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Museum of Colonial Art Quinta Anauco

Museum of Colonial Art / Quinta Anauco (Av. Panteón, San Bernardo, Caracas) – this museum, opened in 1942, has various items from the country’s Spanish colonial era – from religious statues, to oil paintings of prominent locals, wood furniture and cabinets, house ware items, etc. Cultural events are occasionally held here as well. Admission: 40 […]

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Margarita Island

Margarita Island – this is a popular vacation enclave, located less than 20 minutes from the Venezuelan mainland, and over 100 miles from Caracas. There are also ferry departure points for Margarita Island from the towns of Puerta la Cruz and Cumana, both of which are several hours east of Caracas on the northern coast […]

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National Art Gallery

Galería de Arte Nacional / GAN (Av. Sur 17, b/w Av. Bolivar and Av. México, Caracas) – located a couple of blocks west of the Ateneo de Caracas cultural center (within the Plaza Morelos district), the is the city’s national art gallery (founded in 1976). Various works of art are displayed here (over 4,000 pieces […]

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Catedral de Caracas

Catedral de Caracas (Avenida Sur, Caracas) – this is the seat of the Roman Catholic Metropolitan archdiocese of Caracas, which faces the Plaza Bolívar. It is also located a short walk from Simón Bolívar’s birthplace. Not far away is the burial site of Bolívar’s wife and parents. Originally built in 1666, it was damaged due […]

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Parque Nacional El Avila

Parque Nacional El Avila (Caracas) – this park is within the Cerro El Ávila mountain range, which is just north of Caracas, and effectively separates it from the Caribbean coastline. The tallest part of this mountain range (which also acts as a backdrop to the city skyline when one looks north) is Pico Naiguatá – […]

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Parque Central

Parque Central (Av.Lecuna e/Av. Libertador, El Conde, Caracas) – despite its name (which is Spanish for “Central Park”), this is actually a housing, commercial and cultural development. This includes the twin towers of Parque Central (at 225 meters in height, they are the second-largest skyscrapers in Latin America). This area is close to the city’s […]

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Palacio de Miraflores

Palacio de Miraflores (Av. Norte 10, Caracas) – this is the office of the country’s president. Opened in 1897, it previously acted as the official residence for some of Venezuela’s previous presidents. The Palace also has a historical archive (consisting of files belonging to the country’s previous presidents). The presidential barracks (whose troops are assigned […]

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Museo de los Niños

Museo de los NiñosMuseo de los Niños Museo de los Niños (Av. Bolívar e/Av. Sur 17, Caracas) – established in 1982, this museum exists to teach local schoolchildren about science, technology, culture and arts. As much as 500 exhibits are available to teach these and other subjects in a fun and interactive way. Admission: 55 […]

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Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Caracas

Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Caracas / MACC (Caracas) – located toward the eastern part of the Parque Central complex, this is the country’s best art museum (with works by Venezuelan artists like Jesús Soto, and international artists like Picasso, Miró, Chagall, Botero, Rodin, and Vasarely, among others). Admission: free. Hours: 9 am – 5 […]

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Iglesia del Hatillo

Iglesia del Hatillo (Caracas) – located in the southeastern part of Caracas, the district where this church (a.k.a. Iglesia de Santa Rosalía de Palermo) is located has managed to maintain its Spanish colonial look (as opposed to other parts of the capital, which have gone through architectural transformation connected to the country’s oil boom period […]