Barquisimeto is a city in Venezuela and the state capital of Lara State (named after General Jacinto Lara, a hero of the Venezuelan War of Independence). Founded in 1552, it is a center of commerce and agriculture for western Venezuela and the country's fourth biggest municipality. Being somewhat inland, it has a bit of a warm average yearly temperature of around 26 degrees Celsius.
Connecting from Caracas
Barquisimeto has a good system of buses that connect to Caracas.
- 1 The Obelisk (Obelisco De Barquisimeto), Aves Las Industrias & Ave Libertador. Most representative icon of Lara State honoring Barquisimeto's 400 year existence in 1952.
- 2 Plaza Bolivar. What would a Venezuelan city be without one of these? This is next to the Lara State government building.
- 3 Barquisimeto Museum, Carrera 15, Calle 25 y 26, ☏ . 09ː00ː17ː00 T-Sa, 10ː00-17ː00 Su, closed M. This very Spanish colonial looking building dates to at least the 19th century.
- 4 Juares Theatre, Carrera 19 y Calle 25, ☏ . Another city landmark, established in 1905.
- 5 Museo de Ciencias Naturales "La Salle", ☏ . 08ː00-12ː00 M-F. Archaeology, paleontology, natural science exhibits like ammonites from secondary period, mastodon tusks, and megamaterials.
- 6 Cathedral of Barquisimeto, Avenida Valenzuela, ☏ . This very modern looking cathedral was built in 1968 with a roof that takes on the shape of an upside down open flower, with parabolic geometric design. It has impressive acoustics and lighting with all the acrylic windows in its ceiling.
- 7 Monumento Manto de María Divina Pastora, Autopista Circunvalación Nte. A very abstract Mary shrine that some people take pretty seriously, plus good views over the city.
- 8 Flor de Venezuela, southeast corner of Av. Argimiro Bracamonte y Av. Argimiro Bracamontes. Yet another city landmark in the shape of a bromeliad or sago palm or something to that effect, with a fountain and coffee shop.
- 9 El Cardenalito Park. A roadside park with a lot of kitschy sculptures.
- 10 Basilica de Santa Rosa (Sanctuary of the Divina Pastora). Church dating to 18th century that houses the Divine Shepherdess, patron saint of Santa Rosa and Barquisimeto. Every January she is taken to the Cathedral of Barquisimeto in what is considered to be the second most important procession in Latin America.
- 11 Monumento al Sol Naciente (Monument to the Rising Sun) (across from CC Trinitarias Mall/Hotel). Sun dial type of monument in roundabout.
- 12 Parque Temático "Ah Mundo Barquisimeto", Km.13 Via Rio Claro, ☏ . 10ː00-18ː00 F-Su, closed M-Th. It's a bit of an outdoor living museum about the Guaro people and Larense culture.
- 1 Temático Bosque Macuto Park (Forest Theme Park) (Take Via a Rio Claro from Ave. Riberena, then look for turnoff on east to park), ☏ . 08ː00-18ː00 Tu-Su, closed M. Sort of a hodge-podge of urban park, menagerie with peacock and ostrich pecking ambivalently at their cage, and lagoon with dirty water upon which people paddle around.
- 2 El Mundo de los Niños. A water park next to the forest theme park. Slides and artificial mountains, pirate ships, etc.
- 1 C.C SAMBIL, Avenida Venezuela con Avenida Argimiro Bracamonte, y Av. Críspulo Benitez. 10ː00-20ː00 M-Sa, 12ː00-20ː00 Su. A large shopping mall with plexiglass like ceiling plates to make for interesting lighting. Has food court, boutique hotel, and small theme park.
- 1 Lidotel Hotel Boutique, attached to CC Sambil, Ave. Valenzuela, ☏ . A pretty cosmopolitan place with an outdoor pool, gym, bar, food court in adjacent mall. $60.
- 2 Hotel Trinitarias Suites, Av. Los Leones y Av. Libertador (attached to C.C. Las Trinitarias mall), ☏ . Another plush hotel attached to a mall (this time the CC Las Trinitarias, which has a movie theater). Swimming pool and dining.
- 3 Hotel Jirahara, ☏ . This one has a very nice atrium, outdoor pool, and restaurant. And a spa.