Coro Travel Guide

  • Iglesia de San Clemente, Coro
    Iglesia de San Clemente, Coro
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Coro Things to Do

  • Iglesia de San Clemente

    The Church of San Clement is one of only three old churches in Venezuela that is built in a Latin cross-plan. Already in 1538 there was a church standing at this site which was dedicated to San Clement. The church standing here today is from the 18th century. Inside there is an anchor hanging from the ceiling, because San Clement was drowned with...

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  • Museo de Arte Alberto Henríquez (UNEFM)

    In another colonial house, very near Coro Art Museum is another museum, Museo de Arte Alberto Enrique (UNEFM), with temporary exhibitions of modern art.In the back of the house you can see the first synagogue in Venezuela. It was founded in 1853, but the furniture is not original but they are all replicas.Admission is free.The museum is open...

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  • Museo de Arte de Coro

    Museo de Arte de Coro is situated in a yellow, two story colonial mansion from the 18th century. The house is called Balcón de Bolivar (Simón Bolívar) stayed in this house on the 23rd of December 1826).The Museum is a branch of the Caracas Museo de Arte Contemporáneo. It has been here since 1988 and it has good temporary exhibitions. When I visited...

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  • Museo Diocesano Lucas Guillermo Castillo

    Next to Iglesia de San Francisco, in an old monastery from the 17th century, is the Museo Dioesano Lucas Guillermo Castillo. It is a museum with a big collection of religious art, madonnas carved in wood , paintings and silver and gold objects. The guided tour is in Spanish and it takes almost an hour. The museum is good and worth a visit.Entrance...

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  • The Cathedral

    The cathedral is situated by Plaza Bolivar and is one of the oldest churches in America still standing. The construction of the cathedral begun in 1583, but it was not finished until 50 years later.The cathedral is painted in white on the outside and also the inside. It is beautiful and simple. The ceiling is made of wood and there are three...

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  • Parque National Médanos de Coro

    Los Médanos is a national park with sand dunes northeast of Coro. They are covering an area of 80 sq km and you can be here seeing nothing but than sand. Some of the dunes are 30 metres and you can get the impression you are in the middle of a big desert. During the day it is very, very hot, so it is better to visit in late afternoon. I did, and to...

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  • Casa de las Ventanas de Hierro

    This house was built in 1764 by Don José Garcés de la Colina, and at that time the iron bars across the windows were brought from Sevilla in Spain. The plastered white and yellow doorway is 8m high and is in contrast with the pink/red walls. In the private collection there are furniture and other historical objects displayed.I was shown around by a...

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  • Museo de Ceramíca

    The museum of ceramics is housed in a very nice house. It is a white house with blue balconies and tilled roof built in the 18th century. The house is called Casa de los Arcaya. So if you are not interested in pottery you can visit just to see the house.There is both antique pottery and pottery from many different countries. There is a lot of...

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  • Cataratas de Hueque

    A few km south of Coro you will find the National Park "Sierra de San Louis". It is covered with exuberant vegetation and mountains filled with attractive caves, rivers and waterfalls.The cataratas de Hueque is a very popular destination but uncomparable with the Iguazu falls in Brasil, but oké, every place on earth his own charmes

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  • Coro - historical city

    The oldest Cathedral in Venezuela (16 century), part of a typical market place in V.A statue of Simon Bolivar , and a cathedral always goes together

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  • Colonial Town - Venez. only world...

    In this peaceful, friendly town there are a number of old colonial buildings, restored in the 80s. But apart of that there is not a lot to do in Coro itself...

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  • Iglesia de San Clemente

    The church of Saint Clemente is a small but spectacular church in colonial style. Its origin is too (1538) - at that time a church with a roof made of hay stood there. The present building - like many others in Coro - was built by Juan de Ampíes - the man who founded the city of Santa Ana De Coro. Another interesting fct about this church is its...

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  • Casa del Tesoro

    The Casa del Tesoro is in English the House of the Treasure - and in reality it's now an art museum. It was built in 1770 by Andrés Talavera who, the legend says, decided to "wall" his money and fortune. After his death many have tried to find this treasure, but it has never been found... it's as if it has disappeared (or never existed).

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  • Paseo Alameda

    The Paseo Alameda is the Alameda promenade. It starts from Plaza Bolivar, crosses another square lined with restaurants, bars and benches, and ten continues - in a colourful way - along a street which is basically a row of colonial houses.

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  • La Catedral de Coro

    La Catedral de Coro is the town's cathedral - or else its most important religious building; it's also not listed in the Unesco World Heritage Buildings because of its several changes in the exterior.The beginning of its construction saw the light in 1583 - exactly 53 years after the Pope Clemente VII created the Diocesis of Coro - which...

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  • Plaza Don Juan de Ampies

    Plaza Don Juan de Ampies is another little square in the old colonial centre of Coro. The square is not remarkable, but the man in the monument is: Don Juan de Ampies is the man who founded the town of Santa Ana de Coro back on 26 July 1527.

