Discover the hidden treasures of Venezuela’s Caribbean Coast in this two-week Venezuela travel itinerary. In a land of enchantment and contrasts, expect to encounter pristine beaches fringed by lush jungles, colonial towns nestled amidst breathtaking landscapes, and vibrant cities coexisting with serene fishing villages.
Immerse yourself in the wonders of this captivating country with my comprehensive two-week Venezuela travel itinerary, curated to showcase the best of Northern Venezuela. From indulging in luxury accommodations to embarking on thrilling offbeat adventures, get ready to say ‘yes’ to every extraordinary experience that awaits you.
Venezuela, a country located in South America, is known for its rich and diverse offerings.
Venezuela has a fascinating history, being the birthplace of Simon Bolivar, a key figure in South America’s fight for independence. It also boasts impressive colonial architecture, such as the UNESCO World Heritage sites of Coro and Ciudad Bolivar.
The country is blessed with breathtaking natural wonders, including Angel Falls, the world’s tallest waterfall, and the stunning landscapes of Canaima National Park.
Venezuelan culture is a vibrant mix of indigenous, African, and European influences. The Venezuelans are known for their warmth, hospitality, and zest for life, and despite facing challenges, they maintain a positive spirit and are proud of their cultural heritage. One of the parts that stood out while traveling the country is how easy it was to connect!
Join me on this remarkable journey and let the magic of Venezuela unfold before your eyes in this travel itinerary!
Venezuela Travel Itinerary: Quick Overview & FAQ
Is Venezuela safe to travel?
Venezuela has been through some tough years, and traveling this country is probably not for the inexperienced. As with every destination, but probably even more so in South America, it’s wise to ask locals how to behave in a way that keeps you safe, where not to go etc.
In places such as Coro, Morrocoy, Puerto Cabello and Choroni – all towns relying on local tourism – I was assured that it’s safe. I could walk around freely after sunset, have my belongings on me and could take photos on the street.
In places such as Caracas, even in the city center I found it to be very relaxed and have not had a bad feeling. However I did follow the suggestion of locals and wore my backpack at the front (especially in the busy metro) and stayed in East Caracas, which was said to be the safest.
In areas such as Chacao in East Caracas, is where all the embassies are, and walking after dawn was still a safe thing to do – also, because there were still many other people in the streets.
Do I need a Visa for Venezuela?
If you are from an EU Member state you don’t need a visa and can visit Venezuela for up to 90 days. Other countries of South America, Japan, South Africa, Russia, or the United Kingdom (among others) also don’t need a visa. As things change a lot, it’s best to check for your specific situation. Citizens from America need to apply for a visa at the Venezuelan Embassy in America beforehand – there is no visa on arrival.
To enter without any issues you should have a booking confirmation of your hotel for the first day(s), a confirmation of payment of the hotel, and perhaps an Invitation Letter from the hotel. Also, make sure to have proof of an onward flight ticket.
The money situation in Venezuela is still a tricky one. While the bolivar is the official currency of the country, four years of hyperinflation made it almost worthless. Only recently you can now also own and pay in US Dollars. When I visited the current rate was: US$1 = Bs. 24.65 (10th May 2023)
Keep in mind that your foreign Visa/Mastercard will (most likely) not work on ATM’s in Venezuela. In some cases, you might be able to pay with your card in a hotel or restaurant, if there is a machine (‘Hay Punto’).
The easiest way to avoid any problems is to bring all your money in cash, in small notes of 5, 10, and 20 bills. Change is hard to come by, many places cannot change notes of 50 or 20 ie. in a local restaurant.
Venezuelans pay online, via Zelle or bank transfer – hence having US Dollars in cash is still something new and reserved to a few.
If you have an American bank account, I’d recommend you to register for Zelle (similar to PayPal). With Zelle you will easily be able to pay in restaurants, bus terminals and many other shops.
Do I need a VPN for Venezuela?
While it is not mandatory to use a VPN in Venezuela, some people choose to use it for various reasons. A VPN like Express VPN can provide additional security and privacy by encrypting your internet connection and masking your IP address, which can be useful when accessing sensitive information or when browsing the internet in countries with stricter online censorship – as is the case in Venezuela.
In Venezuela, there have been occasional reports of internet restrictions and limited access to certain websites and platforms.
How to get around Venezuela
Taxi – a common mode of transportation within Venezuelan cities. It’s recommended to use registered and licensed taxis, preferably booked through reputable companies or arranged by your accommodation. Venezuela doesn’t have Uber or DiDi but similar ride-sharing apps called Ridery and Yummy Rides.
