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Caracas Introduction


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Caracas is a popular place to talk about, although few people think of it as an ideal travel destination these days.   Click here to see the full Caracas travel guide on Travel42 »

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Caracas Geography


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Caracas is in north-central Venezuela, in a long valley that stretches from east to west at about 3,000 ft/930 m above sea level. It's bordered by majestic mountains to the north and densely populated suburbs, both rich and poor, to the south. It's about 14 mi/23 km from the Caribbean Sea.  Click here to see the full Caracas travel guide on Travel42 »

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Caracas History


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Christopher Columbus stopped in Venezuela on his third voyage to the New World, but the first Europeans who fully explored the coastline were Alonso de Ojeda and Amerigo Vespucci, who arrived in 1499. Diego de Lozada founded Caracas on the feast of St. James (Santiago in Spanish) in 1567 and named the city Santiago de Leon de Caracas after the saint and the tribe of Indians who inhabited the area. Because of its proximity to the port of La Guaira, the city became a center of trade between Spain and the New World.   Click here to see the full Caracas travel guide on Travel42 »

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Caracas Sightseeing & Things to Do


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There's plenty to see in Caracas, so decide if you're more interested in history or art, and then concentrate your energies accordingly. Many of the city's old buildings were razed during the oil boom as developers rushed to put up massive skyscrapers, but enough escaped the wrecking ball to make a day immersed in the past worth your time. Art lovers will find that the city's museums contain excellent collections of modern and traditional art.  Click here to see the full Caracas travel guide on Travel42 »

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Caracas Nightlife


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Caraquenos love to dance—salsa, merengue, reggae, rock 'n' roll, tango, you name it. Another popular option is to head for the tascas—bars (some with live music) that serve lots of hearty Spanish appetizers. Many places offer a combination of full restaurant service, adding recorded or live music in the evening to retain customers who are also looking for some action after eating.   Click here to see the full Caracas travel guide on Travel42 »

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Caracas Restaurants & Dining


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Venezuela celebrates a diversity of cuisines—a product of its ethnic makeup and its expansive geography. Since the country has both cattle ranches and coastal waters, its beef and seafood are superb. But you'll also find a wide range of other cuisines—from French, Spanish and Italian to Middle Eastern and Asian.  Click here to see the full Caracas travel guide on Travel42 »

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