Caracas to Curaçao

Caracas to Curaçao

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)
  • Altamira
  • 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.

La Guaira, Venezuela

La Guaira cruise port, Venezuela

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.

Paseo Los Próceres

Paseo Los Próceres Promenade, Caracas, Venezuela

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.

Teleférico de Caracas

Cable Car, Caracas

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!

Teleférico de Caracas

Cable Car, Caracas

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.

La Ceiba

Sunset from La Ceiba, Venezuela

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.

Curaçao to Panama City

2017-06-20T17:14:01+00:00 December 5th, 2016|South America, Venezuela|8 Comments

8 Comments

  1. Rhiannon February 27, 2017 at 3:27 pm - Reply

    I was also in Caracas shortly after Chavez’s death! Small world. Well, by shortly I mean a few weeks. Although to be honest I was actually surprised by how “normal” the city seemed compared to the storm the media had built up! Horrible to read that you were robbed by a policeman in Ciudad Bolivar!!! I actually had quite a good experience with police in the country – during an unofficial exchange of currency the man I was exchanging with decided he would try and pull a fast one, but luckily a police officer was nearby and put a stop to it. I think the fact that I was only 19, young, blonde and female worked in my favour there, though!
    Having already “been there, done that” I have to agree with you in that I’d much rather Bonaire as a cruise stop instead of Caracas these days!

  2. Kelly February 27, 2017 at 3:38 pm - Reply

    Wow!!! I cannot believe you were robbed by a police officer. That’s awful. But i’m not super surprised. My friend told me Venezuela was very dangerous but I love the photos. It looks gorgeous but I don’t know if I’d want to visit for myself.

  3. Mel I TravelingMel February 28, 2017 at 7:39 am - Reply

    Sounds like a good thing to have done and not need to go again. Sorry you were robbed, and by the police! That’s enough to turn you off a place. The tour sounds like a good idea, sometimes having someone to guide you around is super helpful.

  4. Natalie February 28, 2017 at 2:11 pm - Reply

    Robbed by a policeman!! It was hard to read the rest of the post! I wanted to just stop right there and permanently write off Caracus! We always travel with the kids and safety is the highest concern of course. The photos look amazing though…what a colorful place.

  5. Soumya Nambiar February 28, 2017 at 4:31 pm - Reply

    Robbed by a policeman? They are the ones that are supposed to protect us. But even in India, there are quite a few corrupt ones. It is such a shame that you couldn’t see a good view because of the clouds. It looks like a colorful place.

  6. Suma Shah February 28, 2017 at 5:19 pm - Reply

    Being robbed in another country and that too by a policeman is just too bad! I hope the bad encounter did not affect your time in Caracas entirely. Ignoring all the political unrest, I always thought Venezuela as one of the beautiful places to visit. Sad the clouds also spoiled the view for you.

  7. sophie February 28, 2017 at 6:15 pm - Reply

    Safety is the highest concern for me and i believe for each and every traveler! I couldn’t believe that robbed by a policeman! that’s just unacceptable and very very bad! This place is certainly out of my list now! thanks for sharing this piece and letting me know about your experinece!

  8. Sabrina March 1, 2017 at 4:53 am - Reply

    OMG! You were robbed by a policeman? How!? Do you think it will be too dangerous for a solo female traveller? The sunset picture looks amazing, I would love to visit too, but I won’t if too dangerous 🙁

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