Last days in South America

Caracas Travel Blog

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Cable car over Caracas.
4 October:
Last night in South America tonight!  Had to leave the beach at 6.45am in a mini-van to Puerto la Cruz, and our connection to Caracas at 9am.  The bus terminal was brand new, so very clean and organised.  Interesting to note that on the buses to Caracas, men are not allowed to wear shorts - must wear long trouser!  Women can wear whatever they want!  Once we checked-in to our hotel, Terry had to leave almost straight away, but he organised our taxis to take us to the airport tomorrow and told us what to go and see in Caracas (not very much, really).  We caught up with the internet and then had our last dinner with Los 5 Fantasticos (us, HJ, Adrian and Scott).
Forecourt of the parliament, Caracas.
  The restaurant was right next to the hotel and very nice, tried some local dishes and enjoyed a very strong G&T!

5 October:
Did our Caracas sight-seeing today.  Went up to the cable-car station early, got there just after 9am but it didn't open until 10am.  Lucky we got there early, though, because by the time it opened the queue was enormous and we wouldn't have had to time to get up and back before Adrian had to get back to the hotel.  The ride up the mountain is quite long, about 4kms apparently, and gives a great view of the city.  When you get to the top, you can also see out to the ocean, although it blends in so well it's hard to tell if it's sea or sky.  Got back to the hotel about midday to see off Adrian, then caught the metro with HJ over to Plaza Bolivar with its state of Simon Bolivar - the Lonely Planet says the area has artisan stalls on Sunday, but nothing here.
Statue of Simon Bolivar in his own plaza.
  The cathedral is also on the plaza, and is very simple with little decoration - very nice! It holds the Bolivar family chapel, but we didn't look around too much as a service was taking place.  Tried a local drink 'chicha' - sort of like a runny rice pudding, quite sweet.  Visited the Casa Natal de Boliva, where the liberator was born and lived.  The house is quite nice, but has nothing original apart from a few personal effects.  The Capitolio Nacional (Parliament) is just around the corner and like many other historic buildings in Caracas, has been restored, so looks really good.  After lunch in a small restaurant near the metro station, we headed back to the hotel to finish off some internet and head off to the airport.  Just before we left for our flight, it started to bucket down with rain, but we still made it in plenty of time.
A courtyard in Bolivar's birthplace, Caracas.
  Took a while to check in, our old paper ticket confused them a bit!  Guess they're historical documents now!  Spent our last money on Venezuelan chocolate, then sat in the LAN lounge until we were ready to go (thank you, Qantas Club!).  The flight left a bit late, but we arrived in Lima early.  Unfortunately, we couldn't get into the lounge here as it is run by the airport, but we didn't have that long to fill in anyway.  Very impressed with the LAN inflight system - great selection of movies, TV, games etc., although from Lima to LA we tried to sleep most of the way.
Very strange to be leaving South America - been here for 8 1/2 months.  The trip has been fantastic - difficult at times, glorious at others, and generally a wonderful experience.  Hope we get back here again one day.
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Cable car over Caracas.
Cable car over Caracas.
Forecourt of the parliament, Carac…
Forecourt of the parliament, Cara…
Statue of Simon Bolivar in his own…
Statue of Simon Bolivar in his ow…
A courtyard in Bolivars birthplac…
A courtyard in Bolivar's birthpla…
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