The one minute summary on Venezuela

This is it: one minute to the best info on Venezuela. This info alone will put you ahead of 99% of foreigners visiting Venezuela, garner the admiration of the locals who will instantly want to be your friends, and the envy of your fellow travelers. Read on. You’ll make friends faster that way, become a traveler instead of simply being a tourist, and also enjoy your travels a lot more.

Venezuela was one of three countries that emerged from the collapse of Gran Colombia in 1830 (the others being Ecuador and New Granada, which became Colombia).

For most of the first half of the 20th century, Venezuela was ruled by generally benevolent military strongmen, who promoted the oil industry and allowed for some social reforms. Democratically elected governments have held sway since 1959. Hugo CHAVEZ, president from 1999 to 2013, sought to implement his “21st Century Socialism,” which purported to alleviate social ills while at the same time attacking capitalist globalization and existing democratic institutions.

His hand-picked successor, President Nicolas MADURO, continues CHAVEZ’s socialist programs. Current concerns include: a weakening of democratic institutions, political polarization, a politicized military, rampant violent crime, overdependence on the petroleum industry with its price fluctuations, foreign exchange controls that discourage private-sector investment, high inflation, a decline in the quality of fundamental houman rights, and widespread scarcity of consumer goods.

That was it. I promised one minute.

For other condensed info check also my other posts on local culture (don’t make the mistakes I made), local food or local drinks. And when you call your friends to tell them you were by far the most knowledgeable at the party, do that with confidence that you’ll not get hit with a 6.99 per minute bill. You’ll also pick the local food from the tray, and order a local drink with confidence.

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Now, cheers to the most Venezuela aware person at the cocktail party.

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Venezuela was one of the three countries that emerged from the collapse of Gran Colombia in 1830 (the others being Colombia and Ecuador). For most of the first half of the 20th century, Venezuela was ruled by military strongmen, who promoted the oil industry, but in 1958 a democratic process was implemented. From 1998 until 2013 the country was ruled by President Hugo Chavez.

Venezuela photo

Photo by Don Perucho

The one minute summary for Venezuela geography

Best places to see in Venezuela

Morrocoy National Park plenty of coraline islands with cristal clear waters Angel Falls in the Guiana Highlands and Canaima National Park. Los Roques with its crystalline beaches. Los Llanos and its spectacular wildlife. Mérida and its breathtaking Andes scenery. Caracas, the true urban jungle.