City Orientation Walk, Caracas (Self Guided)

Apart from being a commercial and cultural center of Venezuela, the capital city Caracas is known internationally as the final resting place of South American liberator Simón Bolívar, who's buried here at the National Pantheon. This and other notable attractions of Caracas, such as the Caracas Cathedral, Palacio de Miraflores and more, make up this city orientation walk.
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City Orientation Walk Map

Guide Name: City Orientation Walk
Guide Location: Venezuela » Caracas (See other walking tours in Caracas)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 12
Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.5 km
Author: susan
Nue Casa Amarilla

1) Nue Casa Amarilla (must see)

Starting the 17th century, Nue Casa Amarilla was the royal prison. Only after Venezuelan independence did it become the residence of the President. At that time, it was painted yellow, which is why it is known as "The Yellow House." Here you can take a guided tour individually or with a group.
Caracas Cathedral

2) Caracas Cathedral (must see)

The Caracas Cathedral is the seat of the archdiocese of Caracas, located in one corner of the Plaza Bolívar. The colonial chapel of the Trinity is notable because it is where the parents and wife of Simón Bolívar are buried. The construction of the cathedral was begun in 1666 by Juan de Medina, to replace a small church that was destroyed in the earthquake of 1641. Construction was completed in 1674. The facade, dating from 1771, is the work of Francisco Andrés de Meneses. After the earthquake of 1812, one of its towers was damaged and later reduced in size. A frontispiece was constructed in the facade in 1866. In 1932 and during the 1960s restoration and modifications were made throughout the building.

The cathedral has a romanesque plan consisting of five naves: a central one and two minor ones on each side. The central nave is separated from the lateral ones by octagonal columns with composite capitals, supporting round arches. The main altar and altarpiece are inside the presbytery located at the end of the central nave. The sacral art in the cathedral contains among others The Resurrection by Rubens, the Presentation of the Virgin by Murillo, and the Last Supper, an unfinished work by the Venezuelan painter Arturo Michelena.

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Museo Sacro de Caracas

3) Museo Sacro de Caracas (must see)

Museo Sacro de Caracas was built in 1884 as a church and was transformed into a museum in 1992, housing religious objects and artifacts. The museum is located on a former cemetery, and visitors have access to some of the graves and sealed tombs. The museum has permanent and seasonal exhibitions, which showcase ornate carvings, paintings and objects of worship.
Casa Natal de El Libertador

4) Casa Natal de El Libertador (must see)

Casa Natal de El Libertador is the birthplace of Simon Bolivar. Here you will find the history of his immediate family and successive generations of Bolivars. The interior design, furniture, and paintings remain as they were in Bolivar's time. Visit this house to appreciate the historic structure and learn about one of Caracas's most famous residents.
Iglesia de San Francisco

5) Iglesia de San Francisco (must see)

Iglesia de San Francisco is one of the most visited churches in the downtown area of Caracas. It is a Catholic church built in 1593. Because of an earthquake, it has suffered some architectural damage, but retains its same original style. In 1956, it was named a National Monument. Visit this Neo-Baroque style church and learn more about its important role in the cultural history of Caracas.
Palacio de Las Academias

6) Palacio de Las Academias (must see)

Palacio de Las Academias is one of the oldest buildings in the city and resembles a palace. It was initially used as a government building, but today it serves as an educational center, hosting several educational academies. Take your time exploring the historic halls and rooms of the building.
Arco de la Federación

7) Arco de la Federación

Arco de la Federación, a large white arc, is a monument inaugurated in 1895. The arc statues depict important scenes and symbols of the war and resulting peace that occurred throughout 1859-1863. It stands as a witness to the hardships of war and as a symbol for freedom in a prominent position on a green, forested hill. Make sure this landmark is the one you do not skip, considering its beauty and importance to the country.
Palacio de Miraflores

8) Palacio de Miraflores (must see)

The Palacio de Miraflores (Spanish for "Miraflores Palace") is the official workplace of the President of Venezuela. It is located on Urdaneta Avenue, Libertador Municipality in Caracas. It was started on 27 April 1884 under the direction of Giuseppe Orsi and was intended as the family residence of Joaquin Crespo. In 1911, the national administration acquired the property from General Félix Galavis at a cost of five hundred thousand bolívares, and Miraflores Palace became the official presidential residence and office.

After many modifications, the current palace presents fountains encompassed by corridors and halls, such as the Peruvian Sun Hall; the Joaquín Crespo Hall; Vargas Swamp; the Ambassador Hall and Ayacucho Hall. Originallly, Miraflores Palace served as presidential residence to Cipriano Castro, and then Juan Vicente Gómez, who occupied it until 1913. From 1914 to 1922, it functioned as office to the provisional administration of Victorino Márquez Bustillos. In 1923, Miraflores witnessed the murder of Vice-president Juan Crisóstomo Gómez, brother of President Juan Vicente Gómez. From 1931 to 1935, the palace was inhabited, guarded by the army. During the governments of Eleazar López Contreras and Isaías Medina Angarita, the presidential office is modified. In 1945, Rómulo Betancourt became the first president who identifies the seat of government as Miraflores Palace, replacing the name of Federal Palace.

