The zoo which adjoins the aquarium is a rather sad place, as most of the animals are kept in very small cages and seem to rely on visitors for a great part of their sustenance. I have several felines that I have never seen before, including this one on the photo (called cunaguaro I think). He looked so sad to be in a bird cage-sized enclosure. There is a large enclosure with pecary wild pigs that are worth seeing, a ´zorro lavamanos´ which climbs the cage walls, many different types of monkeys. There is a large round enclosure with parrots.
Acuario - fishes and turtles
The acuario also holds several home aquariums that hold mostly typical fishes you see in upmarket fish stores: tetras, South American cichlids, even guppies. The collection of turtles is really great though, and I have many strange one that I have never seen before. There are also caymans here.
Acuario - Toninas
This is one of only two sights in the world where you can see these freshwater dolphins that live in Orinoco and Amazonas. Most of them are born in captivity, and you can attend shows with them.
Photos are not very clear, because the water was kinda murky.
- Whale Watching
This area does not just feel like another city from the center. It feels like another country! This is the area where the wealthy residents live, work and play. The nicest hotels including the posh Intercontinental is located here. If you can afford it, this is the place to stay.
Parque de Esculturas
This is the nicest park in Valencia, located in its northern part. It is full of beautiful trees and sculptures, some of which are whymsical and some abstract.
The area around it is the hub of nightlife and is full of restaurants and clubs.
Away from the hustle and bustle of shopping malls, many parts of the center have retained a look of colonial times with these colorful rowhouses. Unfortunately, many of them are crumbling, but this adds an atmosphere of authenticity to the place. Excercise caution here at night.
Must see TRINCHERO'S
This was a live Volcano in the past but is now a hotel with hot spings which (claim) to cure or help any muscular complaint. The surroundings are lovely and along the route you can buy from the villagers food cooked on the side of the road and flowers and home-made trinkets. People friendly at the time we went. Politically unstable and won't be going back anytinme soon. But if you crave adventure go and try to take in the wonderful Andes mountains.
- Budget Travel
- Hiking and Walking
This large plaza is sorrounded mostly by ugly concrete shopping malls, but it has preserved a very nice and elegant cathedral. In the center is the obligatory monument to Bolivar.
Valencia is the capital of the state Carabobo, and this former convent building houses its legislature.
This sight is a symbol of civic pride of local citizens. It is in a very good condition and holds shows.
- Theater Travel
This is the nicest plaza in the old city. It has a large park and is surrounded by restored buildings, including the theater, state capitol, and original university building.
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