Attractions

Entertainment in Maracay

Teatro de la Opera

Commissioned by Gómez in 1934, this Soviet-esque theater was intended to be the best in the country, to match the capital status of the city. An immense budget of two million bolívares was allotted for the structure…
National Park in Coro

Parque Nacional Médanos de Coro

Mesmerizing zebra stripes of sand shimmer in the breeze at the Parque Nacional Médanos de Coro, a spectacular desert landscape with sand dunes of 30m in height. Late afternoon is the best time to visit, when the sun…
Museum in Coro

Museo Diocesano Lucas Guillermo Castillo

For an insight into the colonial past, go to the Museo Diocesano Lucas Guillermo Castillo which is named after a local bishop. Accommodated in 15 rooms of a 17th-century Franciscan convent, the museum boasts an exte…
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…
in Maracay

Panteón de Gómez

In typical dictator style, once Gómez had taken a firm grip of Venezuela, he set about building himself a grandiose mausoleum. Finished in 1919, this rather pretentious pantheon structure is topped by a white Mooris…
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…
in El Tocuyo

Iglesia de Nuestra Señora de la Concepción

This is the town’s most important monument. The church was badly damaged in the 1950 earthquake and was bulldozed. It was later reconstructed and its whitewashed exterior is noted for its unusual bell tower and fine…
in Maracay

Casa de Dolores Amelia

Set on the northern side of Parque Bicentenario, this fine mansion was built in 1927 by Gómez for his favorite mistress, Dolores Amelia Núñez de Cáceres. Designed in the neo-Sevillan style, the building has been nic…
Museum in Barquisimeto

Museo de Barquisimeto

The Museo de Barquisimeto in an imposing historical building with a rectangular courtyard centered on a chapel. It was built in the 1910s as a hospital, and later authorities decided to demolish it to make way for m…
in Península De Paraguaná

Reserva Biológica de Montecano

This small wooded area, only 16 sq km, is the only remaining lowland forest on the Península de Paraguaná. Amazingly, it provides a habitat for 62% of the plant species of Falcón state and attracts a great variety o…