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Basílica de la Santa Capilla

9) Basílica de la Santa Capilla

Basílica de la Santa Capilla is a copy of a church in France and is one of the old churches in the city. The church was declared a National Monument in 1883 and is frequently visited by tourists hoping to see its famed interior. Revel in its fine glass windows and its traditional Catholic style.
Iglesia de Nuestra Señora de las Mercedes

10) Iglesia de Nuestra Señora de las Mercedes (must see)

Iglesia de Nuestra Señora de las Mercedes is one of the important religious buildings in the city. It’s a very old Catholic church that dates back to 1614 and combines Baroque style with Solomonic columns and foliated volutes. The church has been refurbished multiple times since it was first built roughly four centuries ago. In 1960, it was officially declared a National Historic Monument. Be sure to visit this religious masterpiece!
Foro Libertador

11) Foro Libertador (must see)

Construction on the Foro Libertador started in 1981. It was built in segments and was completed in 1997. The building has two sections, one for festivals and the other for cultural events. It is surrounded by exotic trees, bushes and flowers, which enhance its beauty. It is a great place to spend time as a family.
Panteon Nacional

12) Panteon Nacional (must see)

The Panthéon (Latin Pantheon, from Greek Pantheon, meaning "Temple of all the Gods") is a building on the northern edge of the old town of Caracas. It was originally built as a church, but is now used as a famous burial place. The entire central nave is dedicated to Simón Bolívar, with the altar's place taken by the hero's bronze sarcophagus, while lesser luminaries are relegated to the aisles. The national pantheon's vault is covered with 1930s paintings depicting scenes from Bolívar's life, and the huge crystal chandelier glittering overhead was installed in 1883 on the centennial of his birth.

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Walking Tours in Caracas, Venezuela

Create Your Own Walk in Caracas

Create Your Own Walk in Caracas

Creating your own self-guided walk in Caracas is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Self-Guided Religious Buildings Tour of Caracas

Self-Guided Religious Buildings Tour of Caracas

Caracas has an amazing variety of traditional and modern religious buildings built in different architectural styles. Many of the structures are simple but have beautiful painted glass windows and wood altars. This tour will guide you to some of the most noteworthy religious buildings in the city.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.9 km
Self-Guided Architectural Masterpieces Tour of Caracas

Self-Guided Architectural Masterpieces Tour of Caracas

Caracas is an economic and cultural center with a rich history, which is reflected in its architecture. On this tour, you can visit some of the buildings that define the city's design aesthetic. The city began modernizing in 1950 and the work still continues. Make sure you don't miss this walking tour of the most famous architecture in Caracas.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.3 km
Self-Guided Shopping Tour of Caracas

Self-Guided Shopping Tour of Caracas

Caracas is a town with a number of modern commercial centers, shopping centers, and markets. Here you can find imported and local clothing, as well as shoes. The leather goods and jewelry found in Caracas may not be cheap, but of a very high quality. Take this tour to find the best spots in Caracas to shop!

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.4 km
Self-Guided Famous Museums Tour of Caracas

Self-Guided Famous Museums Tour of Caracas

Caracas has a number of quality museums, many of which display items related to Venezuelan independence and colonial times. Collections include historic pieces, manuscripts, and scientific specimens and span a range of disciplines, including archaeology, history, technology and science. Take the time to visit the places on this tour and learn more about the fascinating history and culture of...  view more

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.4 km
Places of Worship in Caracas

Places of Worship in Caracas

Caracas is one of the oldest cities in Venezuela and has numerous worship places that reflect both the past and the present of the country. The religious buildings on this tour will show you the history, culture and worship traditions of the Venezuelan people. In addition to objects of worship, you will see fine paintings, sculptures and more.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.2 km
Self-Guided Galleries Tour of Caracas

Self-Guided Galleries Tour of Caracas

This tour will give you insight into the local art scene and craft-making traditions of Caracas. Whatever your taste in art, you will find something to capture your attention. Take this tour to visit the best galleries Caracas has to offer!

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 6.0 km

Tips for Exploring City on Foot at Your Own Pace

Whether you are in Caracas for a quick stopover or have a few days to see the city in more detail, exploring it on foot, at your own pace, is definitely the way to go. Here are some tips for you to save money, see the best Caracas has to offer, take good care of your feet while walking, and keep your mobile device – your ultimate "work horse" on this trip - well fed and safe.

Taking Care of Your Feet

To ensure ultimate satisfaction from a day of walking around the city as big as Caracas, it is imperative to take good care of your feet so as to avoid unpleasant things like blisters, cold or overheated soles, itchy, irritated or otherwise damaged (cracked) skin, etc. Luckily, these days there is no shortage of remedies to address (and, ideally, to prevent) these and other potential problems with feet. Among them: Compression Socks, Rechargeable Battery-Powered Thermo Socks for Cold Weather, Foot Repair Cream, Deodorant Powder, Shoes UV Sterilizer, and many more that you may wish to find a place in your travel kit for.

Travel Gadgets for Your Mobile Device

Your mobile phone or tablet will be your work horse on a self-guided walk. They offer tour map, guide you from one attraction to another, and provide informative background for the sights you wish to visit. Therefore it is absolutely essential to plan against unexpected power outages in the wrong place at the wrong time, much as to ensure the safety of your device.

For these and other contingencies, here's the list of useful appliances: Portable Charger/External Battery Pack, Worldwide Travel Charger Adapter, Power Converter for International Travel Adapter, and Mobile Device Leash.