La Guaira, located on Venezuela's Caribbean coast, is the main port of the country. It was founded in 1567 and had a delightful old colonial quarter and beautiful beaches nearby. La Guaira has a population of around 270,800 inhabitants.
After the Spanish founded Caracas in 1567, toward the turn of 16th century, Port of La Guaira emerged on the Caribbean coast and, since then, has been gateway to Caracas. During the 18th century the coastal city, with almost no land to develop, became a major harbour. Attacked by buccaneers, the Dutch, English, and French armadas, it was transformed into a walled, fortified city.
El Placer de La Guaira (La Guaira Bank) is an underwater ridge which is about 12 ml (19 km) off the coast from La Guaira. The bank is 12 ml (19 km) long from east to west and 4 ml (6 km) wide from north to south. El Placer de La Guaira rises from 50 fathoms (90 meters) in the surrounding region to 140 fathoms (260 meters). The area provides structure to deep-sea organisms like gorgonians, coral and sponges, that require ocean currents to bring food to them.
In 1999 the area was severly damaged by floods and landslides. In the main it's home to the international airport and commercial port for nearby Caracas. The capital city of Venezuela occupies a high valley in the coastal mountains. It is reached by tour bus or taxi by a steep climb through long tunnels.
Outside of Caracas cruisers can visit Parque Nacional El Avila where they can take the cable car to Monte Avila's top for views of Caracas. Also worth seeing is the mountain town of Colonia Tovar, established in 1843 by German immigrants and today offering magnificent landscapes, an interesting museum and old architecture.
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