This week, Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez welcomes over 200 intellectuals from 66 countries to an international forum called the World Meeting of Intellectuals and Artists in Defense of Humanity.
Intellectuals from Europe, North America, the Middle East and Latin America will discuss the social and political movements in their nations, including gender equality, media, democracy and socialism.
Chavez recently landed from his annual world tour, which stopped off in Cuba, China, Russia, Portugal and France.
According to Chavez, the purpose of the world tour was to build international relationships and sign exchange and cooperation deals on economic, social and cultural matters.
As Chavez made his rounds in Asia and Europe, a Russian warship set sail for Venezuela. The warship is scheduled to arrive in Venezuela next month to participate in joint military exercises.
Below is a map of Hugo Chavez’s recent travels — detailing his growing international interests and ties to foreign nations.
Click on START to begin, and CLICK on each plane to fly to Chavez’s next destination.