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The English-language daily newspaper is The Daily Journal, published in Caracas. Spanish-language dailies include El Nacional, El Universal, Meridiano and Ultimas Noticias.
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    Libertador [zoo's here as is the district of Caricuao sometimes referred to as "The Independent Republic of Reggae and Ska".]
    Baruta
    Chacao,
    Sucre
    El_Hatillo with -El Hatillo Town
     trendy little town 15km southeast of Caracas popular w/ visitors
     
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    La_Guaira
    Miranda.state
    Los_Teques As of 2006 on metro, The capital [pop. 141,000]
    Cerro El Ávila
    Geography
    Pan-American_Highway One branch, known as the Simón Bolívar Highway, runs from Bogotá Colombia to Guiria Venezuela.
    Annual Events: Caracas

    El Hatillo Jazz Festival
    both national and international jazz favorites entertain appreciative crowds at various venues located throughout the city. Since 1999  there has been an annual cultural celebration at the town's central square, Plaza Bolívar, featuring folk, jazz and rock music.

    El Hatillo is known for its colorful downtown with sidewalk cafes, art galleries, fine restaurants, handicraft shops and boutiques.
    WHEN: Oct/Nov held over two weeks

    El Día de los Reyes [Feast of the Three Kings]  January 6th is the Epiphany, when families celebrate and exchange gifts on the 12th day of Christmas in honor of that ancient day when the wise men from the East brought gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh and laid them at the feet of the baby Jesus. Many parties and feasts.
    WHEN:Jan
    Festival Internacional de Teatro well-known theatre festival. Performances are held on stages throughout Caracas. Performers and audience represent a cross-section of the globe attend this popular festival.
    WHEN: April since the mid-70s

    Fiesta de Nuestra Señora de La Candelaria
    The Virgin of the Candlemas  is celebrated with religious masses in the churches and processions through the streets of downtown. Devotees sing folkloric songs celebrating the Virgin, light candles, and give traditional floral offerings. National music is performed across the city.  This is a celebration that the whole nation shares, but many folks travel to the city to participate.
    WHEN: early FEB

    Independence Day Celebrating the country's independence from Spain. You'll hear many shouting of "Viva Venezuela." as Venezuelans enjoy getting high-spirited this day.
    WHEN: July 5th

    La Cruz de Mayo
    The May Cross observances,  part sacred and part secular, include paying homage to area crosses and adorning them with fruits and flowers, praying for prosperity in the land, and participating in local feasts.
    WHEN: Early May

    Los Tambores de San Juan  Honoring the mystery of Saint John the Baptist, the celebration that best shows off Afro-Venezuelan musical roots. There is plenty of opportunity to listen or join in on African drums along with dancing, music and merrymaking. You will  need to discover where  the block parties are happening.
    WHEN:June
    Semana Santa This time is an important religious holiday on the Venezuelan calendar. It's also a time for families to reconnect as it's prime vacation time, with many locals booking vacations at beach resorts. Look for processions that wind throughout the city, mock crucifixions and Passion Plays.
    When: Easter Holy week in April
    Simón Bolívar (El Libertador) Birthday
    The birthday of the famous Venezuelan. Simón Bolívar, El Libertador was a beloved military leader that brought freedom from Spain for Colombia, Venezuela, Ecuador and Bolivia.
    WHEN: Celebrated on July 24
     

    As the major hub for travel in Venezuela, Caracas is hard to avoid. You can easily get a good feel for the city and its major attractions in just a few of days.
    The natives refer to themselves as Caraqueños and their warmth and amiability is among the highlights to this big city of 5 million. The weather here is also generally agreeable, as the elevation provides an average daily temperature of 24°C (75°F).
    The city's clean, efficient subway system makes exploring the city easy for a visitor. However after dark Caracas becomes one of the most dangerous cities you can visit.
    Places To Stay
    Caracas has many hotels, but no youth hostels as one might expect to find in other South American countries. Backpackers will find that Caracas is not a cheap destination, and that rooms per night per person range 20-30 USD. While the whole of the city is considered to be dangerous at night, stick to the hotels in the east, that is, Sabana Grande or farther east. Do not stay in hotels west of the historic city center. While Sabana Grande has affordable hotel rates, you need to take care at night, especially on the Boulevard. Neighborhoods further east such as Altamira and Las Mercedes offer much safer accommodations but at increased cost.

