Hello Folks, If you don't know I am originally from Venezuela, the place is bad to live there but after tumbling around the world for almost a decade
now I remember the mother land with that vision that all in the past was better.
I would never recommend someone to travel to that hell hole, as a local most of what I know are the crime infested cities, but lately something made
me reconsider, sometime its hard to believe that people may seem things different to you.
If you are an adventurer and have no regard for your life, Venezuela is a must place to visit at this moment.
Its a backpacker paradise, having some dollars makes you rich in the country.
Without going into much detail it is as this, Venezuela controls the exchange of foreign currency to local currency, locals don't have access to
foreign currency and they earn their salary in the local bolivares, the minimum wage is around 600$ a month at government exchange rate. there is no
really a supply of $ at government rate but there is a black market of foreign currency, at official rate a $ is 6bs, in black market price the
current rate is 1$ per 270Bs.
This has 2 effects, first a real salary in Venezuela is actually 20$ a month, second it makes a price distortion regarding everything, so all is
prohibitively expensive to a Venezuelan but dirt cheap to a foreigner that exchange dollars to Bs in the black market.
You reading this, for around 50$ a week can go there and stay in five stars hotels, eat in expensive restaurants and even take internal flights for
less than 7 bucks, a beer cost 25 bs, or 10 cents to you
So Indigent if its a hell hole why would I want to go there?
That is the hotel where I stayed when I got married, too expensive for locals, too dangerous for most foreigners, 10$ a night for a suite to me, the
whole place had like 10 people in it.
Right now the price distortion and the high risk makes a whole bunch of touristic facilities way to dangerous for most tourist, way too expensive for
locals, so they are cheap for the adventurer and pretty much empty.
For less than 10 bucks you can take a few hours yacht ride, visit empty white sand beaches, make paragliding trips with certified instructors, live
like a king with the money you spend living like a poor in your country.
Take an helicopter trip to Roraima for 100$
Visit the angel falls, or better yet the dragon falls
Trek the Venezuelan Andes
Or if walking is not your thing, just take the cable car ride to the Bolivar peak at 5k meters over the sea!
After visiting the jungles and mountains just relax in a beach
That one is callo sombrero, cheap enough for locals,I been there a couple of times, but if you want something more private you can rent a boar and go
to the ones locals have no access, as los roques
Live like a 1% for a few weeks in Venezuela for the price you would live like a welfare folk in your country, visit Venezuela at your own risk, but
remember, big risk big rewards!
And if you are unlucky enough to be one of the 300k homicides per year, 100$ will also buy you a nice plot in the cemetery and pay all expenses
This guy made a recent backpacker trip to the country, you can read about his experiences here
edit on 22-4-2015 by Indigent because: some errors, more must be out there...