Although it was never my intent, I have visited many world capitals in my travels around the globe. Some of them were truly memorable and some were just average. Because the capital typically contains the government center and because much effort and investment is made in these government buildings, they are frequently must-see attractions for the tourist. It is also interesting that, outside of the United States, a country’s capital is often its largest city.
Mexico City, Mexico — The largest city in the world, population-wise, was once the center of the Aztec world.
Caracas, Venezuela — This mega-city on the northeastern edge of South America is a major oil exporter.
Panama City, Panama — The modern metropolis of modern Panama City is easily visible from the Old Town.
Belize City, Belize — This capital city is an important stopping-off point for visitors to Belize’s famous barrier reef, the second largest in the world.