Urban Parks & Plazas, Caracas
The entrance to the Botanical Garden is just next to the entrance to the University. On 70 hectare there are over 2200 species and all together 150 000 plants. There are a few greenhouses and there are walking paths for nice walks and a couple of ponds. In the garden you will find Venezuelan species but also plants from all over the world. There are several very big and beautiful trees.
The Botanical Garden was created by Dr Tobías Lasser in 1945 and in 1958 it opened up to the public.
The garden is open every day between 8.30 - 16.30. Admission was 1BsF (June 2008).
In the map, I thought Parque Central was a really huge park, with some greenery at least.
Gosh, how wrong I was! It actually is a huge massive series of inter-connected buildings, very very grey, ugly and old.
At the basement, there is a maze of shops and restaurants but I was highly amused by how RETRO this place looked. It was built in the 1960s and has two of the tallest towers in Venezuela.
One of the towers, Torre Este, had a huge fire in October 2004 on the top handful of floors, and so, that part of the ‘park’ was a complete disaster when I was there, as workers closed up certain areas to restore the tower. I am sure it is restored now.
The Museo de Teclado, Museo de Los Ninos (Children's Museum) and Museo de Arte Contemporaneo (Museum of Contemporary Art) are located here.
Is one of sport the most important parks of the city capital that begin the day doing exercise between the trees and the walking tracks. In afternoon the young people at the sport fields, the children to play in the gardens arrive and the families to take a walk. Also you found animals, among the mammals, reptiles and birds, located in the calls Terrarium and Aviarium. Some of these are: toucans, guacamayas, boas, tragavenados, toads, cayman of the Orinoco, monkeys, tigers, squirrels, among others.
This beautiful plaza of the east of the city, well-known like Plaza Altamira, is it is a place were children and young people go to spend time, and also family in general during the week ends. You can seat to talk and to enjoy an ice cream, during weekend activities are organized so that the population can entertain itself and relax. In the middle of the plaza you find imposing obelisk, which is worth the trouble to admire.
Advantages it is that you have the metro just there and bus station that connect with different places of Caracas. Also you will find several good, cheap hotels around.
During a time this plaza was very emblematical since it was yields of politics disputes, the opponents to the government and military that were against the government take the plaza
By almost a year, Always was crowded and was not very safe several tragedies happen there due to politic. Know it is very safe to be there :-)
Caracas has several parks. The biggest one is the Avila National Park, where sport fans can climb 400 meters (1200 ft) in half an hour, and be awarded with a beautiful view of the city. To see other parks, click below..
Park of the East Rómulo Betancourt This beautiful park is a true alternative for the native of Caracas, offering a great variety of scenes cultivated with different types from Venezuelan vegetation. Account with a small sample of the Venezuelan fauna, which appears simulating its natural habitat. The park, in addition, is a paradise for the lovers of the sport activities, because in him they meet, from early hours in the morning, the trotadores and runners who have in the park a true oasis. It has a great variety of kioskos to make celebrations and other activities infantile. The people interested in making this type of activity must ask for the authorization of the Department of Administration of the Park of the East.