Never would I have imagined my round the world trip would take me to the world’s highest waterfall. Known to be one of the most dangerous countries in the word, few have dared to enter Venezuela to see this natural beauty. However, after thorough research, I discovered it was possible to enter Venezuela safely and see this waterfall.
Please note the below is from my visit in 2017. As conditions can often change, please check current advisories in addition to the below.
Venezuela is known to be one of the world’s most dangerous country. Knowing this, why would you want to go there?
Venezuela is the home to the world’s highest waterfall, Angel Falls, as well as Mount Roraima, which is the mountain that inspired the film “Up”. Their Canaima National Park is also incredibly beautiful. If you like beaches, Venezuela may be a place you want to visit.
However, you might ask yourself is it worth visiting them now when it’s dangerous and if so, how can I safely enter the country?
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Normally, it takes 14 days to process your visa application to enter Brazil. But did you know there is a way to bypass it?
For me, it started back in Bogota, Colombia. As you know, Venezuela is not a safe country to visit at al. If you fly or take the bus into Caracas, you risk getting robbed, shot or even stabbed.
Needless to say, there’s no way I am taking those routes. However, after reading many blogger reports, there are actually ways to enter Venezuela safely, and that is through the Brazil-Venezuela border.
The catch is I need a visa to enter Brazil. After negotiating with my Venezuelan tour group, we came up with a date that worked for us. Because tourism in Venezuela is so little at the moment, it is expensive to visit destinations such as Angel Falls and Mount Roraima.
For me to reach Venezuela on time, I had one week to get to the Brazil-Venezuela border. That’s when I hit bad luck. Getting a visa from the Brazilian embassy in Bogota would take between 14 to 20 days, and I don’t have that much time to spare.