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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 …
Cigars in Cumaná

Tabaqueria La Cumanesa

Cumaná is renowned for its export-quality cigars, and at this company, founded in 1893, you can stroll the factory and watch the workers sort and hand-roll the 13 varieties. All save one are made from Venezuelan-gro…
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…
Venezuelan in Río Caribe

Mi Cocina

Down an unlikely side street parallel to Av Bermúdez, this little air-conditioned oasis comes complete with a religious shrine. The dishes on offer form a standard Venezuelan set (fried catch of the day, grilled mea…
Venezuelan in Río Caribe

La Tasca de Luís

The mounted head of a bull flanked by two calves is the charmingly shameless centerpiece of this tasca restaurant's decor. Dark wood furniture, an old-school bar and unfortunate white strip lighting complete the sce…
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…