Always exercise caution and use reputable taxi services for safety reasons!
Bus – a popular means of transportation for both short and long distances within Venezuela. There are different types of buses available, ranging from public buses to private companies offering intercity services. Public buses are typically more affordable but may be crowded and have varying levels of comfort.
As another safety measure, I did not use night buses and made to sure to arrive in daylight to my next destination.
Plane – For traveling between cities or covering longer distances, domestic flights are a convenient option in Venezuela. Several airlines such as Conviasa operate domestic routes, connecting major cities and popular destinations.
Day 1: Maracaibo (Arrival)
Let’s start your Venezuela two-week travel itinerary in one of Venezuela’s most significant cities. Maracaibo, a once vibrant city in Venezuela, holds great significance as a hub of cultural heritage, economic activity, and natural wonders. Nestled on the shores of Lake Maracaibo, the largest lake in South America, it offers breathtaking sunsets and the mesmerizing phenomenon of Catatumbo Lightning.
Maracaibo’s strategic location in the oil-rich region has fueled its growth as a key player in Venezuela’s oil industry. With its blend of historic architecture and modern developments, the city showcases a captivating fusion of past and present.
Explore La Vereda del Lago Park and stroll along the Malecon, a scenic waterfront promenade offering picturesque views of Lake Maracaibo, lined with restaurants, bars, and shops.
From there it’s only a short drive to the city center. Wander through Maracaibo’s colonial streets, admire the architecture, and visit landmarks like Plaza Bolivar, the Municipal Palace, and Santa Lucia Church.
When I visited the city on a Sunday, the center and especially around Calle Carabobo (which is famous for its colourful colonial houses) was extremely deserted. It could have been the heat or the fact it was Sunday – but my taxi driver suggested to not wander around alone.
Where to stay in Maracaibo
Ragazza Suites in a good part of Maracaibo, offers a family environment and economic room options. The owners was super helpful, always there for questions and organized my taxi to the bus terminal. The price per double room started at 22 USD with a bathroom.
Day 2: Maracaibo to Adicora, Coro
Coro, the entrance to Venezuela’s most northern point is a spectacle in itself. The desert vibes begin once you leave town, greeted by huge sand dunes covering half of the street. A 60-minute drive leads you to the peaceful town of Adicora. Known as one of South America’s top kite surf spots, it’s a wonderful place to unwind.
Quiet and sleepy during the week, the kite surf enthusiasts and nearby locals flock to the beaches. In the past, many German, Dutch and Italians arrived here, settling back in the days, many of the colonial buildings still belong to them. A true highlight of every travel itinerary for Venezuela!
How to get from Maracaibo to Coro
Leave Maracaibo in the early morning hours to arrive in Coro before 2 pm to catch the next bus. The ride can be 4-5 hours long, prolonged by police checks and random pullovers to pick up new passengers. The price for the bus was 10 US$. Once in Coro change to a public or take a shared taxi for the one-hour ride to Adicora. Cost for the taxi cost 5 US$.
Where to Stay in Adicora, Coro
30 Nudos – your best option for a mix of eco focus & unique design! If you’re after having a sustainable hotel plus the chance to learn how to kite surf, 30 Nudos is your best choice!
Your room is an old shipping container that might have traveled as much as you and features a comfy terrace with a hammock. They’ve got their own kitesurfing school by the ocean which is the ideal place to learn or to improve your skills. From weekly DJ nights and a knowledgeable kite-surf team makes this makes a unique place to stay!
Apartahotel Hipocampo – the first hotel in Adicora that was tailored to kitesurfing holidays, offers spacious, serviced apartments with dining room and kitchen. As part of your stay, you can enjoy daily Venezuelan breakfast and a great restaurant that opens for dinner.
It’s just a short 5-minute walk to the beautiful beach, ideal to also wander around the village. From relaxing by the idyllic pool to the best staff – this is a fantastic option for longer stays and kitesurfing holidays!
Day 3: Adicora
Start your day with a traditional Venezuelan breakfast and maybe even try ray for the first time! As tours aren’t really a thing, you can ask your hotel if they can put you in touch with a trusted taxi service. From Adicora it’s about a one-hour ride up north that will lead you past lagoons full of flamingos, pinkish salt flats (and kids who want to explain you the history of it), abandoned hotels and long stretches of sand.
If you reach the lighthouse, you have officially made it to the most northern point of Venezuela. On a clear day, you can even see Aruba in the distance. Drive a little further and you will encounter a single, large sand dune – right by the ocean and a top highlight of any Venezuela travel itinerary.
