Venezuela Beach Holiday
Isla de Margarita is a Venezuelan Island in the Caribbean Sea, located off the north shore of the mainland. It comprises of two sections, tenuously linked by the 18-km sandpit which separates the sea from Restinga lagoon and Parque Nacional Laguna de la Restinga national park. Most people live in the developed eastern peninsula, which has wooded areas, fertile valleys and the cities of Pampatar, Porlamar and La Asuncion.
Starting in Caracas, travel to Canaima National Park with mountains and forested canyons. Its home to Angel Falls, the highest waterfall in the world and spectacular flat-topped mountain plateaus, known as 'tepuis'. Next, travel to the colourful Margarita Island, home to several national parks, fortresses, cathedrals and churches. But its best known for its quiet crystalline beaches like Playa El Agua offering a variety of water sports and Playa El Yaque, best for windsurfing and many more.
TRAVEL UNTAMED ON THIS 8-DAY VENEZUELA BEACH HOLIDAY…
And, relax on beaches blessed with over 330 days of sun in a year.
Starting in Caracas, you travel to Canaima National Park with mountains and forested canyons and then to Margarita Island in the Southern Caribbean Sea where you may take advantage of a variety of water-sports or just relax on idyllic beaches. You will have enough time to explore the Nature Reserves, or browse the castles, cathedrals and fortresses dotted around the island.
Canaima National Park in south-eastern Venezuela spreads along the border between Guyana and Brazil. This location is of unsurpassed splendour – home of the highest waterfall in the world, the Angel Falls, more than 15 times higher than Niagara Falls, spectacular flat-topped mountain plateaus, known as 'tepuis', a unique bio-geological entity of great geological interest and grand, surging rivers.
Next, travel to the colourful Margarita Island, located in the Southern Caribbean Sea. Margarita has 244 kilometres of sea-coast, two national parks and three nature reserves, several castles, fortresses, cathedrals and churches, and beautiful beaches for every taste: quiet crystalline beaches where you can only hear the rolling of the waves; beaches like Playa El Agua bordered by small restaurants and offering a variety of water sports; Playa El Yaque, the best beach for windsurfing; and many more. Margarita also offers a lively nightlife and great duty-free shopping.
The Avior and SBA Airlines offer direct flights to Miami but not to any other US or European destinations. European carriers such as Air France, Iberia and Air Europa operate direct flights from mainland Europe. Nearly all international visitors arrive at Caracas' Aeropuerto Internacional Simón Bolívar in Maiquetía, 26km from Caracas. The national carrier is Conviasa.
Venezuela Margarita Island
Margarita Island and Canaima & Beach
(8 Days – Travel Any Day)
Day 1 – Arrive
Caracas Meet and greet on arrival and take a private transfer to your selected hotel.
Hotel Gran Melia.
Day 2 – Private Transfer
Canaima Take a private transfer to the airport for your direct flight to Canaima. Meet your guide and transfer to our Pemon Indian inspired lodge for a 2-night stay and a boat-ride around Canaima Lagoon.
Overnight at Waku Lodge (B, L, D)
Day 3 – Private Touring
Canaima Take a morning excursion to Sapo Falls. We board a dugout canoe at Canaima beach and cross Canaima lagoon with impressive views of its seven waterfalls. After a short walk through savannah, walk behind a magnificent curtain of water of the impressive Sapo Falls! It is truly an exhilarating experience: a cliff to the right, the roaring falls to the left, and water spray everywhere. Once on the other side of the curtain, walk to the top of the falls for a wonderful view of the Tepuy landscape.
Later, return to Canaima beach to spend the afternoon at your own leisure. You may just relax at Canaima lagoon and enjoy the magical surroundings, or choose from a variety of optional excursions.
Overnight at Waku Lodge (B, L, D)
Day 4 – Transfer
Margarita Island Spend the morning at your own leisure. At midday we fly to Margarita Island where after a reception at the airport we will transfer to a beautiful posada, for a 4-night stay.
Overnight: Posada Caracol Superior (B, L, D)
Day 5 to 7 – At Leisure
Margarita Island Spend these days at your own leisure, either relax in the exotic surroundings or explore the sights, sounds and wide variety of entertainment options on this delightful tropical island.
Overnight: Posada Caracol Superior (B, L, D)
Day 8 – Depart
Caracas Today, transfer to the airport and take your flight to Caracas. (B)
The true price is customised based on final choice of hotels, travel dates, and other custom preferences. All prices exclude international flights.
Price Includes: hotels, airport transfers and transportation within the country, unique experiences guided by local experts and 24X7 support during your trip.
