Maracaibo, the capital of the state of Zulia, Venezuela´s richest state, is the second largest city after Caracas and a very important port.
Maracaibo has South America´s largest lake (120km wide and 200km long) with enormous deposits of oil that have made Venezuela a major oil exporter and also the longest bridge in South America (8.679m).
Lake Maracaibo and Bridge Rafael Urdaneta
Basilica de Chinquinquirá (La Chinita)
The image of the Virgin, painted on a small wooden board was found in 1709 by a peasant on the shore of Lago Maracaibo. It was then taken to the church. In 1942 the Virgin was crowned the patron saint of Zulia.
Teatro Baralt (1932)
Palacio de Gobierno
Casa de la Capitulación
Centro de Arte de Maracaibo (old market)
Jesús Soto, Penetrable de Zulia
It is a typical plaza with colourful houses and a famous bar A que Luis where the famous gaita, Maracaibo´s music is perfomed: “Vamos todos pa’ que Luis, allá por Santa Lucía la cerveza esta bien fría y de alli te vais feliz, en la esquina de San Luis, te espero de noche y dia”
Maracaibo, 28-31 May 2015