Caracas impresses with its size, its location - near the sea and surrounded by the mountains of Avila- and its ranches that are perched on the slopes of the surrounding mountains. Luckily Avila is in a protected National Park, the lungs of the city. It's interesting to leave town walking with hiking boots and in 5 minutes you are in the middle of vegetation with tough climbs, some of which you have to do backwards. The mountain has several peaks called the Western, Eastern and Naiguatá, and the highest being 2700 meters. It rewards you from the top with a glimpse of the sea on one side, Caracas on the other, and the splendid park of Avila. You should be in good shape to attempt the high peaks. It is no coincidence that there is a place there called "Don't worry."
The always open resort of Ávila Mágica and Hotel Humboldt, found at the top of Àvila and connected to Caracas by cableway, were expropriated by the Chavez government. It's worth the 20 minute trip from Caracas to the top for a stunning view of the city if the day is not cloudy.
Built in 1680, this is a Spanish colonial house with several courtyards. It has one main entrance and another in the back. It is surrounded by the kitchen and other rooms, has a water source for horses and the stable next door. In the central courtyard you can view the baptismal font where Bolivar was baptized, which was originally located at the Cathedral of Caracas.
In this cultural center people are constantly presenting plays, monologues, musical performances, photography exhibitions, painting, etc ... Almost every weekend they have some type of show, music performance or festival, and free entrance! An interesting choice for leisure, and it is also in a pretty quiet place and accessible from the city ...
At the entrance of the Lagunita urbanization, El Hatillo Municipality, you will come across the Romanian Orthodox Church of St. Constantine and Helena: A beautiful handcrafted one made exclusively of oak and fir wood brought from Romania and assembled without any hardware used by Romanian artisans. It has a bell tower that is more than 30 meters high which is accessed from a beautiful staircase carved from a single trunk. There are only 15 temples of its kind that exist in the world and only 2 of them are outside the country of Romania.
I stayed on floor 17 of the Palace Hotel. From the window, you can see the park and the airport. When the traffic's busy, you seen nothing but an endless chain of cars. Gasoline in Venezuela costs less than a bottle of water, so everyone drives everywhere.
In downtown Caracas you can find the "House of Study of History Lorenzo Mendoza of Venezuela", which serves as a library, museum and study center. It is a model of a typical Caracas house from yesteryears with its architecture and its great exhibited furniture. It has a consultation center and a study that documents he history of Venezuela. It was founded in 1761 as a school, and has been designed for various purposes: Income Headquarters of Snuff, Casa Real de la Moneda, the seat of the school of Juan Vicente González "El Salvador del Mundo" and the Santa Maria. In 1893 the house was acquired by the Mendoza family and became the residence of his descendants. I recommend you visit this beautiful house, where you can enjoy the central courtyard, the gallery that houses furniture, the library, the excavation (an interesting 10 meter deep pit that was dug just five years ago), and the gardens. Its floors and ceilings, all memories from the past. Its opening hours are Tuesday to Saturday from 9:00 am to 4:30 pm.
This is one of the best places to go for Venezuelan nightlife, with live music from the latest bands almost every night and stand-up comedy on Mondays. A perfect place to see beautiful people. It has private parking opposite, maximum security where you are frisked at the entrance and varied music with good sound quality.
We decided as a whole family to go for a walk along the Paseo Caracas starting The Paseo of the Heroes, and I had a very interesting experience. The place attracted many people to walk, jog, exercise or walk with family, and it's worth it. I hope you enjoy it and are encouraged when you come to Caracas to visit this beautiful place. Edgar Rodriguez Carmona
The surroundings of the Plaza Altamira are always congested - the metro with its four exits, cars passing in various directions, pedestrians always in a hurry. One of the nearby houses, however, offers a place of tranquility that limits the outside chaos. A green door opens to give us a very large space with flower gardens, walkways, tall trees and long grass to pass the day in. I walked into this place with a book in hand, seeking the shade of a tree. I sat down and no one said anything to me. Children were playing with a ball, others, further down, were also reading. It was a weekday and from where I was, I could see the house perfectly, which was once a major farm in the city that opened its doors to host some exhibits. You can tour the house, but not take pictures in order to preserve it since it is private. In the gardens though, there is no limit to the camera flash. In this Arts Center, curious musicians, bohemians and travellers meet. The weekends are different though, it fills up with concerts, food and becomes a perfect retreat. It opens its doors every day, free of charge.
