Welcome to Caracas
Venezuela’s urban spirit could be discovered mainly from understanding Caracas city, its capital city.
Caracas city is not one of the top touristic destinations of Venezuela, and travelers often bypass the capital city in order to see the country’s amazing natural attractions. However, the Venezuelan capital could be a fascinating city to explore, replete with excellent art, food & a bustling nightlife.
Caracas city is located in a beautiful valley, overlooked by Mount Avila, an impressive mountain that separates the city from the Caribbean Sea & shapes most of the city’s landscape. Caracas city is a popular weekend destination for the city’s residents & is easily reached by taking a very modern cable car that goes all the way from the mountain base to the newly nationalized Waraira Repano Park, which is located at the top of the mountain.
In Caracas city the staggering inequalities of wealth that characterize Venezuela’s economic situation are on display. They range from very poor neighborhoods in the hills west of the city called “barrios”, to the modern business district of El Rosal, or even the huge mansions of the rich eastern neighborhoods.
The city’s streets & highways are always crowded with vehicles, as Venezuela has the cheapest gasoline in the world. Subsidized gasoline & inadequate infrastructure have helped spur pollution & big traffic lines in almost all of the inner city motorways. Caracas city’ subway body system, once 1 of the best in all Latin America, is still quick but is often crowded & prone to delays.
Visitors need to be aware that Caracas city remains 1 of the most violent cities in the world, with large parts of the city effectively No Go Areas to outsiders. Murder tallies of as many as 20 are not uncommon on weekends, so exercising caution & common sense – especially at night – is essential to a safe visit.