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    Caracas – a brief overview

    The capital of Venezuela is a chaotic modern metropolis, sprawled at the feet of the Avila National Park, a forested mountain range that separates the city from the Caribbean coast. One of the main hubs to South America, Caracas can be an overwhelming introduction to the continent. It’s hot and steamy most of the year, fast-paced night and day, and with

    traffic-choked freeways tangled around its high-rise blocks. If you can survive its rigours, you’ll be well set up to cope with the rest of the region. Caracas does have its charms however, including vibrant nightlife, an adventurous arts scene and well-preserved colonial architecture.

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    Plaza Bolívar

    Calle Bolivar
    Caracas
    Venezuela
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    This small square forms the historic heart of the city, surrounded by colonial buildings including the National Assembly, cathedral and City Hall. In its centre stands a mounted statue of national hero Simón Bolívar.

    Parque los Caobos

    Paséo Colon
    Caracas
    Venezuela
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    Opening times:
    Tue-Sun 0500-1900

    This pleasant park in the city centre contains several museums, as well as modern sculptures, a café, tree-lined pathways and fountains.

    Palacio Federal Legislativo

    Avenida Este 2 y Norte 2
    Caracas
    Venezuela
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    Opening times:
    Tue-Sun 0900-1100 and 1400-1600

    With its white-pillared facade and golden dome, the home of the national legislative body is a stately edifice. Decorating its plush salons are historic paintings by Venezuelan artist Martín Tovar y Tovar, including the 1811 signing of the Declaration of Independence.

    Jardin Botánico

    Avenida Este 2 y Norte 2
    Caracas
    Venezuela
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    Opening times:
    Daily 0830-1630

    These tropical gardens contain more than 2,500 plants, including palm trees, orchids, giant water lilies, and bromeliads. Forming part of the city’s university grounds, they’re a peaceful spot, with well-tended lawns and a large lagoon.

    Casa Natal del Libertador

    Esquina de San Jacinto
    Caracas
    Venezuela
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    Opening times:
    Tue-Fri 0900-1600
    Sat-Sun 1000-1600

    This replica of the 17th-century house where Simón Bolívar was born in 1783 is a faithful reconstruction of the original, with some of the furniture and belongings of the country’s beloved founder.

    Museo de Arte Colonial

    Av. Panteon San Bernardino
    Caracas
    Venezuela
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    Opening times:
    Tue-Fri 0900-1200 and 1400-1600
    Sat-Sun 1000-1600

    Housed in a lovely 18th-century hacienda, this collection of colonial art also contains period furniture and religious and domestic artefacts, forming a vivid insight into the aristocratic life of former times.

    Museo de Arte Contemporáneo

    Parque Central
    Caracas
    Venezuela
    Tel: +58 212 573 8289
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    Opening times:
    Tue-Fri 0900-1700
    Sat-Sun 1000-1700

    This collection of modern art is one of the most important museums in Caracas. Its permanent exhibition includes some 3,000 paintings and sculptures by major Venezuelan artists, including Jacobo Borges, as well as international works by the likes of Matisse, Chagall, and Francis Bacon.

    Ateneo de Caracas

    Avenida La Salle, Colinas de Los Caobos
    Caracas
    Venezuela
    Tel: +58 212 793 7015
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    Opening times: Various

    The city’s main cultural centre, Ateneo de Caracas includes two theatres, a cinema, a concert hall, an art gallery, and a library. With a diverse programme, it’s one of the best arts hubs in Caracas.

    Museo de Bellas Artes

    Plaza de los Museos, Parque los Caobos
    Caracas
    Venezuela
    Tel: +58 212 578 0275
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    Opening times:
    Tue-Fri 0900-1700
    Sat-Sun 1000-1700

    Founded in 1918, this is the oldest museum in Caracas. Its extensive collection includes contemporary Latin American art as well as 19th-century European paintings and artefacts from Ancient Egypt and China.

    Caracas Aerial Tramway

    Sistema Teleférico Warairarepano, Avenida Principal Maripérez
    Caracas
    Venezuela
    Tel: +58 500 887 4766
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    Opening times:
    Tue-Sun 0800-2000

    Take a cable car up Mt Avila overlooking Caracas. From the summit, you can enjoy superb views of the city below, as well as walks through the forested Avila National Park.

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    Country information

    Country overview

    Though best known for its oil politics and feisty president, Venezuela is in fact an action-packed

    traveller’s destination endowed with an astonishing array of landscapes and experiences.

    Geography

    Situated in the north east corner of the South American continent, Venezuela is bordered to the north by the Caribbean, to the east by Guyana and the Atlantic Ocean, to the south by Brazil, and to the west and southwest by Colombia.

