Places to Travel in Caracas

The capital city of Venezuela, Caracas, is one of the most popular cities for travelling in South America, and comes into prominence with its magnificent attractions. 2,000-meter-height Caracas, located to the north of Venezuela, was set up in a narrow lowland between two mountains.

The city of Caracas, founded by the Spanish colonialist Diego de Losada in the name of Santiago de León de Caracas in 1567, and has an average population of around 5 million. According to the statistics of the year 2015, the crime rate in the city is quite high.

Caracas, one of the most important cities in the world on exporting coffee, kako and leather, is in constant development after World War II. The highest temperatures in the city, which has a tropical climate, are in June and July. The average temperature is around 20 degrees in the rainy season between December-June.

Angel Falls

Angel Falls is the first place that come to mind in Venezuela. This natural beauty is the world's largest waterfall with an altitude of 979 meters. The waters flowing from the waterfall fall down without any obstacles for 807 meters and are then connected to the Churun River. The area around Angel Falls is covered with a lush flora. In 1935, the falls was discovered by the American pilot, Jimmie Angel.

Birthplace of Simón Bolívar

Venezuela's national hero Simon Bolivar's house is located in the city of Caracas. Simón Bolívar, who was regarded as the savior of the country, was born here on July 24, 1783. The Bolivar Museum, an ancient house from the colonial period right next to the Simón Bolívar Birthplace House, serves as a tourist attraction.

Altamira Square

Altamira Square in the Chacao neighborhood is one of the city's popular tourist destinations. There are many hotels and restaurants in this region. The standing stone in the middle of Plaza Francia aka Plaza Altamira arouse interest of tourists as being the most interesting structure. This stone was built higher than the the Caracas Cathedral by the Venezuelan State. The purpose of building such high stone is to show the superior power of the state.

Panteón Nacional de Venezuela

The mausolea in Caracas, is named as Panteón Nacional in Venezuela. The cenotaphs belongs to many important people, especially the national hero Simón Bolívar. The building, includes Independence and Republican monuments, was turned into a mausoleum from an ancient church in 1875.

Paseo Los Proceres

Paseo Los Proceres, located between the National Defense Ministry and the Bolívar Army Military Training Center in Caracas, is one of the symbols of the independence of the country. The area where the sculptures of important people who fought in war of independenceis one of the places to see in the city.

Bolívar Square

Many of the tourist attractions in Caracas are located in and around Bolivar Plaza. In addition this square is the first settlement and neighborhood of the city. Simon Bolivar Statue, which was constructed in 1874, is the symbol of the square. Many important buildings, such as the Caracas Cathedral, the Sacred Museum and the Town Hall are near the square.

Caracas Cathedral

Caracas Cathedral, the religious symbol of the city of Caracas, is where Simón Bolívar's wife and mother are buried. The cathedral in Bolivar Square was destroyed during the earthquake of 1641 and renewed in 1674 and reopened. Throughout history, the cathedral, had various supplementations and restorations, is at the top of the popular tourist attractions in the city.

Iglesia de San Francisco

Another important structure of the city after Caracas Cathedral is the San Francisco Church,  half-centruy-old church. Church of San Francisco was built after 1593 and had many renovation works. Venezuela's '' ceiba '' tree in front of the church is about 150 years old. Important incidents related to the structure are that Simón Bolívar took the nickname of El Libertador, which means the savior, and his funeral was held in this church.

El Ávila National Park

Avila National Park, part of the Cordillera de la Costa Mountains, is a place where you can see the city from above. You can use the cable car system to go to Avila. In the national park, you can often find the national flower of Venezuela, the Cattleya Mossiae orchids.

East Park

The area, called "General Francisco de Miranda Park", which is shortly referred to as East Park aka Parque del Este, is a large green area. Caracas Zoo is also located in this park.

El Hatillo

El Hatillo, located out of Caracas, is one of the must-see places that you can visit if you have enough time to travel. El Hatillo, where you can rent a car from the city, is an old neighborhood consisting of colorful houses on a sloping ground. The small, interbedded houses catch tourists attention, but at night, this area is not very safe.

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