Caracas, officially Santiago de Leon de Caracas is the Capital City of Venezuela and its administrative, financial, commercial and cultural centre. Caracas was founded in 1567 by Diego Losada. The Spanish discovered the Venezuelan coast in 1498 and began its colonization of these regions thereafter. But it was not until the sixteenth century, in 1558, that they ventured to expand its colonization to other areas, the first attempt was in what is now known as the city of Caracas. The name comes from Caracas tribe inhabiting one of the valleys adjacent to the existing coastal city on the north, the Valley of Los Caracas. It is located in the north-central coast of the country, about 15 km from the Caribbean coast and is situated in a mountain valley at an average altitude of 900 meters. The Warair Repano National Park is a "vegetable lung" and is what separates the city from the central coast.