Ready to learn a few fun facts about Venezuela?
Whether you’re thinking of traveling to Venezuela or just curious to understand more about this South American country, this article is for you.
Here’s our roundup of the most interesting Venezuela facts:
1. Venezuela is a country in the northernmost portion of of South America. Situated along the northern coast where the Caribbean Sea meets the Atlantic Ocean, Venezuela borders Colombia to its west, Brazil to its south, and Guyana to its east. Just a bit off its northeastern coast, 6.8 mi (11 km) away, lies the country of Trinidad and Tobago.
2. Venezuela is estimated to have around 28.6 million people (June, 2020). Unfortunately, due to an array of problems, including poverty, unemployment, hyperinflation, disease, and disease, several million people have fled the country in recent years in what’s known as the Venezuelan migration and refugee crisis. Estimates for 2020 indicate that more than 6 million people have left Venezuela in the past two decades.
3. Caracas is the capital of Venezuela, located in the very north of the country. With around 2.2 million people, it is the largest city, as well. Unfortunately, one of the scariest facts about Venezuela is that Caracas is one of the most dangerous cities in the world with over 100 homicides per 100,000 inhabitants each year.
4. Lake Maracaibo was once the largest lake in South America. Today, it is considered to be a tidal bay, as it has an exit into the Gulf of Venezuela through the Tablazo Strait. In the past, it was a true lake, and at 20-36 million years old, it was also one of the oldest lakes on Earth.
5. Angel Falls is the world’s highest uninterrupted waterfall. At 3,212 ft (979 m) high, water plunges over the edge of the mountain Auyán Tepui in the Canaima National Park a long way down – 2,648 ft (807 m)!
6. Venezuela has its own lightning phenomenon called Catatumbo lightning. Catatumbo lightning happens only over the Catatumbo River right where it meets Lake Maracaibo. For around 150 nights each year, lightning strikes the area non-stop – up to 280 times per hour for up to 10 hours straight!
7. Venezuela is one of the 17 megadiverse countries in the world. A megadiverse country is one identified by Conservation International to hold a majority of the world’s plant and animal species.
8. Venezuela has its own national dance, called the Joropo. The joropo is a musical style similar to fandango, and it has a special dance to go with it.
Well, that’s all our Venezuela facts for now, and we hope you’ve found this post interesting and informative! Do you have any questions, feedback, or other facts about Venezuela we should include on our list? Let us know below in the comments, and thanks for reading!