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Caracas Comes of Age

More than three million Caraqueños can't be wrong. Seeing the city as violent and intimidating, many travelers avoid Caracas at all costs, but learn your way around the metro and you'll discover an enchanting Latin American capital with Art Deco buildings, colonial churches, and a flourishing high culture. Begin your tour, as many do, at Plaza Bolívar, where the Casa Natal and Museo Bolivariano, the modest birthplace of South America's liberator Simón Bolívar, stand proudly beside the Iglesia de San Francisco and El Catedral, the two most important churches in Caracas. Important museums are sprinkled throughout the center. The adjoined Galería de Arte Nacional and Museo de Bellas Artes house the most important collection in the country, ranging from fine modern pieces to folk arts and crafts. The nearby Museo de Arte Contemporáneo Sofía Imber is home to contemporary pieces from European masters such as Picasso and Miró. Afterwards, snack on the ubiquitous Venezuelan arepa or dine at trendy Nuevo Latino hangouts like Hoja Santa or Astrid y Gastón before you hit the cosmopolitan nightspots, where you might run across everyone from Victoria's Secret models to fútbol stars.

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