Venezuela Local Customs

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Venezuela Local Customs

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    Caracas Local Customs

    Allow me to quote myself (hhhaHAHhahahaAh) in Spanish: "Ha quedado ampliamente demostrado que para ser Presidente de Venezuela lo único que se necesita tener son signos vitales". That is...it has been proved tha in order to become President of Venezuela, the only thing you need are vital signs (to be alive). That was the answer I gave to the...

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  • Old Caracas (Centro)

    Caracas Local Customs

    Native house of the Liberator Located between the corners of San Jacinto and Traposos, it is the place where the 24 of June of 1783 were born Simón Antonio of the Santísima Trinidad Bolivar Palacios y Blanco, that years later would become the father of the freedom of America. This house of colonial style was built in century XVII, and its style...

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  • Venezuelans Love Arepas!

    Arepas are a must in Venezuela and are a food that you can eat anytime, any place, anywhere and with whatever filling you want. You can find arepas in small restaurants called 'areperas'. If you go to Venezuela, don't miss the opportunity to try some.They are a type of bread and can be savoury, sweet and have anything you like inside. My family...

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  • United by Ceviches

    "Ceviche is a traditional Latin dish of raw fish marinated in citrus juices, onions, tomatoes and chilies, but every Latin country adds its own distinctive ingredients".The Opera Singer (who is Venezuelan, but learned to cook in Italy), makes THE best.Keep it in th fridge for a day or so and have as a snack. I usually pop it onto a sesame seed...

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  • Essential Spanish for Travelers #2

    Here are some of the the phrases you will find most useful (assuming you know basic greetings...which are essential...!)Could I have - Me da….?Where is - Donde estaI need… - Necesito…. (Nai-sai-see-to…)Drinking water – agua para beber (a-guah pah-rah bai-bair)Hot water – agua caliente (a-guah cah-lee-ain-tai)Sheets – sábanas (sah-bah-nas)Toilet...

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  • Spanish is Spoken Here

    OK - If you know anything about Venezuela, you know that Spanish is Spoken here......but non-Spanish speaking travelers (or travelers like me who are studying Spanish but are FAR from fluent) you need to be aware of this and prepare. English is not widely spoken and there will be times where you will need to get by on your Spanish....even at hotels...

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  • Don't hesitate to use the black market

    Basically to change money on the black market, knowing that you'll be in caracas only one day, you'll have a hard time to negotiate but can still try to do that at the airport. There's plenty of money asking "change dollars!" "change dollars!!"Last march, a security agent offered to carry my bags and also offered to change money. You can still ask...

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  • Cebucan

    This is used to make Casabe. The Casabe is dry and breaks easily and is used as bread with meals. The roots are ground up and put inside the Cebucan, then it is streched to squeeze out the water. Then the remains are cooked on a large flat iron cooking plate, into round pancake shaped pieces. It has a bland taste.

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  • Venezuelan Coffee, One of the Best in...

    "Venezuelan coffee is considered among the best coffees in the world". (This is according to Philippe Jobin, a coffee expert that has dedicated at least 40 years of his life to coffee). Venezuelan coffee does not resemble other South American coffees. Its has a smooth rich flavour, is much less acidic and I love it.I usually just have one or two...

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  • It's a party ...

    Venezuelans don't generally go to the beach to relax. Few are seen lying around on towels in this country (The two people pictured on towels in this pic, are not living in Venezuela). During the holidays, a trip to the beach, is usually an invitation to party.Los Taques beach Paraguana, is no exception. In the holidays, thousands upon thousands...

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  • !Mueva Su Culo!

    Venezuelans love to dance - Me included; And it's not just the female species, the male population of Venezuela are the most excellent dancers. At 72 years old, the Opera Singer, can dance to anything - and well!Salsa, Meringue, Reggae, Samba, Rhumba, Tango and Tambor, just to name a few. Most popular are those that involve moving your backside ; )...

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  • Hammocks Are It !

    There is nothing I like better, than hanging around in a hammock. It must be my Venezuelan blood, because I find hammocks totally civilized, restful affair, and can't for the life of me understand why they are not so popular in other parts of the world.In Venezuela, most rooms in the home have hooks for a a variety of brightly coloured hammocks....

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  • burning off the old growth

    Toward the end of the dry season the fields are set afire to burn off the old growth. Sometimes the smoke will close off roads because of no vision. Soon the rainy season will begin and new growth will appear.

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  • Entertaining for tips

    On busy a street intersection in Maturin someone is usually doing something entertaining for a little money or else selling something to make money.

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  • SANTA ELENA DE UAIREN: PETROL QUEUES

    When you arrive here in Santa Elena, you can't help but notice the rows and rows of cars waiting to get their tanks filled. There were rows for Brazilians, rows for Venezuelans and rows for tourists. And these rows were controlled by the military police.As petrol is so cheap here in Venezuela, Brazilians come here in loads to buy petrol. There is a...

