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....more
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.more
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.more
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.more
Urb. Jardines de Monongo entre Av. 4 y calle 2, frente al Sambil Valencia (entrada BASE), Valencia,
Satisfaction: Very Good
Good for: Couples
Av. Monsenor Adam con Av. Andres El, El Vinedo, Valencia, 2001, Venezuela
Satisfaction: Very Good
Good for: Couples
Elevator does not work!I I had to walk down 4 flights of hot staff stairs to exit my floor. I was...more
Casa Valencia is one of the finest restaurants in town, and the ambience of parrots and colonial style architecture is excellent. The food is quite varied, with seafood, red meat, poultry, and pasta on the menu, along with the traditional yucca, tostones, platanos, and other authentic Venezuelan food. Venezuelans dress up more than other countries...more
I was so tired that I hadn't the enery to go out to eat, so I tried the restourant, little, next my room at the first floor of my hotel.The meat parillada was so good, the dishes was big and the salade was fresh and gorgeouse!We took 1 parillada to share, 1 salade, 1 queso fundido, bread and 4 bears: we was full and the price only 36.000 bolivares.more
One of the popular dishes is a soup, served in a bowl of bread, that's filled with seafood and potato. It's kind of like clam chowder, but the Venezuelan version of it. Here is a picture of Dave enjoying a hearty bowl of chowder. We spent a lot of time at Bambu, and I recommend that you do as well. If you're in Valencia, it's a must go.more
Wow! Watch out for this place. It is a tiny, but beautiful modern bar/nightclub in Valencia. The drinks are INSANELY strong (as I found out one very strange night!) Their signature drink "The Ocean" Is a giant, frozen drink served in the largest Martini glass I have ever seen. The only downside to this place is that there is only one unisex...more
This is a great place to hang out at night. I think there are some other reviews of this place, but it is so great that I had to post my own, along with a photo. It's just a relaxed place playing live house music, with great prices. Dress casual, but trendy. Always dress trendy when you are out and about in Valencia! Venezuela is the beauty-queen...more
Along Avenida Bolivar is an excellent system of minibuses known as colectivos that are cheap. They are very often crowded during rush hour, and if you do a bank transaction downtown, watch who follows you on to the bus. The buses are themselves very frequent, cheap and safe, and the drivers responsible, but it's easy to have a robber climb off the...more
The city of Valencia has a fine freeway system that circles the city, so it's possible to drive right through without delay by any stop lights. Freeway lighting is excellent in the Valencia metro area, but some bulbs may be burned out. During rush hour, the northside freeway can get heavily congested for awhile, but never for long compared to...more
CC Sambil Valencia, or Centro Comercial Salmbil, is part of the Sambil chain in Venezuela. It is a large mall which is shaped like a baseball diamond. The different areas, and levels have a baseball theme. 1st base, 2nd, 3rd, home, etc.
What to buy: Sambil is like any other mall in the world. Prices can be higher than usual, but the convenience can't be beat. This mall is huge, but not quite as huge as another mall in Valencia called Metropolis. There always seem to be great sales at Sambil.
There is a fixed exchange rate which is lower than the black market price of dollars. As a result, a lot of people try to supplement their income by exchanging dollars. You will be approached by hustlers in the airport, and if you choose to exchange money with them be aware that it is illegal, and both of you can get in trouble.
Pick pockets, don't wear jewelry. (poor country so no temptations) drink bottled water sealed,Corrupt police will take bribes for anything, Just remember 3rd world country and take usual precautions. BUT THE THE MAJORITY of the people are so friendly and helpful and the country is indeed beautiful.
This is a great beach, which is pretty close to Valencia. It is Playa las Rosas in Puerto Cabello. This beach is very popular, with many people on the weekends, Weekdays are not quite as busy, so if you'd like to have a little more privacy, go during the week. There are beautiful views of the mountains, and it is on the Caribbean coast. Need I say...more
Apparently men and women like to do their business in places such as this; A Sex Hotel, or Hotel Sexo. From first hand accounts, the place is a hotel 100% devoted to anonymity and getting it on. I only drove by it, and from the outside it looks like a huge version of the alladin ride at DisneyWorld. I heard that it's around $50, and that the inside...more
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