Venezuela

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ShermansTravel experts rely on years of collective travel experience to bring you the best money-saving tips for your vacation. We take a discerning look at all the attraction passes, public transportation options, and other local bargains to make sure you get the most bang for your buck while traveling.

Venezuela Money-Saving Tips

Hit the road

Gas is dirt cheap in this oil-rich nation and the main roads are well paved, making it easy to get around on wheels. Reserve a car for pickup upon arrival at the airport – Avis, Budget, and Alamo all have offices there.

Lose the Gucci

Caracas' streets are a purse-snatcher’s paradise, so stick to the main tourist routes and keep a close watch on that new digital camera.

Un Poco es Mucho

A little bit of Spanish will go a long way. Learn a few key phrases like “where is the bathroom?” “please,” and “thank you” and your trip will go a whole lot smoother.

On the fly

Short on time? Flights from Maiquetía can turn any point in the country into a day trip.

Chavez who?

This is one subject that’s best left to the diplomats. Don’t mention the former leader – he’s a divisive subject for many Venezuelans.

Sun and rain

No matter the season you will likely encounter both, so don’t forget to pack good rain gear and a hefty bottle of sunscreen.

Bargain hard

Never accept the first price while street shopping. You should be able to barter the original price down at least 25% for a good deal.

Visa and departure tax

In addition to showing a valid tourist visa on entry, you must pay an international departure tax when leaving the country. You'll pay around $30 for a one-year, multiple-entry visa, and you should plan to apply for your visa three months before travel.

Arepa

Stuffed or flat, baked or fried, three- or eight-inches wide . . . chances are you’ll taste a different style Arepa, a type of cornmeal patty snack, everywhere you go.

VEB to VEF

The Venezuelan currency changed on January 1, 2008 from the “Bolivar” to the “Bolivar Fuerte.” The redenomination drops three zeros from the Bolivar.

Fall in line

Although you’ll keep dry, Angel Falls is little more than a trickle in the dry season and canoes can’t make the trip when the water is too low. To see it at its peak, go during the rainy season.

Petrol pride

Crude oil accounts for more than half of Venezuela’s revenue – the country produces about two million barrels of the stuff every day, about 75% of which is exported.

San Juan's annual bash

Every June 23-25 is the Feast of John the Baptist, an event celebrated throughout the country with hypnotic dancing, ferocious drumming, and elaborate costumes.

Gifts for perezosos

Chinchorros (elaborately woven hammocks made of thin, natural fibers) make perfect gifts for friends and family back home.

Duty free

The Isla de Margarita’s duty-free status drops prices for alcohol, cheese, chocolate, cosmetics, and electronics well below mainland rates.

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