FAQ

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What is the time difference with Venezuela?
The Standard time zone is: UTC/GMT -4:30 hours.
For example, for France, we must subtract 6:30 hours in summer and 5:30 hours in winter in order to have the time in Venezuela.
For Québec, we must subtract 30 minutes in summer and add 30 minutes in winter to have the time in Venezuela.

Which is the monetary currency of Venezuela?
The currency is the Bolivar Fuerte.

What kind of currency is best to take on my trip?
We suggest you bring Euros or U.S. dollars in cash, as these two currencies are both accepted in the exchange houses. Travelers’ checks are not accepted. Also, it’s not always easy to withdraw money from ATM’s, since not all banking cards are accepted and many times are not available in the locations we travel to. 

How can I change my money (Euros or Dollars) in Bolivar fuerte once I have arrived in Venezuela?
At the airport, porters to change your money will approach you, however, they are often dishonest. We recommend not doing anything without talking to your guide first, which will advise you on the best way and place to change money.

What are my expenses in Venezuela?
The lunch and dinner in Caracas on first and last day are not included in the service. You need to calculate approximately about 10 € to 15 € per meal. Also, the monuments and museums’ entrances are not included when visiting.  Finally, beverages, tips and all personal spending will be at your expense (a bottle of water or a can of soda costs about 2€).

What adapter do I need to bring?
The electrical current is 110/120 V, 60 Hz. Plugs have two or three flat pins.  We recommend you bring an adapter, the same used in the United States.

What must photo enthusiasts bring and take into account?
Your cameras must have sufficient autonomy because accessibility to charge your batteries during the trip is not always available (e.g. the days walk of the Roraima trek for 6 days).

What is the weather like in Venezuela?
The weather in Venezuela is tropical, hot and humid with an average temperature of 27 °C / 81 °F throughout the year. However, there are differences within the country: it is warmer and drier on the Caribbean coast and in the plains and it is colder and wetter in Amazonia and on the Roraima (see table below). The rainy season runs from May to November and the dry season from December to April, however occasional rain can exists.

Average temperatures:

Places

Altitude

Maximum Temperature
°C / °F

Minimum Temperature
°C / °F

Caribbean coast 0 m - 600 m 32°C / 90°F 22°C / 72°F
Los Llanos 0 m - 100 m 33°C / 91°F 22°C / 72°F
Caracas 1000 m 25°C / 77°F 15°C / 59°F
Amazonia 110 m - 810 m 27°C / 81°F 15°C / 59°F
Roraima 2700 m 16°C / 61°F 7°C / 45°F

Temperature variations during the year are mild.

What documentation/identification is needed before departure and on arrival in Venezuela?
Do I need a visa?

In order to enter Venezuela, you will need a valid passport, valid for at least 6 months after your return date.
A visa is not required for stays shorter than 90 days.

Should I get vaccinated before leaving?
No vaccinations are required. Vaccination against yellow fever is strongly recommended. We also advise you to be updated to conventional vaccinations: diphtheria, tetanus, polio, typhoid, and hepatitis A.

Should I bring an anti-malarial treatment?
We recommend an anti-malarial treatment before coming to Venezuela, especially for certain regions such as Amazonia. We suggest that you consult your doctor who can prescribe you the most appropriate treatment for you and your specific trip.

Is dengue fever present in Venezuela?
Dengue fever is endemic in Venezuela. It is recommended to protect your skin against mosquito bites with insect repellent products.

Is tap water safe to drink in Venezuela?
Tap water is not potable and should not be drunk. It is therefore necessary to drink bottled, filtered or boiled water. When trekking in nature, it is indispensable to carry water purification tablets.

Should I bring a first aid kit?
First, you must bring all your prescription medication or any other medication you need to treat any specific ailment you may have and we recommend you also bring the following over the counter items:

  • bandages, gauze, adhesive tape
  • double skin dressings for blisters
  • antiseptic / disinfectant
  • antibacterial gel to wash hands
  • eye drops
  • anti-allergic pills or creams
  • analgesic
  • anti-inflammatory
  • broad spectrum antibiotic
  • antispasmodic for muscle spasms
  • anti-diarrhea medicine
  • intestinal antiseptic
  • anti emetic
  • mosquito spray
  • anti-itch cream against insect bites
  • sunscreen and aftersun cream

Also, please note that your Tout-terrain guide who will accompany you during the journey will have a first aid kit available to passengers containing basic medicines to cover first aid and conventional inconveniences of this type of travel.

