Fly To Caracas, Venezuela
Caracas lies in the northern part of Venezuela, near the Caribbean and flanked by the Cordillera de la Costa mountain range. The Venezuelan capital, rich in culture with a mixture of influences dating back throughout its history, showcases the very best of urban Latin America.
Once inhabited by Toromaimo Indians, Caracas was founded by the Spanish in 1567. Chacao is the see-and-be-seen place to eat, drink and socialize, but restaurant destination Las Mercedes is one of the few places safe to walk around. Iglesia de San Francisco is a beautiful example of colonial architecture while mountainous Parque Nacional El Avila teems with tempting trails.
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Visa Requirements & SA Embassy Details
- South Africans do need a Visa to enter Venezuela. The Venezuelan Embassy is situated in Pretoria (Phone: +27 (0)12 362 6593). Various supporting documents will be required along with the Venezuelan Visa application form and your valid passport.
- The South African Embassy is situated at EDF Atrium PH-A, Calle Sorocaima, c/o Ave Venezuela, EI Rosal, Chacoa, Caracas. Phone: +58 212 952 0026.
See and do
With plenty of highlights to suit every taste, Caracas has a good blend of history, culture, food, greenery and entertainment. Attractions include major landmarks such as Plaza Bolívar, Caracas East Park, Teresa Carreño Cultural Complex, Casa del Libertador (Simón Bolívar's birthplace house), National Pantheon of Venezuela, Caracas Cathedral and the Bolivarian Museum. Other interesting things to see and do include the bars, restaurants and art galleries on Las Mercedes, the historical charm of El Hatillo, experience the diverse culture and restaurants of La Candelaria, Museum of Contemporary Art, Children's Museum of Caracas, Municipal Theater and National Library of Venezuela to name but a few.
Shopping offers a wide range of options for all budgets and preferences. There are large centres such as Centro Comercial Sambil, Centro Comercial El Recreo, Centro Comercial San Ignacio and Centro Comercial Millenium Mall that sell a huge range of items. Then there are shopping districts such as El Hatillo and Altamira, which have a mixture of shops and restaurants. In the former, it is worthwhile stopping at Hansi for traditional curios and handiwork. Things to buy in Caracas include leather shoes, Caribbean clay figurines, palm fibre hammocks, wool tapestries, maracas, Venezuelan sweets, coffee and cigars.
Public transport comprises trains, cabs and mini buses for the most part. The Caracas Metro is generally the safest and cheapest way to get around, with stations situated all over the city and buses supporting the train system. Prices for one way or return journeys are not expensive either. Cabs are readily available, but are not always safe – they do not always turn the meter on either so can end up being pricey. Mini bus taxis or ‘por puestos’ are a lot like South African taxis – cheap, sometimes confusing and not all that safe.
Caracas Maiquet Airport – CCS
Food and beverage: Super Café de Maiquetia and Espresso Café are good places to grab a coffee and refreshments on the go.
Currency Exchange: There are a few banks within the airport, where you can exchange currency and withdraw cash.
Airport Hotels: The nearest hotels are Hotel Alba Caracas, Puerto Viejo Airport Inn, Las Quince Letras Hotel, Hotel Ribot and Hotel Grand Galaxie.
Car Hire: Rental companies at the airport include Amigo, Budget, Hertz, Unirent, Avis, Europcar.
Airport Hub: Caracas Airport (code CCS) is a hub for Conviasa, with scheduled flights across South America and beyond.