20; 50; 100 Bolívares Fuertes.
Early in 2013, restrictions on importing currency were introduced.


Avoid the black market exchange basically in the airport; many swindlers are waiting for you, so it is better and safer to do it in authorized money-exchange offices. Please ask our Alborada guide.


Visa and Documents


List of Countries and Governments whose citizens enjoy the benefits of Visa Exemption Non Migrants (TOURIST) in Ordinary Passports:

Countries and Governments

Germany/ Andorra/ AntiguaBarbuda/ Jamaica

Netherlands/ Antilles/ Japan/ Argentina

Latvia/ Australia/ Liechtenstein/ Austria

Lithuania/ Barbados/ Luxembourg/ Belgium

Malaysia/ Belize/ Malt/ Brazil/ Chile

Mexico/ Bulgaria/ Monaco/ Canada/ Cyprus

Norway/ Korea(South)/ New Zealand

Costa Rica/ Netherlands/ Palentine

Panama/ Croatia/ Paraguay/ Czech Republic

Denmark/ Poland/ Dominica/ Portugal/ Italy

Slovenia/ France/ Saint Kitts and Nevis

Estonia/ Romania/ Finland/ St. Lucia

Britain/ San Marino/ Grenada/ South Africa

Greece/ St. Vicent and The Grenadines

Guatemala/ Sweden/ Ireland/ Turkey

Hong Kong-(RAE)/ Swizerland/ Iceland

Hungary/ Trinidad and Tobago/ Uruguay

Note: Max 90 Days

The citizens of countries not on this list require a visa to enter Venezuela

Every tourist entering Venezuela should have an onward ticket. Ideally, all travelers should have a travel insurance policy.

Upon arrival to Venezuela, your passport and tourist card will be stamped (make sure this happens) by SAIME (the name derives from the Spanish acronym for Servicio Administrativo de Identificación Migración y Extranjería, Administrative Service of Migration and Foreign Affairs)... You will be asked to show an onward ticket.
Visa and tourist card extensions are handled by the SAIME office in Caracas.

Geography
Venezuela is the Gateway to South America, located at the northern part in the middle of the tropics just above the Equator, bathed with the turquoise waters of the Caribbean, at just 40 minutes from Aruba, Curacao, Bonaire and Grenada Islands.
Surface: 916,050 km²
Coastline: 3.726 Km
Area under the Regime of National Parks: 16%

Borders:
North:
The Caribbean Sea
East: The Atlantic Ocean and Guyana
South: Brazil
West: Colombia
Venezuela south eastern territory is dominated by the Guyana Highlands and further 30% of the country is taken up by the vast grassland plain of the central Llanos, which is chained by the Orinoco River. Maracaibo Lake lies in the north-east, surrounded by fertile lowlands.

South of the lake rise the northern end of the Andes, which peak to 5,007 meters at Pico Bolívar. The Highland meadows called The Andean Páramos are home to some of Venezuela's most amazing plant species. Equally diverse flora can be found in the Tepuys (huge flat-topped mountains) in the south east of the country, the Amazonia Orinoquia Region, particularly Roraima.
Flora & Fauna
Flora
Generally speaking, Venezuela’s flora is stratified by thermal zones, so some particular plants are confined to certain altitudes and cannot be founded elsewhere. There’s quite a diversity enclosed between sea-level up to 5,000 m. from rainforest at the bottom end up to boggy highland meadows.
The “flor de mayo” (Cattleya Mossiae), one of several 3,000 species of Venezuelan orchids, is the national flower. The “araguaney”, known in England as the "trumpet tree", is the national tree, and it is spectacular at the end of the dry season, from April to June, when it is covered with bright yellow blossoms.
Fauna
Amongst the most important Venezuelan species we find iguanas, Caribbean manatees, and a paradise of other exotic species. In birds, there are almost 1,400 different species, and Venezuela has a number of excellent bird-watching areas: Los Llanos, Morrocoy National Park and Henri Pittier National Park, among the best ones. Birds commonly associated with tropical forests, such as macaws, parrots, toucans, ibises, herons, pelicans and flamingos, share areas with hummingbirds, condors, gavials, and oilbirds, as well as a number of singing species like blue jays, orioles and cardinals. The “turpial”, an oriole noted for its magnificent yellow, black and white plumage and melodic birdsong, is the national bird.

Travel Tips
Safety & Security

These are some few recommendations we suggest you to keep in mind during your visit in the country:

-As in the world's large cities, there is a high incidence of handbag snatching. Therefore, we recommend you to carry money and credit cards in a money belt and do not take a handbag unless it is absolutely essential.
-Be careful with cameras and video recorders in places where lots of people congregate such as public squares, etc.
-In the city outskirts or outside main cities, night dining can be dangerous because of unmarked road damage or repairs in progress, unlighted vehicles and livestock.
-Stops at National Guard and local police checkpoints “alcabalas” are mandatory.
-Drivers should follow all National Guard instructions and be prepared to show vehicle and insurance papers (license and Registration), and passports as well.
-Only take official taxis from hotels or taxi lines; it is the best way to be safe.
-Keep some separate photocopies of important documents, like your passport, airline ticket, visas, traveler's checks and serial numbers.

Local time 
Venezuela is 4 hours and 30 minutes behind UTC/GMT (-04:30 UTC/GMT).
Don’t forget that we are in the tropics, where people have a rather relaxed attitude towards time.
Opening hours 
-Commerce hours: 8:00 - 12:00 and 14:00 - 18:00
-The big Shopping centers: Monday to Saturday 11:00 - 21:00
Sundays & Holidays 12:00 - 20:00
-Post offices:
Monday to Friday 8:00 -16:30
-Banks: Monday to Friday 8:30 to 15:30
In some big shopping centers, Monday to Saturday 8:30 - 19:00
Electricity Supply
Voltage is generally 110 Volts at 50 Hz. No adapters are needed.
Valid Driver’s License
US, Canadian, UK citizens can use their regular license and do not need any validation.
Forms of payment cards
American Express, Diners Club, Visa and Master Card in the principal cities (must show passport for use) or cash.
Keep in mind that outside main cities you may have to pay only with cash.
Weights and Measuring
Kg and Decimal Metric System.
Gastronomy in Venezuela
Within the traditional Venezuelan dishes “comida criolla”, we have:
Pabellón: Consists of shredded beef, rice, black beans, cheese and fried plantain.
Arepas: Cooked corn flour bread in most diverse variations, which are traditionally eaten in nearly all meals.
We also have the traditional “Hallacas” in Christmas time, aside from the tropical fruits such as mangos, papayas, pineapples, avocado and of course banana.
There is a variety of chic restaurants that can offer national and international food service, which is known throughout the world as some of the best. We would also say that the main fast food chains have branches in Caracas as well as in some of the most important cities in the country.
We expect you to share with us a large selection of culinary Venezuelan specialties
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Climate and Season
Caracas temperatures by season
Rainy Season: May to mid-November. Due to meteorological phenomena, it sometimes rains heavily at varying times during the dry season. Among those phenomena are polar air fronts coming down from the north, as well as the convergence of northeasterly and southeasterly trade winds.
Enjoy every place and environment to the maximum! Remember it is a special occasion, you are far away from home, meeting another culture, another vision of the world… Venezuela has plenty to offer!
AVERAGE: 22ºC (72ºF)                 NOV-FEB 12ºC - 28ºC (52ºF - 82ºF)             MAR-OCT 17ºC - 33ºC (62ºF - 91ºF)