What to see in Caracas, a trip to the frenetic capital of Venezuela, characterized by a lively culture and famous for being the birthplace of Simón Bolívar.
Set against the backdrop of a rolling mountain landscape, a short distance from the sunny coast, Caracas is a busy city with a vibrant culture and buildings of modern architecture.
Simón Bolívar, born in Caracas on 24 July 1783 and died in Santa Marta on 17 December 1830, a Venezuelan revolutionary general and patriot, is considered a hero in these parts, as the one who contributed decisively to the independence of some countries of the South America and precisely Venezuela, Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, Panama and Peru.
For this Bolivar was awarded the honorary title of Libertador or the liberator, becoming one of the most famous historical figures in Latin America.
The El Avila National Park overlooks the northern edge of the city with its wooded slopes full of paths, a cable car available for a spectacular ride in one of the coolest places in the city.
The nightlife of Caracas is very lively with numerous clubs and clubs open for entertainment and fun. The living standards of the inhabitants are very varied, a large portion of the population lives in conditions of poverty, next to glittering skyscrapers and top-notch shopping centers, encamped or housed in slums.
A grandiose stately building from 1870, the Capitolio Nacional is famous for the murals sprayed through the dome of its Salón Elíptico Oval Hall, depicting the battle of Carabobo in the wars of independence.
The birthplace of Venezuela's most famous son, Simón Bolívar, is now a sanctuary dedicated to the hero of independence who made a decisive contribution to hunting out the Spaniards in the 19th century.
A colonial house in the center of Caracas has been restored keeping the original style and is decorated with frescoes depicting the best times.
One of the most seductive corners of the city, El Hatillo is a picturesque colonial village absorbed by the expanding city while retaining its original charm with the brightly painted brick buildings and a small white church. Life revolves around a beautiful square and is considered the best place to shop for handicrafts in Caracas.
Colonial Art Museum
Housed in a lovely colonial building called the Quinta de Anauco and surrounded by well-kept gardens, this museum of colonial art is well worth a visit.
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Museo de Arte Contemporáneo
This gallery is one of the best museums on the continent dedicated to modern art, with a myriad of great names at the level of artists, including Picasso, Chagall, Bacon, Freud, Miró and the famous Venezuelan artist Jesús Soto.
It is also used for temporary exhibitions including the very interesting one of photography.
The National Pantheon is considered the most important altar in the Venezuelan homeland, where the remains of the most important personalities of the history of Venezuela are preserved, including Simón Bolívar.
It is an elegant ecclesiastical-style building that is worth seeing, especially for the murals on the ceiling and Bolívar's tomb.
Palace of Miraflores
In this building there is the office of the President of the Republic, built by General Joaquin Crespo at the end of the 19th century.
In colonial style, this building houses the municipality of Caracas and there is the mayor's office.
Also called the yellow house, it is a grandiose neoclassical structure of the seventeenth century, originally the headquarters of the General and Royal Prison, today it houses the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Towers of Parque Central
Located in the city center, they are two identical towers, among the tallest skyscrapers in South America.
Parque Nacional El Ávila
It is the national park overlooking the city, located on the mountain overlooking the city, a perfect natural refuge from the noise and confusion of the center of Caracas.
From the suburb of Maripérez the cable car starts that climbs to the top, it is also possible to go up the slopes through the numerous marked trails.