    Better yet, make your base of operations on the coast where the airport is located. Here the beaches and cultural traditions have bounced back from the infamous mud slides of 1999, and with a car you can discover beautiful deserted beaches to the east. Our guide will show you the way.


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    Weather
    The temperature stays between 15º in December and 28º in August.

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    weather.yahoo/ Caracas
    El Hatillo
    May Cross festivals usher in the rainy season - pray for harvests, pay homage to nature, and hope for a respite from political tensions and crime by lesliemazoch.com
     
    #1 Caracas Attraction
    On a clear day you can see forever
    Teleferico 
     
    Final Avenida Principal de Mariperez
    Caracas 1050 Venezuela
    +58 2 781 6324 / +58 2 781 8424
    Open Hours9a-4:30p M-Su

    The ride up to El Avila (the +6000ft mountain peak) gives an spectacular view of Caracas, and presents a great afternoon in the mountains which surround the valley of Caracas. There are a 2-3 good restaurants at the top, a skating rink and small tables with local arts/crafts. On clear days, you can see the Caribbean ocean. however it does get a bit cold, so a jacket/sweater is advised.  Caracas has two cable car routes to offer you: Mariperez-El Avila and Mariperez-Macuto.... The paved walkway along the mountain ridge is lined with beautiful flowers and populated with colorful tropical birds....a whole other feel for it on the way down as Caracas became illuminated by its night lights...... You even might get scared in your way down, since the "car" is almost transparent....On a clear day you can see forever, but somedays the peak is in the clouds the entire day. 

    Take the ride up to Avila as early as possible, before an afternoon haze obstructs your view from the top of the mountain. There are good options for meals, including a well known fondue restaurant also located at the top.


    Historic Humboldt Hotel located in the top of Avila mountain is currently closed but still offers its incredible views

    El Ávila National Park
    El Ávila National Park covers 85,192ha of coastal and mountain habitat between Caracas and the Caribbean. Rising from the coast, the mountains reach 2,765m (Pico Naiaguatá) and 2,640m (Pico Silla de Caracas) at their highest points. While the southern slopes overlooking the city are largely uninhabited, the seaward slopes are scattered with settlements. The park is home to a diversity of fauna including jaguar, puma, ocelot, brocket deer, agouti, armadillo, opossum, red howler monkey, sloth and several species of snake. Birdlife is equally prolific and among the many species are toucans, parakeets, orioles, cuckoos, nighthawks and hummingbirds.
    This is  a great hiking and camping park.
    GETTING THERE:
    A dozen entrances lead into the park from Caracas; all originate from Avenida Boyacá, commonly known as ‘Cota Mil’ because it runs at an altitude of l000m. Whichever route you choose, you’ll have a short ascent before you get to a guard post, where you pay a nominal park entrance fee. The park has its own campsites and the Humboldt hotel [closed]. Over 200km of hiking trails provide visitors with excellent routes to explore the park, weaving around beautiful waterfalls and up to panoramas with fantastic views. 4x4 vehicles can also be hired to access the single track which crosses the park. The park is accessible from Caracas or La Guaira.
    More Attractions
    La Plaza Bolivar, in the city center. Statues of Simon Bolivar, close to the congress and other government buildings. Nice colonial architecture. Metro Capitolio.

    La Casa Natal de Simon Bolivar. Bolivar's birthplace, also downtown. One of the few well-preserved colonial buildings with some great paintings and a museum. Next door is the Museo Bolivariano with some of Bolivar's war relics. Metro Capitolio.

    Museo de Arte Colonial. Located in the Quinta Anauco on Av Panteon in San Bernardino, this is a lovely old house and garden that hosts small concerts some weekends.

    Universidad Central de Venezuela was designated a World Heritage Site by the UN in 2000. Designed by Venezuela's most famous architect, Carlos Raul Villanueva, the university campus, known as the Ciudad Universitaria is a sprawling complex considered a masterpiece of 1950s and 1960s architecture blended in with art. A stroll around the grounds, keeping an eye open for moden art works by artists such as Fernand Leger. Metro Ciudad Universitaria.

