Flights to Caracas
Caracas is the capital and largest city of Venezuela and is situated in the north of the country. Caracas is a busy and large city so would not usually be top of visitors choices for a visit to Venezuela, but if you’re flying in there are still some attractions you might like to visit here anyway.
There are a number of airlines offering flights to Caracas from South Africa. You can get a flight from Cape Town with Delta, Lufthansa, Iberia, LTU, British Airways, American Airlines, BMI and South African Airways, all but Lufthansa require 2 flight changes. Lufthansa has just one change flying via Frankfurt.
You can also get a flight from Johannesburg to Caracas. There are more airlines which fly this route and you can choose from either 1 or 2 stops. The airlines with 1 stop flights include Lufthansa, Iberia and Air France, or airlines with 2 stops include SAA, BMI, British Airways, American Airlines, Delta and Virgin Atlantic.
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The Tourist Attractions of Caracas:
As mentioned above, Caracas is a large and busy city considered to be a bit akin to a concrete jungle! However there are enough attractions to keep visitors occupied for several days. Caracas highlights include…
Jardin Botanico (the Botanical Gardens) are an attractive break away from the hustle and bustle of city life. The gardens are well kept and feature many tropical plants and trees. If you’re visiting the gardens you should also visit the university campus next door.
Universidad Central de Venezuela is actually on the UNESCO World Heritage Sites list due to its excellent blend of architecture and art from the 1950’s and 1960’s. The campus is very large and accessible for visitors to wonder around admiring both art and architecture and is said to be well worth the visit.
As with other South American countries, Simon Bolivar was an important figure in Venezuela and his influence is seen in many places around the city. La Plaza Bolivar (Bolivar Square) is one such place where you can see statues of the famous man. You can also tour his birthplace, La Casa Natal de Simon Bolivar. This is a well preserved colonial building which serves as a museum with some excellent paintings. Even if you’re not so interested in seeing Bolivar’s birthplace, the building is still worth visiting for the colonial architecture and ambiance.
Right next door to La Casa Natal de Simon Bolivar is the Museo Bolivariano which contains various items from Bolivar’s life.
Another colonial building worth the visit is the Museo de Arte Colonial. This is set within a beautiful old colonial house and also has some wonderful grounds where you can often catch a small concert at the weekends.
If you’d like to get out of the city and into some fresher air for a while, try a visit to Avila Mountain. This mountain is to the north of Caracas and has some great views down to the city. If you fancy some exercise there is some good hiking around the area. The best way to reach the summit is by the Teleferico (cable car). There are great opportunities to see views of the city on the way up to the summit, at an altitude of approximately 2,600 metres. You can stay at the summit all day as there are restaurants and various family-oriented attractions, plus views out to the Caribbean on clear days.
When Should You Visit?:
The climate in Caracas is tropical and hence there is very little variation in temperatures throughout the year, which means it never gets too hot and never too cold. This would indicate that Caracas is a great city to visit at any time of the year, though do be aware that the wetter season is from May to November.