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Chasing lightning in Venezuela

Between April and November, on any given night at Lake Maracaibo – a large brackish bay connected to the Gulf of Venezuela – lightning bolts, appearing 200 to a minute, draw great cracks across the sky illuminating the night. The lightning here is so intense and frequent that it has just won a place in The Guinness Book of World Records. You can travel here from Mérida, itself something of an adventure destination where thrill seekers will be able to experience the world's highest cable car when it opens later this year.

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