Venezuela, officially known as the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, is a South American country with more than 31 million inhabitants, dazzling landscapes and a pleasant tropical climate that makes Swimming in the Caribbean Sea is a year-round activity for many Venezuelans and tourists. sounds great, right? Let’s learn more about this enchanting region through these 10 fun facts about Venezuela and discover a land full of spectacular wildlife and delicious cacao.
- 1 #1 Venezuela is home to the largest rodent in the world.
- 2 #2 is a place where traditional toys mix well with modern trinkets.
- 3 #3 Colorful neighbors of Caracas.
- 4 #4 is a country where not all mountains have a peak.
- 5 #5 Home to the world’s highest waterfall.
- 6 #6 Christmas celebrations include skates.
- 7 #7 home to an eternal thunderstorm.
- 8 #8 Sweetness that is exported to other corners of the world.
- 9 #9 There is a day when everyone goes Loco!
- 10 #10 home to one of the best preserved colonial cities in South America.
#1 Venezuela is home to the largest rodent in the world.
The capybara, also known as chigüire, is the largest rodent in the world and native to the Venezuelan savannahs. Capybaras are friendly herbivorous animals that graze primarily on grasses, fruit, and tree bark. They are excellent swimmers and can stay underwater for up to five minutes and use this ability to escape predators. These animals are frequently hunted for their meat and skins, being the capybara pisillo one of the traditional Venezuelan dishes, served especially during the Holy Week celebrations.
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activity: you can find the three most important cities in venezuela caracas, valencia and maracaibo on the map ?
#2 is a place where traditional toys mix well with modern trinkets.
in venezuela children have fun playing with traditional toys such as the whirligig, the spinning top and the gurrufío. These toys are handmade from wood and painted in bright colors. Although the stores sell the latest toys and video games, Venezuelan children also enjoy spending time with family and friends playing generational games that are part of the country’s rich culture. These toys are an interesting mix of Spanish and African games from the colonial era. Venezuelan artisans also make wooden utensils and artifacts for the home. these are of high quality and unique beauty.
#3 Colorful neighbors of Caracas.
Every night, the capital city of Venezuela, Caracas, is visited by colorful macaws (macaws) that fly freely through the sky and make a stop on balconies and terraces of the city. the macaws live on the nearby mountain cerro el Ávila and make their way between houses and buildings at the end of the day. people can hear their loud call and sometimes feed them fruits such as bananas, papaya, pineapple, and mango. they are very sociable and friendly.
activity: the natives of the southeastern region of venezuela speak an indigenous language called pemón. try to learn the personal pronouns i and tú (singular) in Pemón. i=yuré you=amäre
#4 is a country where not all mountains have a peak.
A unique feature of Venezuela and its neighboring countries, Brazil and Guyana, are the Tepuis, tall tabletop mountains (there are no peaks there) with high sides. the tepuis vary in elevation from 1,000 to 3,000 meters. they are home to an equally unique variety of plant and animal species found nowhere else in the world. some of the known plants that live on top of tables are of the carnivorous type. Auyantepui is the largest tepui with an area of 700 km2 and is home to Angel Falls, which falls from a cleft in the summit. The largest tepuyes in Venezuela are found in the Canaima National Park.
Activity: Did you know that Venezuela’s tropical climate is responsible for the evergreen landscape in the central region of the country? Can you spot my brother in the picture?
#5 Home to the world’s highest waterfall.
The Angel Falls is located in the Canaima National Park in southern Venezuela and is the highest uninterrupted waterfall in the world with a height of 979 meters and a drop of 807 meters. It is named after Jimmie Angel, the first person to fly over the falls. Angel Falls is one of the main tourist attractions in Venezuela, although a visit to the waterfalls is not so easy; people have to fly in a small plane, navigate in a boat or canoe, and trek through the jungle to reach the majestic falls. Did you know that Angel Falls inspired the setting for Disney’s animated movie?
#6 Christmas celebrations include skates.
In cities like Caracas, Valencia, Barquisimeto and Maracay it is customary to travel to the early morning mass or the midnight mass during the Christmas season on skates. These so-called skates began around the 1920s in Caracas, the capital of Venezuela, and represent the festive atmosphere of people who also attend mass to honor the baby Jesus and spend time with family and friends. During these religious services, people gather to pray and sing the famous Venezuelan aguinaldos to the rhythm of guitar, drums, cuatro (small four-string guitar), furruco, maracas, and tambourine.
#7 home to an eternal thunderstorm.
The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) declared Lake Maracaibo the World Capital of Electrical Storms. there are an average of 300 thunderstorms and a total of 1.6 million lightning strikes per year at this location. Venezuelans know this phenomenon as the catatumbo lightning, an impressive display of blue and white lightning that scientists, tourists and visitors can enjoy all year round, especially from November to April (rainy season).
#8 Sweetness that is exported to other corners of the world.
Venezuelan regional farmers produce some of the best cacao in the world. The climate, the unique combination of minerals in the soil, and the harvesting techniques give the cocoa beans in Venezuela a distinct, rich, and aromatic flavor. The meticulous and painstaking process to produce high-quality beans has attracted the attention of many well-known chocolatiers around the world, who travel to Venezuela to sample and purchase cacao to take back to their home countries. Nowadays, it is easier to find Venezuelan cacao in many countries around the world.
#9 There is a day when everyone goes Loco!
Venezuelans have different traditions to commemorate the day of the holy innocents, which is celebrated on December 28. church services and traditional dances are held throughout the country. A special party, aimed at children, is the party of the “locos y locainas” that takes place in the states of Mérida, Trujillo and Portuguesa. After mass, the “locos” or “mamarachos” dress in crazy costumes and cover their faces with masks or paint. Traditionally, the roles are reversed: men dress as women and women as men, children dress up as old people and adults as children, and the whole town makes jokes and dances accompanied by a musical ensemble.
#10 home to one of the best preserved colonial cities in South America.
In northwestern Venezuela, the port city of Coro greets visitors with charming colonial-style buildings and cobblestone streets dating back to the 16th century. coro is a unique example of Spanish, Antillean, Dutch and indigenous architectural influences. families have a great time strolling through its old town while enjoying the traditional dulce de leche made with goat’s milk and sugar, and the delicious rice with coconut. The port city of Coro has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1993.
We hope you enjoyed learning about this fascinating country through these 10 fun facts about Venezuela.
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