A view of downtown Caracas, with southern mountains in the background, as seen from the slopes of the mountains to the north of the city.
Caracas is located in northern Venezuela, near the Caribean. It is Venezuela's capital, largest city, and the location of its major international airport. In addition to being the obvious entry point for international tourists visiting Venezuela, it is also a likely choice for American and European travelers wishing to explore South America, since typically flights to Caracas are cheaper than to any other South American city.
Caracas has an international airport nearby (a 30 minute taxi ride will cost about Bs. 30,000 / US$ 15 during the day, and double that at night).
- The Teleférico is one of the city's attractions. It is a cable-car that takes visitors up the mountains to the north of Caracas. The ascent provides a beautiful view of the city. At the top (altitude approximately 2600 m), one can obtain a view of Caracas to the south, and of the ocean (Caribbean) to the north. It will cost Bs. 30,000 (US$ 15) to take the teleférico up (and back down). Reduced fares are available for students, children, and senior citizens (approximately Bs. 20,000). There are a few restaurants, many food kiosks, and numerous attractions suitable for children. These include a small skating rink, some small rides, and jungle-gyms. There is a well known fondue restaurant also located at the top. Some hiking trails branch off from the teleférico station, but without a map it is not easy to find them or know where they go, as they are not marked.
Caracas has many hotels and youth hostels.