Venezuela is home to the world’s highest waterfall, Angel Falls, and claims the title of one of only 20 Megadiverse countries on the planet. With the Andes Mountains in the northwest, Amazon rainforest in the south, Caribbean Islands off the northern coast, vast plains in the central part to explore, and just as much to avoid. The U.S. Department of State issued an official travel warning for Venezuela in June, 2014 due to violent crime, namely high murder rates and unreported kidnappings in metropolitan areas. If you plan on spending your time off the beaten path hiking and trekking, know that crime isn’t the only thing that can strike: the Catatumbo River set the world record for highest number of lightning strikes per square kilometer per year. The never-ending light show creates an average of 28 lightning bolts per minute, up to 300 nights per year.