A land of great contrasts, Venezuela boasts wide beaches and sharp mountains; a booming oil industry and a struggling working class; ages-old cultures and a yearning for modernization. In the balance hangs a nation bursting with potential and endless opportunities to explore.

Canaima National Park

A land of great contrasts, Venezuela boasts wide beaches and sharp mountains; a booming oil industry and a struggling working class; ages-old cultures and a yearning for modernization. In the balance hangs a nation bursting with potential and endless opportunities to explore.
Photograph by Sergio Pitamitz

Venezuela Photos

See photos of Venezuela (including Caracas, the Andes, Angel Falls, and more) in this travel photo gallery from National Geographic.

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