    Jardin Botanico located next to the Central University, is a well-kept garden with an impressive array of tropical plants and trees. Metro Ciudad Universitaria or Plaza Venezuela

    Caracas Precautions
    1-Never get in a taxi with more than the driver in it.
    2- Never assume that vehicles will stop when crossing a street. Pedestrians have very few rights in Venezuela!
    3-Do not wear jewelry or expensive watches which you are not prepared to lose.
    4- Do not carry excessive amounts of money, valuables, credit cards, passports or air tickets with you. Take only a reasonable amount of money and one or two credit cards plus ID  and a copy of your passport with you. Leave the rest in a hotel safety deposit box.
    5- If accessing money through an automatic banking machine, be discreet  and do not accept offers for help.
    6- If you have to walk outside your hotel during the evening, do so in a well-lit area and preferably in a group.
    7- Never exchange currency with persons who approach you in the street. It is suggested you go to an exchange house  (Casa de Cambio) or exchange your currency at the hotel. Your passport must be presented. Save 1 receipt for changing back to your currency. This regulated rate is about 20% less favorable than street rates.
    8- If attacked do not resist! Your money and valuables can be recovered, your life cannot!.
    9- Do not leave your bags unattended at any time, cautious if you are stopped by a stranger  and never accept anything offered by them because it can be dangerous.

    Driving Directions to Caracas:
    Upon exiting the airport, follow signs to Autopista/Caracas and drive through a toll-booth and two tunnels (Boquerón I and Boquerón II). Then keep left as you enter a third tunnel (La Planicie) and follow signs to Petare. The tunnel will bring you into Caracas. Caracas is 16 miles south of the airport.
    Caracas Hotels in Cday travel with reviews by travelocity and a full range of travel options including special last minute deals, for all modes of travel.
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    Top-Rated Caracas Hotels
    Hotel Avila Av. Washington, San Bernardino, 0212/552-3000 113 comfortable rooms with private bathroom. Sat TV, Safe box, tennis court, Gym & Sauna. Breakfast included. Swimming pool, bar & restaurant. English speaking staff.
    Hotel Avila"The aged grande dame of Caracas hotels, this place still is worth considering. Built by Nelson Rockefeller in 1942, the hotel is a quiet oasis located about 15 minutes from downtown on the flanks of Mount Avila. The lush grounds and flowering gardens are a welcome change from the cold concrete and glass that characterize most of Caracas. The hotel is showing its age but still retains a certain dignity and charm, if not glamour."
    Altamira Suites Hotel Caracas 1Ra Avenida Con 1Ra Transversal De Los Palos Grandes, CARACAS

    Just a block away from the metro station "Altamira." This five-star hotel offers a restaurant, bar, beauty salon, swimming pool, tennis

    Hotel Altamira  [80 rooms] Avenida Jose Felix Sosa, Venezuela. With private bathroom, cable tv, and telephone. Near to the biggest shopping centre (Sambil) and also very close to the main highway.
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    "noisy, safe and cheap 3 star hotel"...an area close to the Metro...great hot water and it was safe--AUG-2005
    Best Western CCT Centro Ciudad Comercial Tamanaco, Chuao, Caracas, 1060A, VE
    Phone: 58 212 7008000 Fax: 58 212 7008090
    Toll Free Reservations: 0800-1-002244 For reservations (U.S. and Canada)
    by phone call:1-800-780-7234

