Caracas Venezuela Information
Airport, Hotels, Exit Taxes and General Info
Caracas is Venezuela' capital city and it's
largest city with a population around 4.6 million.
It is also a city that you
should not wander around in without an experienced guide as there are many areas
to avoid from a safety point of view.
The Caracas airport at Maquetia "Simon
Bolivar" is designated CCS for those of you using airline on-line booking sites.
The airport is located some 30 miles outside the main city and is very safe to
In all the years we have been receiving tourists not one has had a
problem going through this airport or in staying at the nearby hotels.
We have put together information below to
assist you in traveling to Venezuela and negotiating you way through the
For information on flights to Margarita,
Margarita exit taxes and other Frequently Asked Questions about Margarita Island
please refer to
Rules for the Caracas Airport.
The average daily wage in Venezuela is about Bs.1.200
(Salary + food bonus).
This should give you some sort of guideline
for paying baggage porters that swarm to assist you at the airport.
If you are coming direct to Isla Margarita then you
will have to go from the Caracas International Terminal
where you arrive from
outside Venezuela to the National Terminal to catch flights within the country.
It is within walking distance. Simply exit the International terminal and turn
It's about a 10 minute walk. If you have a lot of luggage than get a
porter but keep the first information in mind.
There is now a people mover
moving sidewalk between the two airports.
When you complete your luggage and customs do NOT enter the main terminal.
Turn left and you'll see the entrance to the covered tunnel to the National
Just inside the tunnel are kiosks for the various
You can check in and get rid of your luggage.
If you are arriving on a Friday, a Venezuelan long
weekend, Christmas, Easter, Carnival or during August it is absolutely essential
to have a pre-booked ticket to Isla Margarita (Porlamar).
There is NO law
currently that requires you to change all your US dollars at the airport.
A recent arrival reports that he was told that he was required to change
everything and, after commissions and payoffs to the "helper", he received a
very poor rate.
You might want to consider changing $50 or $100 or so to pay
taxis, etc. however do not fall into the above trap. Please see our FAQ page for
more exchange info .
If we have to stay overnight in Caracas,
Venezuela where should
Below is a list of 5 hotels near (10-15
minutes) the Caracas airport.
As we have not stayed in any of them we can not
recommend one over the other.
The prices are for 2 persons however most have
rooms for more.
The prices can also fluctuate due to exchange differences.
you are at the International terminal go to the taxi counter and buy a ticket to
the location you want to go to.
Do not be influenced by all the pirate taxis.
The last price we heard to get to one of these hotels was under US$5.
the hotels have a pick-up service or use a taxi that they have confidence in.
Just ask them if you make a reservation.
If anyone can recommend any others or has a had a good or bad experience at one of the listed
ones please e-mail
To see recent comments about these hotels please
TO PHONE ANY OF THESE HOTELS IN
CARACAS PLEASE ADD YOUR LONG DISTANCE CODE
AND THE VENEZUELA COUNTRY CODE OF 58.
example - from North America: 011-58-212-xxx-xxx.
5 minutes from Caracas airport.
Airport transfers - ask
telf. 58-212 351-9097
fax. 58-212 352-4603
Hotel La Parada (see
Av. Principal de la Atlántida,
Catia la Mar
Pick-up & Return from Airport - Included
Hotel IL Prezzano
Av. Principal de Playa Grande,
Catia la Mar.
Airport transfer - ask
Hotel Olé Caribe (see
NEW - 5 star - English spoken
Phone: 58-212-331-1133 (ext. 1010) Arelys Rivas
Best Western Puerto Viejo
Av. Principal de Puerto Viejo,
Catia la Mar.
Five star (?) (see comments)
Hotel Tanausu (see
Final Av. de La Atlántida,
Catia La Mar
Phone / FAX : 58- 212-312-6518
What is the Venezuelan Exit Tax?
As of Jan. 2012 all foreign carriers are
required to include the exit tax in the price of their tickets
There is NO
entry tax into Venezuela.
A recent scam at the Caracas airport tried to
get $30 per person from new arrived foreigners INTO Venezuela. If approached
just say no!!
For information on the exit tax from Margarita Island
please see our FAQ page .