10 Things you probably didn’t know about Venezuela but should
If you love nature, you would consider visiting Venezuela. That it is a biodiversity hotspot is not in doubt. You will have a time of your life exploring the jungles, the coastlines, the marine life and the cities. If you are considering spending your vacation in the country, make a point of learning a few things about it. Below is a list of 10 things that will get you on your way.
- The country's surface area is 916,445 square kilometers and it is home to 29.1 million people.
- Venezuelan biodiversity ranges from Orinoco River Delta in the East to Ilanos Plains in the heartland to Amazon basin in the south and Andes Mountains to the west.
- The country was under Spanish colonization from 1522 until 1811 when it became one of the first Spanish colonies to declare independence.
- Venezuela practices a federal presidential republic. It is made up of 23 states, Caracas (which is also the capital), and off-shore islands which make up the federal dependencies.
- The demographic spread in the country is as follows; Mestizo (51.6%), White (43.6%), Black (2.9%), others (1.2%).
- Saudi Arabia does not have the largest reserves of oil in the world. Venezuela does.
- The area that makes up today's Venezuela has been inhabited from about 15,000 years ago according to carbon-dated samples of archaic tools found in the country.
- In 1498, Christopher Columbus, in his letter to Isabella and Ferdinand, referred to Venezuela as paradise on earth due to the large quantity of fresh water near the salty sea water.
- The country boasts a 2800 kilometer coastline. Beach lovers will have a field day here.
- Apart from oil, Venezuela also has natural gas, iron ore, gold and large swathes of arable land.
Make a visit and see the beautiful country.