Attractions

in El Tocuyo

Iglesia de Nuestra Señora de la Concepción

This is the town’s most important monument. The church was badly damaged in the 1950 earthquake and was bulldozed. It was later reconstructed and its whitewashed exterior is noted for its unusual bell tower and fine…
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 for m…
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 flo…
Christian Site in Carora

Capilla del Calvario

The Capilla del Calvario has a beautiful facade, a fine example of local baroque. Its simple interior features an interesting main retable, plus two side retables on both walls. The chapel is often open in the morni…
in El Tocuyo

Museo Arqueológico JM Cruxent

This museum has a small collection of pre-Hispanic pottery, photos depicting the damage by the 1950 earthquake, and regional crafts. Note the remains of a 30m-long steam riverboat from around 1850, proving that the …
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 was c…
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 weekdays,…
in El Tocuyo

Museo Lisandro Alvarado

Named after the locally born politician, doctor and anthropologist, this museum features old maps, documents, paintings and etchings and a variety of historic objects. Look for an amazing old bell from the defunct S…
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, such a…
Church in Carora

Iglesia de San Juan Bautista

This mid-17th-century church shelters an amazing, richly gilded main retable dating from 1760. The church is only open in the late afternoon, but if you enquire in the Casa Parroquial, right behind the church, someo…