    The country consists of four distinctive regions: the Venezuelan Highlands in the west; the Maracaibo Lowlands in the northwest; the vast central plain of Los Llanos around the Orinoco River; and the Guyana region in the extreme south, which includes part of the Amazon rainforest and the Guyana highlands. Various parts of Venezuela, including Caracas and the eastern part of Sucre, are vulnerable to

    earthquakes, although there have been no serious ones for many years.

    Important topographical features include the Orinoco river, the largest river in South America after the Amazon, at a length of 2,140km (1,330 miles), and the dramatic table top mountains known as tepuis, which are found in the Guyana highlands.

    Angel Falls, situated in the Canaima National Park is the highest waterfall in the world, plunging into the Orinoco from a height of 979m (3,212ft). The Andes mountain range crosses the northwestern region of the country, with the highest peak Pico Bolivar reaching heights of 5,007m (16,427ft).

    General knowledge

    Key facts

    Population: 28459085

    Population Density (per sq km): 31

    Capital: Caracas.

    Language

    Spanish is the official language. English, French, German and Portuguese are also spoken by some sections of the community.

    Currency

    Bolívar Fuerte (VEF; symbol Bs.F.) = 100 céntimos. Notes are in denominations of Bs.F.100, 50, 20, 10, 5 and 2; coin denominations are Bs.F.1, and 50, 25, 12.5, 10, 5 and 1 céntimos.

    Electricity

    120 volts AC, 60Hz. US-style flat two-pin plugs (with or without grounding pin) are the most commonly used fittings.

    General business opening hours

    Working hours vary, but are roughly Mon-Fri 0800-1700. Some businesses take a break in the middle of the day – usually from 1200-1500, to avoid the heat of the day.

    Public holidays

    Below are Public Holidays for the January 2016 -December 2017 period.

    Note

    There are some additional regional holidays.

    2016

    New Year’s Day: 01. January 2016
    Carnival: 08. February 2016
    Holy Thursday: 24. March 2016
    Good Friday: 25. March 2016
    Declaration of Independence: 19. April 2016
    Labour Day: 01. May 2016
    Battle of Carabobo: 24. June 2016
    Independence Day: 05. July 2016
    Simón Bolívar’s Birthday: 24. July 2016
    Day of Indigenous Resistance: 12. October 2016
    Christmas Day: 25. December 2016

    2017

    New Year’s Day: 01. January 2017
    Carnival: 08. February 2017
    Holy Thursday: 24. March 2017
    Good Friday: 25. March 2017
    Declaration of Independence: 19. April 2017
    Labour Day: 01. May 2017
    Battle of Carabobo: 24. June 2017
    Independence Day: 05. July 2017
    Simón Bolívar’s Birthday: 24. July 2017
    Day of Indigenous Resistance: 12. October 2017
    Christmas Day: 25. December 2017

    All information subject to change.

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    Nightlife in Caracas

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    Famous for its pioneering classical music educational programme, Caracas has an excellent arts and entertainment scene. Loud, late and lively salsa clubs

    are the locals’ favourite, with some of the best places in Sabana Grande. For somewhere less rowdy, Las Mercedes has upscale trendy bars.

    El Mani es Así

    Calle El Cristo
    Caracas
    Venezuela
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    The massive, heaving, and oddly named ‘Peanut is Like This’ club is the number one hotspot for salsa.

    Juan Sebastián Bar

    Avenida Venezuela
    Caracas
    Venezuela
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    The longstanding home of live jazz in Caracas, with dancing and decent food too.

    Suka Bar

    Centro Comercial San Ignacio, La Castellana
    Caracas
    Venezuela
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    One of the city’s top lounge bars, with booming house and electronica music attracting a young crowd.

    Trasnocho Cultural

    Centro Comercial Paseo Las Mercedes, Avenida Las Mercedes
    Caracas
    Venezuela
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    This hip arts centre offers an excellent alternative programme of theatre, cinema and music, with a relaxing lounge bar.

    La Estancia

    Avenida Este 2 y Norte 2
    Caracas
    Venezuela
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    Listen to live classical and Venezuelan music in a beautiful old house and garden.

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    Restaurants in Caracas

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    With its cattle-ranching traditions, Venezuela’s cuisine is heavily meat based. Caracas has great steakhouses, but being close to the coast, it also has some

    good fish and seafood restaurants. The best dining areas include Sabana Grande, La Castellana, Chuao and Las Mercedes.

    Maute Grill

    Quinta El Portal, Avenida Rio de Janeiro
    Caracas
    Venezuela
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    Price: Expensive

    Sink your teeth into some of the finest steaks in Caracas in this colonial-style restaurant with an airy patio.

    Granja Natalia

    Via Galipán, El Avila
    Caracas
    Venezuela
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    Price: Expensive

    Perched high up in Avila National Park, this restaurant serves French-inspired cuisine, with amazing Caribbean views.

