The 10 Best-Kept Secrets of Caracas

Amanda Chain

Caracas, the crazy, exciting capital of Venezuela, and one of the most beautiful and varied cities in South America. Want to know what to do here? As well as the picturesque golden beaches and idyllic natural landscapes characteristic of the region, there are a number of hidden gems and activity secrets that don’t often make the pages of the average guide book. Here are our top tips on the stuff to see off the beaten track.

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Walking the Ávila Mountains

Parque Nacional Ávila is home to a mountain range reaching 2,765m at its highest peak, Pico Naiguatá. Strolls through this area offer some of the best views of the Caribbean sea and the surrounding cityscape, and the range is also home to 200 varieties of birds as well as 130 types of reptile and mammal. Walkers here are likely to see the famous electric-blue hummingbirds, or many a vivid, pretty parrot. Be sure to use the well-marked trails, shelters and ranger stations here, and with the trails offering a wealth of different difficulty levels, there is something to suit walkers of all abilities here.

Parque Nacional Ávila, Caracas

Visit a Monument of Independence, the Santa Rosa Chapel

Regarded by the people of Caracas as the cradle of independence, the Santa Rosa Chapel is more than just a remnant of the colonial period. The structure was situated in the same spot when congress declared independence on 5 July 1811. Located in the Concejo Municipal, the colonial building, it has since then also served as the seminary, and as the University of Caracas. The ground floor here houses the Museo Caracas (Caracas Museum), which contains works by Venezuela’s most celebrated painters, as well as many other historic artifacts. This site was declared a National Historic Landmark on 16 February 1979.

Santa Rosa Chapel, Concejo Municipal Plaza Bolívar, esquina de las Monjas, Av Este 2, Caracas, Venezuela 0212-5078800

Concejo Municipal

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