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Caracas, Venezuela City Info
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Caracas, Venezuela is a city of charm and grace, to which the visitor will be welcomed by people with a zest for life that is contagious. There is a diverse, young, and lively population that colors the streets of the capital with laughter, music, and unrestrained enthusiasm. The sophisticated tastes of the 4 million inhabitants demand an endless parade of boutiques and fine restaurants that crowd upscale commercial areas. Caracas has an enormous cultural center known as Bellas Artes, and it has museums and concert halls. This capital city is hip, fast paced, and altogether cosmopolitan. At the same time, the people exhibit a special warmth and hospitality.

Although Caracas is a sprawling metropolis, its places of interest can be explored comfortably in a day or two. Caracas can be divided into four principal areas of interest: the downtown El Centro district and its monument packed Plaza Bolívar; Parque Central and the surrounding Bellas Artes cultural district; Las Mercedes and the Bulevar Sabana Grande, with its many boutiques and restaurants; and the residential, wealthy suburbs of Altamira and La Castellana. Few of the museums charge admission fees, and there is much to see and learn in this South American capital.

Museums and cultural centers, lively bars, shopping and refined dining establishments are all interconnected by the city's clean, efficient subway system. The weather, too, facilitates exploring. At 3,000 feet above sea level, Caracas has one of the world's most comfortable climates, with an average daily temperature of 75°F.