Tourism in Venezuela has developed considerably in recent decades, particularly for its favorable geographical position, the variety of landscapes, rich flora and fauna,the artistic and the privileged country's tropical climate, which affords each region (especially the beaches) throughout the year.
Major Tourist Destinations
The Gran Sabana
The GranSabana is an important natural attraction in Venezuela, located in the south of Bolívar State on the Venezuelan-Brazilian border, approximately 1,400 km from Caracas. The area has a tropical humidclimate with an average temperature of 28 °C, but at night it can go down to 13 °C. The most important town in the region is Santa Elena de Uairen, the municipal capital, which is 5 kilometers from theVenezuelan-Brazilian border. It has a population of approximately 12,000 inhabitants.
The Gran Sabana lies on a plateau with a mean altitude of 1,000 meters above sea level and is dotted with hugetable-top mountains called tepuis, which rise dramatically from the surrounding plains. The tallest of the tepuis is Mount Roraima at 2,810 meters above sea level. Mount Roraima also marks the tripleborder point for Venezuela, Brazil and Guyana.
The Gran Sabana is inhabited by several indigenous groups, including the Pemon, who are the most numerous. Canaima National Park, which wascreated by a decree on the 12th of June, 1962, encompasses most of the Gran Sabana but the areas do not exactly match. In 1975 the Canaima National Park was extended from the original 10,000 km² to30,000 km², making it the sixth largest national park in the world.
The main attractions for visitors to the region are Angel Falls, the world's highest waterfall, Mount Roraima, the mountain whichinspired Arthur Conan Doyle's 1912 novel The Lost World, and the many other mountains and waterfalls.
In the Gran Sabana you can go hiking, swimming, fishing, camping, canoeing, horseback...