Welcome to Caracas


A sprawling metropolis choked with traffic, Caracas incites no instant love affairs. The political and cultural capital of Venezuela is densely overpopulated and hectic, with a solid dose of crime and pollution. Few sections of the city are pedestrian-friendly and almost no quality accommodations exist for budget travelers.

That said, there’s no postapocalyptic bogeyman waiting to get you, and no need to barricade yourself in a hotel room. Nestled between verdant peaks at an altitude of about 900m, the city enjoys both a spectacular setting and an unbeatable climate. Evocative fog descends from lush mountains, keeping the city comfortable year-round, and chirping sapitos (little frogs) form a lovely evening chorus.

Pulsing nightlife, excellent restaurants and pleasant central plazas are easily explored via an efficient, inexpensive metro system and a legion of relatively inexpensive taxis. Devotees of Simón Bolívar, El Libertador (the Liberator) of South America, will find numerous places of worship, as will fashionistas.

Caracas isn’t a primary destination for most travelers, but it has a side worth seeing.

Read more: http://www.lonelyplanet.com/venezuela/caracas#ixzz3kcr4fc4N

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