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  • Plaza Bolivar

    Plaza Bolivar is possibly the architectural centre of Coro. Like all Plaza Bolivar in Venezuela there's a statue dedicated to him (el Libertador) and the Cathedral. This square is very nicely located and has plenty of benches in the shade: it's a great place to view the cathedral, and an even better place to sit down and rest a little.

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  • La Cruz de San Clemente

    La Cruz de San Clemente is the cross of Saint Clemens - and it's supposed to be the oldest cross in Venezuela. The Latin inscription dates it back to 1707. The story as I was told it is that it's made with the wood of a tree under which the first Christian mass in Venezuela was held. Juan de Ampíes, the first mayor of Coro, then cut two branches...

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Coro Hotels

Coro Restaurants

  • Healthy snacks

    After I had arrived in Coro I found a small restaurant/store which sold “healthy” empanadas. The dough was of wholemeal and the filling was very good. I drank a delicious lemonade. I also bought some raisins and Brazil nut. The last day in Coro I went back to buy some bags of raisins and nuts to bring with me on my further journey and to eat the...

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  • Breakfast at Fonda Tuística Sabor Latino

    One day in Coro I went to a pastry to buy fresh bread in the morning to bring back to the posada. It turned out I was too early and I had to do with yesterdays bread (and most of it was sweet). So the following day I went to Fonda Tuística Sabor Latino, a café on Paseo La Alameda (a pedestrian street). I sat outside, but everyone else sat inside...

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  • Restaurant Legal

    In the yellow house at the corner of Calle 37 Zamora and Calle 66 Federación there is a nice restaurant. In the room before the restaurant there was a photo exhibition when I visited. In the restaurant there is also a bar and they play good background music. Lasagne, water, service and tip was 15 350 Bs and Chicken, French fries, strawberry juice,...

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Coro Transportation

  • To Coro from Puerto Colombia

    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...

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  • From Coro to Taganga (Colombia) in one...

    As I was going to change transport several times and cross the border I left the posada in Coro already at 6am. I found a taxi without walking too far, it was 5000 pesos to the bus terminal. At the terminal I decided to take a por puesto (shared taxi) to Maracaibo instead of the bus because it is faster. Not until 7.30 did the car get full so we...

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  • Taxi in Coro

    Where ever you go inside Coro you pay the same price with the taxi. In July 2007 it was 5000 Bs. From the bus terminal to the Posada and from the city centre to Los Medanos it is also 5000 Bs. After 21 in the night the price is 6000 Bs. This a taxi driver told me. He also told me it was 10 000 Bs to the beach (the nearest beach I guess).

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Coro Warnings and Dangers

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    by Josch37 Written Dec 10, 2004

    Always ! take your passport - and not only a copy - with you. Not only its law in Venezuela to carry it with you. The Peninsula Paraguana is a very attrative place for traffickers and smugglers - so there are often military check points. We experienced three check points within 5 km and had to unpack our backpacks each time. Unfortunately my friend forgot her pasport - the military only didn´t arrest her because our taxi driver was known to them. And as i heard venezualean prisons aren´t very tempting..... So be prepared.

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Coro Tourist Traps

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    M��danos de Cora

    by Luchonda Written Jan 6, 2005

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    Maybe a special attraction for the locals, but definately not an attraction for people, visited other regions in this small world, like the exceptional dunes of Namibia, even the dunes of our belgian coast.

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Coro Off The Beaten Path

  • Take a taxi to the Salt mine at...

    Visit the salt mines and flamingos on Peninsula de Paraguana at Cumaraguas. Unfortunately it did rain a lot before we visited the mines - so we discoverd only unattractive view instead of colorful water ;-(. On the way to Camaraguas you can see lots of flamingos close to the road.

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  • Visit the Dunes "Los Medanos"

    Los Medanos is a small park which gives access to the only sand dunes in Venezuela. Take a bus to the monument at the entrace of the park and walk (10 min).

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  • The salinas

    While you are driving along the narrow strip of land (isthmus) that connects Coro with theParaguana Peninsula - not only you'll cross sand dunes and a desrt-like landscape... you'll also pass some little salinas. Only some of them are "in operation", mainly because there are much larger salt deposits on the Paraguana peninsula.It's a sight I liked...

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Coro Favorites

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    by call_me_rhia Updated Sep 2, 2004

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    Favorite thing: Santa Ana de Coro, generally known simply as Coro, is one of the oldest cities in Venezuela - and its full of old beautiful and particularly colourful colonial buildings. The town was founded in 1527 by Juan de Ampíes, and in 1993 it became Unesco World heritage site. The reason is simple. its ochre, blue, red, yellow and so on buildings.

    Fondest memory: The colours of the rows of houses - very cheerful. And an incredible museum: the ventana de hierro... it was an interesting visit with a spanish-only speaking guide and our italian-only sometimes inappropriate comments

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