Caracas Venezuela

Caracas Venezuela

Located in a beautiful valley just a few miles from the Caribbean Sea, Caracas is a city of possibilities. Unfortunately, the city of Caracas, like the country of Venezuela, is suffering under economic difficulties that have led in recent months to street protests and violence. With one of the world’s worst monetary inflations, massive debt, and dependence on imports, the city and country are struggling. Under the leadership of Hugo Chavez, who passed away in 2013, the country’s tremendous oil production had been leveraged to pay for social programs. But once the price of oil plummeted, the nation no longer had a cash cow to pay for its programs and imports, including food. This excellent Al Jazeera 10-minute video from February of 2018 explains the situation. Here’s hoping that the city of Caracas and the country of Venezuela will soon find its way out of a very difficult situation. 

Caracas Venezuela Videos: this 5-minute video from 2017 is a walk along a main street in Caracas. Despite the current turmoil, Caracas has many beauties and this 2-minute video showcases 10 things to do in Caracas.

FunFacts about Caracas Venezuela: (Source)

  • Basic information, quote: Caracas, officially Santiago de León de Caracas, is the capital and largest city of Venezuela, and centre of the Greater Caracas Area. Caracas is located along the Guaire River in the northern part of the country, following the contours of the narrow Caracas Valley on the Venezuelan coastal mountain range (Cordillera de la Costa). (Source)
  • The Caracas Metro area has a population just under 5 million.
  • Caracas has a tropical savanna climate.
  • The valley in which Caracas lies is separated from the Caribbean Sea by a steep 2,200-metre-high (7,200 ft) mountain range called Cerro El Ávila.
  • Though the Plaza Venezuela, located in the Los Caobos neighborhood is often considered the center of Caracas, the traditional center is called “Catedral” and is located near Bolívar Square.
  • Caracas was founded as “Santiago de León de Caracas” in 1567.
  • Some of the tallest skyscrapers in Latin America are located in Caracas.
  • Caracas is Venezuela’s cultural capital, with many restaurants, theaters, museums, and shopping centers.
  • Caracas has a large, service-based economy.
  • Tourism is low for Caracas for many reasons. One of them is a lack of transport. Another seems to be an indifference to attracting foreign visitors.
  • Caracas is the birthplace of Simon Bolivar, one of the liberators of several South American countries from Spain.
  • Venezuela and its capital city, Caracas, has one of the highest per capita murder rates in the world.

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31 thoughts on “Caracas Venezuela

  1. Caracas looks like a beautiful place, but the current turmoil is unfortunate. Hopefully the situation improves in the future!

  2. All of the houses up on the hillside reminded me of a song I sang as a child.

    “Little boxes on the hillside
    Little boxes made of ticky-tacky
    Little boxes on the hillside
    Little boxes all the same
    There’s a green one and a pink one
    And a blue one and a yellow one
    And they’re all made out of ticky-tacky
    And they all look just the same”

  3. Very beautiful country from a distance. Would never know they are having financial struggles.

  4. I was lucky enough to visit during the height of the oil boom in the early 2000s and loved it. It’s a shame to think of what it’s become today. I loved how there was a mix of modern and historical architecture.

  5. Enjoyed the videos and pictures. Love the old and new architecture and it’s such a shame what is happening there today. AZ

  6. Despite the many beautiful things to be seen, I don’t think Caracas will be on my To Visit list any time soon.

  7. Enjoyed the pictures, I like the 4th one in particular. The houses looks like boxes and they are need on the hill over the tunnel.

  8. Pretty country but I agree it’s a shame the economy has collapsed and.people add suffering because of it.

  9. I enjoyed watching the videos. Love the pictures, not sure if I could live in one of those houses on the hillside. Caracas looks like an interesting place to visit, to bad they have all that street protests and violence going on right now.

  10. Not that it is my favorite, but the houses stacked on the hillside is very interesting. Not that I would want to live there because it would be like living in the same house.

    April from NY

  11. It sounds like a great place to visit – perhaps ONLY as part of a tour group. Those pictures showed a lovely land. I don’t think I would be comfortable in one of the houses built on the hill – I’d be afraid of an earthquake or mud slide taking my home to the bottom.

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  13. Beautiful pictures, the mix of old and new in the city and house on the hills remind me of houses by the Mediterranean Sea.

  14. A beautiful country. With all their houses built so close together and on top of a mountain I would be afraid of a landslide.

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