Caracas is the capital city of Venezuela in South America. Caracas offers the following points of interest for tourists and photographers;
- Simón Bolívar birthplace house
- Generalísimo Francisco de Miranda park
- El Avila national park and cable car (and view of the city)
- Paseo Los Próceres Promenade
- National Pantheon of Venezuela
- Caracas cathedral
Caracas is a dangerous city, you should take care of yourself there and prepare for potential problems from both police and locals. I was robbed by a policeman in Ciudad Bolívar.
The cruise ship has arrived in La Guaira, Venezuela, the cruise ship port for Caracas. I had prearranged a day tour to Caracas with Pullmantur direct from the ship. There was nothing going on in La Guaira, other than a few street vendors, so it was good I organized the tour to bypass it and go directly to the capital city, Caracas.
It was shortly after Hugo Chavez had died that I made this visit to Caracas. This meant that Paseo Los Próceres Promenade had been lined with flags in his honor. Chavez vive. Chavez lives! Paseo Los Próceres is a huge promenade which as well as flags, has many monuments and statues for Venezuelas national heroes. It is a beautiful promenade, clean, lots of palm trees, gardens, fountains and art. Photographers will love it here.
As you know, I love to take a picture by a country sign, as everybody does! This is at the bottom of the cable car, the Teleférico de Caracas. The cable car rises El Ávila Mountain giving great views of the city of Caracas. Photographers wanting a good picture of Caracas should make this 3.5km ride to the top. Having said that, when I reached the top I was in the middle of a cloud and couldn’t see anything. You have to take the bad luck with the good luck, you cannot control the weather!
As I mentioned earlier, I visited Caracas shortly after the death of Hugo Chavez. Due to the recent political turmoil in the country, the cruise ship company has deemed the stop in Venezuela as no longer safe. That is a shame if you wanted to visit Caracas, or even to tick Venezuela off your countries list. The positive about this, is that the cruise ship itinerary now stops at Bonaire, another Caribbean Island of the Netherlands Antilles. I would have much preferred to have visited Bonaire, but at least I got to see a few things in Caracas.
The Pullmantur cruise ship left La Guaira port at dusk, sailing into a beautiful sunset. It felt good leaving the ugly port town of La Guaira, knowing that when I wake up the next morning I will be on the beautiful island of Curaçao, Netherlands Antilles.