Under the socialist leadership ov Hugo Chavez, education and health care programmes were greatly expanded, and Venezuela became a more dangerous place, with a murder rate higher than Iraq's. Great care in the cities is required.

Angel Falls, the world's highest waterfall, in the far southeast, and nearby Mount Roraima, inspiration for Arthur Conan Doyle's The Lost World, are Venezuela's biggest tourist attractions. Merida is a small city in the Andes which is a centre for outdoor activities. The Northeast coast has some stunning beaches and little tourism, while many Caribbean islands have resorts.



Why you should go:

You want to see Mount Roraima or Angel Falls, or you just want to say that you were there in the time of Chavez.

Why you shouldn't:

You are ideologically opposed to Hugo Chavez.

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