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,...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Activity 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...

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,...

Activity in Barinas

Jardín Botánico

In the vast grounds of the Universidad Nacional Experimental de los Llanos Ezequiel Zamora (Unellez), 3km southwest of the center, the Jardín Botánico has many beautiful trees, a plant nursery and a small zoo...

Activity in Barinas

Museo Alberto Arvelo Torrealba

Named after a local poet, the Museo Alberto Arvelo Torrealba is set in a splendid 200-year-old mansion with a charming patio and a tree-shaded garden. It features an exhibition related to the history of the city...

Pizza in San Fernando de Apure

Italian’s Pizza

This two-level pizza parlor pumps out the best – and quite possibly only – pizzas in town. Try the super italia (tuna, green olives and sausage), and finish the damage with one of four ice-cream flavors (BsF10 to...

Activity in Guanare

Parque Los Samanes

Parque Los Samanes is named after the species of spreading tree that grows in the park. You’ll find an impressive specimen in front of the entrance. Bolívar’s troops reputedly camped here in 1813.

International in San Fernando de Apure

La Taberna de Don Juan

Don Juan is a respectable, slightly upmarket restaurant, hosting discos and live music – joropo – on Thursdays. It serves up quality international fare, including paella valenciana.

Activity in Barinas

El Emperador

Packed on weekends, this is the biggest party in the center. It also offers a peaceful, wood-paneled side bar for a quiet drink, and parrilla (mixed grill) at lunchtime during the week.

Activity in Guanare

Museo de los Llanos

Outside the center, just 500m west of the tourist office, is the Museo de los Llanos, which has an archeological collection from the region.

South American in San Fernando de Apure

Arepas La Estación

This is a food kiosk, serving great arepas (stuffed corn pancakes) with 20 different fillings and open till late.