Internet websites and publications such as Lonely Planet and the Rough Guide provide quite a good introduction to Venezuela.

Teachers travel widely within the country. Eco-tourism and adventurous, outdoor pursuits are popular. The following are typical destinations:

  • Mérida and the Venezuelan Andes
  • Mochima, a National Park on the eastern Caribbean coast with access to good beaches
  • Henri Pittier National Park, a cloud forest reserve with access to good beaches
  • Los Llanos, a vast Pampas like savannah grassland with interesting wildlife
  • The Gran Sabana in the south and including Angel Falls and the flat topped mountains called tepuys. This area was the inspiration for ‘The Lost World’ by Jules Verne
  • The Orinoco River and Amazonas. This is an opportunity to interact with indigenous people in the rain forests
  • Offshore islands like Los Roques and Margarita

The British School Caracas, backs on to the mountainous Avila National Park where there are waterfalls, paths and camp sites. Caraqueños enjoy the outdoors and use the Avila and other parks freely. There are periods of rain but generally the weather is pleasantly warm and sunny throughout the year.