17 days in Venezuela Itinerary

17 days in Venezuela Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: London
Train + Fly:  16 h 45 min
1
Margarita Island
— 3 nights
Fly + Taxi:  1 h 30 min
2
Puerto La Cruz
— 1 night
+2
Taxi + 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:  3 h 30 min
7
Caracas
— 3 nights
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 Castillo San Carlos de Borromeo. There's lots more to do: kick back and relax at Guacuco Beach, play a few rounds at Club arabe, get outside with Playa Manzanillo, and let the kids burn off some steam at Parque Plaza Aventura.

To find maps, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Margarita Island online trip itinerary maker.

London, UK to Margarita Island is an approximately 18.5- hour combination of train and flight. You can also fly; or do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from London to Margarita Island, you'll gain 4 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from London in December, expect Margarita Island to be much warmer, temps between 38°C and 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can 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
Guacuco Beach ©
Guacuco Beach

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.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Tue): enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Punta La Cruz and then kick back and relax at Isla el Faro.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read our Puerto La Cruz trip maker site.

Getting from Margarita Island to Puerto La Cruz by combination of flight and taxi takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and ferry. In December, daytime highs in Puerto La Cruz are 39°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) so you can travel to Chichiriviche.

Things to do in Puerto La Cruz

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

2
nights
Chichiriviche

Chichiriviche ©
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Wed): enjoy the sand and surf at Cayo Muerto and then head outdoors with Cayo Sal. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu): get outside with Cayo Varadero and then enjoy the sand and surf at Cayo Sombrero.

For maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Chichiriviche route planning website.

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Puerto La Cruz to Chichiriviche in 3.5 hours. Other options are to 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 Beaches Parks

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.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): buy something for everyone on your list at Ciudad Comercial Las Trinitarias, then pause for some photo ops at Monumento Manto de Maria Divina Pastora, and then make a trip to La Flor de Venezuela. On the next day, stroll around Parque Del Este, pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral de Barquisimeto, then pause for some serene contemplation at Seminario Divina Pastora, and finally view the masterpieces at VGA Galeria.

To find where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Barquisimeto trip planner.

Getting from Chichiriviche to Barquisimeto by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 35°C, and evening lows to 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to drive to Merida.

Things to do in Barquisimeto

Historic Sites Shopping Museums
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Catedral de Barquisimeto ©
Catedral de Barquisimeto
Monumento Manto de Maria Divina Pastora ©
Monumento Manto de Maria Divina Pastora
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): pause for some serene contemplation at Stone Chapel, then take in nature's colorful creations 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: examine the collection at Museo de Ciencia y Tecnologia de Merida, make a trip to Pueblito Suenos Del Abuelo, and then identify plant and animal life at Paramo la Culata.

Before you visit Merida, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Getting from Barquisimeto to Merida by car takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Barquisimeto to Merida is minus 1 hour. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) early enough to travel to Los Roques National Park.

Things to do in Merida

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

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Carenero Island and Noronky Beach. There's more to do: head off the coast to Cayo Fabian and delve into the distant past at Faro Holandes.

To see reviews, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Los Roques National Park road trip site.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Merida to Los Roques National Park in 14.5 hours. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Merida to Los Roques National Park due to the time zone difference. Wrap up 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.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Fri): admire the sheer force of Yurani Falls, then take in the dramatic scenery at Salto Kama - Kama Meru, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Catedral Metropolitana de Caracas. On the next day, contemplate the long history of Panteon Nacional, then meet the residents at Expanzoo, and then make a trip to Plaza Vargas.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read our Caracas visit planning tool.

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

Things to do in Caracas

Parks Historic Sites Nature

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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