Santiago de Leon de Caracas or just Caracas is also known as the town of eternal spring. It is located in the northern area of the state, in the peaceful Caracas Valley below the famous Cordillera de la Costa mountain range.
Caracas is the capital of the country and its cultural and economic center. With the population of more than 3,2 million people, it is also the largest city in Venezuela. Although it is very close to the Caribbean Sea, the city is separated from it by high mountain range of Cerro El Avilla. It was founded in 1567 by the Spanish conquistador Diego de Losada.
Venezuela’s capital has four municipalities, and according to the Constitution, they have control under all executive and legislative issues.
Climate is very moderate and pleasant, with small annual amplitude of only 2 Celsius.
Almost all major companies are headquartered in Caracas, mainly in Mila de Oro, central business district. This city has service- based economy, with just small industrial activity. The main production companies are related to textiles, leather, cement and food.
The biggest problem of Caracas is crime. In fact, this city is one of the most dangerous capitals in the world, with the highest rate on murders. If you are thinking about car rental in Caracas, we recommend you to avoid small urban areas on the hills around the city, because they are very dangerous for strangers.
Rules about car rental in Caracas
The good news for all foreigners is that they can use car rental in Caracas without any additional permits or limitation, just like with rent a car in Ecuador. Of course, you will have to provide your passport and valid driver’s license from your domestic country. An International permit is recommended.
You must drive on the right side of the road, and seat belts are mandatory.
In general, the whole Caracas is well- equipped with petrol stations. The majority of them work from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. Do not be surprised if employee on a station asks you for a tip.
You will not have any trouble with parking, because there is plenty of park space in the city.
Venezuela’s capital is pretty much confusing for driving, which is the reason why it would the best if you can use GSP. Jams are quite usual, especially during the rush hours. Police check points are common.
If you want to use car rental in Caracas for exploring the city, East Park can be your starting point. It represents green oasis in the middle of city, with a small zoo and replica of the Leander, exploring ship which was led by the Francisco de Miranda.
For those who want to enjoy in the sun and ocean, you can start renting a car in Venezuela and visit Morrocoy National Park – this will be the perfect choice. It is known because of its beautiful sandy beaches and clear water full of dolphins and huge turtles. The park is located in the northeast part of the country, only three hours of easy drive from Caracas.
There are many renting companies in Caracas, including big international agencies like Avis, Budget, Hertz, and Europcar. It’s actually quite easy for all people who decide for car renting in Panama and Caracas. The major problem for those who want to drive abroad is that none of these agencies do not provide such service and leaving Venezuela.