    Located in the heart of the downtown business area on top of the largest shopping center in Latin America -  two restaurants, two bars, a business center, six conference rooms, laundry services, beauty salon, gift shops, a huge gym, which is free for hotel guests, heated swimming pool and two tennis courts.
    hotelcentrolido.com Centro Lido Hotel telephone 57-212-957-7777
    Fax N°+58-212-9522944.
    on Francisco de Miranda Avenue, in the core of the main financial district A boutique luxury hotel in the Centro Lido Mall,  surrounded by cinemas, restaurants and coffees.
    Cumberland HotelThe Cumberland Hotel, [117 rooms ] 2da avenida de las delicias de sabana grande entre ave. solano y libertador caracus Save with Precision Reservations
    Four Seasons Caracas (tel: (0)212 280 1000)
    "currently closed, and has been for 3 years". by Aeroquilter
    Written Sat, Apr 22, 2006
    El Cid Tel: (0212) 263-1715.
    This residential hotel also caters for short visits. Excellently located in the La Castellana district, it offers a pleasant alternative to many hotels with antique wooden furniture in the rooms and a guest house feel. Rooms around Bs.180,000 to Bs.200,000 ($83 to $93)
     embassysuitescaracas.com Embassy Suites
    Av Fco. de Miranda con Av El Parque,  Caracas, Venezuela 1060
    Tel: +58-212-276-4200/700
    El Rosal (Caracas) full-service upscale all-suite hotel is across from the Centro Lido Shopping Center.  Precision Reservations
    Gran Melia Caracas 432 Rooms Ave. Casanova, URB. Bellomonte  Caracas, Tel: (58) 212 7628111
    Metro: Sabana Grande subway station is just a few meters away. Located in Sabana Grande, an important financial, commercial and leisure district.
    "the most impressive facilities in town, although it's in a somewhat sketchy neighborhood...There's a modern commercial mall just next door, and while the open-air pedestrian mall of Sabana Grande is just a block or so away, it's become increasingly unsafe for visitors. The spa here is one of the best in the city. "
    Gran Hotel Delicias hoteldelicias.com    Address: Av. 15, Las Delicias, Esq. Calle 70
    City: Maracaibo , State: Zulia
    Phone: (58-261) 797-6111
    Fax: (58-261) 797-3037
    JW Marriott Hotel Caracas Av. Venezuela con Calle Mohedano, El Rosal Caracas, 1060 Venezuela Phone: 58 212 957 2222 
    new [2002] and well located luxury Hotel with airport pick up and drop off please call at 58 212 9576023.
    Generally regarded as the best hotel in Caracas in the safer El Rosal area of Caracas built at a corner famous for on the spot hiring of musicians. Enjoy the music on weekends
    HaciendaAguamiel.com
    family run health and relaxation spa and hotel in a most beautiful part of Venezuela. It is easy to reach from Caracas airport
    #6 of 60+ Caracas hotels
    clcik for satelite viewhiltoncaracas.com.ve.Caracas Hilton [780 rooms] av. libertador y sur 25 Bellas Artes, Caracas, Venezuela in the heart of the financial district. great views of the nearby Parque Los Caobos.
    InterContinental Hotels Tamanaco Caracas FINAL AV. PRINCIPAL DE LAS MERCEDES
    CARACAS, 1060-A VENEZUELA
    i n the fashionable and secure area of Las Mercedes. Distance: 5 KM  /  3.11 MI Chacaito Subway Station
     
    Las Americas Hotel Las Americas Hotel Caracas .hotel-lasamericas.com.ve[138 rooms]  Calle Los Cerritos, Bello Monte Caracas , State: Districto Federal (Caracas)
    Phone: (58-212) 951-7387

    Fax: (58-212) 951-1717
        in the Sabana Grande
    lincoln-suites.com.ve [126 units] Av. Francisco Solano between Los Jabillos and San Jerónimo, Sabana Grande Metro: Sabana Grande 0212/761-2727 In Room Amenities A/C, TV, dataport, fridge, safe
    " huge with living rooms and kitchenettes and cleaned every day. Staff are friendly in the hotel and speak enough English to help...malls closeby are good. At night, though, the area is unsafe.....it's near the metro...good complimentary breakfast...very 70ish, somewhat tired looking...Location on the Sabana Grande Boulevard is its biggest drawback, littered, full of homeless and drunkards --AUG-2006

    midrange option caters to Venezuelan businesspeople and international travelers

    President Hotel Caracas [165 rooms] Calle Valparaiso Los Caobos Caracas Venezuela,Caracas Save up to 75% with Precision Reservations
    The Savoy  [95 units] Av. 2 Las Delicias, Sabana Grande Metro: Chacaito
    "This long-time favorite is probably your best budget choice in the Sabana Grande area. The rooms are clean and comfortable and come with air-conditioning, cable television, and a small refrigerator"
     Shelter Suites [82 rooms] Av. Libertador, Caracas, Venezuela Phone: 0212/265-3860

    "Centro Sambil shopping complex has spacious rooms with views of Parque Nacional El Ávila from its balconies. Many rooms have hot tubs. There's live music in the bar every night.  In-hotel: restaurant, bar, laundry service, parking (no fee). AE, MC, V. Chacao."

