The Venezuelan capital is located in a long, narrow valley just 16 kilometers from the coast. In addition to many modern structures, colonial buildings can also still be seen, particularly in San José and La Pastora sections in the old town. The Plaza Bolívar, with the old cathedral and the archbishop's palace are worth a visit here. In the capitol, built in1873, the colorful wall paintings celebrate the successes of the Venezuelan army in the struggle against Spanish colonial rule. In Venezuela, freedom fighter Simón Bolívar is still honored as a national hero. His sarcophagus can be found in the Panteon Nacional. On a stroll through the city you can also visit the Casa Natal del Libertador, a reproduction of the house in which Bolívar was born and which was later destroyed in an earthquake. In the museum next door, various personal items of this national hero are on display. Caracas is also home to quite a few good art museums. And those who love the nightlife will certainly enjoy the area around the Boulevard de Sabana Grande, with its nightclubs, bars and cafés. From the modern bus terminal visitors can catch a bus to almost anywhere in the country - the Caribbean coast, the Andes, the Gran Sabana or the Rio Orinoco. On your trip around the country you can follow the route of the German naturalist and explorer Alexander von Humboldt, another man who is highly respected in Venezuela.