Head back home, and take a stroll through the sleepy town. Its not unusual to hear that many of the colonial houses you see by the beachfront have or had, owners from different countries.
To end the day, head to Posada Rosada Restaurant for some of the best grilled fish, patacones and sunset views! Expect to pay around 12 US$ for a fish and 2$ for two beers.
Day 4: Adicora
As Adicora is one of South America’s kite surfing hot spots it should be on your list to try it out! Along the coast are many kite surf schools that offer introductory courses as well as packages.
In the afternoon make sure to visit the local beach for some downtime and beautiful sheltered water to swim. There are many sunchairs you can hire and locals will likely flock to the beach once it hits 4 pm!
Day 5: Adicora to Morrocoy
Situated on the Caribbean Coast of Venezuela, Morrocoy is a piece of heaven that you shouldn’t skip when planning your Venezuela travel itinerary. Its idyllic white-sandy beaches, crystal clear water, and tropical islets are what beach dreams are made of.
Adding Morrocoy to your Venezuela travel itinerary guarantees an unforgettable experience of sun-soaked bliss and natural beauty.
How to get from Adicora to Morrocoy
Taxi + Bus – right in town is a bus station that connects the peninsula with Coro. You can either wait for a bus to pass or take a shared taxi back to Coro which should cost about 5$.
In Coro, you will take a bus that heads towards Valencia, but get off at Tucacas. The bus will cost about 10 US$ and can take some 3-5 hours.
Where to Stay in Morrocoy
Tuqueque Lodge – this ultimate adventure hotel sits within the Morrocoy National Park and is a true adventure hotel. With only 3 cabins, this is as boutique as it gets. They serve the most wonderful breakfast, elaborated 4-course dinner plus the tastiest coffee. I absolutely loved their attention to detail, their personalized service and how they made me feel so at home.
A two-night stay in this eco-luxury lodge gives you access to an excursion in their private speedboat including a cooler with beverages & drinks for the day.
El Solar de la Luna – sitting on top of a hill, the views from this unique posada is top notch. Greeted by owner Pedro, you’ll be staying in one of 7 uniquely decorated rooms, all with an eco-focus. As a founding member of the Circuito de Excellencia, you’ll be welcomed with a tasty drink, and can enjoy an outstanding 4-course dinner and sumptuous breakfast during your stay.
The service is impeccable, with amuse bouche, Chilenian wine, and a mix of Venezuelan or international dishes that vary from day to day. Your stay will include a comfortable air-conditioned transfer, to and from the harbor to catch a speedboat to the nearby Cayos.
Booking top hotels that include transfers, dinner and extra experiences will highly improve the overall experience within your Venezuela travel itinerary!
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Day 6: Morrocoy National Park
The Morrocoy National Park is known for its mangroves, tropical islets, and beaches in close proximity to the coast. It’s from the park itself where the lanchas (speedboats) leave to visit the Cayos. Here you can either rent a boat yourself or join a public one.
Prices ranged from 70-100 US$ per day for the whole boat and depending on which island(s) you want to visit. The public boat cost around 10-20$ and visits only one island.
On your first day in Morrocoy, rent a boat or join a public trip to explore one of the Cayos. The local’s top destination is Cayo Sombrero – and it’s truly stunning! Bring a cooler with some drinks, and lots of reef-safe sunscreen and you’re good to go!
Return in the late afternoon to your hotel and unwind from a beach-filled day, salty hair and sunkissed skin.
Day 7: Morrocoy National Park
Chichiriviche, a nearby town to Tucacas and Morrocoy, is a popular alternative destination for Venezuelans. The town offers attractive package deals at hotels, which include breakfast, dinner, and a boat trip to nearby cays like Cayo Sal and Cayo Muerto. It’s a convenient and enjoyable option for a memorable getaway.
Cayo Sal is a fantastic Cayo to visit, featuring lots of shade from the palm-fringed beach to having watersport activities available. The beach is truly spotless and friendly vendors are selling Venezuelan oysters, drinks and other dishes.
I’d recommend you bring enough water!
If you’re enjoying this itinerary, make sure to have a look at my Unusual Colombian two-week itinerary!
Day 8: Tucacas, Morrocoy to Puerto Cabello
Many things didn’t come to mind when I thought of Venezuela, so discovering a picturesque seaside town with vibrant colonial houses was such a surprise. Little did I know that Puerto Cabello, a hidden gem on the Caribbean Coast, would become a highlight of my Venezuela travel itinerary.
