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Estadio Antonio Herrera Guitierrez

At Estadio Antonio Herrera Guitierrez, the color red doesn’t necessarily imply revolutionary activity – it’s simply the color of the hometown Cardenales de Lara, one of the country’s eight baseball teams....

Museum in Barquisimeto

Museo de Barquisimeto

The Museo de Barquisimeto in an imposing historical building with a rectangular courtyard centered on a chapel. It was built in the 1910s as a hospital, and later authorities decided to demolish it to make way...

Activity in Barquisimeto

Flor de Venezuela aka Flor de Hannover

This was the nation’s contribution to the World Expo in Hannover, Germany in 2000. Created by local architect Fruto Vivas, the three-story glass-and-iron structure has 10m ‘petals’ – when the hydraulics open the...

Activity in Barquisimeto

El Meson del Guaro

Sip on a ‘Ton Collins’ or ‘Fruyt Ponch’ at this old-school local favorite, designed with the beef-, shrimp- and chicken-lover in mind. The black-vested waiters can be a bit overly solicitous, but try the parrilla...

Church in Barquisimeto

Iglesia de San Francisco

The handsome Iglesia de San Francisco, on the southern side of Plaza Lara, was built in 1865 and carried the distinction of being Barquisimeto’s second city cathedral, until the modern Catedral de Barquisimeto...

Architecture in Barquisimeto

Catedral de Barquisimeto

This cathedral was constructed in the 1960s. It has a bold, innovative design, noted for its parabolic concrete roof and a centrally located high altar. The cathedral is open only for mass (normally at 6pm...

Zoo in Barquisimeto

Parque Zoológico y Botánico Bararida

Located 1.5km north-east of the center, is this large park with an artificial lake and cafes, in addition to the city’s zoo and botanical gardens. Here you’ll see some of Venezuela’s usual plants and animals,...

Church in Barquisimeto

Iglesia de la Concepción

The pretty Iglesia de la Concepción, on the square’s southern side, was Barquisimeto’s first cathedral, but it was destroyed in the earthquake of 1812 and rebuilt 30 years later in a different style.

Seafood in Barquisimeto

Perla Negra

This is a hip black-marbled bar-restaurant inside the Posada Ibiza. It serves up breakfast and wicked portions of steak, pasta and three different risottos, and the bar invites you to linger long after your meal.

Fusion in Barquisimeto

D’Elpunto Restaurant

D’Elpunto serves comida creativa (creative food). The waiters will be happy to explain the intricacies, including the salomo en salsa erotica (beef shoulder in erotic sauce). Yowsa!

Activity in Barquisimeto

La Mansion del Chivo

There’s a dumbwaiter, real waiters, local wines and classic ’80s videos competing with baseball on the TV. And the food? Leave a pile of bones behind after a chivo asado (barbecued goat).

South American in Barquisimeto

El Bodegón del Centro

Cured hams hang behind the large bar in this tasca-style restaurant that does solid, stick-to-your-ribs food. Ignore the menu and ask for the special of the day instead.

Theatre in Barquisimeto

Teatro Juáres

The city’s main theater center, Teatro Juáres hosts other cultural events as well, including music performances.