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  • 1. Ateneo de Cumaná

    One block south of Plaza Bolívar, the Ateneo de Cumaná hosts dance and opera evenings in addition to periodic exhibits of contemporary and colonial art....

    One block south of Plaza Bolívar, the Ateneo de Cumaná hosts dance and opera evenings in addition to periodic exhibits of contemporary and colonial art.

    Cumaná, Sucre, Venezuela
    0293-431–1284
  • 2. Barcelona

    Capital of the state of Anzoátegui, Barcelona was founded more than 300 years ago by Spanish settlers. Today it is Puerto La Cruz's gritty next-door...

    Capital of the state of Anzoátegui, Barcelona was founded more than 300 years ago by Spanish settlers. Today it is Puerto La Cruz's gritty next-door neighbor, and, most important, the site of the region's largest airport. Barcelona's colonial-era vibe makes it a pleasant day trip from the resort-town style of its neighbors. Go to the corner of Plaza Boyacá, the city's tree-lined main square, where you can visit and photograph the Iglesia de San Cristóbal, a stunning church built in 1748. Perhaps more impressive is the adjacent Palacio del Gobierno (Government Palace), built in 1671. Today it houses the Museo de la Tradición, which has rotating exhibits of colonial and religious art.

    Venezuela
  • 3. Castillo de San Antonio de la Eminencia

    Overlooking Cumaná from its hilltop perch, Castillo de San Antonio de la Eminencia is one of two forts commissioned in the 1680s to protect what...

    Overlooking Cumaná from its hilltop perch, Castillo de San Antonio de la Eminencia is one of two forts commissioned in the 1680s to protect what was at the time the world's largest salt deposit. The four-point fort was built entirely of coral and outfitted with 16 guns.

    Venezuela
  • 4. Castillo de Santiago de Araya

    The fort Castillo de Santiago de Araya, is on treeless Araya Peninsula. Ferries leave daily from Cumaná's harbor for the 90-minute trip....

    The fort Castillo de Santiago de Araya, is on treeless Araya Peninsula. Ferries leave daily from Cumaná's harbor for the 90-minute trip.

    Venezuela
  • 5. Cueva del Guácharo

    It's estimated that Cueva del Guácharo, Venezuela's largest cave, has at least 9 km (5½ mi) of subterranean passageways. Groups are led into the dank...

    It's estimated that Cueva del Guácharo, Venezuela's largest cave, has at least 9 km (5½ mi) of subterranean passageways. Groups are led into the dank caverns by guides who tote kerosene lanterns so as not to upset the light-sensitive guácharos—a nocturnal species of fruit-eating birds. Visitors are not allowed to bring anything inside, including purses, flashlights, or cameras. To reach the cave from Cumaná, take Highway 9 south toward Caribe for about 65 km (40 mi) and follow signs; there are bathrooms, guided tours, and a a visitor center available at the mouth of the caves.

    Cumaná, Sucre, Venezuela

    Sight Details

    Rate Includes: About Bs.F5, Daily 8–4
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  • 6. Iglesia de Santa Inés

    After the last major earthquake in 1929, the Iglesia de Santa Inés was rebuilt a few blocks south of Plaza Bolívar. Inside are a few...

    After the last major earthquake in 1929, the Iglesia de Santa Inés was rebuilt a few blocks south of Plaza Bolívar. Inside are a few items from the colonial period.

    Venezuela
  • 7. Museo de la Tradición

    Museum/Gallery

    Perhaps more impressive is the adjacent Palacio del Gobierno (Government Palace), built in 1671. Today it houses the Museo de la Tradición,...

    Perhaps more impressive is the adjacent Palacio del Gobierno (Government Palace), built in 1671. Today it houses the Museo de la Tradición, which has rotating exhibits of colonial and religious art.

    Plaza Boyacá, Puerto La Cruz, Anzoátegui, Venezuela
    0281-277–3481

    Sight Details

    Rate Includes: Free
  • 8. Parque Nacional Los Roques

    Park (National/State/Provincial)

    If you are looking for a spalike vacation, then the Parque Nacional Los Roques is your place. Los Roques has several "posadas" or bed-and...

    If you are looking for a spalike vacation, then the Parque Nacional Los Roques is your place. Los Roques has several "posadas" or bed-and-breakfasts ranging from rustic and simple to elegant and exclusive. An archipelago composed of some 350 tiny islands sprinkled in the dazzling Caribbean, Parque Nacional Los Roques is a 30-minute (propeller-aircraft) flight north from Caracas. Only one of those islands, Gran Roque, boasts a bona fide town, tiny as it is. A few others have private weekend retreats or fishermen's shacks, while most are completely uninhabited. Some are so small they disappear at high tide. The sandy beaches of Parque Nacional Los Roques are uncommonly white, even by uncompromising Caribbean standards. Coral reefs here are home to more than 300 species of fish.A national park since 1976, Parque Nacional Los Roques is subject to strict federal regulations that protect it from overdevelopment. New construction is prohibited on any of the islands. Every structure on Gran Roque—which enjoys fresh water from a desalinization plant and electricity from a generator—existed before the archipelago became a national park. Many have been extensively remodeled and are meticulously maintained as posadas (small inns). A handful of bars and eateries make up the rest of the businesses. A mid-19th-century lighthouse, its windmill-like appearance revealing its Dutch heritage, overlooks the town from a small hill nearby.Los Roques is considered one of the finest locales for hooking bonefish and other types of fish. You can head out in powerboats or in peñeros (local fishing boats). Sea kayaking is also popular, and some of the islands have emerged as premier sailboarding destinations. More sedate pastimes include scuba diving and snorkeling. Sunbathing, however, remains the most popular activity. Approximately 60 posadas line the sandy roads of Gran Roque. Most have two to six rooms with private or shared bath and a common dining area. Except during the peak season you should have no difficulty finding lodging on the island.

    , Venezuela
  • 9. Posada Mediterráneo

    Hotel

    Italian-born innkeeper Elena Battani's heritage is evident throughout the exquisite Posada Mediterráneo , from the simple furnishings of the...

    Italian-born innkeeper Elena Battani's heritage is evident throughout the exquisite Posada Mediterráneo, from the simple furnishings of the rooms to the white stone staircase leading to the rooftop terrace hung with sun-shaded hammocks. Join her for a chat at the rustic wooden dining table on her flowering vine-laden front patio.

    Calle Las Flores 99, , Isla Gran Roque, , Venezuela
    0414-329–0621

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    6 rooms Rate Includes: All meals, no TV, safe, restaurant

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