The beer hunt continues...in Maracaibo, Venezuela
Favorite thing: Wherever you go, whatever you do, sampling the local beer is definite must.
What do the locals drink, what beer is most popular, which beer is hardest to find, does it come in a half pint glass just like grandma used to drink....or better still, a full pint glass like I drink??? These are all good questions that need to be answered...
I am always in search of the local stuff, but here in Maracaibo the local stuff was like a bad nightmare. There seemed to be two primary brewers in Maracaibo: Regional and Polar. Both of these beers were best left alone....Regional, or ass beer as I like to call it, was slightly more drinkable than Polar. But Polar is more popular, especially in the bars and nightclubs....so what's a poor boy from Indiana to do.....I guess the bottomline is that I'll drink anything cold when it's that bloody hot outside....
- Beer Tasting
Maracaibo is one HOT city, is...
Favorite thing: Maracaibo is one HOT city, is about 40C° all day long so that makes it unique, people from maracaibo is very friendly and if you like beer here is a nice place to drink (because of the weather)
Fondest memory: Every time I go there I say: Next time I'll wear a T-shirt, but that happens just when I'm in the airport going home
visit Morrocoy National Park...
Favorite thing: visit Morrocoy National Park in Falcón State, is located on the east coast of the state, between the towns of Chichiriviche and Tucacas. Morrocoy became a national park in 1972, and comprises picturesque beaches, islands, keys, coral reefs, coconut groves and mangroves within its 32,090ha of coastal and marine habitats. Adjacent to the park is the Cuare Wildlife Sanctuary, one of the world's largest birdlife reserves. Together, they are home to nearly 80% of Venezuela’s aquatic birds and almost 70% of its migratory species. Herons, flamingos, scarlet ibis, boobies, pelicans, cormorants, egrets, hawks and hummingbirds are but a few. Moreover, the area is not just rich in birdlife. The lush hills behind the park are an important site for mammals, including jaguars, howler monkeys, anteaters, raccoons, opossums, kinkajous, agoutis, ocelots and mountain cats.
The park can be reached from Chichiriviche or Tucacas, which are both accessible by bus. Visitors can enjoy a variety of activities such as water skiing, snorkeling, scuba diving and sailing.
Various sites of interest can...
Favorite thing: Various sites of interest can be found outside Maracaibo. The Rafael Urdaneta bridge, the longest pre-stressed concrete bridge in the world, stretches for 8,679m across the estuary of Lake Maracaibo and offers great views over the city. The colonial town of Altagracia lies on the other side of the lake, and can be reached by boat. The recently restored castle of San Carlos de Ibarra, built in the 1600s to ward off pirates, is now popular with tourists, as are the tours around the oil towers on the northeastern shores of the lake. The most popular tourist attraction, however, is the Sinamaica lagoon, the home of the Añu Indians. Here, you can see more or less what Alonzo de Ojeda and Americo Vespucci would have seen when they sailed into the lake all those years ago.
visit the other states around...
Favorite thing: visit the other states around Maracaibo as well. Venezuela’s northwest comprises all the territory north and west of the Andes mountains. Four states comprise this large area of the country: Zulia, Falcon, Yaracuy and Lara. Zulia, Venezuela's westernmost state, is known to be among the hottest places in Latin America and produces 70% of the country’s oil. It is also home to the famous Lake Maracaibo, which, covering an area of 12,800km², is the biggest lake on the continent.
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