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Altamira Square

An attractive plaza known for its towering obelisk is a popular venue for festivals, open-air concerts and political demonstrations.

Altamira Square is one of the most photographed landmarks in Caracas, for its 79-foot (24-meter) high obelisk, water mirror and fountain. The attractive plaza is a popular recreation space where people come to walk, relax and catch up with friends.  Occasionally, it’s a focal point for political rallies.

Walk around the square and delight in its features. Bring your camera with you to photograph the obelisk. Frame one of the shots with the El Avila mountain range in the background. In front of the tall column are fountains and a statue of the Virgin Mary. Make a point of coming back to the square at night to see the obelisk illuminated with the colors of the Venezuelan flag.

Go over to the water mirror that sends water gushing down a wide channel to the square’s lower level where there is a small shopping center. Stroll by trees and the symmetrical patches of grass.

Buy an ice cream from one of the street vendors and sit on a bench to appreciate the atmosphere and the views. There are always people walking through the square. The summer evenings attract the largest crowds, especially if there is an open-air concert. The square also hosts a number of other public events throughout the year including book fairs and food festivals. 

When you are ready to leave, stop by one of the nearby cafés and restaurants for a drink or a meal.  

Altamira Square is located in the east of Caracas, about 3 miles (5 kilometers) from the city center. It sits in the heart of the wealthy Altamira neighborhood and is bordered by major traffic arteries. Parking spaces in the immediate vicinity are very difficult to come by, however, there is a metro station directly on the square. You can also arrive by bus and taxi. You may hear locals referring to the open space as Plaza Francia, which is its official name.


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Lodging Near Altamira Square

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$267
Caracas Palace Hotel

Caracas Palace Hotel

Av. Luis Roche, Caracas
0.0 out of 5.0

Located in Altamira, this spa hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Altamira Square, Centro de Arte La Estancia, and Fundacion Centro de Estudios Latinoamericanos Romulo Gallegos. Plaza los Palos Grandes and East Park are also within 1 mi (2 km).

$415
Hotel The VIP Caracas

Hotel The VIP Caracas

Tercera transversal con Avenida, Caracas
3.8
of 5, from 13 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

Located in Altamira, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Fundacion Centro de Estudios Latinoamericanos Romulo Gallegos, Altamira Square, and Plaza los Palos Grandes. Centro de Arte La Estancia and Sambil Caracas Commercial Center are also within 1 mi (2 km).

Hotel Cuarta Avenida Suites

Hotel Cuarta Avenida Suites

4ta Av. Los Palos Grandes Entre 1ra Y, CARACAS
2.5 out of 5.0

Situated in Caracas, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Plaza los Palos Grandes, Altamira Square, and Centro de Arte La Estancia. Fundacion Centro de Estudios Latinoamericanos Romulo Gallegos and Millennium Mall are also within 15 minutes.

$151
Renaissance Caracas La Castellana Hotel

Renaissance Caracas La Castellana Hotel

Av Eugenio Mendoza Con Calle Urdaneta, Caracas
4.4
of 5, from 42 reviews
4.5 out of 5.0

Located in Chacao, this luxury hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Altamira Square, Fundacion Centro de Estudios Latinoamericanos Romulo Gallegos, and Centro de Arte La Estancia. Sambil Caracas Commercial Center and Plaza los Palos Grandes are also within 1 mi (2 km).

$133
Hotel Aladdin Caracas - Couples Only

Hotel Aladdin Caracas - Couples Only

Street Guaicaipuro, El Rosal, Caracas
3.5
of 5, from 8 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Located in Libertador Bolivarian Municipality, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Caracas Stock Exchange, Centro Comercial El Recreo, and Tolon Fashion Mall. Sambil Caracas Commercial Center and La Chiquinquira Church are also within 2 mi (3 km).

$105
Hotel Continental Altamira

Hotel Continental Altamira

Av San Juan Bosco Entre 2da y, Caracas
3.6
of 5, from 17 reviews
2.5 out of 5.0

Located in Altamira, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Fundacion Centro de Estudios Latinoamericanos Romulo Gallegos and Altamira Square. Plaza los Palos Grandes and Centro de Arte La Estancia are also within 15 minutes.

Altamira

Altamira

AVDA.JOSE FELIZ SOSA,, CARACAS
2.5 out of 5.0

Located in Altamira, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Altamira Square and Centro de Arte La Estancia. Fundacion Centro de Estudios Latinoamericanos Romulo Gallegos and Sambil Caracas Commercial Center are also within 15 minutes.

$215
Hotel CCT

Hotel CCT

Av. La Estancia, Chuao, Caracas
2.9
of 5, from 19 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

Located in Chacao, this spa hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Centro Comercial Ciudad Tamanaco, Sambil Caracas Commercial Center, and Tolon Fashion Mall. Caracas Stock Exchange and Altamira Square are also within 2 mi (3 km).