Quick Facts

Map of Venezuela
Population: 27,100,000
Languages: Spanish, several indigenous dialects
Climate: Humid equatorial, dry winter.
Captial City: Caracas


  • Angel Falls – the world's highest waterfall at 979 metres. Angel Falls is named after Jimmie Angel, the first person to fly over the falls in a plane. They are within Canaima National Park, inscribed on the World Heritage List in 1994.
  • The Andes – the longest continental mountain range in the world. The Andes begin in the south in Chile and the final section, in the north, is in Venezuela.
  • Lake Maracaibo – connected to the Gulf of Venezuela and fed by many rivers, Lake Maracaibo is the largest lake in South America and one of the oldest lakes on Earth.

The Two-toed Sloth

Habitat: Rainforests. Sloths spend most of their time in trees but are also excellent swimmers.
Diet: Leaves, shoots and fruit off trees
Classification and relatives: The two-toed sloth is a mammal most closely related to other sloths, anteaters and armadillos.
Endangered status: Endangered
Lifespan: 20 years