Sara and John say...
Venezuela's climate is warm and tropical with plenty of rain. But there’s more variety than you might think. Temperatures vary according to large differences in altitude and there are also seasonal changes through the year. Not only that - how much rain you see may also depend on how close you are to the sea.
The wet season runs between May and October, when temperature are also at their highest - typically reaching the mid to high 20s Celsius in the capital, Caracas. The hot and sunny days give way to afternoon downpours on most days - thanks to the high humidity.
Whilst this time of year is the most oppressive, there are some positives. Coastal areas often avoid many of the downpours inland and enjoy a refreshing breeze. Meanwhile the high mountain rainfall means this is the best time to visit the magnificent Angel Falls. So don’t forget your camera!
The wet season has passed its peak by September, and although some rain continues to fall through the month, the days are getting sunnier and the temperature easing. But as the dry season emerges through October and November, the coming months are best for those visiting for the purposes of hiking or enjoying other outdoor activities.
As well as the landscape, Venezuela offers some of the most spectacular wildlife in this part of the world. Los Llanos is a marvellous place for wildlife-spotting - a vast seasonally flooded savannah that spreads across Venezuela’s heartland towards the Colombian border.
By the turn of the year, temperatures are typically in the mid-20s by day and mid-teens overnight - perfect for sightseeing. Whilst there are still some refreshing showers, most days (away from the most mountainous regions) are dry. Enjoy - before the heat and humidity slowly return through the spring.