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Venezuela home to some of south americas most incredible landscapes rightly has a terrible image problem at the moment hyperinflation has led to a dramatic drop in living standards and issues with the supply of basic goods while personal safety particularly in caracas is worse than anywhere else on the continent. Venezuela tourism tripadvisor has 174900 reviews of venezuela hotels attractions and restaurants making it your best venezuela resource. Venezuelas economy is in freefall hyperinflation power cuts and food and medicine shortages are driving millions of venezuelans out of the country many are blaming president nicols maduro . A physiographically diverse country venezuela incorporates the northern andean mountain chains and interior highlands the main portions of the orinoco river basin with its expansive llanos plains lake maracaibo which is the largest lake in south america and the spectacular angel falls the worlds highest waterfall. Venezuelas economy is dominated by the oil industry and it has the largest proven reserves of crude oil in the world president hugo chavez who was elected in 1998 on a populist platform . Venezuela about 3m have fled political and economic crisis since 2015 un says. Human rights un number of migrants refugees from venezuela reaches 3 million the exodus driven by violence hyperinflation and shortages of food amounts to around one in 12 of the population. In venezuela today no independent government institutions remain to act as a check on executive power the venezuelan government under maduro and previously under chvez has stacked the . The economy of venezuela is largely based on the petroleum sector and manufacturing in 2014 total trade amounted to 481 of the countrys gdpexports accounted for 167 of gdp and petroleum products accounted for about 95 of those exports. Los roques archipelago is a federal dependency of venezuela made up of some 350 islands cays and islets in a total area of about 41 sq km the archipelago is located 128 km 80 mi directly north of the port of la guaira. The united nations food and agriculture organization says venezuelas hunger rate has tripled since 2010 and there are now 37 million people or 117 percent of the population living with hunger. In venezuela the food lines are only the most visible evidence of a nation in free fall known as las colas the lines form before dawn and last until nightfall several bodies thick and . Venezuela history archeological findings and carbon dating evidence indicate that human settlements here can be traced back to 13000 bc this land was discovered by christopher columbus in 1498 and named venezuela little venice by amerigo vespucci in 1499. Venezuela is facing a heartbreaking human rights and humanitarian crisis that president maduros administration denies is happening his government is brutally cracking down on dissent while . Venezuelanalysiscom is an independent website produced by individuals who are dedicated to disseminating news and analysis about the current political situation in venezuela. Venezuela is starting to use a new currency monday to help bolster its collapsing economy. Reconsider travel to venezuela due to crime civil unrest poor health infrastructure and arbitrary arrest and detention of us citizens some areas have increased risk. Noun a republic in south america on the caribbean colonized by the spanish in the 16th century independence from spain declared in 1811 and won in 1819 after a war led by simn bolvar. Venezuela venezuela vn zwl a country of northern south america on the caribbean sea inhabited by a variety of arawakan and other peoples the region was . The mission of the united states embassy is to advance the interests of the united states and to serve and protect us citizens in venezuela