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Acarigua, Venezuela - Passing Through, Little To See, Little To Do

Venezuela travel blog by Mark Berman - August 2014   » View Photoset (21 Photos)

Mark Berman, South America backpacker for 10yrs!
About an hour south of Barquisimeto (once you get out of the city) is the town of Acarigua. I was heading in this direction towards Barinas and the mountains
Venezuela Photo - Image of Hugo Chavez on a wall in Acarigua.
Image of Hugo Chavez on a wall in Acarigua.
north of Merida and thought I would spend a night in Acarigua and have a quick look around. A taxi from the bus terminal took me into the center with the first sight along the way being the huge statue of Portuguesa in Plaza 5 de Diciembre. Portuguesa stands upon a cannon holding a spear in each hand. The plaza is actually a traffic island and there are no seats. After checking into a 3rd rate hotel I headed to Plaza Bolivar where Acarigua's main sights are all located.

Plaza, Cathedral, Tiled Murals

The plaza is attractive, clean and has lots of trees, the monument in the middle is of Simon Bolivar upon his horse of course. Across the road from the plaza is a very impressive mural made of tiles for the occasion of Venezuela's bicentennial. It consists of around 10 faces of famous people including indigenous chief Guaicaipuro and independence leaders and figures Francisco de Miranda, Jose Felix Ribas, Luisa Caceres de Arismendi and Antonio Jose de
Venezuela Photo - Bronze monument, woman and child at Plaza La Burrita in Acarigua.
Bronze monument, woman and child at Plaza La Burrita in Acarigua.
Sucre. On the right hand side of the mural is the cathedral and across the road is a huge tiled mural of a battle scene and indigenous people. Around the corner from here is a monument of a very important indigenous figure holding a club and spear - 'El Indio Hakarygua'.

Plaza La Burrita

Just one block away from Plaza Bolivar is Plaza La Burrita where there is church Iglesia San Miguel Arcangel and the monument 'Alusivo a la Aparicion' with a woman, child and donkey around a tree trunk.

Scrapping the Barrel

At this point the sights in Acarigua around the center came to an abrupt end and I started wandering around the more outer and backstreets looking
Venezuela Photo - Girls face graffiti art beside the telephone lady of Acarigua.
Girls face graffiti art beside the telephone lady of Acarigua.
for wall murals, street art and anything else I could find which wasn't that much really - scrapping the barrel. A little boy came up to me and asked if I would take his photo and show it to him, which I did. Then his mum asked me for money for which I laughed and said I didn't even want the photo and said no. I then found another sort-of plaza with a statue between 2 palm trees of a man (with dog) holding his hand out, looked like he was asking for money also. The backstreets a few blocks out from the center were starting to get quite shabby with lots of tagging and rubbish. As far as photos go I was really starting to get diminishing returns.

Bus to Barinas

Early next morning I left Acarigua and took a bus 2hrs south / west to Barinas, a city I enjoyed a hell of a lot more.

     

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Distances & times (if available) from Acarigua (Venezuela) to:


Map location: Acarigua, Venezuela. About an hour south of Barquisimeto is the town of Acarigua. I was heading in this direction towards Barinas and the mountains north of Merida and thought I would spend a night and have a quick look around.
 A : Barquisimeto - Venezuela 62 kms 62 kms straight distance | 1hr 25mins 1hr 25mins by car (104 kms) | 1hr 42mins 1hr 42mins by bus (104 kms) (104 kms)
 B : El Tintorero & Quibor - Venezuela 62 kms 62 kms straight distance | 1hr 42mins 1hr 42mins by car (129 kms) | 2hrs 2mins 2hrs 2mins by bus (129 kms) (129 kms)
 C : San Felipe - Venezuela 101 kms 101 kms straight distance | 1hr 56mins 1hr 56mins by car (148 kms) | 2hrs 19mins 2hrs 19mins by bus (148 kms) (148 kms)
 D : Barinas - Venezuela 157 kms 157 kms straight distance | 1hr 49mins 1hr 49mins by car (170 kms) | 2hrs 10mins 2hrs 10mins by bus (170 kms) (170 kms)
 E : Carora - Venezuela 119 kms 119 kms straight distance | 2hrs 26mins 2hrs 26mins by car (195 kms) | 2hrs 55mins 2hrs 55mins by bus (195 kms) (195 kms)
 F : Barinas to Apartaderos - Venezuela 162 kms 162 kms straight distance | 2hrs 21mins 2hrs 21mins by car (199 kms) | 2hrs 49mins 2hrs 49mins by bus (199 kms) (199 kms)
 G : Puerto Cabello - Venezuela 162 kms 162 kms straight distance | 2hrs 41mins 2hrs 41mins by car (229 kms) | 3hrs 13mins 3hrs 13mins by bus (229 kms) (229 kms)
 H : San Isidro de Apartaderos - Venezuela 198 kms 198 kms straight distance | 3hrs 38mins 3hrs 38mins by car (257 kms) | 4hrs 21mins 4hrs 21mins by bus (257 kms) (257 kms)
 I : Morrocoy National Park - Venezuela 172 kms 172 kms straight distance | 3hrs 9mins 3hrs 9mins by car (265 kms) | 3hrs 46mins 3hrs 46mins by bus (265 kms) (265 kms)
 J : Mucuchies - Venezuela 206 kms 206 kms straight distance | 3hrs 59mins 3hrs 59mins by car (269 kms) | 4hrs 46mins 4hrs 46mins by bus (269 kms) (269 kms)
 K : Puerto Colombia - Venezuela 205 kms 205 kms straight distance | 5hrs 5hrs by car (286 kms) | 6hrs 6hrs by bus (286 kms) (286 kms)
 L : Timotes - Venezuela 182 kms 182 kms straight distance | 5hrs 5mins 5hrs 5mins by car (309 kms) | 6hrs 6mins 6hrs 6mins by bus (309 kms) (309 kms)
 M : Coro to Puerto Cabello - Venezuela 187 kms 187 kms straight distance | 3hrs 51mins 3hrs 51mins by car (324 kms) | 4hrs 37mins 4hrs 37mins by bus (324 kms) (324 kms)
 N : Merida to Maracaibo - Venezuela 200 kms 200 kms straight distance | 4hrs 35mins 4hrs 35mins by car (353 kms) | 5hrs 30mins 5hrs 30mins by bus (353 kms) (353 kms)
 O : Coro - Venezuela 213 kms 213 kms straight distance | 5hrs 30mins 5hrs 30mins by car (452 kms) | 6hrs 36mins 6hrs 36mins by bus (452 kms) (452 kms)
Driving times are accurate but approximate and are listed in the order of driving distance! Drive times are always affected by weather conditions, the terrain, time of day, altitude, dinner and bathroom stops, animals on the road, protests, a fast or slow bus driver, police checkpoints, border and river crossings, dropping off and picking up passengers etc. These drive times are obtained from Google Maps and are meant as a guide. Note however, times quoted in the main text of this page are exactly as the author experienced it.


My Hostel & Hotel Reviews for Acarigua, Venezuela:

Hotel Rio, Acarigua, Venezuela - Large Photo
Hotel Rio, Acarigua, Venezuela (August 2014 - 1 night) - Cheap and a little bit nasty. A rent by the hour sort of place but you can stay the whole night. Had a few cockroaches and a leaky aircon system. Located in the town center just a block from the plaza. Had a tv but no remote and had no wifi. In the middle of the night at 1am the restaurant next door started playing music extremely loud and woke me up, this lasted about 90 minutes. Take it or leave it. