Venezuela - Caracas
Venezuela has a subtropical climate. The average temperature is 27C, except in the Andean
Zone, where temperatures can drop to zero degrees Celsius at the highest altitudes.
Throughout the rest of the country temperatures vary little, between a minimum of 22C to a
maximum of 32C. Caracas has an average temperature of 24C.
There are no four seasons here, only the Wet Season and the Dry Season. The Wet Season
lasts from May to November, the Dry from December to April. Daily rains come fast and
hard, then dissipate quickly. Venezuela has an average about 340 days of sunshine a year.
Air: International and
domestic flights arrive at Simon Bolivar National Terminal, about 20 minutes
Major carriers servicing
the airport are: Aerolineas Argentinas, Aeroperu, Air Aruba, Air France,
Alitalia, ALM, American Airlines, Avianca, British Airways, Iberia, KLM,
Lan Chile, Lloyd Aero Boliviano,
Saeta, TAP, United, Varig, Delta, Continental, Avensa, Servivensa, and Aeropostal.
Subway: Caracas has
an excellent subway system which runs from 5:30am to 11pm every day of the
year. It has 3 main lines that
cross the city and a bus
service that complements it.
Taxi: Taxis are available
throughout Caracas, but you should check the going rate and negotiate with
drivers. Venezuela cabs are currently
changes and meters will soon be mandatory.
In the case of an emergency, it is best to avoid the public hospitals, as
they have fewer resources and often lack necessary equipment. It is important
to carry a credit card,
cash, or checks to facilitate admission into the private hospitals and clinics.
Pharmacies are open during the day, and during the evenings and public holidays
look for ones that
Beaches are public, but be sure to ask whether or not the waters are safe to swim in as
some areas are contaminated. Light, casual clothing is suggested. On rare occasions, the
evenings can be chilly, so bring along a light jacket. It is also a good idea to carry a
photocopy of your documents and leave the originals in a safety deposit box back at the
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