Take a Gap Year to Venezuela
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Venezuela is a country rich with biodiversity and a huge range of different natural features. It is the home of Angel Falls, the Gran Sabana with the mystical Tepuy, Orinoco Delta, the Amazon, and of course with over 3000 km (2000 miles) of Caribbean coastline and an amazing variety of diving. During your stay in Venezuela you will be based at ‘Playa Colorada’, a remote coastal village. It is approximately 40 minutes by jeep to Puerto La Cruz and one hour away from Caracas by air. It is an authentic Venezuelan village where you will have a once in a lifetime adventure!
Programmes and Trips
- This programme is totally unique! It combines PADI diver training, recreational diving, Spanish lessons and adventure tours through Venezuela. Kayak the Orinoco Delta, live with Waroe Indian tribes and even…
- Trip Duration: 8 - 11 weeks depending on dive level
- Suitability: All diving abilities welcome including beginners
- Tailormade - From £2135 for 2 months
Optional Tours / Excursions
The following tours are available to add-on to your gap year diving experience. Tours can generally be done either before or after a programme, but in some cases they can be done during the programme.
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Climate / Weather
Venezuela is still an unknown to many divers, but that only makes it more special. With the waters of the Orinoco River emptying in front of the Island of Trinidad, and to the East a very deep part of the ocean bringing an influx of cold water, the waters of Mochima National Park are a breeding ground for all kinds of fish. Species are still being discovered here! Sun, dolphins, whales and generous waters...that is Mochima!
Tropical; hot, humid; more moderate in highlands. Diving conditions in Venezuela are of a warm, tropical climate throughout the year. Visibility is typically in the region of 15m each day but can deteriorate with bad weather. You can expect to see turtles, dolphins, whales, eels and much more. Venezuela lies just above the equator and consequently experiences a pleasant climate throughout the year. The dry season is September to April and this is probably the best time to visit Venezuela.
Official Name: Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela
Location: South America
Population: c.29 million
Languages: Spanish, indigenous languages
Religion: Christianity / Roman Catholic
FCO Travel Advice Link: Venezuela Information
Visas / Entry Requirements
If you are arriving by air, you can enter for up to 90 days on a tourist card issued on arrival. You should also have a valid return ticket. If you are arriving overland, or by sea, you need to obtain a visa in advance from your nearest Venezuelan Embassy or Consulate. You must not overstay the 90 days or you may be arrested and fined when departing. Extensions of up to 60 days can be arranged at any DIEX (Department for Foreigners of Ministry of Interior) office on payment of a fee plus presentation of passport, tourist card, photograph and return ticket.
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Flight times / routes
London to Miami: 9 hours, followed by Miami to Barcelona (BLA): 3 hours 30 minutes. You can also fly via Paris or Madrid into Caracas where you will have to take a connecting flight to Barcelona with Avior Airlines.