Venezuela
The Route

VENEZUELA

Venezuela is a tropical country on the northern coast of South America.  It borders Colombia to the west, Guyana to the east, and Brazil to the south.  Its northern coastline of roughly 2,800 km includes numerous islands in the Caribbean Sea, and in the north east borders the northern Atlantic Ocean.  Caribbean islands such as Trinidad and Tobago, Grenada, Curaçao, Bonaire, Aruba and the Leeward Antilles lie near the Venezuelan coast.  Venezuela's territory covers around 916,445 km2 with an estimated population of 29,105,700 people.

I am very much looking forward to riding through Venezuela.  One of my “Bucket List” items is to catch a Green Anaconda in Venezuela.  So I am hoping to scratch this off my list while I am in the neighbourhood.  I will ride to the coast from Columbia and then to Caracas (the capital) and then continue along the coast and will then ferry to the island of Trinidad and do a quick ride around that island.  I will then ferry very back to Venezuela and ride south.  I need to ride south because in order to enter Guyana I need to ride south into Brazil and then north to Guyana.  There is no direct route from Venezuela to Guyana.  

Caracas - Venezuela and its capital, Caracas, are reported to both have among the highest per capita murder rates in the world.  Most murders and other violent crimes go unsolved.  Armed criminal gangs often operate with impunity throughout the urban areas.  The poor neighborhoods that cover the hills around Caracas are extremely dangerous.  U.S. travelers have reported robberies and other crimes committed against them by individuals wearing uniforms and purporting to be police officers or National Guard members.  Police investigations into kidnappings have revealed that police officers are often involved.   Caracas tops list of murder capitals of the world.  Sounds exciting!!

Angel Falls - The world’s highest single-drop falls with a height of 979 m and a plunge of 807 m.  The waterfall drops over the edge of the Auyantepui Mountain in the Canaima National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site. 

I hope to see these falls, but me research also suggests that it is very difficult to see these falls due to low fog cover.