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Overview Venezuela is a country of striking natural beauty; it has the white-sand beaches in the north, the steamy Amazonian jungles in the south, ranges of the snow-capped Andean peaks in the west, and a beautiful Gran Sabana plateau, with its strange flat-topped mountain in the east.
Venezuela also has a few geographical superlatives; it has the world's highest waterfall, South America's biggest lake and the third longest river. It also has jaguars, armadillos and some of the most spectacular landscapes you'll ever see.
Although Venezuela is geographically a part of South America, it has the feel and flavour of a Caribbean country. Its vast palm fringed beaches could easily be mistaken for that of some paradisiacal Caribbean island, and at night the discos in Caracas come alive with rhythms from all over the Caribbean.
Where to go Caracas: Venezuela's capital is a city of soaring skyscrapers and crumbling shanty towns. It is also a surprisingly green city, spread along the fringes of the lush Avila National Park, and is one of Latin America's most cultured capitals, with superb modern art galleries and a thriving theatre scene.
Isla Margarita: Venezuela's prime island beach resort and one of the Caribbean's most popular budget destinations for Europeans and North Americans who want to enjoy sun and surf without seriously denting their wallets.
Islas Los Roques: A corner of paradise is how most visitors describe the archipelago of Los Roques, lying approximately 166 km north of Maiquetía, a small plane flight of about 40 minutes. With some 40 islands and cays large enough to bear names, pristine white sand beaches and crystalline waters, it is one of the country's most popular yet idyllic hideaways.
Orinoco Delta: For millennia, the world's eighth-largest river, the 2,140-km long Orinoco has surged towards the Atlantic, creating some 44 metres of new land each year. With the opening of tourist lodges in the interior of this water wonderland, visitors have a chance to observe its abundant fauna and learn about its original and principal inhabitants, the Warao people.
Angel Falls: The star attraction of Canaima National Park in the vast Gran Sabana, this is the highest (978 metres) and longest (807 metres) free drop of water in the world. The whole region draws adventure seekers, for exploration of its tannin-dyed rivers and mysterious flat-topped tepuyes (plateaus).
Mount Roraima: The biggest and most famous of the hundreds of tepuyes that dominate the horizon of the Gran Sabana in southern Venezuela. Climbers explore its labyrinthine surface, which is pitted with potholes, filled with lush carnivorous plants and bristling with age-worn rockscapes.
The Llanos: Covering nearly a third of Venezuela, from the base of the Andes to the delta of the Orinoco, the vast plains or llanos comprise enormous expanses of land occupied only by huge ranches or hatos. Some of the hatos have established ecotourism camps geared up for safaris of the region's impressive wildlife.
When to go Venezuela’s proximity to the Equator allows few climatic variations making it a year round destination. The best time however, is the dry season, which is more pleasant and runs from December to April. The wet season runs from May to November and is not all that bad for some sights, including the famous Angel Falls that are certainly more impressive in the wet season.
On the coast, there is less rain and fewer mosquitoes, if slightly higher temperatures. In the Andes, it is more difficult and uncomfortable to climb the popular snowcapped peaks in the wet season, when freezing rain and snow are frequent. In Los Llanos, wildlife spottings are much more abundant during the dry season, when the animals congregate at the few watering holes, and hordes of pesky mosquitoes make walking very unpleasant during the wet season. Travel in the Guayana region is more comfortable during the dry season, though Angel Falls tends to be fuller and therefore more spectacular during the wet season.
Venezuelans are great travellers and like to visit their friends and families during the holidays, especially during Christmas, Carnaval (days before the Ash Wednesday) and Semana Santa (Holy week before Easter Sunday). However, these periods are also colourful and entertaining. The average temperature in Venezuela is about 27C, but cooler temperatures prevail at higher elevations, especially in the Andes, where jackets are needed.
Visa Visas for Venezuela are not required by British and other EU countries, Australian and Canadian citizens. However, they require a tourist entry card, which is issued free of charge by an authorised air carrier on presentation of valid air tickets (including return or onward ticket) for stays of up to 90 days. Foreign nationals arriving by sea or land do need a visa in advance from a Venezuelan Embassy or Consulate.
For British Citizens: British nationals arriving by air, can enter Venezuela for up to 90 days on a tourist card issued on arrival. You must have a valid return ticket. If you are arriving overland, or by sea, you must get a visa in advance from your nearest Venezuelan Embassy or Consulate.
Passport validity: Your passport should be valid for a minimum period of 6 months for entry into Venezuela.
Visa information source: www.gov.uk