Reaping the benefits of being an oil melting pot and Venezuela’s second largest city, the rather confusing vibe from the city of Maracaibo is more than enough to keep you attracted and intrigued.
Yes, Maracaibo is actually the country’s heart when it comes to oil production and yet; this scorching town is more than just being an economy booster. Set upon the feisty lands of Lago de Maracaibo, the city is also blooming with astonishing and eye-catching structures and edifices that shout history and culture.
The transition made by the Maracaibo locals is just amazing, from being the skilled oil workers to the laid-back populace who strive on cheap thrills and bar visits. The city is generally bland at first sight, but getting to know how Maracaibo survives day by day makes you want to look for more exciting activities to do and places of interest to admire.
The metropolis is a huge expanse of suburban life throbbing with loud music, fast-paced movement and the conventional merry crowd, while on the other side of town lies the serious and silent humming of machines on the production line.
Specifically, Maracaibo is in Venezuela’s northwestern edge and is officially divided into 18 parts. The city can be found on the strait that interconnects the lake of the same name and the well-known Gulf of Venezuela.
After Caracas, Maracaibo is deemed to be the country’s second largest city with a land area of 538-square miles and is currently being inhabited by almost 2,000,000 citizens. Some of the locals have tagged Maracaibo as the “Beloved Land of the Sun”.
Due to its proximity to the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, Maracaibo is known to be one of the most arid cities of the country, and is classified to experience a semiarid climate as according to Koppen.
All throughout the year, Maracaibo is set to be scorching on temperatures of 35.1-degrees Celsius to the hottest mark of 39.6-degrees Celsius. Despite the heat in the city, rainfall isn’t much of a surprise at all, as it generally precipitates particularly in September until November.
On an annual scale, sunshine hours accumulated by Maracaibo are at 2,611 while precipitation garners a minuscule amount of 22.85 inches.
If you’re traveling by air, Maracaibo has the La Chinita International Airport, which is a good 17-kilometer distance from the city center. Here, you’d have multiple options on which carrier to fly with and you’d be surprised to know that almost all destinations, on an international scale, are catered here.
If you happen to come from Colombia’s Santa Maria town, you’d be able to get a bus ride from there going to Maracaibo easily. This mode of transport is also possible with other towns, to and fro locations such as San Cristobal Caracas and Merida.
Once inside Maracaibo, you will have the option to roam around via taxi, public bus rides, and the cheap yet sophisticated Metro subway, or just by plain walking.
What to See
Museo de Arte Contemporaneo del Zulia
Specifically, you’d be able to find the Museo de Arte Contemporaneo del Zulia within the university’s central grounds at the city’s northwest area.
This museum is somewhat categorized as a modern and futuristic one, with focus on modern installments of art and displays shown through their extravagant exhibition halls.
Vereda del Lago
Known to be one of the most noticeable and visited public landmarks in the city, the Vereda del Lago is a good five-kilometer distance north of the city.
Here, you’d be able to visit an aquamarine park, get you body moving via the paintball court, or just sit upon a bench and watch the Maracaibo life swirl around right before your very eyes.
Casa de la Capitulacion
Originally called the Casa Morales, the historical value possessed by the presently called Casa de la Capitulacion is beyond measure.
Erected in the late 18th century, this edifice is now restored to its finest, leaving the imprints of the past still visible on the interior design and other stocked items that tourists can openly visit while they’re in Maracaibo.
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