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  • CHEVERE

    Just like the Argentines have their ‘Che’ (hey, friend, etc…) and the hand-shaped-like-a-chicken-head-and-rocking-to-and-fro gesture and the Brazilians have their ‘Ta’ (OK) and their thumbs-up sign, the Venezuelans have ‘Chevere’. They use it all the time to describe something or someone good, to end a conversation, anything.- Did you sleep well...

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  • Venezuelan House Construction

    North American's are basically most familiar with stick construction, which uses the ubiquitous 2x4 lumber to frame a house. This method is appropriate in the USA and other places for being inexpensive, easily modifiable, and reliable on unstable ground, but in Venezuela, such construction wouldn't last very long. Termites and rot would quickly...

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  • Mango

    Mangos imported into the USA and Europe are poor representations of this wonderful fruit. American typically buy the Mexican variety, which is generally much smaller in size than those found in Venezuela. Before he died, my father-in-law, Lorenzo, had a very large and productive mango tree in his backyard. Because the tree was very large, and the...

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  • Níspero

    Known in English as the persimmon, the níspero found in Venezuela is a smaller fruit variety, with a slight furry brown skin, similar in appearance to the kiwi. The inside fruit is a molassas brown color with a flavor reminiscent of a molassas-chocolate. Like the persimmon in the USA, a good níspero is hard to find, but worth looking for and like...

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  • Guanabana

    Known as soursop in Asia, this fruit is actually indigenous to the Caribbean and tropical parts of South America. In Venezuela, this fruit is eaten fresh, but also used to make a cake. The fruit needs to be eaten when it is very ripe. The fruit is very sweet but tangy. More information about this fruit is available at the Wikipedia website for...

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  • Cachapas

    Cachapas are a favorite creole fast food created from old corn. A pancake like batter of fresh grated starchy corn, of the type usually fed animals in the USA, is mixed and ladeled onto a grill. After turning once, fast food vendor serve them on a paper plate, or in rural areas, a banana leaf. Sprinkled with a grated white salty cheeze called queso...

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  • Arepas and Arepitas

    One of the world's most unknown but great fast foods is the Venezuelan arepa. I'm surprised these aren't more widely sold in the urban areas of the USA because they are really easy to enjoy. The basic ingredient for the shell is a special pre-cooked harina corn flour made only in Venezuela, but can be found in specialty Latin American and Mexican...

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  • Jugo Parchita and Jugo Piña

    The fresh pineapple juice found everywhere in Venezuela is easy to appreciate, and I recommend ordering a "batido", which combines the juice with crushed and blended ice. But, by far the world's best breakfast fruit juice, in the minds of many Venezuelans, and add myself to that list, is made with Parchita pulp. Parchita is known commonly in...

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  • Mamones

    Mamones fruit are rarely found in the grocery store, but are widely sold by street vendors, and particularly along the highway between Caracas and Valencia, in the region where the tree seems to grow. I don't know what the tree looks like, but the season for buying this strange little fruit is limited to the summer months. The fruit comes in...

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  • Ron and Wiky

    The time honored traditional spirit produced in Venezuela is Rum, called here Ron, and several Venezuelan brands are the best available within the world. Any tourist traveling here who likes spirits, should not leave without buying the top of the line Venezuelan Rum. I typically buy a couple of bottles of different brands, spending perhaps the...

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  • Salsa

    Venezuelans eat their salsa on the sweet or acid side, but never spiced with hot peppers, as is common in Mexico. Venezuelan food is very mild, some North Americans might think bland. However, when the word "salsa" is used in Venezuela, more often than not it refers to the dance form so popular there. Few parts of the world have as much dance...

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  • Casave

    Casave is a very unusual dry bread made from ground yuca flour. This is very popular in rural areas, where the large pancake shaped casave may be found cooling outside. This is an acquired taste, as I found casave rather tasteless and too dry to eat alone. However, it is very rare, and is an indigenous culinary food. We found the casave pictured...

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  • Platanos and Tostones

    Platanos, a large starchy banana, is very common in Venezuela and other Latin American countries. Ripe platanos are fried, boiled, or baked and are available everywhere in Venezuela. Tostones are unique to Venezuela though. Here, slightly green platanos are sliced and the pieces slightly mashed, and salted. Then, they are either deep or pan fried...

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  • Yuca

    The manioc root, or yuca is commonly sliced into wedges like pototoes, and deep fried, boiled, or baked. I actually prefer yucca over potatoes as a starch with my slice of pork, beef, or fish. My wife likes to make a salsa of tomatoes, herbs, and lime juice to put over the yuca.

