Caracas Travel Guide & Information

Caracas is the capital and largest city in Venezuela. Discover the urban spirit of Venezuela, a fascinating city to explore, replete with excellent art, food and a bustling day and nightlife. Founded in 1567 by Diego de Losada, Caracas has one of most dramatic settings among South American cities.

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Travel to Caracas, a city of diversity offering its visitors a wide range of scenery, attractions and sightseeing. Flights to Caracas are your ticket to an urban metropolis where tradition and modernism converge beautifully. Surrounded by the Central Mountains and El Avila, Caracas promises its visitors an adventure through some of the most picturesque landscapes.

Caracas is Venezuela's cultural capital, boasting numerous restaurants, theaters, museums and shopping centers. The city leads the charge in regional and international cuisine. Caracas is a warm, inviting city.


Things to do in Caracas


Caracas amazes visitors with its world class museums on a variety of topics.

Museo de Arte Colonial:The Museo de Arte Colonial in Caracas is located in the Quinta de Anauco. The museum provides insight into colonial art, as well as 18th and 19th century art. Caracas Colonial Art Museum was created to preserve the country's artistic heritage. Located in the colonial mansion, the museum displays art, furniture and household items dating back to the 18th century.

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Museo Bolivariano:The museum might be small in size, but what it lacks in size supersedes in exhibits pertaining to colonial Caracas and the time of Simon Bolivar. The set of objects on display range from pieces that date back to Bolivar's family and teacher, Simon Rodriguez, including his belongings, as well as the firearms used during the War of Independence. The museum is a "Must See", especially when you are visiting a city where everything circles back to its liberator.

Children's Museum of Caracas :Children's Museum of Caracas was established in 1982 and aims to teach children about science, technology, culture and the arts. In this museum, there are multiple sections pertaining to biology, communication, physics, and ecology, the Conquest of space, an Art Rooms and so much more. The museum has more than 500 exhibits that engage children while they learn. One of the key attractions at this museum is the Planetarium.

Prominent Attractions:

The picturesque city of Caracas has numerous other attractions that are sure to delight travelers.

Caracas Botanical Garden: Created in 1944, Caracas Botanical Garden is an interesting display of exuberant nature. With over 2,000 native and non-indigenous species, as well as more than 100 types of palms and four greenhouses for bromeliads, ferns, orchids and shade plants. The greenhouses and natural gardens attract visitors interested in gardening and a leisurely stroll through a relaxing and beautifully maintained garden, brimming with indigenous plants and flowers.

El Avila National Park:El Avila National Park is located along the central stretch of the Cordillera de la Costa Mountains in northern Venezuela. The mountain rises next to the capital Caracas and separates the city from the Caribbean Sea. Hiking and camping are important recreational activities in El Avila. Thousands of people walk the trails daily, and many more on weekends, for exercise and camping.

University City of Caracas: University of Caracas was designed by the Venezuelan architect, Carlos Raul Villanueva and was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 2000. The Ciudad Universitaria de Caracas is considered a masterpiece of architecture and urban planning, and is the only university campus designed by a single architect in the 20th century that has received such recognition by UNESCO. The Campus and buildings of the Universidad Central de Venezuela are considered to be Villanueva's masterwork.


Where to Stay in Caracas:

Whatever your reason for vacationing to Caracas, be it leisure travel, business travel, culinary tourism or art travel, the accommodation options are numerous; ranging from cheap hotels, 4-Star Hotels Under $99, to resorts, Bed and Breakfast Inns and Youth Hostels.

Parque Central :The Parque Central is the center of Caracas’s best museums and cultural institutions. Even the Metro and Botanical Gardens are within reach, among other notable sites. The area has some great hotels in the heart of the financial and arts center and near the Metro Bellas Artes train station. Parque Central is considered Caracas’s art and culture hub, with museums, movie theatres, theatres, the Teresa Carreno Cultural Complex and the Caracas Athenaeum, to name a few.

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Sabana Grande : The Sabana Grande is a big commercial area, featuring numerous hotels. Most of the hotels in Caracas are in Sabana Grande, which is the geographic center of the city. Sabana Grande is a must-see area in Caracas, it’s a very pedestrian friendly city, fantastic for people watching and casual shopping. There are also a large number of shopping malls around Sabana Grande to choose from, especially the El Recreo, this is the largest mall in the area. If you head further east or south, such as Altamira and Las Mercedes area, you can find more hotels to choose from, as well. However, they can be a bit pricier.


Passport & Visa Requirements

For US Citizens:

As per the latest travel information to Caracas here are the following passport and visa guidelines to assist you further.

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* A valid passport and a visa or tourist card are required. Tourist cards are issued on flights from the U.S. to Venezuela for persons staying less than ninety days.

* Persons traveling for reasons other than tourism, however, should consult the Venezuelan Embassy or nearest Venezuelan consulate regarding possible visa requirements for their specific purpose of travel.

* It is required that passports have at least six months validity remaining from the date of arrival in Venezuela.

For Canadian Citizens:

* A valid Canadian passport is required for Canadians intending to visit Venezuela.

* The passport must be valid for at least six months beyond the date of your expected departure from Venezuela.

* A return or onward ticket is required to enter Venezuela.

This requirement applies to all travelers, regardless of age, including children.

We strongly recommend that you check out the latest travel alerts, various airlines baggage policies and travel safety tips, before planning your travel.

*Kindly note that we take the utmost care in providing you with correct information at all times. However, the passport and visa regulations are subject to change and we strongly urge you to check the requirements directly with the US passport office and, or the Canadian Passport Office before traveling.


When to visit Caracas

The weather rarely changes in Caracas, visiting the city and its nearby beaches annually make it a great destination any time.

Budget travelers might want to consider traveling during the winters when you can get better airfare and hotel deals. However, visitors during this period might encounter some days with heavy fog.

Planning your Visit:

High season: (December - February)

Low season: (May - October)

Caracas Weather

Caracas has a tropical Savanna climate. The tropical climate ensures that there is very little variation between summer and winter temperatures.

* Set in a valley above sea level, Caracas’s climate is often described as its best feature: never cold, seldom too hot.

* Most rainfall occurs during May to November with thunder and lighting storms.

Currency and Language:


ATMs are available throughout Caracas, however before traveling let your bank know where and when you’re going and what the cost is for withdrawing money from an ATM.


* Spanish is the official language.

* English is spoken in main tourist areas as well.