Venezuela: travel books to read before you go
This excerpt from Lonely Planet’s Venezuela guide provides a selection of travel literature to get you in the mood for your trip. Venezuela’s unique table mountains have captivated writers for over a century...
Places in Venezuela
A sprawling metropolis choked with traffic, Caracas incites no instant love affairs. The political and cultural capital of Venezuela is densely overpopulated and hectic, with a solid dose of crime and pollution. Few sections of the city are pedestrian-friendly, most are downright dangerous and after dark, it's strictly taxis only.
Hot-blooded Venezuela is not usually associated with snow-encrusted mountains and windswept peaks. However, Venezuela is, in fact, home to the 400km-long northern end of the Andes range, crowned by the country’s tallest mountain, called (what else?) Pico Bolívar, which towers at 5007m.
Easily reached from Caracas, the country’s northwest is stocked with beaches, rainforests, deserts, caves, waterfalls, a dozen national parks and South America’s largest lake. Parque Nacional Morrocoy attracts visitors with its colorful reefs, beaches and Sahara-like desert near the colonial town of Coro.