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DININGDINING
Special
ties are appetizer Tequenos (fried thin dough wrapped around local white cheese), Arepas (indian corn bread), Tostads (the interior of the corn Bread gets removed and the crispy shell filled with ham, cheese, seasoned meat, chicken salad or stuffed curd) and Empanadas (meat pie) . Roast Lapa (juicy roast), Chipie Chipie (soup from small clams) and Hervido (soup with beef, chicken or fish and local vegetables) are also very tasty. The fairly sharp Guasacaca side dish is normally to be eaten with meat. Pabellon Criollo (meatloaf) with black beans, cooking bananas and rice is another delicacy. Table service is common.
Drinks: Foreign wines are bottled. Several good local beer, the aperitif Pousse-Cafe, gin and rum are excellent. Merengada (fruit, ice cream, milk and sugar) is an exciting refreshment. Batido is another good thirst quencher, but it is made with water. In the bars there is service at table or counter. Most bars are opened until late.

NIGHT LIFE
In the National Theater and on the many urban theaters are concerts, ballet performances, plays, operas and operettas to enjoy. Caracas also offers outdoor theaters and cinemas.


Shopping Tips
Gems, jewelry, Cacique coins, gold, pearls. Shoes, handbags, mats, pipes, baskets, Alpargatas (traditional footwear of indigenous Gampesinos) and Chinchorros (hammocks).

SPORTS
Jungle tours: Many tour operators offering adventure tours. There are numerous golf clubs, but membership is recommended sometimes. Water: Approximately one hour away from Caracas, there is the Caribbean sea with their beautiful beaches. Macuro arranges sailing regattas annually. Diving and snorkelling is nice at Chichiriviche, the Cata-bay and Macuro. Snorkelers will focus particularly on the island Margarira. Snow: The season is from May to October. Horse Racing: In Caracas is South America's most modern and largest racetrack La Rinconada, which is open on weekends. Boxing, baseball and football are very popular. Wrestling: Competitions in traditional Lucha Libre-style take place weekly.

EVENTS CALENDAR
Every town celebrates a feast for the patron saint. The fiestas Visitors can see the colorful folklore and experience the cultural diversity of the country. Details are to find at tourist offices.

Manners and conventions
Shake hands is common for welcome. The abrazo, a combination of a hug and handshake, is also common. In Caracas is cautious clothes appropriate. Men should wear business suits on business meetings. In restaurants and social occasions are expected jacket and tie. On the coast, the clothing, Casual, but swimwear belongs to the beach. Non-Smoking should be respected.
Gratuity: In common it is discretionary. In most of the bars and restaurants 10% service charge are included in the bills, but further 10% are common. The hotel staff also expects something. Taxi drivers receive only a tip when they helped carrying the luggage. In Caracas, more tip is usual than at other parts of the country.

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