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Lago Valencia, and Capitol of Carabobo

Lago Valencia is Venezuela's largest freshwater lake, and a resource of water that supports the capitol and metro area of Estado Carabobo--Valencia. A city of two million or so, Valencia is the nation's leading city for factory made consumer goods, automobiles and machinery, food packaging, and many other products are produced. The city is a transportation and distribution hub as well. Valencia has a close relationship with Venezuela's main seaport, Puerto Cabello via a steep and often pitted freeway. The city has a large public university called University de Carabobo within the suburb of Naguanagua.

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most of my wife's family lives. Although there is an airport, scheduling usually requires that we arrive at night in Caracas, and then we take an excutive bus the next morning. The city has plenty to keep one busy for at least a few days. There is good shopping at the modern malls, and plenty of good restaurants. Last time we were there, we celebrated Christmas eve at a new mall that had a live band and salsa dancing. Being at a lower altitude, the climate is a bit hotter and more humid than the capitol of Caracas, but the city is much easier to get around, and the central bus station provides round the clock departures for virtually anywhere in the country. This is a great place to depart for the major cities of Barquisimeto, Merida, or Maracaibo, for example.

  • Last visit to Valencia: Jan 2006
  • Intro Updated Jul 12, 2007
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