5. Ciudad Bolívar
Ciudad Bolívar has a proud history as the centre of the struggle for independence in Venezuela. Simon Boliver set up his military base here as he began the final campaign in the War for Independence. It’s the capital of the country’s largest state and the historic centre, known as Casco Historico, is without doubt the countries best. There’s a staggering array of colourful colonial buildings, the Paseo Orinoco, and tons of shaded squares to loiter in. Most travellers find a reason to stop here on their way to Angel Falls. Be sure to check out the Plaza Miranda, the cathedral and historic cemetery there.