Garden sights in Caracas
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Any given Sunday, there's plenty of activity within the extensive Parque del Este, from children playing hide-and-seek among the rock gardens, to soccer games, religious groups, martial arts classes and a profusion of lycra-clad bodies jogging while chatting into cell phones. Situated on a portion of a former coffee plantation, the 82-hectare park is the largest in Caracas, and a stroll through its expanses is a botanical odyssey, with many plants and trees labeled. You can visit the snake house, aviary and cactus garden, and on weekends enjoy astral displays in the Planetario Humboldt.
From Sabana Grande, it's a 10-minute walk west across hectic roads to reach the Botanical Gardens, but inside it's a blissful escape from the madness outside. As you delve deeper into the intertwining trees, draped vines and lush plants, the traffic noise fades away and birdsong takes over. The gardens are extensive, with plants from all over the world represented.