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Caracas is the capital and largest city in Venezuela. Located in the narrow Caracas Valley in the country’s north, Caracas is separated from the Caribbean Sea by Cerro El Avila, a steep 2200 m (7400 ft) high mountain range.
Sitting at an altitude of 800 m (2400 ft), Caracas’ tropical savanna climate is relatively cool, as compared to those at sea level, and there is very little variation between the summer and winter months.
Caracas began an intensive modernization period starting in the 1950s, continuing for the next two decades. As Venezuela’s economy changed from being dependent primarily on agriculture to oil production, Caracas acquired many working and middle class developments as people in rural communities searched for greater economic opportunities. While most businesses in Caracas are service-oriented, small to medium-size industries can be found including chemicals, textiles, leather, food, iron, and wood products.
Visitors to Caracas can enjoy the Teleferico (cable-car) ride up to Avila Mountain. At an altitude of approximately 2600 m, the Avila promises gorgeous views of Caracas to its south, while on a clear day, views of the Caribbean Sea can be seen to the north. The mountain top also offers a few restaurants and food kiosks, and numerous attractions suitable for children, including a small skating rink, rides, and a jungle gym.
Universidad Central de Venezuela, Venezuela’s public university founded in 1721, is one of the oldest universities in the western hemisphere. The main campus was designed by architect Carlos Raul Villanueva, and is considered a masterpiece in urban planning, acquiring a designation as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2000.
Caracas features a few sites pertaining to Simon Bolivar, a Venezuelan military and political leader. Still considered today as one of the most influential politicians in the history of the Americas, Bolivar played a key role in Latin America's successful struggle for independence from the Spanish Empire. Bolivar’s birthplace, La Casa Natal de Simon Bolivar, is a well-preserved colonial building featuring various paintings and a museum.
While Venezuela is mostly visited for its natural attractions, Caracas can be a fascinating city to explore, given its quality art, food, and bustling nightlife.
Venezuela Travel Information
At Goway we believe that a well-informed traveller is a safer traveller. With this in mind, we have compiled an easy to navigate travel information section dedicated to Venezuela.
Learn about the history and culture of Venezuela, the must-try food and drink, and what to pack in your suitcase. Read about Venezuela's nature and wildlife, weather and geography, along with 'Country Quickfacts' compiled by our travel experts. Our globetrotting tips, as well as our visa and health information will help ensure you're properly prepared for a safe and enjoyable trip. The only way you could possibly learn more is by embarking on your journey and discovering Venezuela for yourself. Start exploring… book one of our Venezuela vacations today!
Extend Your Trip
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