You'll find a variety of animals and vegetation. It's a petting zoo, since you can touch and even feed the animals. The park has special meal packages available for animals and so visitors can feed without giving inappropriate food. The park is in excellent condition. It is kept very clean. The animals look very healthy. There is an educational and recreational center founded for people with special needs, giving them an environment conducive to their integration into society. The main function of the institution is special education of people with mild and moderate mental retardation, and Downs syndrome. One area of expansion is the Expanzoo zoo, which offers its services to the public and in turn incorporates young people with special needs in the various tasks performed, such as hosts, general cleanup, food and gardening work. They are very attentive and great hosts. Tuft White Cockatoo, Macaws, Parrots, Ostrich, Tortoise Ranger, Zebra, Llama and Alpacas, Porcupine, Camel, Pony, Danta, Grey Kangaroo and Wallabies, Miniature Donkey, Capuchin monkey, sheep, pygmy goat, white-tailed deer... just some of the species that you will see in Expanzoo.
This doesn´t pop up on any typical tourist recommendation site or book and, in fact, to see a tourist with camera in hand here is very rare, but this city is a box full of surprises. Its historic area, the impressive city Ávila, or its university, is declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO and was designed by the great architect Carlos Raúl Villanueva. It is a wonderful place that I recommend. Nature is able to create a beautiful space of communion. They say that macaws are official residents of the Chaguaramas.
Avila is the mountain range that gives Caracas its climate and stands between the Caribbean and the city, cooling it down in the summer. It is a national park and has lots of places to go hiking, one of the most recommended is an hour away but is peaceful and quiet and you can see the Guaira and the Caribbean all its glory.
It is a site that still allows you to take a walk. Its truly narrow streets, each with a portal with a little shop or a restaurant with typical things to eat, make it very special and quiet. There are shops with passages from one place to another. You should visit, it is worth it.
When I went to Venezuela in 2004 the exchange was really in my favour which meant that I was able to appreciate everything, and more over that I could go shopping. I have really good memories of Sambil which was one of the biggest in the country and as you can imagine would be a dream for anyone.
The Casa Amarilla in Caracas was once a royal prison and in the basement cells you can still see iron bars, chains and shackles. Since then, the building has been home to the Ecclesiastical Council, the residence of President Cipriano Castro, the Palacio del Gobierno, and the headquarters of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The Casa Amarilla was also where Venezuelan independence was declared on April 19, 1810. Free admission. Hours: Monday through Friday, from 9:00 am to 12:30 pm and from 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm
The National Pantheon of Venezuela is where the remains of the Simon Bolivar have laid in rest since 28 October 1876. The tomb was built in a neo-Gothic style which you can note in the arched portico, windows and doorways. The interior is divided into three sections separated by columns. The ceiling is decorated with paintings by Tito Salas narrating the deeds of Simon Bolivar. There is a large chandelier composed of four thousand pieces and 230 lights which was installed in 1883 to celebrate the centenary of Bolivar's birth. The right aisle is dedicated to Generalsimo Francisco de Miranda and the left side to the Grand Marshal of Ayacucho, Antonio Jose de Sucre. There are various side chapels erected in memory of other heroes of the country such as Cacique Guaicaipuro, Dr. Jose Maria Vargas, Fermin Toro, Andres Eloy Blanco, Cipriano Castro, Romulo Gallegos, Jose Antonio Paez, and others. In the entire complex, only three women are buried: Teresa de la Parra, Teresa Carreo, and Luisa Caceres de Arismendi. Admission is free and visiting hours are: Tuesday to Sunday from 9:00 am to 12 m. And from 1:30 pm to 4:30 pm
The capital of Venezuela offers the complete tourist package, and the list of things to do in Caracas is endless. The natural environment of the city is one of its main attractions. Its location between the mountains and the beach makes it a unique city. El Ávila National Park is the "lung" of the region and a symbol for Venezuelans. Mount Avila, one of the tallest in the park, is one of the main places to visit in Caracas. The road to the top of the mountain can be covered on foot or by car, but the original choice is undoubtedly the cable car from the city to the top. From above you can see the most significant buildings in Caracas. You'll definitely see the towers of Central Park, which is home to some of the tallest buildings in South America, or the Center Simon Bolivar, known for its modern construction.
There are also many other things to see in Caracas. The city has fought to preserve many colonial buildings and others are in very good condition. Among the many historical attractions in Caracas, we can't ignore the birthplace of Simon Bolivar, the Cathedral, or the cottage Anauco Arriba, the oldest building in Caracas.
More stuff to do in Caracas includes a visit to the Museum of Contemporary Art, which is among the highlights of South America. At the end of the day you can relax in a cafe in Simon Bolivar Square or Plaza Altamira, where there is always a lively atmosphere. Still wondering what to do in Caracas? Browse through the firsthand experiences shared by minube users to learn more about the best Caracas activities and Caracas attractions!