Puerto Cabello has a rich history and played a significant role during Venezuela’s struggle for independence from Spanish colonial rule. It was the site of various battles and witnessed key events in Venezuelan history.
With its charming architecture, stunning beaches, and historical center boasting houses that have withstood the test of time for over 400 years, Puerto Cabello is a must-visit destination on any Venezuelan travel itinerary.
How to get from Tucacas, Morrocoy to Puerto Cabello
There are regular buses heading from Tucacas towards the village of Moron. The ticket cost 2 US$ and takes about an hour. From there, you take another bus to Puerto Cabello which should be another 2-3 US$.
I’d suggest contacting your hotel in advance and organizing them to pick you up or send a trusted taxi.
If you got time in the afternoon, definitely head for a stroll along the promenade and marvel at the stunning house front. Walk towards the marina and visit Playa Sonrisa while sipping on some local drinks in the beach bars.
Where to stay in Puerto Cabello
Posada Santa Margarita – as part of Circuito de Excelencia, they are a collection of three colonial houses, that are more than 250 years old. From unique interior, princess-like rooms with treasure chests, a grand pool room, a terrace with ocean view, and a pool – it’s one of the most unique places you can stay in.
A stay can include breakfast and some of the best staff that helps with anything you could need! In your free time, have a look at their newly opened gallery that features the hotels owner’s father, an important figure in Puerto Cabello’s history.
Day 9: Isla Larga
Isla Larga should deserve an extra spotlight on your Venezuelan travel itinerary. This unique island, just off the coast of Puerto Cabello boats an incredibly idyllic, pink beach!
With two striking shipwrecks that are visible from the beach itself, make this island one of a kind in Venezuela!
To reach the stunning Isla Larga, start your journey by taking a taxi or a local bus to the embarkation point in Ganango. From there, board a lancha—a small motorized boat—that will ferry you across the water to the island. The crossing itself is an exciting and adventurous experience, as the high reef acts as a natural barrier between the open ocean and the island.
For a fee of around 10 US dollars, you can enjoy a full day in this pristine paradise before the boat returns to pick you up around 4 pm, ensuring you have ample time to relax and explore the island’s wonders.
Upon arrival, find your ideal spot under the shade of the umbrellas, where you can unwind and bask in the island’s natural beauty. Alternatively, venture further towards the shipwreck area, where you can lounge under the trees and immerse yourself in the tranquil ambiance of the surroundings.
Don’t forget to bring your snorkel gear, as the highlight of Isla Larga is the opportunity to explore the captivating shipwrecks beneath the crystal-clear waters. Dive into the vibrant underwater world and witness the fascinating marine life that has made these shipwrecks their home.
Day 10: Puerto Cabello – Cacao Finca
Begin your day in Puerto Cabello by exploring the charming historical center, which boasts a rich 400-year-old history. Take a leisurely stroll along the promenade, admiring the colorful colonial architecture.
For a unique cultural experience, make your way to the nearby stadium, where you can marvel at the colorful eco-marine mural crafted entirely from bottle caps. It’s a fascinating display of art and sustainability.
In the afternoon, venture out of the town and ascend the mountain to Hacienda Luna Clara, where you can immerse yourself in a captivating Cacao Experience, adding a unique touch to your Venezuela travel itinerary. This interactive experience takes you back to Colonial times, offering insights into the growth, processing, and roasting of cacao.
Learn about the traditional methods employed and savor the aroma of freshly roasted cacao. Indulge your senses by tasting the rich flavors of the roasted cacao and savor the final product, perhaps even with closed eyes. It’s a truly delightful experience that allows you to appreciate the journey from bean to chocolate.
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Day 11: Puerto Cabello to Choroni
It’s time to leave Puerto Cabello and head towards the wild jungle-like region of Choroni. Choroní is a small coastal town located in the Aragua state of Venezuela. It is known for its beautiful beaches, lush vegetation, and relaxed atmosphere, making it a popular tourist destination within the country.
Choroni offers picturesque landscapes, including palm-fringed beaches, crystal-clear waters, and nearby tropical rainforests.
How to get from Puerto Cabello to Choroni
I suggest leaving Puerto Cabello no later than 10 am. Buy a ticket to ideally Maracay or, alternatively if no buses are available, to Valencia. This trip should cost around 2 $US. In Valencia change to a bus heading to Maracay. The trip will also be about 2 $US.
In Maracay, you have the option to take a public bus that heads to Choroni. Keep in mind these buses only leave when full and it can take a few hours if it’s low season. Alternatively, you can take a shared taxi for 7 $US.
The trip will take you for about 3 hours through windy mountain roads.
