Maturín Travel Guide

  • Tree Shaded Boulevard in Maturin
    Tree Shaded Boulevard in Maturin
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    Cathedral and Bolivar Plaza in Maturin
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    Parchita (Passion Fruit)
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    by atufft Written Jul 3, 2007

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    Also along the highway between Maturin and Cumana is a very old mission building which I wasn't able to identify by name. The building is clearly one of the oldest in Venezuela. The mission is designed to be as much of a fortress against the local indians as baptize them. The entrance door has a standard height doorway inset into a larger set of doors designed to allow horseman to ride through in a hurry. The walls are adobe with buttresses positioned to make the walls sturdy. Along the road in this area too are very poor subsistence farmers, some of whom probably work for the larger ranchers of the citris, papaya, and parchita (passion fruit) also found in the region.

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    by atufft Written Jul 3, 2007

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    Amana del Tamarindo is a pueblo located thirty minutes from Maturín on the highway to Cumana, and is a good place to stop and look around. The central plaza area is shaded by an ancient tamarind tree that gave the pueblo it's name, as the town is also near the Amana River. Under this tree was the birthplace of general José Tadeo Monagas, whose name was given to the state. There is also a 17th century church on the plaza, and some worn colonial style buildings around town.

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    by atufft Written Jul 3, 2007

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    Also near the Bolivar Plaza are sizeable busts of the greater modern first presidents, Betancourt, Gallegos, and Leoni. After having read about the efforts of Betancourt to bring democracy to Venezuela, I regard him as one of Latin America's most respectable leaders in history. He was a contemporary and friend of President John F. Kennedy. The others were also notable for sound leadership, and until the 1980's, Venezuelan civilian government was really quite good. The bronze busts in Maturin memorialize these leaders as the citizens remember them, eye glasses and all.

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    Estadio Monumental de Maturín (Monumental Stadium of Maturin) is one of 9 stadium venues in Venezuela used for the 2007 Copa America soccer competition, and was constructed specifically for this competition, having been completed in June 2007. The stadium seats 55,000 spectators, and reportedly is the largest stadium in Venezuela. See the YouTube link below for a video of the new stadium.

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