Best Things To Do In Caracas: Meet The City Of The Red Roofs

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María Virginia
María Virginia 
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With a very strategic location, Caracas is a unique city that connects many dreamy beaches in the Caribbean. However, don’t be just a transit passenger; stay in Caracas and enjoy it. The city has all the elements to fulfill everyone’s travel needs: lots of history and culture, fun places to eat and have a drink or two, hills to climb and breathtaking views. And what is best, it has the perfect microclimate; not too hot, but also never cold. Put your walking shoes on and visit the many sites this city has to offer.

Read on to find out about the top things to do in Caracas.

1. The MetroCable

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Source: Photo by Wikimedia Commons user Guillermo Villegas used under CC0

Even though it was built to fulfill the needs of the working class, this gondola lift is an excellent way to see Caracas from the top. This unconventional means of transportation was opened in 2010 with the idea of helping locals to move faster around the city. However, in the time that has passed, it has become a great tourist attraction. You can take the MetroCable up and down and see the whole city from the air. Enjoy Caracas’s hilly landscape and blue skies with the MetroCable.

MetroCable

Address: Parque Central, Caracas, Distrito Capital, Venezuela

Website: MetroCable

2. El Ávila National Park

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Caracas becomes more special when you notice that there’s a mountain so close to the sea: Cerro Ávila. Great trekking trails and breathtaking views await for those who choose to visit this site. For all those who love nature, there’s nothing like walking around town and, next minute, be in the middle of the forest. With tall trees and fresh air, the Ávila welcomes every visitor. Don’t worry though, there is also a gondola lift that will take you up there with no effort on your part.

El Ávila National Park

Address: Final, Avenida Principal de Maripérez, Caracas, Venezuela

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3. Casa Natal del Libertador Simón Bolivar (Birthplace of Simón Bolivar and museum)

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Source: Photo by Wikimedia Commons user Victor Bujosa Mic... used under CC BY-SA 3.0

If you are into Latin American History this is the place to go. As many of this continent’s countries, Venezuela has a history of wars and thirst for freedom. In this museum you will not only learn about Venezuela´s liberation quest from the Spanish, but also you will see where Simón Bolivar, Venezuela’s main hero, was born and raised. Explore how the legend was born in this little house in Caracas.

Casa Natal del Libertador Simón Bolivar

Address: Av Universidad, Esquinas de San Jacinto a Traposos, Caracas

Website: Casa Natal del Libertador Simón Bolivar

4. Colonia Tovar

Casa en la Colonia Tovar
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When you think of Venezuela you think of golden sand beaches and delicious warm weather. However, only 45 minutes away from Caracas, you will find a little bit of German culture, or at least some German culture adapted to the Venezuelan way of being, in Colonia Tovar. This alpine village offers great authentic german dishes in some of its restaurants. Don’t forget to visit St. Martin’s Church, an exact copy of the church of Edingen in Germany. It gets a little bit chilly, so don’t forget to take your coat with you when you decide to visit Colonia Tovar.

Colonia Tovar

Address: Colonia Tovar, Aragua, Venezuela

5. Plaza Bolivar

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Plaza Bolivar (Bolivar Square) is the center of the historic area in Caracas. From the middle, Simón Bolivar, Venezuela’s liberator, watches over all the vendors and tourists walking around. As many typical Latin American towns, around the square you can find the Cathedral, Caraca’s City Hall and the main theater. When you visit the square, you can check these sites out also. Buy a drink, choose a bench and sit there for a while to see the locals walk around up to their usual business. You will get a sense of what it is like to live in Latin America.

Plaza Bolivar

Address: Plaza Bolivar, Caracas, Venezuela

6. Paseo Los Próceres

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This National Historic Monument was first opened to the public in 1956. It was built to honor national independence heroes. When you enter this square you can’t help but notice the solemnity that surrounds you. Two marble monoliths with the names of the generals of each of Venezuela’s Independence Wars is here. From the top of two other enormous structures, statues of these heroes watch you pass. Check it out for an interesting experience.

Paseo Los Próceres

Address: Paseo Los Próceres, Caracas, Distrito Capital, Venezuela

7. Mercado Municipal del Chacao

Municipal Market of Chacao
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Get to know the habits of the locals at this open market. Enter the market to not only find and buy regional fresh products, but also save money. The market has competitive prices that will let you try a little bit of everything. Get ready to negotiate the prices! Venezuelans are friendly and polite. Ask as many questions as you need, they will always be there to help you. However, is not all about food. In the same market, you can take a few courses, mainly related to food growth and manipulation. It opens from Wednesday to Sunday from 5:30 am to 2:30 pm and Saturdays it remains open until 4 pm.

Mercado Municipal del Chacao

Address: Avenida Mohedano, entre calle Avila y, Avenida Urdaneta, Venezuela

Varied activities and great food in Caracas, Venezuela

Caracas, known as “the city of red roofs”, is the perfect place to spend a few days in the middle of your trip. The birth place of one of the most important Latin American liberators, Caracas is a cradle of culture and history. Enjoy Venezuela’s inspiring landscapes on your way to Colonia Tovar and, once there, don’t forget to order their typical strawberry juice, a specialty of the region. For this and many reasons more, make a stop in Caracas and spend a few days there. This beautiful city never disappoints.

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