"Green Mountains, Beautiful Women and... Dolphins!" Top 5 Page for this destination Valencia by el_ruso
Valencia Travel Guide: 35 reviews and 43 photos
Valencia is the third largest city in Venezuela, and made an interesting trip. It is named obviously after a city of the same name in Spain, which I hope to visit some day as well. It is located in a valley sheltered by gorgeous mountains, which are rugged, steep and covered in lush vegetation.
There two very distinct faces of the city: the north is a wealthy zone with large houses, modern apartment buildings, posh clubs and restaurants, lush vegetation. The rest is composed of rowhouses where crumbling but richly painted colonial facades intermingle with ugly square concrete ones. Streets here are full of people who window shop, sell things and just pass time together. Temperature during the day is about 30C, but nights are relatively cool.
Speaking of attraction of this city (and this applies to the rest of Venezuela), is the unbelievable beauty of women here. You completely will not realize it until you come here!
As far as the actual sights, be sure to visit the zoo/ aquarium. The zoo part is rather run down, but the aquarium is really nice and features the fresh water dolphins from Rio Orinoco, called tonitas. There are shows on the hour where they splash, throw balls, jump through the hoop.
Be sure to visit the center where you can enjoy the colonial plazas and streets where the original colonial architecture still sirvives.
Another major sight, which I did not have time to see unfortunately, is Campo Carabobo, where Bolivar defeated the Spanish. The sight is equivalent to Gettysburg for Americans, or Borodino for Russians, and there is a big park with monuments and triumph arch. It is about an hour from Valencia, and I hope to visit when I come back.
You can also travel towards the see to Puerto Cabello, where you can see restored colonial buildings, Spanish forts, and the beach.
- Pros:beautiful women, a safer and more laid back alternative to Caracas
- Cons:relatively small, most of colonial buildings are not in great shape
- In a nutshell:Experience Venezuela!
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