Venezuela Travel Overview

Venezuela Travel Overview

Important facts

Capital: Caracas

Official language: Spanish

Currency: Bolívar Fuerte

Continent: South-South America

Tango and the Caribbean in South America

Venezuela has a lot to offer. Above all, it is one thing: huge! In the north the state is Caribbean and in the south it borders on the Andes.

Location

According to Countryaah, the country in the north of South America offers some natural beauties. It shares its national borders with Colombia, Brazil, Guyana, the Caribbean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean.

Worth seeing

Venezuela is home to Angel Fall, the world’s tallest waterfall! In addition to these and other natural spectacles, Venezuela offers enough space for a beach holiday, as its south coast borders the warm sea of ​​the Caribbean.

useful information

The country became famous for the tango and its wide legacy of the Inca culture. Have you ever considered taking a Spanish course? Then Venezuela is a safe destination as the country’s Spanish is easy to understand.

Culinary

Apart from many culinary delicacies such as the arepas – a variant of tortillas typical of the country – there is a wide variety of cigars and chocolates in Venezuela, but rum lovers will not go empty-handed either.

Important facts

Capital: Caracas

Official language: Spanish

Currency

Currency (sub-unit)

Bolívar Fuerte (100 céntimos)

ISO 4217 code

VEF / 937

Geography

Continent: South America

Region: south

Geo coordinates: N 6 ° 25 ‘25.5 ” W -66 ° -35’ -23″

Highest mountain: Pico Boliwar (5,007 m)

Total area: 912,050 km²

Mainland: 882,050 km²

National border: 4,993 km

Coastline: 2,800 km

Politics

Dependency: Spain until 1811

UN member since: 1945

Other political affiliation: Organization of American States

Form of government: Presidential Democracy

Houses of Parliament: National assembly, one-chamber system

Party system: Multi-party system

State building: federal

Political culture: Civic culture

Particularities: CPI point value 2.3

Economy

Venezuela GDP - gross domestic product

Export goods: Petroleum, iron ore, coffee

BSP: $ 131,448,000,000

GDP: $ 132.578 billion

GDP purchasing power parity: $ 161.720 billion

Economic growth: 6.8%

GDP share of agriculture: 4%

GDP share of industry: 42.4%

GDP share of services: 53.6%

Inflation rate: 12.6%

Unemployment: 11.1%

State budget revenue: $ 4294967295

State budget expenditure: $ 4294967295

National debt: 31.7%

Export: $ 59.47 billion

Import: $ 32.820 billion

Foreign debt: $ 43,230,000,000

Gold and currency reserves: $ 33,090,000,000

Electricity consumption: 92,560 million KWh

Gas reserves: 4,191,000 million m³

Gas production: 27,200 million m³

Gas consumption: 27,200 million m³

Oil reserves: 75,590 million m³

Oil production: 3,370,000 million m³

Oil consumption: 563,000 million m³

Cultivation area: 3.69%

Bovine: 14,180,000 pieces

Pigs: 5,880,000 pieces

Fishing: 380,000 t

Demographic data

Residents: 25,730,500

Residents in cities: 22,140,000

Minorities: 3-5% Africans, 1.5% Indians

Average age: 26 years

0-14 years: 29.1%

15-64 years: 65.7%

> 65 years: 5.2%

Population growth: 1.38%

Birth rate: 18.72 / 1,000 residents

Death rate: 4.92 / 1,000 residents

Ratio men / women: 1.02

Fertility: 2.23 children / woman

Infant mortality: 21.54 ‰

Life expectancy men: 71.49 years

Life expectancy women: 77.81 years

Country codes and abbreviations

ISO 3166 Alpha 2: VE

ISO 3166 Alpha 3: VEN

ISO 3166 numeric: 862

Top Level Domain: ve

IOC country code: VEN

UN / LOCODE: VE

Source: Abbreviationfinder

Communication

Telephone connections: 3,172,000

Cell Phones: 7,542,000

Radios: 7,640,000

TV: 4,970,000

Computer: 2,490,000

Internet users: 2,280,000

Transportation

Railway lines: 682 km

Paved roads: 38,026 km

Cars: 1,873,000

Merchant fleet (ships over 1,000 GRT): 56

Pipelines: 15,436

Health

Number of doctors: 50,320

Daily food intake: 2,360 kcal / resident

HIV- infected people: 160,000

Education

Illiteracy: 6%

History

Foundation: 1811

Last sovereign since: 1811

Religion

Main religious group: Christians

Distribution of religions: 96% Roman Catholic, 2% Protestant

Crime

Prison inmates: 21,800

Military

Armed forces (troop strength): 83,000

Main battle tank: 80

Battleships: 8th

Warplanes: 125

Defense Spending: $ 1,684,400,000

GETTING THERE

Arriving by plane

Venezuela’s airlines Aeropostal (Alas de Venezuela) (VH) (Internet: www.aeropostal.com) connects Venezuela with destinations in the USA, the Caribbean and South America. British Airways (BA) and United Airlines (UA) offer flight connections from Europe to Venezuela.