What type of insurance does Tout-terrain recommend me to have?
An adventurous journey includes certain risks that need to be overcome by being well insured.
It is essential that you have a minimum medical coverage when abroad including "charges search and rescue." Check with your insurance company in your country, to see if you have this coverage.  If not, find out about travel insurance coverage offered by some companies when traveling abroad.

Remember to take the necessary information from your insurance company such as phone #, e-mail, insurance id or group policy number. Your guide will request this information upon arrival.

What should I have on my list of personal items for travel?


Luggage
- 1 small backpack (20/30L) for carrying personal items during the day.
- 1 large travel or duffel bag (no suitcase). Preferably waterproof, for the rest of your items.
- 2 large plastic bags (garbage kind) to keep your items dry in case of rain.

Recommended general personal equipment
- T-shirts
- Pants
- 1 sweatshirt
- 1 windbreaker
- 1 raincoat
- 1 swimsuit
- Toiletries (including biodegradable soap for bathing in river)
- 1 personal pharmacy (cf. pharmacy section for details)
- One headlamp
- 1 water bottle
- Sunglasses
- Hat / Cap
- 1 pocket knife
- Sandals or flip flops
- Walking shoes
- Socks
- 1 sleeping liner for nights on hammocks

For the Roraima trek
- Sleeping bag, adapted for cold weather
- Walking shoes for trekking
- Shoes to cross rivers like light sandals / flip flops that you can strap to back of foot
- Walking sticks (if needed)
- Small inflatable mattress
- Extra clothing for cold weather (it can get up to 7 °C / 45°F at the top of the Roraima): hat, gloves, and warm socks
- Toilet paper and lighter to self destroy
- Water purification tablets
- Biodegradable soap for bathing in river

For snorkeling
Fins, mask and snorkel (bring own equipment, difficult to rent on site)

Equipment provided
Tents, hammocks and mosquito nets

How is the equipment and luggage transferred during the tour?
- For Roraima trek: carriers will take care of food and utilities necessary for the bivouac. Other will be there to carry part of your personal items (7 kgs maximum per person); this service is included in the price of the journey. You have to carry your personal belongings of the day (rainwear, shoes to cross rivers, water...), in your small backpack.
- For the rest of the circuit, everything will be transported by vehicle.

What recommendations does Tout-terrain give me to ensure the success of my trip?
No region and country in the world can be considered free from risk to property or people.
It is best to avoid certain areas of Caracas due to a fairly high crime rate (of any kind). We advise you, as much as possible, not to carry valuables, not to flaunt wealth, to be alert in crowded places (markets, town centers ...). Please be careful and consult your guide first, if you decide to change your money otherwise than in an exchange house. In areas of trek (Roraima, for example), you see wilderness regions which are tourism friendly. The presence of our guides and a dedicated local team will ensure a safe trip in Venezuela in the more remote and hidden regions of the country.  Your safety and enjoyment are our first priority.

Do the indigenous groups that we will visit have any special needs that we can take them?
You will meet indigenous groups who live in very isolated communities. You can carry in your bag some clothing (light), notebooks or pens for children. Inform your guide who will tell you whom to give it to (usually the teacher).

Should we give tips to local teams?
It is common in Venezuela to tip the local teams that will follow you during your journey. Refer to your guide who will give you an estimation of how much to give.

Is tourism in Venezuela developed?
Venezuela has countless advantages to develop this sector: diversity of landscapes, rich culture and very friendly people. However, Venezuela is a novice country in the field of tourism. It is still hard to find in Venezuela a service as efficient as what can be found in other countries with a more developed tourism structure. For example, the wait time in restaurants can sometimes be long.

What precautions should I take against the sun?
We recommend that you to take a high protection sunscreen because excess of sun exposure can be harmful to the skin. Also take an aftersun cream to relieve sunburn. We recommend taking a hat or cap, sunglasses and long sleeve t-shirts.

What will we eat during our stay?
Venezuelan cuisine is simple, relatively high in calories, sometimes spicy and is extremely good and delicious. Rice is served at almost every meal, replacing the bread and helpful for digestion. Chicken and fish are part of their eating habits. Fresh fruits and vegetables are hard to find in wild areas (savannah or jungle), being deprived of agriculture. The dessert is not typically given after a meal in Venezuela, however, fruit and coffee will be offered.

In the cities, we will eat at restaurants. During the Roraima trek and camps (Delta of Orinoco, Amazonia ...), meals will be prepared by the cook with local products. A non-alcoholic drink per meal will be served. Mineral water will be available during trips and in the vehicles. The rest of the drinks are at your expense. During all transfer stops, you can buy drinks and natural fruit juices which are particularly tasty.