Venezuela in Pictures: 15 Beautiful Places to Photograph
Located in the northern corner of South America, Venezuela benefits from having a great coastline, a bit of jungle, some great hills and mountains for hiking, and a number of tropical resort islands.
Whether you're after towering sand dunes, the world's highest uninterrupted waterfall, massive national parks, or chances to just enjoy your own quiet corner of paradise, Venezuela has something to offer.
Here is our pick of the 15 most stunning sights to photograph in the country.
1. Cayo De Agua
Right in the Eastern Caribbean Sea across the coast from Los Roques National Park, Cayo de Agua attracts many visitors searching for peace and solitude. Beaches here are soft, white, and solitary, mainly inhabited by birds. Easy hiking trails connect the coastline to freshwater pools and diving spots.
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2. Gran Roque
The main island in Los Roques archipelago, Gran Roque is often the anchor area for yachts and cruises from all over South America and even Europe. Pristine white beaches and inner lagoons, colorful coral, and a rich marine life are just the starting point of the attractions here - there's also a turtle rescue and research center, excellent snorkeling and diving, kitesurfing, and bird-watching on the islands.
3. Crasqui Island
Also part of Los Roques archipelago, the small group of Crasqui islands are quiet, underdeveloped, and a prime destination for snorkelers who want the ocean to themselves. The waters around Crasqui are quiet and the beaches clean and almost deserted. It's possible to rent sailboats and catamarans to mix in with local fishermen on the deep blue waters around the island.
4. Dos Mosquises Islands
Home to a Marine Biology Research Station and a sea turtle breeding and protection program, the islands are carefully monitored to prevent damage to nature. Most visitors come here to learn more about the conservation efforts, lie quietly on the golden beaches, and just explore the trails that crisscross through the coconut trees away from the coastline.
5. Morrocoy National Park
Covering 320 square kilometers of both aquatic and terrestrial zones, the Morrocoy National Park is especially known for its large population of flamingos. Mangroves sit against white beaches, softly sloping into the sea and rich coral life. Although there are a number of small towns and inns within the park borders, many visitors choose to camp in the area instead.
6. Angel Falls
The Angel Falls are particularly beautiful in the foggy morning light. At 979 meters, it's the highest uninterrupted (no steps or breaks) waterfall in the world. The falls can only be reached between June and December and only via a river trip to the bottom of the falls. From here, visitors can hike through the jungle and up the Auyán-tepui mountain.
7. Mount Roraima
The highest tabletop mountain in South America, Roraima is located within the borders of Canaima National Park. The park covers a massive 30,000 square kilometers and shares borders with Guyana and Brazil. Roraima is a significant area for the local indigenous people - the mountain is central to some of their legends. The steep rock walls of the mountain make it a popular climbing challenge.
8. Medanos de Coro National Park
Medanos De Coro National Park is covered in sand dunes and salt marshes. The dunes can reach up to 40 meters tall - because of the lack of rainfall and strong winds in the area, their shape and location are always changing.
Home to the Angel Falls, this tepui (table-top mountain) is the most visited in Venezuela. Partly forested, partly bare rock, the mountain is also home to a vast network of caves. The Auyan tepui is considered the most difficult trek in the country - the easiest route, from river to river on the sides of the mountain, takes about six hours.
10. La Gran Sabana
La Gran Sabana (literally, the Great Savannah) is a 10,000-square-kilometer area and one of the world's most unique landscapes - it's part savanna, part jungle, with waterfalls, rivers, and valleys all mixed into one. La Gran Sabana is located inside the Canaima National Park, one of the largest national parks in the world.
11. El Fosso Cave
El Fosso is a flooded sandstone cave at the heart of Mount Roraima. Surrounded by towering cliffs and rocky landscapes, the cave can be reached after an arduous trek. While much of the cave is flooded and can't be explored, it's possible to enter it and stand on the edge of the subterranean lake.
12. Parque del Este
An urban park in Caracas, Parque del Este offers soft green fields, forested paths, and mosaic murals just steps from the capital's main attractions. In addition to a boating lake, the park is also home to a planetarium.
13. Mucubaji Lagoon
A glacial lake 3,600 meters above sea level, Mucubaji is located high in the Andes and offers stunning open views over the surrounding glacial valley. The lake can be reached by car - visitors often continue on with a hike to Laguna Negra, 90 minutes away.
14. Humboldt Peak
Venezuela's second-highest mountain is part of the Sierra Nevada National Park, home to endangered species such as the spectacled bear. A mix of moorland vegetation and forest (with trees over 20 meters high) cover the mountain. Back in the 1970s, there were four glaciers surrounding the mountain, but three have completely melted, and the last one is expected to disappear within a decade.
15. Los Frailes Island
Covered in scrub, desert-like vegetation, Los Frailes is better known as a diving destination. Despite strong currents, the waters around the islands are home to a diverse range of marine life, including everything from rays and eels to balloon fish, colorful coral, and sponges.