Polluted and urbanized- a human anthill, Caracas, Venezuela is not the ideal location for the faint hearted tourists. With hot humid conditions throughout the year, only the most dedicated of tourists can handle the squalid conditions of the capital of Venezuela.
Historical and Cultural attractions
Amidst the urban development of Caracas lies rich historical and cultural heritage. The city’s museums, cathedrals and parks are numerous. To name a few, the Palace of Joaquin Crespo, Bellas Artes cultural centre and the Plaza Bolivar, all deserve a visit. The Museo de Arte Contemporaneo for modern art and Museo Sacra de Caracas for religious artifacts are famous. The Sofia Imber Museum of Contemporary Art is also celebrated for the possession of works by renowned artists like Picasso and Matisse. The neo-Gothic Santa Capilla church is also an attraction with religious connotations, famous for being the birthplace of Simon Bolivar. The historic Parque del Este and the village of Colonia Tovar are also star attractions of the city. A guided tour could allow a traveler to cover all these attractions and acknowledge their significance.
Restaurants offering high quality food as well as shopping centers full of shopaholics hustling and bustling give tourists an insight into the other side of Caracas. The El Aviva National Park provides an escape from all the urban energy with an ice rink, live shows and walkways available. The neighboring Avila Mountain can be accessed through an aerial tramway or by foot. The tiresome walk is compensated by the view that waits. From the summit of Avila Mountain, glorious views of Caracas and the Caribbean can be observed. Humboldt Hotel at the top of the mountain is an ideal location to spend time resting and experiencing the cooler climate at higher altitudes. If an even more refreshing experience is needed, 100 miles south of the city lay the Los Roque Archipelago. A quick flight to the coral islands can provide a much needed escape from the heat. Afternoons can be spent just loitering around while taking in the natural beauty on hand. Diving, scuba diving, fishing and other water sports also give tourists more recreational options.
Though illusions of grandeur about the city of Caracas might be incorrect to say the least, it is a place worth visiting. The heat, the uncomfortable accommodation and the thievery are petty issues if the larger picture is kept in mind. An opportunity to explore the integration of culture with urbanization in Caracas should be grabbed as soon as possible.