Venezuela boasts coastal islands, vast plains, rain forests and the snowcapped peaks of the Andes. You can swim and snorkel at Caribbean beaches, hike in Canaima National Park or take a flight over stunning Angel Falls. Explore the museums and churches of lively Caracas, or travel down the Orinoco River and learn about the Warao, or "canoe people," who live in houses perched on stilts along the riverbank.
Cuidad Bolivar, a colonial city on the Orinoco, is another highlight. Here, revolutionary leader Simon Bolivar established a military base, from which he eventually helped liberate most of South America from Spanish rule in the early 19th century.