Caracas, the Capital of Venezuela
With a population estimated at 10 million inhabitants, Caracas is the largest city of Venezuela.
It lies 30 km from the Caribbean coast, to the largest seaport La Guaira, and the international airport in Maiquetia, but at an altitude of 800 meters, where the climate is very pleasant. Caracas is located at the foot of the Avila mountain range, with the 2600 meter high Avila, that can be reached by cableway. From the top station, you can take several walks on the Avila, there are two good restaurants up there.
Caracas itself, is a very fast city. Around the rush hour, movement is constantly observed, and lots of traffic jams. As a visitor, you should enjoy the city with caution, or avoid it.
We recommend to visit in Caracas one of the finest museums in the country: Quinta Anauco. The home of a former 18th- century Coffee Hacienda gives an excellent impression of the living conditions of a well-off family in the colonial era. The furniture is from the 17th and 18th Century, in the well-preserved kitchen you can feel back to the former period. In the bathroom you will see how the plumbers worked these days in Venezuela.
Caracas has a very well-functioning metro, so far are 5 lines in operation, one more are under construction. By metro, you move the fastest and safest through the city, all the stations are more or less clean. Who wants to drive a lot by Metro, should buy a Multiticket, it saves you from queuing at the counters.
One of the most popular excursions for the "Caraqueños" is going to the "Colonia Tovar", a Black Forest village in the mountains above the city.
We also recommend to visit the excellent interational restaurants that Caracas offers. You can find them in the district of “Las Mercedes” or “La Castellana” in Chacao.