    La Castañuela

    Calle Trinidad con Calle Paris
    Caracas
    Venezuela
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    Price: Moderate

    Great seafood and Spanish dishes are the specialities here, plus excellent service.

    El Hornito Andino

    Segunda Transversal de Campo Alegre
    Caracas
    Venezuela
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    Price: Moderate

    Regular customers queue for the hearty breakfasts at this typical Andean restaurant.

    La Casa 22

    Calle Sucre 22
    Caracas
    Venezuela
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    Price: Cheap

    This trendy tapas bar with a tiny courtyard garden is popular with the local arty set.

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    Calendar of events

    Festival Internacional de Teatro

    11 – 27 April 2016
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    Venue: Main theatre venues throughout the city

    National and international groups descend upon the city for 17 days of world-class theatre, which takes place on even numbered years.

    Diablos Danzantes

    3 June 2016

    Venue: Venue Francisco de Yare

    The small town of Francisco de Yare is flooded with swirling dancers sporting colourful devil costumes. It is a day trip from Caracas but well worth the effort.

    Festival de Música El Hatillo

    1 September – 30 November 2016

    Venue: Venue El Hatillo

    Music festival showcasing everything from folk to classical to rock and jazz.

    Carnaval

    8 – 9 February 2017

    Venue: Throughout the city

    Carnival is celebrated on the Monday and Tuesday before Ash Wednesday.

    Semana Santa (Holy Week)

    20 – 28 March 2017

    Venue: Citywide, focused on churches

    The biggest religious celebration of the year with scores of processions and church events.

    All information subject to change. Please check the dates on the relevant event organizer’s website.

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    Hotels in Caracas

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    Caracas has plenty of cheap hotels and safe hotels. Unfortunately, the cheap hotels are in areas that are unsafe at night, and hotels in the safer areas are not cheap. If peace

    and quiet are your priorities, your best bet are plusher districts such as Altamira, Chacao and La Castellana. Or there are some pleasant beach resorts on the coast.

    Eurobuilding Hotel & Suites

    Calle la Guarita
    Caracas
    Venezuela
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    Category: Expensive

    This 5-star hotel in upmarket Chuao is packed with amenities, including a swimming pool.

    JW Marriott

    Avenida Venezuela con Calle Mohedano
    1060 Caracas
    Venezuela
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    Category: Expensive

    This reliable modern business hotel is in a pleasant city centre neighbourhood.

    Renaissance Caracas

    Avenida Eugenio Mendoza con Calle Urdaneta
    1060 Caracas
    Venezuela
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    Category: Expensive

    This smart modern hotel has tasteful design flourishes and good business facilities.

    Marriott Hotel Playa Grande

    Av El Hotel Playa Grande
    Caracas
    Venezuela
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    Category: Expensive

    On the coast and close to the airport, this is a well-appointed hotel with good facilities.

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    Best time to visit

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    wind direction

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    wind speed

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    humidity

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    7 days forecast

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    Monday

    05.12.2016

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    Tuesday

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    Wednesday

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    Climate & best time to visit Venezuela

    Venezuela’s location perched 8° above the equator, means it generally enjoys a balmy warm climate. Temperatures don’t fluctuate wildly, hovering between 26°C (79°F) and 28°C (82°F) and making the country something of an all year round destination. The coastal regions on the Caribbean feel balmiest, and the lowland areas also enjoy a tropical climate.

    The main factor in temperature variance is altitude. The mountainous Andean regions are significantly cooler, and temperatures can drop to around 9°C (48°F).

    Venezuela’s rainy season runs from May to December. During this period, there is the possibility of flooding in certain low-lying areas, such as the Llanos and in some valleys of the Andes. The dry season is from December to April, with January and February being the coolest months, and July and August being the warmest. The best time to visit the Andes mountains is from October to May, before the rains come in June. Venezuela’s weather is quite changeable, and even during the dry season there’s always a chance of rain. If you’re up in the northern mountainous region, you’re likely to encounter a good few downpours.

    JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec

    30 °C

    9 °C

    31 °C

    9 °C

    33 °C

    10 °C

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    32 °C

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    33 °C

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    31 °C

    13 °C

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    12 °C

    31 °C

    14 °C

    32 °C

    12 °C

    30 °C

    12 °C

    30 °C

    10 °C

    JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec

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    11 mm

    13 mm

    33 mm

    81 mm

    104 mm

    103 mm

    111 mm

    103 mm

    110 mm

    90 mm

    44 mm

    JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec

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    8 h

    8 h

    6 h

    6 h

    7 h

    7 h

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    JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec

