“As early as 1522 Spanish invaders reported that the Carib tribes in Venezuela used a black, gooey substance for many purposes. The viscous material was crude oil. It was not until the 1950s, however, that oil production began in Venezuela. Oil accounts for a quarter of the nation\'s gross domestic product and three-quarters of export earnings, and Venezuela is South America\'s leading producer and one of the few non-Arab members of OPEC. There are also substantial coal reserves, and exploitation of the recently discovered Guasare Basin field is expected to add 10 million tons to annual production. The political instability of the early 1990s shook foreign investor confidence, but Venezuela has emphasized trade links with other South American countries. The mid- to late 1990s saw a series of public and private sector strikes for higher wages. In addition to participation in the G-3 agreement with Mexico and Colombia, Venezuela has a free trade agreement with Colombia and has expressed the desire to become part of the North American Free Trade Agreement between Canada, Mexico, and the United States.
The election of Hugo Chavez as president of Venezuela raises the question of the unraveling of the political system in all of Latin America and reveals the disillusionment some are feeling about worsening social conditions that have not improved under democratically elected governments. Venezuela began its democracy 40 years ago with an unusual pact between the country\'s principal parties that guaranteed an institutional stability not known in the region at that time. But, at the same time, the leaders of the country never diversified the country\'s economy, instead choosing to rely heavily on its oil revenues. As a result, the Venezuelan economy is highly susceptible to the world market\'s price fluctuations and has not diversified enough to create jobs and allow for funds for programs of social support to combat the rising unemployment and levels of poverty in the country. Chavez\'s victory also reflects the growing discontent with Venezuela\'s traditional political system. But it also demonstrates a phenomenon that is happening in other parts of the continent where leaders with an authoritarian bent are also gaining support.” (Internet-Britannica)
Imports: Machinery and transportation equipment, chemicals, basic manufactures, manufactured goods, foodstuffs, mineral fuels and lubricants, animal and vegetable oils. Total Imports: $10,827,000,000 (1996); $11,199,000,000 (1995); $8,277,000,000 (1994).
Exports: Petroleum and refined oil products, aluminum, iron ore, bauxite, basic manufactures, chemicals, foodstuffs, machinery and transportation equipment. Total Exports: $23,149,000,000 (1996); $19,408,000,000 (1995); $16,560,000,000 (1994).
Population: 23,242,000 (1998 estimate)
Largest Cities: Bogota (capital), Cali, and Medellin
Currency: Bolivares; 100 centimos = 1 bolivar
Languages: Spanish is the official language, but Indian dialects are spoken by some of the 200,000 Indians in the remote interior region.
Religion: Roman Catholic - 96%; Protestant - 2%; other - 2%.
Location: Venezuela is located on the northern coast of South America; Colombia lies to the west, Brazil to the south, Guyana to the east, and the Caribbean Sea to the north.
National Capital: Caracas
Climate: The Venezuelan climate varies according to region, but ranges from tropical to moderate. The rainy season lasts from May through November. The average annual temperature in Caracas is 69 F. (internet-google)
The things that I would like to do in Venezuela would include, watching a bull fight, go golfing, fish for peacock bass, eat a lot of good authentic food, and take a guided tour through the amazon.

One of the favorite forms of entertainment is the "toros coleados", where two groups of expert brave riders compete with each other at downing a bull by catching it by the tail and throwing it to the ground. The competition takes place in a festive atmosphere, where music is played between bulls and abundant food and drink is served.
The "Nuevo Circo," in Caracas, is one of the four major bullrings in Latin America, where bullfighters must perform in order to be fully recognized.
Many other "plazas de toros" (bullrings) are also very famous. Maracaibo, San Cristobal, Maracay, Valencia -among others of ten feature first-class bullfights during their festivities. It is sunshine in the afternoon at the plaza, teeming with people and "toreros" risking their lives in front of the bulls, accounts for an interesting experience. Venezuela has a very good breed of