Venezuela: Did you know?                                       

  • Most of the Venezuelan population is concentrated in the northern and western highlands along an eastern spur at the northern end of the Andes Mountains—an area that includes the capital of Caracas.

  • In 1499, native stilit-houses built on Lake Maracadibo reminded early explorers Alonso de Ojeda and Amerigo Vespucci of buildings in Venice and so they named the region, "Venezuola", which, in Italian, means "Little Venice."

  • Venezuela is on major sea and air routes linking North and South America.

  • Angel Falls (photo), in the Guiana Highlands, is the world's highest waterfall.