(guest post by LATAM Staffing Manager, Julie)
Named “little Venice” by explorer Amerigo Vespuccci for its towns built over water, Venezuela is now home to over 24 million South Americans living in this highly visible and vibrant country. Fully named “Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela”, this beautiful country possesses a full range of geography that encompasses Amazon rain forests, Andean ranges, gorgeous beaches and the tallest waterfall in the world, Angel Falls.
In addition to its status as the country possessing the most global beauty pageant winners, Venezuela contains some of the largest oil and natural gas reserves in the world. Its economy is dominated by the petroleum sector which accounts for nearly 1/3rd of GDP and 80% of exports and more than half of government revenue. A founding member of OPEC, this valuable resource has allowed the country to thrive as the world’s oil consumption escalated in the last 3 decades.
The Venezuelan flag is yellow, blue and red with yellow representing land wealth, the blue representing courage, and the red for independence from Spain. The country is proud of its heritage and protective of its incredible biodiversity. Home to some very notable mammals such as the giant anteater and the capybara, the world's largest rodent (140 pounds) Venezuela is also known for the famed Orinoco Crocodile which has been reported to reach 22 feet in length.