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Caracas, Venezuela’s capital, was founded as Santiago de León de Caracas by Diego de Losada in 1567 and has developed through the centuries to become the country’s biggest, busiest and most populated city.
Situated 900 meters above sea level and stretching across the Caracas Valley, it is separated from the sea by a magnificent mountain range. The elevation ensures an almost perfect climate: an average year round temperature of 22.5 °C (73 °F) with little variation between the months.
Hotels in Caracas
Caracas has a good variety of hotels and other accommodation ranging from budget lodgings up to five star elegance. However it is difficult to find ultra cheap hotels so those traveling on a shoestring budget will need to allow for this.
Sabana Grande is the center of town and many if not most hotels are situated here. It is generally considered a safe area to stay in and recommended, especially if this is your first visit to Caracas. It is serviced by three metro stations: Sabana Grande, Chacaíto and Metro Plaza Venezuela.
Getting to Caracas and getting around
If you are flying in you will arrive at the Simón Bolívar International Airport, which is approximately 30 kilometers from the center of town. If you are arriving by bus, the main bus stations are the Terminal La Bandera and The Terminal de Oriente. If you are coming by boat from Isla de Margarita, your ferry will arrive in Caracas at the port La Guaira.
The main way to get around is by using the public bus systems, although whenever possible you may prefer to use the Caracas Metro. There are over 50 stations spread over it’s four lines, covering a wide area of the city. Unless you really must hire a car you may be better off using the city’s taxi services.
Places to visit in Caracas
East Park: in the heart of the city lies Parque del Este, an oasis of greenery surrounded by the city’s urban development and skyscrapers. A relaxing and enjoyable place to visit, and there is even a zoo.
Federal Capitol: those interested in architecture may wish to visit the Federal Capitol which actually takes up a whole block of the city. The Salón Elíptico is to be found here.
Museums: being a cultural center Caracas is home to a number of fine museums devoted to subjects such as fine art, contemporary art, science, transport, coins and more.
Caracas Aerial Tramway: this cable car system runs between Caracas and the top of Avila Hill and offers spectacular views of the valley. The tramway network is currently being redeveloped and expanded.
With some planning and a little research you are bound to find the hotels in Caracas a pleasant stay.