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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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!
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
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