Located on the north coast of South America, fronting the Caribbean Sea between Columbia and Guyana. Venezuela covers a total area of 912,000sq km, 40% 0f total area is dominated by the sparsely populated Guiana Highlands in the south east. A further 30% is grassland plain. The north-west corner is marshy but fertile lowlands dominated by Lake Maracaibo.

The climate is predominately tropical, becoming warm temperate on the coast. The dry season lasts from December to April.

Pre-travel Preparation Will Help Protect Your Health While You Are Away

Enjoying the tropical beaches of Venezuela can place well-meaning travellers at risk of exposure to disease and illness. Yellow Fever is a risk and proof of vaccination may be required on entry and return to Australia. Consult a travel doctor prior to departure to assess your risks in relation to your medical history and travel plans.

Insect Avoidance

There are a number of viruses and illnesses that are contracted through insects such as fleas, ticks and flies. Mosquitoes however are the biggest culprit of spreading insect borne diseases. Ensure you a prepared and read up on our insect avoidance tips.

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Safe Eating and Drinking Practices

One of the great pleasures of travel is sampling the local cuisine. However, contaminated food and beverages are a common cause of traveller’s diarrhoea and other gastrointestinal illnesses. Safe eating and drinking practices are essential in minimising your risk of contracting traveller’s diarrhoea.

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Warm Climates

Travellers invariably overindulge in ‘sunlust’ activities while traveling in warm climates. It is important to make sure you apply sunscreen regularly and stay hydrated as dehydration and heat stroke often go unrecognised.

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