     Great location, clean and modern, this is a popular option and should be booked two weeks in advance. Max 2 people per room. Rooms from Bs.190,000.
    Tamanaco InterContinental Hotel Caracas [567 rooms] caracas.venezuela.intercontinental.com. Urb Las Mercedes, Caracas, Venezuela.
    Venerable hotel sits on a bluff above the southeastern section of the city. The
    Tamanaco InterContinental Hotel oldest of the city's luxury hotels, this pyramid looming over the Las Mercedes neighborhood. The bar, El Punto, has long been a gathering site of choice for the city's elite. Spectacular pool and facilities for reasonable prices
     
    Caracas Directory of hotels by wcities.com
    Over 40 hotels with address & telephone sorted by quality/price
    Getting Around There
    metrodecaracas.com.ve/The Caracas Metro is a world class subway where sleek trains transport over 1.2 million passengers daily. The system's beautifully designed and clean stations have become architectural landmarks.
    Caracas Subway Map
    Major extensions were opened in 2006 and more or being built. The state of Miranda, whose capital Los Teques received a station in 2006, is participating in the expansion.

    Metrobus, Hub well into the subways connecting more remote neighborhoods.

    Taxis: while advisable at night often find their progress stalled during the day by gridlock.
    teletaxi-ve.com/TeleTaxi Provides 24-hour on call Taxi service.
    TaxiTaxco
    Provides 24-hour on call Taxi service. within Venezuela 0212-576-8322.
    Taxi fees of hotel taxi lines run about 50 percent higher. However, incidents of robbery and assault, often at gunpoint, have been reported in unlicensed taxis.

    Neighborhoods
    Sabana Grande is not as safe as it used to be, especially the Boulevard. As you head west from here the neighborhoods generally become less safer.
    • El Centro and its prerequisite Plaza Bolívar ringed by historic buildings;
    • Parque Central and the surrounding Bellas Artes district;
    • Las Mercedes with its many boutiques and restaurants;
    • Altamira and La Castellana with their the walled villas residential  apartment buildings and luxury hotels
    Caracas-Restaurants
    Caracas claims to have a greater variety of restaurants than any other South American city. The sophisticated tastes of the nearly 5 million inhabitants demand fine restaurants, and the  commercial areas have many.
    Some nice options in La Castella and Las Mercedes. Like many of our preferred outsite links, you can also join and add your findings
    Local Traditional Cuisine ||American & Caribbean ||European||Middle Eastern & African|| Specialty|| Atmosphere|| Special Features
    National drinks:  Coffee,  Merengada (fruit pulp, ice, milk and sugar), and Pousse-café is an after-dinner liqueur.

    Beer: A lisa is a glass of draught beer and a tercio a bottled beer. Most bars are open very late and there are no licensing laws.


    Caracas - Nightlife
    Stick to the more upscale and relatively safe neighborhoods such as Altamira, El Rosal, and Las Mercedes. The financial and cultural arts neighborhood of Bellas Artes has the best concentration of museums and concert halls. Centro Comercial San Ignacio has lots of good bars and restaurants. A hub of Caracas nightlife.  

    teatroteresacarreno.com Located just across from the Caracas Hilton, the Teresa Carreño Cultural Complex (tel. 0500/67372 or 0212/574-9122;  Top-notch popular and classical concerts take place in the Teresa Carreño, In the same complex, the Ateneo de Caracas (tel. 0212/573-4400)offers film series and modern theater. 
    trasnochocultural.com   Trasnocho Cultural, Centro Comercial Paseo Las Mercedes (tel. 0212/993-1910) - a new beautiful theater and a couple of cinemas offering a steady diet of live music, theater, and avant-garde cinema.

