The capital city of Venezuela, Caracas is home to a mixture of things to see and do. It is known for being one of the most dangerous cities in the world, but as long as you’re careful there is no reason to skip this interesting city. A number of free things to do in Caracas means that a stay doesn’t have to break the bank either! You can experience some of the city’s rich history and lively culture, and there are beautiful natural attractions close to hand.
Some of the top free things to do in Caracas include:
Although you will need to pay for your transport to the mountain, walking around and enjoying the views cost nothing. There are several excellent hiking routes where you can really admire the scenery all around. Look out for local wildlife!
This pretty square is surrounded by a great mix of different architecture. It is named in honour of Simon Bolivar, an important historical figure who helped many countries to become independent of Spanish colonial rulers. There are some fine examples of colonial buildings as well as a few more modern constructions. There are several statues of the South American hero, as well as a larger one in the centre of the square of Simon Bolivar riding a horse. The pretty cathedral is free to go inside. There are some interesting street stalls to take a peek at, and if you can understand Spanish you may be amused by some of the political speeches that can often be heard outside of the different government buildings.
Simon Bolivar Mausoleum
A somewhat interesting final resting place, the white mausoleum looks like something between a flowing mountain range and a bumpy skating ramp! Whatever your take on it though, it is one of the city’s most important attractions. The former revolutionary was placed in the mausoleum after his remains were exhumed in 2010.
A quaint and charming neighbourhood, this is an excellent place to take a wander and simply soak up the sights and the atmosphere. A number of cute shops can be found inside former colonial-era homes and there are also several great restaurants and cafes.
The white sandy beaches are lapped by beautiful clear waters, perfect for some fun in the sun and some quality relaxation time. You might even end up sharing the beach with pelicans!
Bulevar de Sabana Grande
A bustling shopping area, sure, it will cost you if you want to make any purchases, but just walking along the pretty cobbled street and browsing will cost you absolutely nothing.
PDVSA La Estancia
A delightful park today, this was previously a coffee plantation. It’s a nice place to stroll around or take a seat and escape from the hustle and bustle of city life. There are several buildings scattered around the park.
Visit the place where the celebrated South American liberator was born way back in the 1600s. It is an important place for Venezuelans, indeed, also for other South American citizens, and it is likely that you will see a number of other South American tourist visiting at the same time of you. There are a number of interesting displays and exhibits that tell you more about Simon Bolivar’s life.
Make your money go further and check out some of these free things to do in Caracas when visiting the Venezuelan capital.