The always open resort of Ávila Mágica and Hotel Humboldt, found at the top of Àvila and connected to Caracas by cableway, were expropriated by the Chavez government. It's worth the 20 minute trip from Caracas to the top for a stunning view of the city if the day is not cloudy.
In this cultural center people are constantly presenting plays, monologues, musical performances, photography exhibitions, painting, etc ... Almost every weekend they have some type of show, music performance or festival, and free entrance! An interesting choice for leisure, and it is also in a pretty quiet place and accessible from the city ...
In downtown Caracas you can find the "House of Study of History Lorenzo Mendoza of Venezuela", which serves as a library, museum and study center. It is a model of a typical Caracas house from yesteryears with its architecture and its great exhibited furniture. It has a consultation center and a study that documents he history of Venezuela. It was founded in 1761 as a school, and has been designed for various purposes: Income Headquarters of Snuff, Casa Real de la Moneda, the seat of the school of Juan Vicente González "El Salvador del Mundo" and the Santa Maria. In 1893 the house was acquired by the Mendoza family and became the residence of his descendants. I recommend you visit this beautiful house, where you can enjoy the central courtyard, the gallery that houses furniture, the library, the excavation (an interesting 10 meter deep pit that was dug just five years ago), and the gardens. Its floors and ceilings, all memories from the past. Its opening hours are Tuesday to Saturday from 9:00 am to 4:30 pm.
The surroundings of the Plaza Altamira are always congested - the metro with its four exits, cars passing in various directions, pedestrians always in a hurry. One of the nearby houses, however, offers a place of tranquility that limits the outside chaos. A green door opens to give us a very large space with flower gardens, walkways, tall trees and long grass to pass the day in. I walked into this place with a book in hand, seeking the shade of a tree. I sat down and no one said anything to me. Children were playing with a ball, others, further down, were also reading. It was a weekday and from where I was, I could see the house perfectly, which was once a major farm in the city that opened its doors to host some exhibits. You can tour the house, but not take pictures in order to preserve it since it is private. In the gardens though, there is no limit to the camera flash. In this Arts Center, curious musicians, bohemians and travellers meet. The weekends are different though, it fills up with concerts, food and becomes a perfect retreat. It opens its doors every day, free of charge.
It is a site that still allows you to take a walk. Its truly narrow streets, each with a portal with a little shop or a restaurant with typical things to eat, make it very special and quiet. There are shops with passages from one place to another. You should visit, it is worth it.
The Monte Bello Bandshell is an important architectural and cultural building in Caracas. It was built in 1853, to host the Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela. It was initially called "Jose Angel Lamas Amphitheater" in honor of the Venezuelan colonial composer. Today, it hosts musical groups to suit all tastes.
The Caracas council building, in the southern part of the Plaza Bolivar, is a beautiful colonial building. The ground floor can be visited, has a fountain with lions, and very beautiful decorative windows. Inside you can see maps, photos, and documents from Caracas since its founding, as well as a lovely chapel.
This is the largest complex in Venezuela, and one of the largest in Latin America, where a variety of shows take place: symphonies, operas, ballet, dance, and theatre. Located in the centre of Caracas, near the Museum Square, it has two rooms - Jose Felix Ribas and Rios Reyna - plus open spaces, smaller rooms, and terraces that host small exhibitions and presentations. The theatre is named in honour of the distinguished Venezuelan pianist. Inside there are several works by the artist Jesus Soto. The Rios Reyna room is the main headquarters of the Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela, with capacity for 2,405 spectators. The best way to see it is with a guided tour, so you can learn everything about the important cultural heritage of the building.