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[South America trip] Venezuela: Maracaibo

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Maracaibo is the second largest city in Venezuela. Maracaibo is known as the city of Lake Maracaibo, which has the most lightning strikes in the world. It is a city with the highest number of lightning strikes in the world. Especially in the village of Ologa in Maracaibo, it is said that it is a daily occurrence that the house is burnt in the area where lightning occurs most frequently in the world. Maracaibo was a thriving trade in cacao, coffee and sugar, but it has been very economical since modern times and oil mining began.

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Location

Maracaibo is a city located in the northern part of Venezuela.

History

Maracaibo was an unknown land until the Middle Ages. The area was developed in Alonso Pacheco in 1571. Originally, Malacaibo had a thriving trade in cacao, coffee and sugar, but the economy developed after the city was built, and from around the 20th century, oil refining and exports flourished due to the excavation of oil. Today, it has grown into the second largest city in Venezuela after Caracas.

Climate

Maracaibo is a very hot and humid area with high humidity. Temperatures range from 22 ° C to 35 ° C throughout the year.

Language

The official language of Venezuela is Spanish. Others are mostly immigrants, so German, Portuguese, Italian, etc. are also used.

Security

Maracaibo is one of the most unstable cities in South America. Maracaibo is still more stable than Caracas, but it is a dangerous city overall. Especially, it is very dangerous to go out on a street with few people or go out at night, so please avoid it.

Race

Venezuela is a multi-ethnic country. It is made up of many ethnic groups, including indigenous peoples, Spaniards, Portuguese, and even immigrants from Africa.

industry

Maracaibo is very rich in the oil industry. Maracaibo produces about three-quarters of the domestic oil production and is one of the world’s leading oil producing areas.

religion

Catholics make up 80% of Venezuela. Others include Protestantism, Judaism, and Islam.

currency

Venezuelan Bolivar is used.

Sightseeing spot 1 : Basílica de Nuestra Señora de Chiquinquira

A historic church built in 1686. It’s right next to the square, and when you enter the church building, you’ll find many beautifully carved chairs.

Sightseeing spot 2 : Puente General Rafael Urdaneta

A huge bridge with a total length of 8678m completed in 1962. It has become a popular spot not only for locals but also for tourists. This is the bridge that connects Maracaibo and the whole of Venezuela.

Sightseeing spot 3 : Calle Carabobo

A street lined with colorful buildings in a colonial style. It is an area with many restaurants and souvenir shops.

Sightseeing spot 4 : Lago de maracaibo

Lake Maracaibo is the largest freshwater lake in Latin America. This lake was born in the Miocene, when evolved mammals appeared.

Sightseeing spot 5 : La vereda del lago Maracaibo

A park with a beautiful view of Lake Maracaibo. It’s a great place for outdoor exercise and walking, and it’s also the most visited place for tourists.

Sightseeing spot 6 : Aguamania

The water slide is the highlight of the water park. It is a place where many families can play with peace of mind. The garden is well cleaned and very clean.

Sightseeing spot 7 : Jardin Botanico de Maracaibo

It is a park full of greenery. Maracaibo is a hot area, so don’t forget to rehydrate. It is a place where you can relax while watching the flowers.

Sightseeing spot 8 : Centro de Arte Lía de Bermúdez

A facility in downtown Maracaibo. It used to be a market, but now it’s an art center. If you like art, this is a place to visit. Events such as theater and music are held.

Hotel

Maracaibo has plenty of accommodation. Maracaibo La Chinita International Airport is nearby. Tickets and accommodations can be booked from the link below. It also supports other languages.

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