All Other Destinations and Attractions in Venezuela
Archipielago Los Roques
Gran Roque is the principal town on the island of the same name in the Archipiélago Los Roques. This small fishing town maintains a population of approximately 1000 people. Boats can be chartered from the town's waterfront area for those interested in visiting some of the surrounding islands. Of interest are the brightly painted houses which line the streets and an 1870s lighthouse outside of town which offers great views of the surrounding area.
As the name suggests, this area encompasses a portion of the Andes running from the state of Trujillo to the Columbian border. One of the principal destinations in this region is the city of Mérida, with an excellent central location in the mountains.Most tourists are attracted to the region for its hiking, incredible mountain views, fishing, or a chance to see the ways of rural Andean life.
The Northwest is characterized by beaches, islands, rain forests, waterfalls, caves, desert and dunes, and Lago de Maracaibo - the largest lake in South America. The major cities in this area are Maracaibo, Barquisimeto, and the colonial city of Coro. Morrocoy National Park is also a popular destination in this area for people interesting in hitting the beach.
Maracaibo is the second largest city in Venezuela with 1.3 million people. This area prospered in the early 1900's with the discovery of oil. The city itself does not have a lot of tourist attractions but does have developed tourist facilities and may make a good base for people interested in exploring this part of the country.
Valencia is the state capitol of Carabobo State and the third largest city in Venezuela. Valencia was founded on March 25, 1555. The city was besieged in 1561 and raided by French pirates in 1677, who burned down the City Hall destroying any documents pertaining to the early settlement of Valencia.The downtown area has beautiful buildings including University of Carabobo and Cathedral of Valencia.
Located at the base of Península de Paraguaná is the colonial city of Coro (pop. 140,000). Established in 1527, the city was the first capital of Venezuela. It still maintains some of the best preserved colonial architecture in the country.
Located in the northwest corner of Los Llanos, Guanare (pop. 130,000) is a major pilgrimage site. The Virgen de Coromoto is said to have appeared near the town in 1652. It is still an important spiritual site and gained even more prominence when the Virgen de Coromoto became Venezuela's patron saint in the 1940s.
San Fernando De Apure
There is very little to see in the city itself but it is the only place of any size in the region. Nearby hatos (ranches) offer tours of Los Llanos and wild life viewing excursions.
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