The Northeast attractions

in Clarines & Píritu

Iglesia de San Antonio

The Iglesia de San Antonio is at the upper end of the historic town of Clarines. Built in the 1750s, the church is a massive, squat construction laid out in a Latin-cross floor plan, and is one of only a few example…
Beach in Puerto la Cruz

Santa Fe

This fishing town is popular with international backpackers for its proximity to the islands of Parque Nacional Mochima. Travelers spend their days island-hopping and their nights drinking beer or merengadas (fruity…
Shopping Centre in Puerto la Cruz

Complejo Turistico El Morro

This large, modern waterfront complex is one of the most ambitious urban projects ever to be carried out in the country - a 20th century Venezuelan Venice. Set on a coastal stretch of land, the complex is a model re…
Waterfront in Puerto la Cruz

Paseo Colón

The lively waterfront boulevard, Paseo Colón, is the place for a late afternoon or evening promenade. This seafront and beach area comes to life when a gentle breeze sweeps away the heat of the day and kitschy …
Cave in Cueva del Guácharo

Cueva del Guácharo

Venezuela’s longest and most magnificent cave is 12km from Caripe on the road toward the coast. Alexander von Humboldt, the eminent scientist, penetrated 472m into the grotto in September 1799, and it was he who fir…
Architectural in Cumaná

Casa Ramos Sucre

Casa Ramos Sucre is dedicated to a local poet, José Antonio Ramos Sucre, born here in 1890. Sucre’s poetry was well ahead of his time, and it was only in the 1960s that his verses attracted the attention of scholars…
in Península de Araya

Salinas de Araya

This sprawling salt-extraction site is run by Sacosal and includes three areas: the salinas naturales (natural salt lagoon; referred to as Unidad 1), salinas artificiales (artificial salt pans; Unidad 2) and the mai…
Historic Building in Cumaná

Castillo de San Antonio de la Eminencia

The grandest and best-restored colonial structure in town is the coral-rock Castillo de San Antonio de la Eminencia, with good views over the city and coastline from a hill just southeast of the center. Constructed …
Farm in Around Río Caribe

Chocolates Paria

Tour the small-scale organic shade-grown cacao plantation and nibble on samples of varying concentration at this excellent chocolate producer. Tours are available in German, English and French. From Río Caribe's bus…
in Clarines & Píritu

Iglesia de Nuestra Señora de la Concepción

The fortresslike, three-nave Iglesia de Nuestra Señora de la Concepción has quite a number of remarkable colonial altarpieces. The main retable and the two side retables date from about 1745 and are richly gilded.