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History of Venezuela

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Venezuela was one of three nations that arose from Gran Colombia’s fall in 1830. (the others being Colombia and Ecuador). Venezuela was governed by military strongmen who pushed the oil business for the majority of the first half of the twentieth century, but a democratic process was adopted in 1958. From 1998 until 2013, the nation was governed by President Hugo Chávez, who had previously tried to seize power via a military coup but was allegedly democratically elected and reelected each time. Chavez changed the country’s political culture from one dominated by a two-party system to one dominated by allegiance or hostility to him as a charismatic personality. A coup attempt against Chavez in 2002 failed. Following Chavez’ death, his vice president, Nicolas Maduro, took over as president and has been in power ever since. However, since Maduro lacks Chavez’s charm and the opposition headed by Henrique Capriles accuses him of manipulating the previous elections in his favor, tensions have been growing in recent times, as about half of the nation wants him to remain in power or be removed from it. For most of the twentieth century, political events were strongly affected by the global market price of crude oil, and in the 2010s, petroleum accounted for more than 90% of Venezuela’s exports. Because of the high price of petroleum after the 2003 Iraq war, Venezuela was able to engage in a sort of checkbook diplomacy, and it seemed for a while that Chavez might become a regional leader. As the price of petroleum on the global market has dropped significantly, only partnerships with Iran, Russia, Nicaragua, and Cuba remain.

How To Travel To Venezuela

VaccinationsBefore traveling to Venezuela, several airlines require customers to present a valid Yellow fever vaccination certificate. Although this is not an official entrance requirement, the CDC recommends Yellow fever vaccine "for all visitors to Venezuela over the age of nine months, excluding those visiting the northern coast. Caracas and...

How To Travel Around Venezuela

Travelers visiting Venezuela must carry identification. There are military checkpoints on numerous routes, so have your passport accessible if you're traveling by vehicle or bus; preferably, carry a color photocopy of your passport. If your passport is stolen, this will make dealing with your local consulate easier. The military...

Visa & Passport Requirements for Venezuela

Citizens of the following countries do not need a visa to visit Venezuela for up to 90 days for tourist reasons (a tourist card will be given instead): Argentina, Australia, Austria, Barbados, Belgium, Belize, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, Costa Rica, Denmark, Dominica, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Grenada, Hong Kong,...

Destinations in Venezuela

Regions in Venezuela AndesThis area, which includes the states of Mérida, Táchira, and Trujillo, is mountainous and beautiful. Caribbean IslandsMany of the finest beaches may be found here, since there are around 600 islands or smaller formations. CentralFrom Caracas and the neighboring commuter towns of Miranda and Vargas out to the states...

Accommodation & Hotels in Venezuela

There is a decent variety of 5-star hotels in Caracas, but they are typically pricey. In other tourist areas of Venezuela, posadas (guest homes or bed and breakfasts) are generally the best choice, each with its own unique flair and usually providing breakfast or supper if desired. The price...

Food & Drinks in Venezuela

Food in Venezuela Arepas, which are thick maize tortillas split and filled with a variety of ingredients, are the classic Venezuelan meal. The "reina pepiada" (shredded chicken salad with avocado) and "domino" are the most well-known variants (stuffed with black beans and shredded white cheese). Hallacas (Venezuela's native tamale, with...

Money & Shopping in Venezuela

Money Venezuela's currency is the Bolivar Fuerte (BsF), which replaced the previous bolivar on January 1, 2008, at a 1:1 BsF to 1000 old Bs exchange rate. Bolivars are not readily convertible in or out of the nation due to stringent currency restrictions in place since 2003. The official rate is...

Festivals & Holidays in Venezuela

Holidays January 1: New Year's DayJanuary 14: Feast of the Divina PastorsFebruary 12: Youth DayFebruary 20: Federation DayMarch 21: Slavery Abolition AnniversaryApril 19: Independence Movement DayJuly 5: Independence DayJuly 24: Birth of Simón BolívarSeptember 8: Birth of the Virgin Mary and Feasts of the Virgin del Valle and Our Lady...

Internet & Communications in Venezuela

By phone Venezuela has an international country code of 58, three-digit area codes (including an initial '0,' and phone numbers of seven digits. Area codes starting with '04' - for example, 0412, 0414, 0416 - are for mobile phones, while area codes beginning with '02' - for example, 0212 (Caracas), 0261...

Traditions & Customs in Venezuela

Most Venezuelans are unconcerned about racial problems since white or creole people mix in with indigenous and Afro-Venezuelans in daily life (education, living, politics, marriage). As a result, the term "negro" may be used independently of who is saying it or who is being referred to in this manner....

Culture Of Venezuela

Venezuelan culture is a melting pot comprised mostly of three distinct families: indigenous, African, and Spanish. The first two civilizations were further subdivided based on tribes. Acculturation and assimilation, characteristic of cultural syncretism, resulted in the present Venezuelan culture, which is similar to the rest of Latin America in...

Stay Safe & Healthy in Venezuela

Stay Safe in Venezuela Venezuela is not without its share of poverty and criminality. Venezuela has one of the world's highest murder rates. Pickpockets and muggers may be present in busy cities, so be on the lookout. Most areas of major cities are not safe to stroll through at night....

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