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.
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.
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.
will show you the way.
festivals usher in the rainy season - pray for harvests, pay
homage to nature, and hope for a respite from political tensions
and crime by
On a clear day you can see forever
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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
1-Never get in a taxi with more than the driver
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
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
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
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
Caracas Hotels in Cday travelwith reviews by travelocity and a full range of travel
options including special last minute deals, for all modes
Hotel AvilaAv. 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.
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.
private bathroom, cable tv, and telephone. Near to the biggest
shopping centre (Sambil) and also very close to the main
"noisy, safe and cheap 3 star hotel"...an
area close to the Metro...great hot water and it was
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
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 Hoteltelephone 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.
"currently closed, and has been
for 3 years". by Aeroquilter
Written Sat, Apr 22, 2006
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)
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
Gran Melia Caracas432 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.
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
Gran Hotel Delicias
Address: Av. 15,
Las Delicias, Esq. Calle 70
City: Maracaibo , State:
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  and well located luxury Hotel with airport pick up and drop
off please call at 58 212 9576023.
Las Americas Hotel Caracas
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
[126 units] Av. Francisco Solano between Los Jabillos and San
Jerónimo, Sabana Grande Metro: Sabana Grande
0212/761-2727 In Room AmenitiesA/C, TV, dataport,
" 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
midrange option caters to Venezuelan businesspeople and
[95 units] Av. 2
Las Delicias, Sabana Grande Metro: Chacaito
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"
Av. Libertador, Caracas, Venezuela Phone: 0212/265-3860
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.
InterContinental Hotel Caracas [567 rooms]
Urb Las Mercedes, Caracas, Venezuela.
Venerable hotel sits on a bluff above the southeastern section
of the city. The
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 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
Caracas Subway Map
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.
while advisable at night often find their progress
stalled during the day by gridlock.
Provides 24-hour on call Taxi service.
TaxiTaxco Provides 24-hour on call Taxi service. within Venezuela
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.
Caracas claims to have
a greater variety of restaurants than any other South American
sophisticated tastes of the nearly 5 million inhabitants demand
fine restaurants, and the commercial areas have many.
nice options in La Castella and Las Mercedes. Like many of our
preferred outsite links, you can also join and add your findings
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.comTrasnocho 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
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.
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:
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 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
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.
Museum of Caracas: Located beside the
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
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
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
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