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Highways

Caracas-La Guaira Highway (the Austopista)

The Caracas-La Guaira highway is a freeway that connects Caracas, the capital of Venezuela, to the port city of La Guaira. It is the primary route between Caracas and the coast, including the main international airport, Simón Bolívar International Airport. The highway was constructed from January 1950 and was finished by the end of 1953 with a huge cost. It was originally a toll road. The 20-mile highway replaced two tortuous two-lane roads through the mountains and reduced the trip between its endpoints from several hours to half an hour. The entire highway has four lanes.

Autopista-Caracas la Guaria

The Autopista

Regional Freeway of the Center

The Regional freeway of the Center is the most important road artery of Venezuela, the same unites to the cities of Caracas, the smaller Victoria, Maracay and Valencia as well as other cities. The freeway was constructed during the 50s and 60s, being one of its main impellers of General Marcos Perez Jiménez. Designed originally for a maximum flow of 25,000 vehicles. Other 6000 vehicles flow in other freeways of Caracas

Cable Cars

Merida Cable Car

The Mérida Cable Car (Spanish: Teleférico de Mérida) is the world's highest cable car. Its base is located in the Venezuelan city of Mérida at an altitude of 1,640 metres (5,380 ft), and its terminus is on Pico Espejo, at 4,765 metres (15,633 ft). The whole system was opened to the public in 1960.

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Merida Cable Car

Caracas Aerial Tramway

The aerial tramway of the city of Caracas, Venezuela, was inaugurated on April 19, 1952 by the then president of Venezuela, General Marcos Pérez Jiménez. The original system had 4 stations and two sections, first between the city of Caracas (1000m), and the top of Avila hill (2100m), that also took the passengers down to the Hotel Humboldt, and the second section left of the Avila, station that passed over the town of Galipán and finished in El Cojo station in Macuto although the Estado Vargas (Vargas Station)

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Caracas Tramway

University City of Caracas

See Also: University City of Caracas

The University City of Caracas (Spanish: Ciudad Universitaria de Caracas) is the main Campus of the Central University of Venezuela. It was designed by the Venezuelan architect Carlos Raúl Villanueva and was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 2000. The Ciudad Universitaria de Caracas is considered a masterpiece of architecture and urban planning and is the only university campus designed by a single architect in the 20th century that has received such recognition by UNESCO.

The Campus and buildings of the Universidad Central de Venezuela are considered to be Villanueva's masterwork. Built on the site of the old Hacienda Ibarra (which originally belonged to Simon Bolívar's family) and connected to the new city center around Plaza Venezuela, the project required a massive undertaking of both urban planning and architectural design. The administration of President Isaías Medina Angarita bought the Hacienda Ibarra in 1942 in order to give the University a larger location than the Saint Francis Covent, giving Villanueva a unique opportunity to apply his conscious integration of art and architecture on a grand scale. This vast urban complex of about 2 km² included a total of forty buildings and it became one of the most successful applications of Modern Architecture in Latin America. Villanueva worked closely with all the artists who contributed with their oeuvres and personally supervised the project for over 25 years until the late 1960's when his deteriorating health forced him to leave some buildings in the design stage.

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