Caracas, Venezuela 🇻🇪 Gringo’s Guide
In different times, this is the BEST city in LatAm...
Editor’s Note: This is a guest post from a Venezuelan man who has worked in the import/export industry in Venezuela for years, speaks great English, and has been around the whole country.
The Venezuelan capital is a hectic, chaotic place.
As is the case with many capital cities, it doesn’t have the best reputation among either locals or foreigners.
That said, Caracas is also a dynamic, exciting metropolis with a rich history that is reflected in its many streets and avenues.
The Caracas of today remains a vibrant city with a strong cultural identity that many travelers are sure to find captivating.
Thanks to its abundance of activities, quality education and relatively cheap cost of living, the capital of Venezuela could be an excellent option for a LatAm traveler.
But it’s important to know where to stay.
Altamira and Chacao — the east side of the city — are the most privileged areas of Caracas. Here you’ll find a wide range of hotels with exclusive services. You’ll also find plenty of options for shopping, culture, entertainment, nature, and nightlife.
As you likely know, there are many concerns about Caracas, mainly regarding safety.
Here in our guide, we will answer all the questions you may have and show you how to stay safe and have fun!
Caracas, Venezuela 🇻🇪
About 3.5 million inhabitants
Due to its high-altitude, the climate of Caracas is tropical, with mild and stable temperatures year-round. It has a dry and a wet season. The climate is temperate with an average annual temperature of 22°C (72°F).
The weather in Caracas is absolutely PERFECT!
The average temperature of its coldest month (January) is 21.6°C (71°F), and the average temperature of its warmest month (May) is 25.2°C (77°F).
Some quick facts about the city’s geography:
Caracas is in the north of the country in the valley of the Guaire River at the foot of the Coastal Range, beyond which lies the Caribbean Sea.
The highest mountain in the range is Pico Naiguatá, at 2,765 meters. The city’s closest peak is Mount El Ávila, from which the national park that protects this mountainous area takes its name. Coastal cities nearby Caracas include Maiquetía – where the Simón Bolívar International Airport is located – as well as Caraballeda.