Air passes

The TAM South American Airpass is valid on all routes of the participating airlines within Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile (with the exception of Easter Island), Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay and Venezuela. The participating airline is: TAM (JJ). The pass is valid for stays of a minimum of 7 and a maximum of 45 days and is only available to passengers who are resident outside of South America in conjunction with an international round-trip ticket. A minimum of 2 and a maximum of 5 countries must be visited. A maximum of 8 flight coupons are allowed (9 if Iguazú is being flown to), with a maximum of 2 flight interruptions (stopovers) per country. The flight route must be specified in the ticket and firmly reserved. Flights may be rebooked, but the flight route may not be changed. Children under 12 years of age receive a 25% discount, infants under 2 years of age (without their own seat) 90% discount.

The Oneworld Visit South America Pass is valid on routes operated by participating airlinesAmerican Airlines, British Airways, LAN, Qatar Airwaysas well as the associated airlines within South America in the following countries: Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Chile, Ecuador, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay and Venezuela. Applicable only to passengers residing outside of South America. Valid for a maximum of 6 months from arrival in South America. The Airpass includes at least 3 coupons. The number of coupons is not limited. A coupon is required for each section of the route. The stopovers are limited to the number of coupons purchased. Children from 2 years of age: no discount. Infants under 2 years of age are free (no seat occupancy). The reservation of the entire route must be made before departure or the ticket is issued. A fee will be charged for each route change or change in the flight date. Cancellation fees: Refunds before departure, No reimbursement after departure. Purchase of tickets / issue before departure in Germany.

Departure fee

23,500 Bs / 55 US $, included in the ticket price. Transit passengers as well as children and young people under the age of 15 are exempt.

Arrival by car

Connecting roads lead from Colombia (Barranquilla and Medellín) to Maracaibo and from the Brazilian Amazon region (Manaus) to Caracas.

Arriving by train

No international rail connections.

Arrival by ship

The largest ports are La Guaira, Puerto Cabello, Maracaibo, Guanta, Porlamar and Ciudad Bolívar (on the Orinoco).
One of the largest shipping lines calling at Venezuela is Hapag Lloyd (Internet: www.hlkf.de). South America cruises can also be undertaken with Cunard (Internet: www.cunard.com) and AIDA (Internet: www.aida.de).
Port fee on departure.

ON THE GO

Traveling by plane

The best means of transport is the plane, almost every major city is served by the domestic airlines Aeropostal (Alas de Venezuela) (VH).

Note on air travel

Airport taxes

16,800 Bs.

On the way by car / bus

The road network between the larger cities is very good.
Bus: There are some overland connections.
Rental cars are available at airports and in major cities, but prices are high. The minimum age is 21 years and the car must be paid for by credit card. An identity card or passport must also be presented. Documentation: international driver’s license.

Traveling in the city

The subway (Internet: www.metrodecaracas.com.ve) is convenient and inexpensive to get to in Caracas. Valencia also has a subway. The Por Puestos (shared taxis) compete with the public bus network. They are operated by minibus companies and have now developed into the main means of transport in the larger cities (with the exception of evenings and weekends, the same fares as for the buses). Taxisin Caracas have taximeters, but the fare can be negotiated in advance. After midnight the meter is no longer used and the fare should be agreed in advance. After 8 p.m. double the fare. The taxi fares are posted at the airport.

On the go by train

The rail network in Venezuela is still underdeveloped and should therefore not be included in travel plans. There are train connections between Caracas and Charallave. Rail connections from Barquisimeto to Puerto Cabello and from Yaritagua via Acarigua to Turen have been shut down for renovation work. The Naguanagua – Cagua line is under construction.

On the way by ship

Ferries run between Puerto La Cruz and Margarita Island (travel time 2 hours 45 minutes).