Maracaibo Travel Guide

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Bridge over the Maracaibo Lake

Bridge over the Maracaibo Lake

Venezuela's second largest city Maracaibo located in the shores of the Maracaibo´s lake, it's the capital of Zulia state and the commercial center of the west of the country.

Old town was restored nicely there you will find the Botica Nueva: Venezuela's first elevator building; Chiquinquira Basilic, the most famous landmark of the downtown and just across the street the Plaza de la Virgen de Chiquinquira y todos los Santos, next to it is the Plaza Bolívar wich is sorrounded by the Goverment Palace, the Baralt Theater, and the Casa Morales place where it was sign the declaration of independence. The neighborhood of Santa Lucia which is just behind it, is also worth a visit.

Maracaibo counts with fine gallerys and museums some of them are the MACZUL, south america's largest contemporary art museum; Lía Bermudez Art Center, and the Theater of Fine Arts. There are a few good markets scattered around Maracaibo where you can buy things made by the local Guajira tribe.

The city offers great night life with a diversity of nightclubs and cafés wich could be find on the main streets (72th, Dr. Portillo, Santa Rita Avenue), also large shopping centers as Centro Sambil, Doral Center Mall, Galerias Mall and Centro Lago Mall located in the shores of the lake.

A nice place to go is the Vereda del Lago park, a big green park located in the shores almost next to the downtowm with a magnificent view of the lake, the bridge and the city.

Maracaibo is 500 km west of Caracas.

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