Trivia: How did Venezuela get it's name?
Upon sailing into Maracaibo Italian sailor named it "Little Venice" after the indigenous stilt houses in the water. Wonder what I saw on my 2005 Venezuela trip?
Hey look the flag is basically the same as Ecuador's and Colombia's. The three countries used to be called Gran Colombia after they gained independance from Spain. Gran Colombia didn't last long though and split into the three countries we now know before the Liberator, Simon Bolivar, died.
My plans here are not very well defined but I will probably spend most of my time in and around the Andes. This keeps me in the northwest of the country. Mérida will be my home base. From there it is easy to organize hiking, climbing, mountaineering, canyoning, rafting, paragliding, and more. I've also discovered a good Mexican restaurant, Delicias Mexicanas, which is something I have found myself craving.
Their currency the bolivar is worth roughly the same as the Colombian peso. It was a 1 for 1 exchange at the border. Visit Venezuela with me.