Boca de Rio: The largest village on the desert-like peninsula Macanao. The University Del Oriente runs an Ocean Investigation Facility here as well as the Mueseo del Mar, where numerous conserved sea animals and skeletons are shown. There are also a few aquariums and a contact aquarium.

El Valle: The well-groomed village with its church in the middle of a nice place is a place of pilgrimage for the fishermen. The statue of the Virgen del Valle, the local patron, is in this church. Each year, on the 9th of September, a procession is made to honor her.

Juan Griego: This town is a smaller version of Porlamar. In spite of the many shops, the hectic is absent. Juan Griego is famous because of its picturesque bay, Juan Griego bay, its spectacular sunsets and its fort “Fortín de la Galera” with its breathtaking view over Juan Griego Bay.

La Asunción: The capital is located in the valley of Matasiete, at the foot of the highest mountain of the Island, Cerro El Copey, with an altitude of 980 m. During the flowering season of the Venezuelan National Tree Araguaney, the observer will encounter an amazing jungle he never expected to find on the Island. The town itself is more like a village. The cathedral is one of the oldest churches in South America and the castle Santa Rosa offers a great panoramic view.

Pampatar: A picturesque and cozy fisher village, where the Castle San Carlos de Borromeo is located. This castle was the most important defense against the pirate attacks. Close to the castle you will find the church “Iglesia del Santisimo Cristo de Buen Viaje”. Legend tells that the cross over the altar was a gift by the sailors of a ship that was unable to anchor in the bay until the presented the locals with it. Not far along the fishermen beach there is the Cueva del Bufón, an underwater cave, where the pirates hid their bounty.

Porlamar: The shopping center and the most attractive city on the island. Designers as Gucci, Dior and Tommy Hilfinger opened shops on the avenues 4 de Mayo and Santiago Mariño. The cheap mile with the bargains is located in the car free zone close to Plaza Bolivar, in the historic part of the city. Open air cafés, restaurants, a variety of discos and night clubs are here to entertain you. The free market Conejeros is a bit away from downtown. Not only fruit, vegetables, fish and meat is offered here along with delicious local dishes, but there is also a large flea market attached to it. Have fun shopping!

Santa Ana: This town has more historic than touristy importance. Simón Bolivar signed the end of the war on 6th of May 1816 in the plain, white church and proclaimed the 3rd republic, becoming the chief of Venezuela officially. Venezuelan currency is named in his honor and each village and town has a Plaza Bolivar.

San Juan Bautista: San Juan Bautista is a small village surrounded by many prospers fields in the center of the island. Each 23 and 24 of June a fiesta is celebrated to honor its patron. Close to San Juan Bautista is the village Fuentidueño, set in a green valley. It is starting point for trekking tours to the parts of the island with thick vegetation. It also is famous for the making of hats of palm leaves and its sweets from sugarcane.

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