Caracas tours and excursions
Fly over Caracas
Undoubtedly the safest way to see Caracas and all its many boroughs, Vive Parapente offer tandem paragliding experiences over the capital with a flight that lasts between 8 and 15 minutes, landing back down at Playa Los Cocos.Tel: +58 416 6332 605.
There are few operators offering city tours, but it's possible to hire a local guide through any travel agency used to dealing with foreigners. Most tour operators have their sights set far beyond the city, but for excursions nearby you can try Caracas CityTour on the La Candelaria, and Trotamundos on the third floor or Torre America on Avenida Venezuela in Bello Monte.Tel: +58 412 2616 259; + 58 212 762 4996.
Archipelago Los Roques
Hop on a short flight out to the idyllic islets of Archipelago Los Roques, 160km (99 miles) off the coast from Caracas, to enjoy ivory-white beaches and transparent waters with not a single chain hotel or nightclub in sight. Or catch a bus to the coastline just beyond the airport, where there are some reasonable beaches.Website: http://www.losroques.org
Take a day trip out to the mountain town of Colonia Tovar, ensconced in the cloud forest 60km (37 miles) west of Caracas. Once an enclave of German immigrants, it is filled with incongruous Black Forest architecture, traditionally dressed shopkeepers and enough sausages to feed an army. A unique German oasis in a Latin American home.Website: http://www.coloniatovar.net