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Venezuela is a located along the northern coastline of South America. It's bordered by the Andes mountains to the west, the rain forest in the Amazon Basin to the south, the Caribbean Ocean to the north, and a river delta known as the Orinoco to the east. The country shares its borders with Colombia, Brazil, and Guyana. Nearly double the size of California, Venezuela encompasses over 900,000 km².
Caracas, the capital city of Venezuela, is home to more than 3 million inhabitants. The country and its cities is home to not only growing numbers of South American immigrants, but those migrating from southern Europe due to its growth in education and health care services. Venezuela is composed of 23 states and is considered one of the most urbanized in South America.
Population and Language
Venezuela has a population of nearly 29 million; a population of mixed ethnicities. The main language spoken in Venezuela is Spanish. The majority of ethnic groups in the country are classified as Mestizo/Multiracial or European. Large clusters of Italians, Portuguese, Germans, Arab and African immigrants are also found throughout the country.
Venezuela's geography is among the most beautiful in South America, with the majestic Andes mountains to the west and the Guiana Highlands to the southeast. Of course, the southern shoreline of the Caribbean and its nearly 3,000 kilometers of coastline provide a wide range of attractions for locals as well as international travelers.
The main religion practiced in Venezuela is Christian, of the Catholic denomination. Roughly 95% of Venezuelans classify themselves as Roman Catholic, while the remaining 4% classify themselves as Protestant or ‘other’.
Major Cities and Tourist Destinations
As its capital city, Caracas is one of the most visited cities in the country. Popular highlights for visitors in the country also include the beautiful Caribbean coastline, the Andes Mountains (Venezuela's highest point, Pico Bolivar, rises over 16,000 feet). The northern region of the Amazon basin is home to the highest waterfall in the world, Angel Falls. Other popular sites, landmarks and locations in Venezuela include beautiful Margarita Island, the Canaima National Park and the cave systems found in Cueva del Guácharo. The colonial site of Coro, located on the Caribbean coastline, is designated a World Heritage Site. Visitors to Venezuela enjoy a variety of indoor and outdoor activities from deep sea fishing in the Caribbean to trekking up mountainsides, including Mount Roraima. More urban activities include museums, architectural structures, and cultural landmarks.
Venezuela's climate is tropical, so most of the year, it's hot and humid. Temperatures are more moderate in the country's highlands. Temperatures in Venezuela range from cooler and temperate in the higher elevations to an average of approximately 95°F (35°C) along its low elevation plains. Yearly average temperatures in the mountains average 46°F or 8°C. Because of its wide range in geography, Venezuela has four temperature climates; tropical, temperate with dry winters, dry, and polar.
Venezuela's economy relies heavily on her imports and exports. Her main commodities and exports include but are not limited to agricultural products, petroleum, minerals, and chemicals. Imports include machinery and equipment, construction materials, pharmaceuticals, medical equipment, and agricultural products. Venezuela has long been one of the world's largest exporters of oil, but also provides vast amounts of cocoa and coffee. Currency in Venezuela is the Bolivar fuerte. Venezuela's gross domestic product is $408 billion a year in purchasing power, ranking it 34th in the world.
Getting around Venezuela is easy, with approximately 444 airports as of 2013. Major airports include the Thomás de Heres Airport in the state of Bolivar, the Metropolitano International Airport and Caracas Simon Bolivar Airport in Caracas, though Barquisimeto Jacinto and Lara International Airports serves a regions of western central Venezuela. Over 800 kilometers of railways and approximately 100,000 kilometers of roadways provide easy access to destinations throughout the country. Her major port cities provide easy accessibility to the import and export of goods.
Public transportation and travel by rail are also popular in Venezuela. In urban areas, residents and visitors alike are offered a wide variety of taxi services, bus routes, and car rental agencies. Car rentals are recommended for first-time visitors to the area, as it allows individuals to explore and travel at their own leisure.
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