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Cordillera de Merida

Enjoy the novelty of skiing in the tropics: the peaks of the Cordillera de Merida have a permanent snowline and can be skied between November and June, though at an altitude of 4,270m (14,000ft) this is recommended only for the hardiest.

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Cordillera de Merida
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Coro

Linger in the beautifully preserved center of Coro, an early colonial settlement near the Caribbean coast that's on UNESCO's list of World Heritage Sites. Aside from its historical legacy, it's also the gateway to the Paraguana Peninusula, a prime windsurfing destination.

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Coro
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Cueva del Guacharo

Burrow down into the Cueva del Guacharo, the most spectacular of Venezuela's many cave systems, and thrill to the eerie screeching of thousands of guacharos (oilbirds), a type of nocturnal bird that inhabits the subterranean dwelling.

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Cueva del Guacharo
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La Guaira

Go deep-sea fishing off La Guaira, where the plankton-rich El Placer bank is renowned for its extraordinarily abundant blue marlin, white marlin and sailfish. Anglers can also hook bonefish in the Archipelago Los Roques and even piranhas in the rivers of Los Llanos.

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La Guaira
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Parque Nacional Cienagas del Catatumbo

Marvel at the magical natural phenomenon of lightning minus the accompanying thunderclap at the Parque Nacional Cienagas del Catatumbo, along a river delta southwest of Lake Maracaibo. The highly unusual displays can be witnessed throughout the year.

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Parque Nacional Cienagas del Catatumbo
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