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
BolĂvar; 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 75Â°F.