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  • Hallacas

    The traditional Venezuelan Christmas is not the same without homemade Hallacas. These are individually made with the arepa flour dough, stuffed with special stewed meats and many other ingredents, often on the sweet side, and wrapped in fresh smoked banana leaf. After being tied with string, they are boiled much like a Mexican tomale. Although the...

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  • Being Silly Is Good For You!

    Venezuelans love to laugh. Nearly every Venezuelan I know will love it if you make a joke and usually responds with a good hearty laugh. They have a fantastic sense of humour. Particularly popular are slightly risque jokes, but really, we will laugh at anything at all! (Being silly is a very popular pastime).My family have a very certain laugh, it...

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  • BESITOS - KISESS

    We are used to said hello and give a kiss also at good bye, even with you do not know the person, went it is laboral just a hand shake or it is a wear situation.Also we have the custom to said good bye with the word besitos o besos that means kisses. or the other it is Saludos that means greetings.I think that venezuelan people are very special and...

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  • Hot Stuff !

    OK, I'm passing on a hot tip here - Venezuelan Hot Sauce! (I asked what it is called and it is just that, 'hot sauce').Every region has its own style of spicy hot sauce, however (the most unusual is 'Katara', a specialty in Amazonas made with heads of leaf-cutter ants). The spicy sauces are always served on the side. The Opera Singer always has a...

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  • Eat Empanadas - They're Yummy!!

    Venezuelan empanadas are deep-fried, stuffed, corn flour patties. You should try them. These crescent-shaped fried pies are still made with cornmeal, but are much more chunky than arepas. I had some delicious fish (often filled with baby shark) & cheese empanadas, (there are also meat ones available for those that do meat). At one point, Brother No...

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  • Weekend in Morrocoy

    The Venezuelan love it to go toe beach on weekends. Specially Morrocoy is one of the prefered destinations.

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  • Karneval Carupano

    One does not go to Rio! Karneval in Carupano is worthwhile itself in any case. To celebrate here Karneval celebrated so long one desire has Karneval. Whom that is not enough yet, which can post a passage from Carupano to Trinidad. But about Trinidad I will report next year, if we were there.

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  • The Dancing Devil of Yara

    Thousands tourists and Venezuelan 'devil' worshippers have taken part in a week-long colorful Dancing Devils of Yare spectacle parading through the streets of several villages in the north of the country in a religious pageant which ends in the participants finally surrendering to the forces of good.

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  • Cigar 'Factory'

    The Opera Singer and I took a road trip. We drove from north west Paraguana, via Caracas to Cumana on the east side. While there, the Opera Singer took me to a place of great importance in his life - the little cigar factory where they hand roll Cuban cigar tobaco leaves and make the finest cigars for cigar lovers.Pictured, one of the ladies that...

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  • Venezuelans and Whiskey!

    Much to my amusement (as I was brought up in the UK and a Whiskey drinker) - When I go out with my family for a special occasion in Venezuela, no-one is asked what they would like to drink.Iced glasses are brought, along with a few large buckets of ice, and then a waiter usually follows shortly after with a large, (or often, two large) bottle(s) of...

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  • Freedom of Religion

    Freedom of religion in Venezuela is guaranteed by the constitution. However, 90% of the population are Roman Catholic.Although most people are Catholic, they aren't necessarily big church goers. Religion is very much practised in the home and is mixed up with the adoration and worship of regional patron saints (that are not necessarily recognised...

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  • They Ate What??!!

    When I was a baby, I lived in Maturin with my Mum, Dad, Grandparents and assorted Aunts and Uncles (8 actually).I was taken there from London, soon after my birth, (propella plane all the way) by my parents for my Baptism and to meet the rest of my Venezuelan family.So I am told (naturally, I can't remember) we all piled into a large car and made a...

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  • Indecision, not a problem in Venezuela:...

    All kids in Venezuela, excepting those that live there but would prefer to live in a different place and play other games due to their parents lack of attachement to the country, ..I was saying, all kids in Venezuela know that difficult decisions can be solved by singing a song and tapping (or just finger pointing) the number of things to be...

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  • The secret of Maria Louisa

    Maybe a guidance from witch you may benefit, or definatly your healthHAVE AN AFRODISIAC called Levanton Andino - homemade and with a lot of ingredients like : Frutas, mélon, lechoza, nestum (babyfood),leche, brandy, vino sanson, 2 licores secretos and at last ingredient:OJOS DE TORO

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  • Plaza Simon Bolivar

    In every city, even village you will find a statueof the great "liberator" Simon Bolivar and this next or near a church or cathedral.Born on the 24th of july in 1783 he was the liberator of many South American countries like Ecuador, Peru, Venezuela and ColombiaHe died in 1830 - only 47 year young.

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  • Just a dummy

    I saw this on a street in Maturin. It is Judas in effigy. It was just before Easter and I was told that later in the evening they would set it on fire and burn it.

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