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Venezuela

Venezuela

Etymology

According to the most popular and accepted version, in 1499, an expedition led by Alonso de Ojeda visited the Venezuelan coast. The stilt houses in the area of Lake Maracaibo reminded the navigator, Amerigo Vespucci, of the city of Venice, so he named the region Veneziola “Piccola Venezia”. The name acquired its current spelling as a result of Spanish influence, where the suffix -uela is used as a diminutive term (e.g., plaza / plazuela, cazo / cazuela); thus, the term’s original sense would have been that of a “little Venice”. The German language 16th century-term for the area, Klein-Venedig, also means little Venice (literally “small Venice”). [wikipedia]

Places to Meet People

Places to Meet People

Amantes del Tennis – Group created with the purpose of generating tennis matches without any extra cost that the use of the court sometimes difficult to find partners with whom to play and share, here we can enjoy the game, with different levels teach each other about the punches, correction And tactics. [meetup]

Caracas Fotografia Meetup – Rental of studio for courses, workshops and work meetings. In Caracas. Follow us on Ecofashiondesign.com also talks and meetings. [meetup]

Caracas Golf Meetup – Group created with the purpose of generating Golf games without any extra cost that the use of the court sometimes difficult to find partners with whom to play and share, help each other to improve the game, for these reasons creates this group. [meetup]

Caracas Tech Meetup – We want to connect, inspire, educate and collaborate with members of the city’s technological community. We believe that we can all share the resources that enable the construction of successful and sustainable technology companies. [meetup]

Meetup de Aventura en Caracas – People who want to exercise outdoors. [meetup]

Tango en Venezuela – This is a group for all interested in tango, tango classes, milongas, practices, workshops, presentations, and the like, for any level. I started this group because I want to meet Venezuelan tango enthusiasts and visitors of the world; And that we are all aware of the activities that are carried out within our borders. [meetup]

How to Find a Date

How to Find a Date

Badoo.com – A massive worldwide online dating site launched in 2006, Badoo is a second option if you are looking to date someone in Venezuela. It is a big step down from Latin American Cupid in terms of quality, but it is still worth setting up a profile if you have the time. I must warn you though that the level of trash profiles you have to weed through on Badoo is so high that you might get discouraged. Because of my issues with the quality of profiles on Badoo, I do not recommend that you use this site as a starting point for your dating search. [visa hunter]

Latin American Cupid – Latin American Cupid is second-to-none in Venezuela. This site will be your best option should you decide to look for love online in Venezuela. The site is full of Venezuelan singles. I admit, in some countries like Argentina, Uruguay, or Paraguay, the member numbers are so low on this site that it is barely worth it to set up an account. This is not the case, however, in Venezuela where a simple search of women 21-35 who live in Venezuela will turn up more than 1000 profiles. [visa hunter]

Walking Tours

Walking Tours

Backpacker-Tours – Roraima is one of the best trekking trips in Latin America or even world wide. Trek to the lost world to receive incredible views and meet another world with 70% of endemic lifestyle. This is unique in the world. [backpacker-tours]

Mountain Kingdoms – From high peaks and waterfalls to wildlife rich grasslands rivers and coast, Venezuela boasts a remarkable concentration of some of the world’s most beautiful landscapes. [mountain kingdoms]

Tucan Travel – Teeming with wildlife including birds, caimans and giant anacondas, our Venezuela adventure tours visit Los Llanos wetlands which are a natural highlight of this fascinating country, along with its tropical Caribbean beaches, lush national parks, idyllic colonial towns and majestic mountains. A must see on any Venezuela adventure tour is the world’s highest waterfall, Angel Falls, with a drop of 972 metres. This lush region around Canaima National Park is famed for its tepuis or table topped mountains and inspired Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s book called “The Lost World” written in 1912. [tucan travel]

Walk 2 Walk Holidays – Trek beneath the world’s tallest waterfall, Angel Falls, explore the wierd and wonderful world of Mount Roraima’s summit and kick back and relax on unblemished Caribbean beaches on this Venezuela trekking holiday. [walk 2 walk holidays]

