Spice up your tour of Venezuela with a trip to Caracas
South America is full of historically rich and culturally diverse cities, many of which appeal to a variety of travelers the world over. Caracas stands as one of the continent's most intriguing destinations, and should definitely be a stop along your Venezuela tour. The largest city in the country, Caracas has plenty to offer, whether you're looking for an active adventure or are more interested in exploring some of the most historic buildings in Venezuela.
Hiking is one of the best ways to explore a new city, and Caracas certainly has ample opportunities to do just that. There are a number of trails to choose from, but you can't go wrong with a trip to El Ávila National Park. The beautiful natural preserve encompasses 203 acres in northern Venezuela and is home to dozens of trails, each of which will bring you through a diverse landscape that's populated with hundreds of bird, butterfly and mammal species.
El Avila National Park is also home to Pico El Avila one of the region's highest mountains at over 7,000 feet tall. While it is pretty strenuous to make your way to the top, there is a cable car system - known as El Teleferico - that brings you to the top in a quick 12- to 15-minute ride. Once there, you'll be treated to one of the most stunning views of Caracas you can find.
Though there is ample opportunity for adventure in Caracas, as Venezuela's capital houses a number of historic buildings you should visit during your stay. There are many to choose from, but you should make a point to stop by the National Pantheon of Venezuela. Built in 1874, this instantly recognizable structure is dedicated to Simón Bolívar, one of the country's historical icons. In fact, his bronze sarcophagus takes up the main place at the altar.
Before you leave Caracas, you should take in a baseball game Even if you've become a staple at games in the United States, there's something different about catching one south of the border. There are many teams, but the most famous among them is the Navegantes del Magallanes. Founded in 1917, they are among the beat teams in the Caribbean, and if you take in a game at the friendly confines of Estadio José Bernardo Pérez you'll quickly see why.