Welcome to Cumaná
Founded by the Spanish in 1521, Cumaná has the distinction of being the oldest remaining Spanish settlement on the South American mainland. It boasts a pretty historical district, but it’s primarily used as a stepping stone to Isla de Margarita, Península de Araya, Santa Fe, Mochima and the Cueva del Guácharo. Stock up on cash and other city conveniences here before visiting smaller nearby towns, and take care when walking at night.
For the best views of the city and coastline, hoof it up to the Castillo de San Antonio de la Eminencia, a colonial structure that has endured earthquakes and pirate attacks since it was built in 1659.