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    81 %

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    absolute maxabsolute minØ absolute minØ absolute minrelative humidityØ precipitationdays with deposit > 1mmsunshine duration
    Jan30 °C9 °C25 °C14 °C78 %22 mm3.68.0 h
    Feb31 °C9 °C26 °C15 °C75 %11 mm2.68.6 h
    Mar33 °C10 °C27 °C15 °C73 %13 mm1.98.7 h
    Apr33 °C11 °C28 °C17 °C75 %33 mm3.86.8 h
    May32 °C13 °C27 °C18 °C79 %81 mm8.26.8 h
    Jun33 °C15 °C26 °C18 °C81 %104 mm137.0 h
    Jul31 °C13 °C26 °C17 °C81 %103 mm12.87.6 h
    Aug31 °C12 °C27 °C17 °C80 %111 mm11.27.9 h
    Sep31 °C14 °C27 °C17 °C79 %103 mm11.17.7 h
    Oct32 °C12 °C27 °C17 °C81 %110 mm10.87.7 h
    Nov30 °C12 °C26 °C16 °C84 %90 mm87.6 h
    Dec30 °C10 °C25 °C15 °C81 %44 mm5.67.2 h
    year33 °C9 °C26 °C16 °C79 %825 mm92.67.6 h
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    Phone calls & Internet

    Telephone/Mobile Telephone

    Dialing code: +58

    Telephone

    Venezuela does have a network of public payphones throughout most major cities. Visitors can pay either by cash, or by using a prepaid phone card which often works out cheaper per minute.

    Mobile Telephone

    Roaming agreements exist with some international mobile phone companies. Travellers on extended stays might consider getting a local SIM card to insert in their own phone.

    Internet

    There are internet cafes in most urban areas.

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    Shopping in Caracas

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    Key Areas

    Caracas has chaotically crowded street markets and ultra-modern air-conditioned shopping malls, plus chic specialist stores in preserved old districts such as El Hatillo. Parque Central, despite its name, is a concrete complex housing city-centre shops; residential suburbs in Las Mercedes and Chacao have more relaxed shopping streets.

    Markets

    One of the biggest general daily markets is Mercado Quinta Crespo, off Avenida Baralt – noisy and hectic but fascinating (though leave valuables in your hotel). The Mercado Peruano is a Sunday market on Boulevard Amador Bendayan specialising in Peruvian food, including fresh ceviche (marinated fish).

    Shopping Centres

    Hannsi, on Calle Bolivar in El Hatillo, is the country’s largest handicrafts centre, selling authentic products from the Andes and the Amazon. The plushest mall, and one of the biggest in Latin America, is the Centro Comercial Sambil, on Avenida Libertador, with five floors of fashion, jewellery and luxury goods.

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    Traveller etiquette

    Social Conventions

    Venezuelans are known for being warm and friendly, with people often greeting each other with a kiss, or using the local abrazo (a cross between a hug and a handshake). Handshakes are reserved for greeting strangers. Personal space is much less of a concern, so don’t be alarmed if people stand very close when holding a conversation.

    In Caracas, conservative casual wear is the norm. Men are expected to wear suits for business, and jackets and ties are usual for dining out and social functions. Dress on the coast is less formal but beachwear and shorts should not be worn away from the beach or pool. Smoking follows European habits and in most cases it is obvious where not to smoke. Some public buildings are also non-smoking areas.

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    Health

    Food & Drink

    Mains water is not drinkable and should be sterilised, either through boiling or filtering. Alternatively, drink bottled water; it is available throughout the country. Milk is pasteurised and dairy products are safe for consumption. Local meat, poultry, seafood, fruit and vegetables are generally considered safe to eat. When it comes to eating out use common sense, stick to food that’s been freshly cooked, and be wary of fruit or vegetable salads where the ingredients may have been washed in mains water. The same goes for ice used in cold drinks.

    Other Risks

    Vaccination against hepatitis B is advised for visitors on long-term stays who have regular contact with the local population. The risk of malaria in Venezuela is in the main limited to those visiting the Amazon basin area.

    Contractual physician of Lufthansa

    Dr. Kolbe, Gisela
    Multicentro Empresarial del Este
    Torre Mirando
    Núcleo B
    Piso 9 con. 91 B
    entre Av. Francisco de Miranda y Av. Libertador Caracas Chacao
    Venezuela
    Tel. +58-212-266-3256
    Emergencies +58-414-3075167
    4168242905

    Please note that Lufthansa accepts no responsibility for the treatment nor will it bear the cost of any treatment.
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    Visa & Immigration

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    The IATA Travel Centre delivers accurate passport, visa and health requirement information at a glance. It is a trusted, centralized source for the latest international travel requirements. The IATA Travel Centre is the most accurate source available because it is based on a comprehensive database used by virtually every airline, and information is gathered from official sources worldwide, such as immigration and police authorities.

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