    La Belle Epóque. Located in Bello Monte, this is the best club value and experience in the city. Great prices with great bar tenders (one speaks English). Great mix of well to do caraqueños and tourists.
    Bars & Pubs || Cafés ||Snacks & Bites|| Nightlife||Gay & Lesbian||Venues >Cinemas, Concerts, Dance, Theater, Opera
    Attractions
    Iglesia de San Francisco, El Centro
    Dating from 1593, this was the site of Simón Bolívar's proclamation as "El Libertador" and of his huge commemorative funeral 12 years after his 1830 death.  COST: Free. OPEN: Daily 7-noon and 3-6. Capitolio.
    Address: Av. Bolsa at Av. San Francisco, Caracas, Venezuela Phone: 0212/484-5172

    Parque Central: 1.5km SE from La Plaza Bolívar, the park contains two 53-floor octagonal residential towers, which are Venezuela's tallest. This is the district anchored by hotels and the Complejo Cultural Teresa Carreño, with theater, dance, concerts and ballet performances among others.

    El Silencio (downtown): La Plaza Bolívar (Bolívar Square), Catedral Metropolitana de Caracas, dating from 1665, the Casa Natal El Libertador, the house where Simón Bolívar, the Liberator, was born; the 17th-century La Casa Amarilla, once a prison, but now used by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs; El Capitolio Nacional, seat of the legislative council; the Teatro Nacional, (National Theater), El Panteón Nacional, the resting place for prominent Venezuelans; the Basílica de Santa Teresa; El Palacio de Miraflores (the presidential palace) and the Museo Arturo Michelena

    Museums
    Museums of the city include: Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Caracas Sofía Imber, Museo de los Niños (Children's Museum), Museo de Ciencias Naturales (Natural Science Museum), Fundación Museo de Bella Artes (Fine Arts), and the Galería de Arte Nacional, the immense Botanical Garden and the Ateneo de Caracas
    Architecture: Carlos Raúl Villanueva, a local architect who often integrated into his designs large kinetic sculptures by such renowned figures as Alexander Calder and Jesús Soto. The Universidad Central de Venezuela (Central University of Venezuela) is Villanueva's crowning achievement. Caracas' bold architecture has been criticized as spurting from the inelegant decade of the seventies with a reckless quest for modernity.

    Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Caracas Sofía Imber
    One of the best collections of modern art in South America displays paintings by Picasso, Miró, Bacon and renowned Venezuelan artist Jesús Soto. This museum was opened in 1976, and is devoted to the preservation and exhibition of works by Venezuelan artists from Colonial times to present day. The

    "Will God or someone give me the power to breathe my sigh into my canvases, the sigh of prayer and sadness, the prayer of salvation, of rebirth?"

    Marc Chagall 1979, Night Carnival

    Marc Chagall 1979
    Night Carnival

    Permanent Collection includes relevant names from the 19th Century like Arturo Michelena, Cristobal Rojas, Martin Tovar y Tovar and Tito Salas; among later artists are Francisco Narvaez and Hector Poleo, plus a vast selection of works by Armando Reveron. Present Venezuelan art is represented by Alejandro Otero, Francisco Hung, Carlos Cruz-Diez, Jacobo Borges, Regulo Perez, Meyer Vaisman and other great creators. The architectural neoclassic design is credited to Carlos Raul Villanueva, fundamental figure in the Venezuelan Architecture  Housed on the edge of the Parque Central complex, Plaza Morelos (Plaza de los Museos) COST: Free. OPEN: Tues.-Sun. 10-6. Bellas Artes.

    Sacred Museum of Caracas: Located beside theDownload Cathedral of Caracas. The priests' old cemetery. Now transformed into an art museum. They also present plays, poetry recitals, concerts and have a small restaurant

    Museums in Caracas

    Shopping
    • Las Mercedes is an upscale district of restaurants, shops, nightclubs, and art galleries, which makes it the choice spot for a leisurely afternoon of browsing and buying. Centrol Comercial El Tolon is an upmarket mall in the Las Mercedes neighborhood. Centro Comercial Paseo Las Mercedes is older but has a good art house cinema and Oscar D'Leon's Mazukamba nightclub is here
    • Altamira. An exclusive neighborhood and shopping district in the eastern part of the city. Can be accessed easily by metro. Centro Ciudad Comercial Tamanaco (CCCT). Take a Metrobus from the Altamira metro station.
    • Centro Comercial El Recreo. Metro Sabana Grande.
    • Mega-mall: Centro Comercial Sambil , Avenida Libertador (Metro: Chacao), is perhaps the most popular. Reputed to be the largest mall in South America.


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