Young Pioneer Tours – Join YPT for our yearly trip and homage to the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela. If you have been on and enjoyed a DPRK or Cuba tour with us, then this is the trip for you. We do it socialist government style by meeting people very involved in the ongoing revolution, the mausoleum of Mr Chavez, and more socialist art than you can shake a stick at, all the while staying at the former Hilton, the very North Korea-esque Alba Hotel. We also take time in Caracas to check out the opposition take on things, as well everything there is to do with Simon Bolivar. [young pioneer tours]

Free Things to Do

Free Things to Do

Angel Falls – Angel Falls is one the most popular tourist attractions in Venezuela as it is the highest uninterrupted waterfalls in the world. It is 978 meters (3,208 feet) tall, and drops off the side of Auyantepui Mountain in Canaima National Park in Bolivar State. Located on the Gauja River, the falls were originally known as Kerepakupai Vená, or “fall from the highest point” by the local natives. The name was later changed to Angel Falls to honor Jimmie Angel, a U.S. aviator who was the first to fly over the falls. [touropia]

Choroni – Choroni is generally known as one of Venezuela’s best Caribbean beaches, though the town itself actually sits slightly inland, boasting some fine colonial houses around a quiet central plaza. Choroni also makes a good base for bird-, plant- and wildlife-watchers who want to explore the cloud forest and lowland jungles of Henri Pittier National Park. Besides monkeys, snakes and deer, the park has 500 bird species and 200 kinds of butterflies. [touropia]

Isla Margarita – Isla Margarita, the largest island off the northeastern coast of Venezuela, is a great place to do some beachcombing. With 50 beaches strung out over the coastline, popular activities include wind- and kite-surfing, especially at Playa el Yaque. Isla Margarita is a popular vacation destination with Venezuelans, partly because of shopping at the duty-free port. It has several large cities, including La Asuncion, the capital of the Venezuelan state of Nueva Esparta. [touropia]

Los Llanos – Los Llanos, or The Plains, is a vast grassland that straddles Venezuela and Columbia. The Orinoco River that runs through it forms the border between the two countries, and is the main river in Venezuela. Los Llanos generally floods during the rainy season (May to October), turning into a birdwatcher’s paradise. Sometimes called the Serengeti of South America, it’s the place to see wildlife in the dry season, when animals flock to the areas that do have water. [touropia]

Los Roques – Los Roques Archipelago National Park was created in 1972 by the Venezuelan government to protect a marine ecosystem of exceptional beauty and ecological . It is the largest marine park in the Caribbean Sea. The almost untouched coral reefs host some of the most beautiful underwater fauna and flora of the Caribbean. The park has exceptionally beautiful beaches of white sand and multicolor, crystalline warm waters which make it a diving, sailing and fishing paradise. [touropia]

Medanos de Coro – The sand dunes at Medanos de Coro National Park are a spectacular sight, especially since they’re located in what is essentially a tropical country. The dunes, some of which are 40 meters (120 feet) high, are in colorful shades of orange and yellow. High winds mean they are always changing shape. The area is quite dry, so there’s limited vegetation and wildlife to see. [touropia]

Merida Cable Car – Riding the Merida Cable Car (called the Teleférico) is something that every visitor to Venezuela simply must do. Why? Because it’s the world’s longest and highest cable car. The cable car route is almost 12 km (7.5 miles) and soars more than 4,700 meters (15,600 feet) in the air. [touropia]

Mochima National Park – Mochima National Park is located on the northeastern coast and is designed to protect the marine environment as well as the forests of the Turimiquire mountains. Venezuela’s second marine park, created in 1973, takes in the shoreline from Puerto la Cruz to Cumana, as well as 32 offshore islands. Pelicans nest at La Ciena Cove while dolphins prevail at Isla Cachicamo. [touropia]

Morrocoy National Park – Morrocoy National Park is located in the northeastern part of Venezuela. It contains an area of mangroves and numerous islets and cays with beautiful sandy beaches. Coral reefs and tropical fish are abundant in the waters around the cayos. Dolphins, marine turtles and even some coastal caimans live in the remoter mangroves. [touropia]

