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Where is located Venezuela?

Venezuela is located in the north of South America . It is between the 0º 38' 53" of latitude north in Amazonas and the 12º 11' 46" in Falcón and between the meridian 59°45' 00" of longitude west in Delta Amacuro and the 73°25' 00" in Zulia. Venezuela borders the Caribbean Sea to the north, Brazil to the south, Guyana Essequibo ( Venezuela claimed this territory) and Atlantic Ocean to the east, and Colombia to the west.

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Which is the area of Venezuela?

Venezuela have an area of 916.445 km² subdivide in 23 states, 1 capital district the federal dependencies.

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What is the population of Venezuela?

In accordance with the national institute of statistic of Venezuela , the country counts with a population of 26.872.086 (February 2006).

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Which is the official language of Venezuela?

The official language of Venezuela is Spanish, though there are others indigenous languages which are recognize in the constitution.

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Which visa do I need?

If you come from one of this countries don't need any visa to visit Venezuela for a period inferior to 90 days, you just need to have your passport with a minimal validity of 6 months.

Germany, Andorra, Antigua and Barbuda, Netherlands Antilles, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Barbados, Belgium, Belize, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, south Korea, Costa Rica, Chile, Cyprus, Croatia, Denmark, Dominica, Slovenia, Spain, United States of America, Estonia, Finland, France, Great Britain, Greece, Grenada, Guatemala, Hong Kong (RAE), Hungary, Ireland, Island, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxemburg, Malaysia, Malta, Mexico, Monaco, Norway, New Zeeland, Netherlands, Panama, Paraguay, Poland, Portugal, Czech Republic, Slovakia Republic, Rumania, Saint Lucia, Saint Kitts and Nevis, San Marino, Saint Vincent and Grenadines, South Africa, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Trinidad, Tobago, Turkey and Uruguay.

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Which one is the predominant religion in Venezuela?

About the 96% of the population is catholic, 2% protestant and 2% other religions.

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Which voltage is used in Venezuela?

Venezuela use 110 - volt electricity.

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Which system of weight and measure is used in Venezuela?

Venezuela uses the metric system.

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Which is the official currency?

The official currency in Venezuela since 1879 is the Bolivar; one (1) Bolivar is subdivided into 100 cents. The coins in current circulation are: 10, 20, 50, 100 and 500 bolívares.The banknotes in current circulation are: 1.000, 2.000, 5.000, 10.000, 20.000 and 50.000 bolívares.

The Bolivar has been victim of high inflation, because of that the cents (5, 25 and 50) are not in circulation any more, the same happens with the coins of one (1), two (2) and five (5) bolívares.

It doesn't have to be estrange for you if you are going to buy something and the price is Bs. 1.467,50 but the salesman tell you Bs. 1.470 or directly Bs. 1.500.

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How can I pay in Venezuela?

The best way to pay is cash and in Bolivar, however, this brings also the most risk. In almost all the stores in Venezuela you can use your credit card visa and master card as well as the debit cards (EC Card) cirrus, maestro and conexus. Both the credit cards and the debit cards can be use in the ATM.

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Which is the current exchange rate?

Since February 2003 there is a foreign exchange control regime in place in Venezuela, the current exchange rate is 1 USD= Bs. 2.150 and the euro is calculated according to the international exchange dollar - euro.

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How much money does one need?

That one depends of course on your claims. Also there are very great price fluctuations in Venezuela , generally one can say that everything what is imported for locals is expensive, but still is favourable to visitors from Europe , however. Local products are very favourable. So that you can imagine it better: 
An Empanada (typical breakfast) : 1500 Bs. 
A Coca Cola (from a street business): 1.200 Bs: 
A local beer (in the supermarket): 1.000 Bs. 
A Pizza Margarita (medium level restaurant): 10.000 Bs. 
A Pizza Hawaii (pizza home service): 22.000 Bs. 
A cocktail directly at the beach: 6.000 Bs. 
Entry in a discothèque: up to 20.000 Bs. 
Swimming trunk (on the market): approximately 20.000 Bs.
A Big Mac Menu Maxi: 9.000 Bs.

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How much tip should I give?

All the restaurants in Venezuela do include in the bill 10% for the services, though is usual to leave tip to the person who did attend you. The amount of this tip that you give personally to the waiter is approximately 10% of the bill's amount.

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What is the typical food from Venezuela?

The national plate is the "Pabellon" that consist of rice, flank steak, black beans and fried banana.

In the daily diet of the Venezuelan the meat, fish or chicken is always present, it could be a little problem for the vegetarian if they don't communicate before the arriving the intention of not eating meat.

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Is easy to get internet access?

Yes, in Venezuela there are a lot of cybercafés, where people can access internet. The approximately price for one hour is Bs. 1.500. The connexion is made using DSL or broadband; the speed depends on the numbers of users using the same connection.

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Which is the country calling code for Venezuela?

The code you need to dial to call to Venezuela from any country is +58.

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Do I need the yellow fever vaccine before to travel to Venezuela?

If in Venezuela you want to go to Gran Sabana, Delta Orinco, Canaima, Amazonas or Los Llanos, is recommendable for you the yellow fever vaccination.

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Something one must consider at the arrival at the airport?

The international flights land on the International Airport of Maiquetia. If you want to travel to a national destination, you need to go with your baggage to the national airport; this is yet only 5 going-minutes away. You can use also the offered aid, however you determine before a price. Exchange only so little money as necessarily at the airport. Because of that it would be advisable to bring also small dollar notes.

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How much do I have to pay for the airport taxes?

The airport taxes in Venezuela do change according to the Tributary Unit (TU). Actually the outgoing tax from Venezuela is one (1) TU, it means, Bs. 33.600 o 15, 7 USD, the international airport tax is 2,5 TU, scilicet Bs. 84.000 o 39,10 USD and the national airport tax is ½ TU, which is the same that Bs. 16.800.

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How many kilos can I take with me in a domestic flight?

Laser: 40 Kilos per passenge.
Aeropostal: 32 kilos per passenger.
Acerca: 30 Kilos per passenger.
Rutaca: 30 Kilos per passenger (in the flights to Canaima, Ciudad Bolívar y Puerto Ordaz, you can take just 15 kilos per passenger). 
Avior: 20 Kilos per passenger. 

it is important to let you know that in the domestic flights to Los Roques, you can take just a maximum of  10 kilos per passenger . Depending of the number of passenger in the flight the airline can let you take extras kilo, with extra pay, but if the flight is full it is not possible to take extra kilos.

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Which one are the top destinations?

Salto El Angel: Highest waterfall of the world.
Canaima: Nature reserve in that also the Salto El Angel is located.
Los Roques: Marvellous archipelago.
Margarita Island : Bead of Caribbean.

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How is the weather?

It dependent on your destination, the temperatures in Isla Margarita, Los Roques, etc are mostly above 28 °, in another places can be a little colder.

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