Lara & Yaracuy States

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Activity 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...

Activity in Barquisimeto

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...

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...

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...

Activity 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...

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,...

Activity 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...

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,...

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.

Activity in Carora

Parrilla Barí

The restaurant of Hotel Parilla Barí looks extremely basic, yet the food is OK, portions are generous and almost none of its 40-plus dishes cost more than BsF25.

Christian Site in Carora

Capilla San Dionisio

The Capilla San Dionisio dates from 1743. It’s used only for special ceremonies, such as funerals, and is closed at other times.

Theatre in Barquisimeto

Teatro Juáres

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