Where to stay in Choroni
Posada Bequeve – situated by a river, is an absolute gem to stay in. Its original hacienda has been around for over 20 years, now combining the old with new elements. Your stay will include a delicious breakfast and fusion-inspired multi-course dinner that will leave no room for wishes!
The unique decoration, its focus on sustainability and the wonderful staff make this posada a true highlight on every trip to Choroni!
TIP – if you head to Los Roques, they’ve got another one there!
Day 12: Choroni
The town of Choroni, nestled amidst lush tropical vegetation and dense forests, sets the stage for unforgettable outdoor adventures as part of your Venezuela travel itinerary. The nearby Henri Pittier National Park, Venezuela’s oldest national park, offers opportunities for hiking, birdwatching, and exploring the diverse flora and fauna of the region.
Choroní is known for its breathtaking beaches with turquoise waters and powdery golden sands. In the morning, don’t miss the chance to visit Playa Grande, the main beach in Choroni, where you can soak up the picturesque scenery, swim in the inviting waters, and bask in the warm sun.
In the afternoon, head to its quaint town center. Choroní’s town center features charming colonial-style architecture, with colorful buildings, cobblestone streets, and small artisan shops. Exploring the town’s narrow streets and interacting with the friendly locals can provide a glimpse into the region’s history and daily life.
Just before sunset, head up the hill to the Christ statue for some of Choroni’s best viewpoints. The boat-filled river below, and the mountains in the distance it makes watching the sunset so much more special!
Day 13 Choroni to Caracas
As you near the end of your Venezuela travel itinerary, make sure to save time for a visit to Caracas, the dynamic capital city. Nestled in a picturesque valley surrounded by majestic mountains, Caracas is a bustling metropolis that serves as the final stop of your journey.
It’s the perfect place to soak in the political, cultural, and economic heartbeat of the country. With a population of over three million people, it serves as the country’s political, cultural, and economic center.
While Caracas has much to offer, it’s important to stay informed about the current situation and travel advisories in Venezuela!
How to get from Choroni to Caracas
Get to the bus terminal of Choroni before 11 am for your best chance of arriving in Caracas in daylight. As the buses need to fill up, I’d suggest you take a shared taxi for 7 US$ back to Maracay. In Maracay you can find many buses that leave to Caracas regularly. The trip will cost about 4-5 US$ and ends at La Bandera Terminal. The whole trip can take between 6-7 hours.
Near the bus station is also a metro stop which is your best bet to get into the city in a cheap way. It’s totally fine to walk this stretch as many people head the same way.
The metro in Caracas usually works by paying with a Venezuelan card. I have been waived every time as nobody accepted the price of 10 Bolivares in cash.
Where to stay in Caracas
Caracas, like any large city, has areas with varying levels of safety. It is crucial to prioritize safety when choosing a place to stay in Caracas. The Altamira and Las Mercedes neighborhoods are generally considered safer areas for tourists. These neighborhoods have a higher concentration of hotels, restaurants, embassies and shopping centers and are known for their relatively safer environment.
Day 14: Caracas
Caracas has a fascinating history dating back centuries. It was founded in 1567 and played a significant role in Venezuela’s struggle for independence from Spanish rule. Historical landmarks like the Caracas Cathedral, Bolivar Square, and the birthplace of Simon Bolivar, the liberator of several South American countries, showcase the city’s historical importance.
To start your day of exploring, head towards the center of Caracas and get off at Bellos Artes metro station. The city is home to numerous museums, art galleries, theaters, and cultural centers that showcase Venezuelan art, history, and performing arts.
TIP: If you visit from Thursday-Sunday you should be lucky and the museums open for visitors!
In the afternoon, head to Parque del Este to admire the striking modern skyline of Caracas, with its tall skyscrapers and contemporary architecture. The El Avila National Park, a majestic mountain overlooking the city, provides a stunning backdrop from there!
To end your day, head over to Altamira Suites Hotel and visit its 360 Rooftop bar for some of the top views of Caracas!
Day 15: Leaving Caracas
It’s time to leave this wonderful country.
To reach the Maiquetía “Simón Bolívar” International Airport, you have a couple of convenient options. One option is to call a Ridery cab, which typically costs around $25 from Altamira. Alternatively, you can take the metro to Bellos Artes and make your way toward the Alba Hotel or the nearby bridge. From there, you’ll find regular shuttle buses departing every 15 minutes to the airport. The journey, covering a distance of 21 km, shouldn’t exceed 30 minutes.
You’re two-week Venezuelan travel itinerary is completed and it hopefully has made your trip unforgettable!
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