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Best Hiking Trails in Venezuela

Overview

Venezuela is a South American country that has spectacular mountain landscapes to explore, beyond the very popular Angel Falls and Monte Roraima. Some of the main areas for hiking include El Avila National Park, Henri Pittier National Park, Sierra Nevada National Park, and around Merida. The best months to hike in Venezuela are December to April and June to September. Read on for more information on where and when to hike in Venezuela. 

 

Capital: Caracas

When To Hike in Venezuela?

December – March; June – September: Driest periods, although this can vary depending on the region.  Filter in the map to see the best months by region
April – May; October – November: Rainiest time

Climate: There doesn’t seem to be one simple period of time to visit the mountainous regions; even within the Andes, there are variations, likely due to altitude. In general, Jan – Mar seems to be the best time, but depending on the place, that could be give or take a month.  In many regions, April/May and Oct/Nov are the rainiest months

 

Venezuela Monthly Weather

Accessibility of Hiking

Medium: Need a guide for many places (some national parks it’s illegal to go without a guide)

Transportation required: Public transit to some areas; car required for others

Where to stay in Venezuela for hiking:

  • Puerto Colombia
  • Mérida
  • Caracas
  • Santa Elena de Uairén
  • Valencia

Top Places to Hike in Venezuela

The main hiking areas are in the eastern part of the country where the Andes lie (Cordillera de la Mérida); the coastal mountains along the Caribbean (Cordillera de la Costa); and in Guayana where Roraima and Angel Falls are located. Highest Mountain: Pico Bolivar (La Columna) (5007 m). Much of the info on the internet focusses on Roraima.

Filter out hiking places of Venezuela by month

Click on the red map pointers to see more info.

Guayana state

  • Sept – Apr
  • Large area in the south of the country contains some flat-topped mountains 
  • Mount Roraima – very well known, remote
  • Parque Nacional Canaima – home of Angel Falls, another popular site

Parque Nacional Península de Paria

  • Jan – Mar
  • Little visited peninsula on the eastern coast

Isla Margarita

  • Jan – Mar
  • Mountainous in the interior of this once-popular island with foreigners but now it’s overdeveloped, crowded
  • Parque Nacional Cerro El Copey

Parque Nacional Mochima

  • Jan – Mar
  • East on the Caribbean coast – mountain terrain with beaches

Parque Nacional El Ávila

  • Jan – Mar
  • Right next to Caracas – several trails run through this park 

Parque Nacional Macarao

  • Jan – Mar

Parque Nacional Henri Pittier

  • Jan – Mar
  • Puerto Colombia is a good base

Parque Nacional San Esteban

  • Jan – Mar

Parque Nacional El Tamá

  • Dec – Mar; June – Sept

Parque Nacional Tirgua

  • Dec – Mar

Parque Nacional Sierra de Perijá

  • Dec – Mar

Parque Nacional Juan Pablo Peñaloza

  • Dec – Mar
  • Not clear if there are hiking trails here

Parque Nacional Tapo-Caparo

  • Dec – Mar

Parque Nacional Sierra Nevada

  • Dec – Mar
  • Close to Mérida, considered the adventure capital of Venezuela

Parque Nacional Dinira

  • Dec – Mar; June – August sees some rain but could be ok to hike

Parque Nacional Guaramacal

  • Dec – Mar; June – August have some rain could be ok to hike here

Venezuela's Long Distance Trails

  • Auyán-tepui Trek
  • Mount Roraima

Venezuela's Walking & Hiking Resources

Venezuela Hiking Books: 

  • Trekking and Climbing in the Andes, Globetrotter Adventure Guide, by Val Pitkethly, Kate Harper, Victor Saunders, 2002, New Holland Publications
  • The Rough Guide to South America on a Budget (Travel Guide eBook), by Rough Guides, 2019, APA Publishing
  • Venezuela: Bradt Travel Guide, 2011, by Russell Maddicks, Bradt Travel Guides
  • Lonely Planet South America, by Lonely Planet, Regis St Louis, Celeste Brash, 2019, Lonely Planet Publications

 

Best Hiking Trails in Venezuela:

You can find more details on hiking these trails from trail maps/apps, websites, and tourist offices:

  • Mount Roraima
  • Cerro El Volcan
  • Cerro Marin – Cerro Casupo Loop
  • Humboldt
  • Pico Oriental
  • Cerro Las Delicias
  • Papelon Hill
  • Cerro El Rincón
  • Cerro Montemayor
  • Pico Naiguatá

 

Venezuela Hiking Websites:

 

Venezuela Weather Website:

  • National Institute of Meteorology and Hydrology – INAMEH 

 

Venezuela Hiking Apps: 

 

Venezuela Hiking Maps: 

What Else To Do

  • Angel Falls, world’s highest falls
  • Parque Nacional Médanos de Coro – sand dunes 
  • Relámpago de Catatumbo (lightning phenomenon) 
  • Los Llanos – savannah for wildlife watching

Other Important Points