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Farm in Los Llanos

Hato La Fe

One of the smallest, cheapest and most accessible hatos (ranches), La Fe covers just 1070 hectares (2644 acres). While there are fewer animals here than at larger ranches, you'll still find spectacled caimans, antea…
Architectural in Los Llanos

Casa de la Cultura

On Barinas' main plaza is the colonial-style Casa de la Cultura, built in the 1780s as the town hall and jail. José Antonio Páez, a republican hero, was imprisoned here but managed to escape, liberating 115 of his f…
Architecture in Los Llanos

Basílica Catedral de Nuestra Señora de Coromoto

The most important religious monument is the Basílica Catedral de Nuestra Señora de Coromoto. It was constructed from 1710 to 1742, but the 1782 earthquake almost completely destroyed it. The holy image of the Virgi…
Christian Site in Los Llanos

Santuario Nacional de Nuestra Señora de Coromoto

The Santuario Nacional marks the holy site where the Virgen de Coromoto allegedly appeared in 1652. A cross was placed here after the event, and was later replaced with a chapel, but the site was isolated and rarely…
Christian Site in Los Llanos

Convento de San Francisco

The mid-18th-century Convento de San Francisco no longer serves its original purpose as a convent. In 1825, Venezuela’s first college was opened here. Today, the building accommodates the offices of the Universidad …
Museum in Los Llanos

Museo de la Ciudad de Guanare

Opposite the church in Guanare is a splendid two-story colonial mansion, one of the few buildings remaining from the Spanish period. It’s now home to the museum, and features exhibits related to the town’s history. …
Seafood in San Fernando de Apure

Restaurant Casa Bermejo

Set at the foot of the giant Monumento a San Fernando, this stylish spot sports waiters in peach shirts and ties and brightly colored tablecloths. It serves up good pasta, steak and seafood, especially the bagre or …
Museum in Los Llanos

Museo de Arte Colonial y Costumbrista San Francisco de Asís

This museum has a bizarre, 30,000-piece private collection of old objects, including kerosene lamps, hospital beds, jukeboxes, crucifixes, chamber pots, fire extinguishers, wedding dresses, surgical instruments, tur…
in Guanare

Los Toldos

It hasn’t got a menu, it hasn’t got air-con – heck, it doesn’t even have four walls – but this massively popular spot cranks out the asado, fresh off the grill. It does monster, heart-clogging arepas con queso (corn…
Italian in San Fernando de Apure

Las Delicias del Chef

This wine-lover's delight, set just outside of town in the grounds of the Italian-Venezuelan club, serves up some of the best pasta in town, not to mention a mean steak. Friday night and Sunday brunch boast live, so…