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    El oasis del pepito: Shawarmas and pepitos

    by Jacana Written May 30, 2004

    This is a "blink and you'll miss it", tiny place where they sell Shawarmas (Arab sandwiches in pita bread), Pepitos (sort of a grilled beef or chicken sandwich in french bread) and also hotdogs and sodas.
    I eat there a lot because the food is good and very cheap
    One bad thing: sometimes they don't have "Hummus" to put in the shawarma

    Favorite Dish: Falafel shawarma
    Chicken pepito

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Maracay Nightlife

  • Beers Outdoor

    I have never been in a place which I can't easily describe. Ogmios is the one. A circle, outdoor wanna-be disco with little decoration and no more than two bars, one waiter, one bartender and only one so-called bouncer where you can park your car inside, go boozed, dance till your bones break and go back home or directly to a hotel, crawling....

  • Don't

    D'Barvas, the nightclub referenced previously, was fun when it was at its height; nowadays, it has turned into a rathole whose major clients are drug dealers, killers and the like. Riots involving gun shots are usual, and some have been killed there. So, don't! Not fancy

  • Nightlife in Maracay

    It's supposed to have a beach look, that's why it's called "mare bar" (mar = sea), but the only beachie things are a rope and a little wooden boat (!)The music alternates between different styles, so there's something for everyone. Don't be afraid to dance!!!They start letting people in around 11 pm. You should dress nice, otherwise you'll stay...


Maracay Transportation

  • From Maracay to Caracas and the airport...

    I had stayed the night at a hotel just half a block from the bus terminal in Maracay so in the morning it was easy to walk there. I went to the old part of the terminal from where there are frequent buses to Caracas. As I arrived I immediately found a bus that was very soon leaving for Caracas. The ticket was 10 BsF (August 2008) and the journey...

  • To Coro, via Maracay, from Puerto...

    I took a morning bus from Puerto Colombia to Maracay . The ticket was 6000 Bs and it took 1 h 45 minutes (the driver was definitely driving to fast on this beautiful winding road). Buses from Puerto Colombia stop at the old part of the bus terminal. When I arrived I asked for buses to Coro and was told to go to the new part of the terminal. There...

  • Maracay to Puerto Colombia

    To go to the bus terminal I took a bus from Avenida Bolivar for 750 Bs. The buses between the city centre and the terminal are very frequent.Buses for Puerto Colombia leave from the old part of the terminal, but I can’t remember which platform. I asked for the bus and was sent to several platforms before coming to the right one. There I waited...


Maracay Off The Beaten Path

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    Visit a 1930's ghost building /...

    by Jacana Written Jun 18, 2004

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    Very close to Maracay, on the road to Ocumare, Cata and Cuyagua (three of Aragua state's beaches) there is a building that was first conceived by one of our dictators (Juan Vicente Gomez) as a hotel in the middle of the jungle. He liked to build a lot of things: roads, theatres, monuments, etc, and he used prisoners to do that.

    This building, called now "Rancho Grande biological station" was never completed because he died in 1935. It's 3 stories high and very long, it looks a bit like a question mark. Only the 3rd floor is usable and that's where the biological station is. The rest is completely abandoned, there are even some places with no floor!

    It is said that many people died during the construction and that they're still around. I stayed there during a bird mgration study and let me tell you: IT IS C-R-E-E-P-Y. I would never stay alone during the night, there is a weird energy in there. During the day it's actually very nice: you're in the middle of the jungle, surrounded by birds, howler monkeys and fresh air. A lot of birders go there because it's a great place to do some birdwatching (the national park it's in has over 500 species of birds).

    If you're going to go just tell the bus driver to drop you off at the "estacion biologica". A few meters after the gate you should meet with the forest keeper. They close the gates at 4pm, so try to go there in the morning.

    Rancho Grande
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    • National/State Park
    • Jungle and Rain Forest
    • Birdwatching

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