17 days in Venezuela Itinerary

17 days in Venezuela Itinerary

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17 days in Venezuela Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  16 h 45 min
1
Margarita Island
— 3 nights
Taxi + Fly:  1 h 30 min
2
Puerto La Cruz
— 1 night
Fly + Taxi:  3 h 15 min
3
Chichiriviche
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 15 min
4
Barquisimeto
— 2 nights
Drive:  6 h 15 min
5
Merida
— 2 nights
+5
Bus + Foot + Bus + Foot + Bus + Fly:  7 h 30 min
6
Los Roques National Park
— 2 nights
Fly + Bus:  3 h 30 min
7
Caracas
— 3 nights
Foot + Fly:  15 h 30 min
End: London

3
nights
Margarita Island

Margarita Island ©
A popular holiday spot for Venezuelans, sunny Margarita Island boasts an exotic Caribbean location, but at the same time is easily accessible from the mainland.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Playa Zaragoza and Guacuco Beach. There's much more to do: examine the collection at Museo Marino de Margarita, play a few rounds at Club arabe, let little ones run wild at Parque Plaza Aventura, and head outdoors with Playa Manzanillo.

To find ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read our Margarita Island tour builder tool .

London, UK to Margarita Island is an approximately 17-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 4 hours traveling from London to Margarita Island. Prepare for warmer weather when traveling from London in December: high temperatures in Margarita Island hover around 38°C and lows are around 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Puerto La Cruz.

Things to do in Margarita Island

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Playa Manzanillo ©
Playa Manzanillo
Playa Zaragoza
Playa Zaragoza
Museo Marino de Margarita ©
Museo Marino de Margarita

1
night
Puerto La Cruz

Puerto La Cruz ©
A port town and home to one of the largest oil refineries in Venezuela, Puerto La Cruz was established by a set of 26 families from Margarita Island who opted to settle in the scenic bay.
On the 31st (Tue), get outside with Playa Punta La Cruz and then kick back and relax at Isla el Faro.

To find more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Puerto La Cruz trip itinerary maker .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Margarita Island to Puerto La Cruz in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and ferry. December in Puerto La Cruz sees daily highs of 39°C and lows of 26°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) so you can travel to Chichiriviche.

Things to do in Puerto La Cruz

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Isla el Faro ©
Isla el Faro
Playa Punta La Cruz ©
Playa Punta La Cruz

2
nights
Chichiriviche

Chichiriviche ©
On the 1st (Wed), enjoy the sand and surf at Cayo Muerto and then enjoy the sand and surf at Cayo Sal. Here are some ideas for day two: get outside with Cayo Varadero and then get outside with Cayo Sombrero.

For maps, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Chichiriviche day trip tool .

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Puerto La Cruz to Chichiriviche in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) early enough to go by car to Barquisimeto.

Things to do in Chichiriviche

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Cayo Varadero
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Cayo Sombrero ©
Cayo Sombrero
Cayo Sal ©
Cayo Sal
Cayo Muerto ©
Cayo Muerto

2
nights
Barquisimeto

Barquisimeto ©
Barquisimeto houses a population of just under 2 million people and represents the fourth-largest city in the country.
On the 3rd (Fri), buy something for everyone on your list at Ciudad Comercial Las Trinitarias, then appreciate the history behind Monumento Manto de Maria Divina Pastora, and then don't miss a visit to La Flor de Venezuela. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 4th (Sat): walk around Parque Del Este, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral de Barquisimeto, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Seminario Divina Pastora, and finally view the masterpieces at VGA Galeria.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Barquisimeto trip tool .

Traveling by car from Chichiriviche to Barquisimeto takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect a daytime high around 35°C in January, and nighttime lows around 23°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Merida.

Things to do in Barquisimeto

Historic Sites Shopping Parks
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Catedral de Barquisimeto ©
Catedral de Barquisimeto
Ciudad Comercial Las Trinitarias ©
Ciudad Comercial Las Trinitarias

2
nights
Merida

Merida ©
An affluent and forward-thinking Andean city, Merida gives good access to a range of outdoor sights and experiences, while itself having a bustling and entertaining urban core.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Sun): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Stone Chapel, admire the natural beauty at Jardin Botanico de Merida, and then find something for the whole family at La Venezuela de Antier. On the 6th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see the interesting displays at Museo de Ciencia y Tecnologia de Merida, then make a trip to Pueblito Suenos Del Abuelo, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Paramo la Culata.

For ratings, photos, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Merida trip planner .

Traveling by car from Barquisimeto to Merida takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Barquisimeto to Merida is minus 1 hour. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can travel to Los Roques National Park.

Things to do in Merida

Parks Theme Parks Wildlife
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Jardin Botanico de Merida ©
Jardin Botanico de Merida
La Venezuela de Antier ©
La Venezuela de Antier
Paramo la Culata ©
Paramo la Culata

2
nights
Los Roques National Park

Los Roques National Park ©
Indulge in a relaxing, tropical vacation in Los Roques National Park, a stunning chain of more than 300 coral islands.
Explore hidden gems such as Noronky Beach and Cayo Fabian. The adventure continues: head off the coast to Carenero Island and delve into the distant past at Faro Holandes.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Los Roques National Park vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Merida to Los Roques National Park takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Merida to Los Roques National Park. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) early enough to travel to Caracas.

Things to do in Los Roques National Park

Parks Nature Beaches
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Noronky Beach ©
Noronky Beach
Carenero Island ©
Carenero Island
Cayo Fabian ©
Cayo Fabian

3
nights
Caracas

Caracas ©
Tropical weather, great food, and memorable jungle surroundings seem like all the ingredients Caracas needs to become a must-see destination.
On the 10th (Fri), admire the sheer force of Yurani Falls, then admire the sheer force of Salto Kama - Kama Meru, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Catedral Metropolitana de Caracas. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: steep yourself in history at Panteon Nacional, meet the residents at Expanzoo, and then make a trip to Plaza Vargas.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Caracas using our trip planner.

Getting from Los Roques National Park to Caracas by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Caracas

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Canaima National Park, Plaza Vargas
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Salto Kama - Kama Meru ©
Salto Kama - Kama Meru
Yurani Falls ©
Yurani Falls
Expanzoo ©
Expanzoo

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