Caracas: what to see, trip to the capital of Venezuela

What to see in Caracas, capital of Venezuela in the hectic journey, characterized by a vibrant culture, the birthplace of Simón Bolívar.

Guide Caracas

Set against the backdrop of a landscape of rolling mountains, not far from the coast sunny, Caracas is a busy city with a vibrant culture and buildings of modern architecture. Simón Bolívar was born in Caracas on July 24 1783 and died in Santa Marta December 17 in 1830, a revolutionary general and Venezuelan patriot, is considered a hero in these parts, as one who contributed decisively to the independence of some countries in South America, namely Venezuela, Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, Panama and Peru.

For that Bolivar was awarded the honorary title of Libertador or the liberator, becoming one of the most famous historical figures of Latin America. El Avila National Park overlooking the northern edge of the city with its wooded slopes full of trails, a cable car available to perform a spectacular ride in one of the freshest in town.

The nightlife in Caracas is very lively with numerous clubs and premises open for entertainment and fun. The standard of living of the inhabitants is very varied, a large share of the population lives in poverty, alongside gleaming skyscrapers and shopping malls trendy, camped or housed in slums.

Places to visit in Caracas

Capitolio Nacional
Magnificent mansion in 1870, the Capitolio Nacional is famous for its murals splashed through the dome of his Salón Elíptico Oval Hall, depicting the Battle of Carabobo in the wars of independence.

Birthplace of Bolívar
The birthplace of the most famous son of Venezuela, Simón Bolívar, is now a shrine dedicated to the hero of the independence that such a decisive contribution to oust the Spaniards in the nineteenth century. A colonial house in the center of Caracas has been restored preserving the original style and is decorated with frescoes depicting the best times.

El Hatillo
One of the most seductive city, El Hatillo is a picturesque colonial village absorbed by the expanding city, while retaining its original charm with brick buildings painted in bright colors and a small white church. Life revolves around a beautiful square and is considered the best place to buy items of handicrafts from Caracas.

Museo de Arte Colonial
Housed in a charming colonial building called the Quinta de Anauco and surrounded by manicured gardens, this museum of colonial art deserves to be visited.

Museo de Arte Contemporáneo
This gallery is one of the best museums in the continent dedicated to modern art, with a host of big 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 one very interesting to photograph.

Panteon Nacional
The National Pantheon is considered the most important Venezuelan altar of the Fatherland, which houses the remains of the most important in the history of Venezuela including Simón Bolívar. And ‘an elegant church building style that is worth seeing, in particoar way to the murals on the ceiling and the tomb of Bolívar.

Miraflores Palace
In this building housed the office of the President of the Republic, built by General Joaquin Crespo in the late nineteenth century.

Town Hall
Colonial style, this building houses the town of Caracas, and in it is the mayor’s office.

Casa Amarilla (The Yellow House)
Also known as the Yellow House is a grand neoclassical structure of the seventeenth century, originally the seat of the Captaincy General and the Royal Prison, now houses the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Torri del Parque Central
Located in the city center, are two identical towers, among the tallest skyscrapers of South America.

Parque Nacional El Ávila
And ‘the national park overlooking the city, located on the mountain overlooking the city, a perfect natural retreat from the noise and bustle of downtown Caracas. From the suburb of Maripérez the cableway that climbs to the summit, you can also climb the slopes through the many marked trails.