A brief reminder of the natural treasures that exists in Venezuela
Over the last couple of months, Venezuela has been making headlines around the globe. However, the headlines don’t speak of the country’s rustic historical sites, majestic mountain peaks or impressive biodiversity. The word “Venezuela” has become synonymous with economic hardship, poverty, citizens going hungry, a depreciating currency, food riots and political anarchy. According to Nick Robins-Early, reporter for the Huffington Post, struggling oil prices are the cause of the economic disarray in Venezuela, where “things have deteriorated to the point where many government offices are open sometimes only two days to save electricity. Food shortages are spurring lengthy lines for basic necessities, and drought has made the situation worse as even water becomes scarce”. Despite all of the socio-economic challenges, there is still immense natural beauty to discover in Venezuela.
The country’s natural resources are diverse. While some countries depend either on their beaches, mountainous terrain or history to lure visitors to their shores, Venezuela has a bit of everything. With clear water beaches and an abundance of coral reefs and wetlands, the country has the essence of a Caribbean island. Additionally, its wetlands and protected marine ecosystems such as the Los Roques Archipelago National Park and the Morrocoy National Park, and a wide variety of animals and wildlife exist. These include monkeys, snakes, dolphins, turtles, deer, over 500 species of birds and approximately 200 types of butterflies.
It is extremely interesting that in such a tropical paradise, sand dunes exist. These sand dunes, which are often interpreted as deserts, are usually experienced when people travel to Dubai or some places in Northern Africa. At the Medanos de Coro National Park though, visitors mounted on camels are enthralled by the sight of mountains of sand in hues of yellow or orange.
Venezuela is also a place of history and this is reflected in much of the colonial architecture. The country is the home of Simon Bolivar, freedom fighter and liberator who championed independence and a greater sense of nationhood among many South American countries. Beyond the history, culture, and nature parks, all visitors to the country must explore Angel Falls, well known as the highest uninterrupted waterfall in the world. It stands majestically at 3,208 feet.
By no means does this article take into account every available experience and all the numerous attractions one could possibly enjoy when visiting Venezuela. That said, with an avalanche of press portraying the country as being nothing but gloom and doom, it is critical that we are reminded that in the midst of the socio-economic and political crisis, there is great beauty to be discovered in Venezuela. Venezuela combines the essence of the Caribbean, Andes mountain peaks and rich South American culture, and it’s sure to give you an unforgettable experience.