Top things to do

Top Choice Bar in Maracaibo

Ateneo Pop

With film projections on the wall, fabulous DJ sets and everyone downing pizzas (BsF42 to BsF90) and buckets of icy beer, this hip roof terrace beer-garden is a funky place to chill out under the stars. Two beers in…
Church in Maracaibo

Catedral

The eastern end of the Paseo de las Ciencias is bordered by the 19th-century catedral. The most revered image in the cathedral is the Cristo Negro, or Cristo de Gibraltar, as it was called originally in the church o…
Architectural in Maracaibo

Casa de la Capitulación

The late-18th-century Casa Morales is better known as Casa de la Capitulación, for it was here that the Spaniards who were defeated in the naval battle of Lago de Maracaibo signed the act of capitulation on August 3…
Museum in Maracaibo

Museo Urdaneta

A short walk north from the center is this museum, which is dedicated to Maracaibo-born General Rafael Urdaneta, the city’s greatest independence hero. Built on the site of Urdaneta’s birth, it features a collection…
Seafood in Maracaibo

Restaurant El Girasol

This is the only revolving restaurant in the country – an entire circle takes about two hours and the floor-to-ceiling windows provide for great views – you might even see the Catatumbo lightning in the distance. Yo…
Theatre in Maracaibo

Teatro Baralt

Inaugurated in 1932, this is the main central venue for theater performances, but it also stages other events. Half-hour guided tours are run from 9am to noon weekdays, if there are no other activities in the theate…
in Maracaibo

Bahia Rastabar

DJs spin trendy reggae and reggaetón in this youthful bar, conveniently across the street from Los Soles Restaurant. Outdoor tables are more relaxed, and what’s not to like about a bar that has drinks like ‘Mango Fu…
Mexican in Maracaibo

Restaurant Los Soles

Run by a Mexican family, this bright, airy new spot brings some authentic Mexican flavor to town. You can have your tacos and enchiladas outside if you want, but the colorful interior offers deliciously cool air-con…
Church in Maracaibo

Iglesia de Santa Bárbara

The blue-colored neo-Gothic Iglesia de Santa Bárbara was the only structure not pulled down in the demolition of colonial buildings that formed the core of Maracaibo’s oldest quarter, El Saladillo.
South American in Maracaibo

El Budare de Juana

This clean and efficient arepera – part of a local chain – serves 25 different kinds of delicious arepas (stuffed corn pancakes) and a dozen freshly made juices to wash the food down.