Mount Roraima – Mount Roraima is a tabletop mountain (or tepuy) than sits at an elevation of 2,810 meters (9,220 feet). While most of Roraima lies in Venezuela, it also marks the point where Brazil and Guyana join that country. The only way visitors can climb to the plateau however is from the Venezuelan side. It also is the centerpiece of Canaima National Park, where geologic formations date back two billion years. It rains almost every day on the plateau, which is home to some rare plants and animals. [touropia]

Festivals

Festivals

Carúpano Carnaval – Every year Carúpano Carnaval is an extravaganza of music and movement attracting over 400,000 visitors. If you’re making a trip here for the festival then expect pulsating steel drums, rhythmic salsa beats and rum flowing in every direction. Recently declared an official Event of Regional Tourist Interest, the celebration is held 40 days before Easter, for four whole days. The carnaval is characterized by flamboyant floats and street parties, but its the women in their bright and beautifully decorated costumes that steal the show. [the culture trip]

Corpus Christi Devil Dancing, San Francisco de Yare – The festival of Los Diablos Danzantes sees local men in San Francisco de Yare donning grotesque devil masks and blood-red costumes to symbolically become the “devil dancers”. The eerie troupe then perform in the central square of the town, and, adorned with rosary beads, crosses and maracas, parade the streets to the rhythm of spooky musical poems. Take a trip to the Casa de Los Diablos Danzantes, an establishment displaying an array of old photographs and relics of the festival, to look at how the celebration has developed over the years. You can even make your own mask; swing by the shop-filled alleys on Calle Rivas a few days before the celebration to find a wealth of vendors willing to help. [the culture trip]

El Día de San José – El Día de San José, meaning “St.Joseph’s Day” in English, is a celebration illustrating how embedded Spanish traditions still are in South American culture. The festival sees many bull fights taking place, a controversial activity originating in the Spanish town of Ronda, and parties continue for hours throughout the streets. This festival provides an interesting look at how the Venezuelan nation embraces its colonial past in a celebratory way. [the culture trip]

Feria de la Chinita – The bustling Venezuelan city of Maracaibo goes all out with the Feria de la Chinita, its celebration of the feast day of the Virgin of Chiquinquirá. The 10-day jubilee is led by a beautifully costumed festival queen, and is characterized by music, parades, games and folklore stories. A popular “Gala of Beauty” is held, a beauty contest which attracts thousands of local contestants, and traditional pipe music is often played throughout the night. [the culture trip]

Festival de San Pedro y San Pablo – The Fiesta de San Pedro y San Pablo is a celebration of the saints Peter and Paul; a major event where music, dancing and folklore combine. On the night before the festival, bonfires are lit in the streets throughout the province, and young women who want to have a child leap over the flames. Indigenous people dress in traditional garments and dance on every street corner, and an array of delicious street food is readily available, including empanadas, yuca and tajadas. [the culture trip]

Festival de Virgen de Coromoto –  An unmissable celebration is the Festival de Virgen de Coromoto, a jubilee in honor of the patroness of Venezuela, the Virgin of Coromoto. The beautiful virgin is said to have appeared as an ethereal vision, calling for the world to be baptized as she walked angelically on water. A number of masses are held in her name at the National Sanctuary during the festival, and a giant net is paraded through the streets into which members of the public are enthusiastically tossed, symbolic of the lives that are thought to have been saved through the introduction of baptism rites. [the culture trip]

Fiesta de San Juan – Primarily a Christian festival in honor of St.John the Baptist’s birth, Fiesta de San Juan is three exciting days of African drums resounding among the coastal towns of Venezuela. A solemn mass is held on the second day of the festival, where participants wave colored handkerchiefs and sing improvised verses to the drum beat. The heat picks up again late at night, when sensual dances incorporating passionate and intimate movements are commonplace. The festivities culminate in “the magical night of San Juan”, the final evening, when fervent partying lasts until late the next morning. [the culture trip]

