Like most South American countries, Venezuela has always taken an active interest in all sporting activities. Sports are not only played as a leisure activity, but also serve as a full-time profession for many.
Baseball is a tremendously popular sport in Venezuela and the country has produced world-renowned players of the stature of Luis Aparicio, who has even found a place in the Baseball Hall of Fame in New York. Football is also found to be gaining popularity in the country, with many youngsters taking an active interest in the sport and the national team receiving several laurels.
Canyoning is an adventure sport that has been taken up by many an enthusiast. Merida in Venezuela is the perfect place to try out this adventure sport. The sport promises unlimited thrills and a great adrenaline rush to all its participants. It is very enjoyable to abseil from a high waterfall or jump into narrow currents using super fast natural slides. The sport is highly recommended for individuals who would like to enjoy the natural beauty of the Andes.
Another sport that is a favorite of both tourists and natives is horseback riding on the high Paramo grasslands. Western Venezuela with its great landscapes, waterfalls and mountains is a wonderful place to go riding as the scenic beauty of the place keeps the rider enthralled all along the trail. Nature lovers are advised to carry their cameras along to capture the picturesque landscape in print.
Paragliding in the Andean area of Western Venezuela is an incredible experience. Individuals can get an actual bird’s eye view of the entire mountain range from the glider. Unlike bungee jumping, which lasts for a short duration, paragliding offers an exhilarating and thrilling experience that can last for up to an hour or so.
With the sporting world becoming more and more competitive with each passing day, the government of Venezuela is giving a helping hand to several other sporting activities in the form of finance, infrastructure, and training.