The Northeast portion of Venezuela consists of coastal beaches, reefs, islands, mountains, cacao plantations, forests and caves, which allow for a wealth of sightseeing and recreational opportunities. Most of the attractions in this region are located near the coast, including the cities of Barcelona, Puerto La Cruz, Cumaná, and Carupano.The Peninsula de Paria, jutting out towards Trinidad in the far northeast, offers something a little different from the rest of the coast. This is the area where Christopher Columbus landed in 1498, and the only place in South America where he came ashore. The landscape here is more lush and is a sharp contrast to the dry coastal stretch between Barcelona and Carupano.
Isla de Margarita
Porlamar (pop. 210,000) is the main city on Isla de Margarita. Trendy shops and a variety of restaurants and tourist facilities attract tourists, although there is little by way of sightseeing. The Museo de Arte Contemporáneo Francisco Narváez displays the art of this late artist from the island.
Cueva Del Guacharo, Caripe, Venezuela
Barcelona (pop. 300,000), capital of Anzoátegui, is slowly merging with neighboring Puerto La Cruz. Although Puerto La Cruz seems to be the developing tourist destination in this area, Barcelona is a much older city and offers a number of historical attractions. Founded in 1671, the city's historic district maintains some impressive colonial architecture and pleasant plazas.
Mochima National Park
Puerto La Cruz, Venezuela
Puerto La Cruz has been a growing community since the 1930s, when it was little more than a fishing village. Today it is becoming a popular tourist destination for Venezuelans. Ferries run regularly from here to Isla de Margarita. It is also a good base from which to explore nearby Mochima National Park or arrange tours to other parts of the country.
Castillo de San Antonio de la Eminencia
Iglesia de Santa Inés
The original church was built in 1637 but due to earthquakes has been rebuilt several times since then. The current church was rebuilt following the 1929 earthquake.
Rio Caribe, Venezuela
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