Public Transit

Public Transit

Bus – Bus services around the country are fairly extensive and exceptionally cheap as a result of the low fuel costs. Terminals are frantic places and can seem a little overwhelming. However once you get over the atmosphere, you’ll find them relatively easy to negotiate and find a service to almost any major destination in the country. [hotel travel]

Car – Roads are fairly hazardous places for those not accustomed to them as Venezuelan drivers are aggressive and have little regard for rules of the road. If you’re hardy enough to take them on however, car hire is an option that can be a cheap means of transportation on account of the low cost of petrol. [hotel travel]

Metro – A 35-station Metro service in Caracas provides transportation between the city’s major locations. [hotel travel]

Rail – A rail service with limited coverage operates between Acarigua and Maturin. It’s not renowned for either comfort or efficiency so might not be the best option for getting around. [hotel travel]

Taxi – Taxis are widely available in Venezuela and despite being metered; it’s possible to negotiate a fare with the driver, prior to undertaking a journey. After 20:00, fares double but are still relatively cheap compared with other countries. [hotel travel]

Professional Groups & Events

Professional Groups & Events

Caracas MongoDB User Group – This group is a place for anyone to learn more about the non-relational, open source, document-oriented database MongoDB. We started this group to grow a more robust community of MongoDB Developers in Caracas and provide a place to share knowledge and experience on working with the database in different languages, frameworks and applications. [meetup]

Caracas Software Development Meetup – Java is the foundation for virtually all types of network applications, in addition to the global standard for developing and distributing embedded and mobile applications, games, web-based content and enterprise software. [meetup]

Caracas Startup Founder 101 – Startup Founder 101 brings together aspiring and experienced tech entrepreneurs to discuss, meet, and collaborate to build great new startups, and to push the local startup ecosystem forward. In this group you can learn the best practices of starting a company from people who have been there and done that. [meetup]

Caracas Tech Meetup – We want to connect, inspire, educate and collaborate with members of the city’s technological community. We believe that we can all share the resources that enable the construction of successful and sustainable technology companies. [meetup]

HackerNest Caracas Tech Socials – HackerNest is an international nonprofit community movement focused on building supportive Silicon Valley like tech communities in every city – strengthening local tech ecosystems globally through unpretentious social events and hackathons. [meetup]

JavaScript en Caracas, FaceBook: “JavaScript Venezuela” – We are a meeting place for all people related to javascript from those who want to be informed in this new paradigm of development, even for customers who are looking for javascript solutions for their IT needs. Come to share, come to know, see to instruct, come to learn, come to build a community. [meetup]

Online Marketing Tactics / Caracas Business Networking – Organized by an english-only speaker periodically visiting from the United States for these and similar meetings since 2014. Non-english speakers are welcome, please bring a friend to translate. Open discussion on free ways to effectively market your business, non-profit, cause, band, etc. online. Share ideas, get to know each other and learn from others. [meetup]

Language Exchange

Language Exchange

Caracas English /Spanish Conversation Meetup Group – A group for anyone interested in meeting new people and practicing English conversation. Also a great place for native English speakers and foreigners to practice their Spanish conversation. Currently meeting at La Estancia and sometimes we go on adventures too! Lots of opportunity for creativity, fun, and cultural exchange! [meetup]

Caracas Spanish Language & exchange Meetup – This is a group for people interested in learning Spanish and sharing experiences from different cultures. Any level you drive from Spanish is welcome … Volunteers with Spanish as a native language are welcome. [meetup]

Ciclos de Estudio de Japones – We are a group of students of the Japanese language, who decided to share our knowledge and language material for those who wish to learn the basics, while reinforcing our knowledge. [meetup]

Expats in Caracas Exercise Club – I am creating this group in hopes of finding like-minded expats that want to get out during the day, get some exercise and meet new people. I’d love to start with some hikes up the Avila but I am definitely open to suggestions. [meetup]

Le groupe français-espagnol à Caracas – There, we speak French and also Spanish. It is a group to learn to speak French and Spanish. [meetup]

LGBT Groups

LGBT Groups

Resources

Resources

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