Venezuela versus Colombia

Hugo Chávez vs Álvaro Uribe Vélez

This post will be dedicated to the all people of Venezuela and Colombia. I wanted to write this post based on my half year experience living and travelling in Venezuela and Colombia.

I have found that these countries even they are neighboring are soooo different. That is worth to mention the main differences and curiosities I have lived.

Venezuela vs Colombia:

Venezuela and Colombian people have very warm hearts although Colombian people are on the top of that very polite and much more educated. Because Colombian government is focussed on General Public Education. Which results in the general behavioral patterns of Colombians and their passion for their country.

Venezuelan’s are mess. Of course not all of them, but if you compare how looks like their country side and even centers  of their cities compare to Colombian you will realize that they are able to trash liters in any kind of place. Does not matter if it is beautiful beach side, street, highway or countryside. It is such a sad story to see it!


Colombians are hard workers compare to Venezuelans.  You can see that even they live similar simple life, on the line of poverty they do care their environment. They keep their houses nice, they work hard on their fields to bring food on their tables. Venezuelans got used to have petrol and be rich just for granted. They do not build the infrastructure that much, they do not build other industries except petrol industry. Which resulted in nowadays with lead of Chavez and his “socialistic policy” that most of the companies moved to Colombia (with the fear of being nationalized in Venezuela) and because of the constant provoking of Chavez Venezuela lost its biggest supplier of food. Which means that food in Venezuela and other products are terrible expensive.

Issue of safety is now more in the favor for Colombia. With the anti Guerrila campaign of Uribe seems to be that the trouble makers are under the control. It is costy to keep people of Colombia safe so it affected the social and health care system. Uribe made the inevitable cuts in finances to keep his people safe. Not everybody agrees with him but every Colombian is enjoying nowadays safety. I can say that also as a tourist I did not have any feeling of being endangered, even we were walking as family at night through the cities. It is true that streets are full of policemen but on the other hand if this keeps people safe then why not. On the other hand Venezuela is now full of gangsters which are earning money by robbing people by so called fast kidnapping and nobody wants to leave their home when is dark.

Both countries has huge potential. There is great soil for planting any kind of plants, both countries has minerals, petrol, coast with beautiful sea and touristic ideas. Unfortunately Venezuela has bad management and administration. Which result in mess, cuts of water and electricity. There can not be much tourism, because people can be robed and infrastructure such as buses, metro  and taxi are badly organized. Although the island Margarita is considered as pearl of Caribbean sea and Venezuela can be proud of it. It is living its own life and tourism is main source of money. Colombia has its island also it is St. Andres.

Both countries has huge advantage that they are located in Latin America. It is part of the world with many different cultures, countries, huge diversity of nature and I wish that both of them will gain great leaders and improve life of their people. In Venezuela live about 80% people in poverty for gain of few top once. In Colombia lives many people in poverty too but since they are more tight to their land they rather leave cities and work on their fields than to bag in the streets. Although you can see many homeless people lying on the streets of bigger cities of Colombia.

What i have learned on the way of life: that both countries has its potential. It is just about the leaders and people which kind of environment they want to live and which kind of life they want to have. There are no limitations for human beings. Everything is just matter of good will, hard work and discipline.

If you did not visit Colombia or Venezuela I wish you to have time to do that. These countries are beautiful and worth to visit. Don’t you think?

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Young always smiling mom of 2 boys . Finished her master degree at the Economical University in Brno (Czech Republic) country in the heart of Europe. Heading new life stage with a brand new role in my future life career. I have been working for student NGO AIESEC, playing accordion for 11 years, swimming as a competitive mono flip swimmer, singing in a teenage choir and joining different hobbies when any opportunity appeared. I love traveling and exploring new countries so that's why I have been studying abroad (Finland, Thailand), working abroad (Estonia) and daddy of my kids is from Venezuela :). I am a passionate dancer too. Now working for various projects, passionate about a vegan diet.

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2 comments on “Venezuela versus Colombia
  1. As a Venezuelan I agree with this post, I’m a bit sad that it is not available in Spanish to hear the opinion of some other Venezuelans

    • zlatavaskova says:

      Hi Luis,

      do you think that there are not enough Venezuelans who does not speak English :)? But if you want I can ask for comment those who can speak English, such as my husband and his friends 🙂
      For my personal curiosity, what do you see the most as sad true about Venezuela nowadays?

      Thanks a lot for your comment.

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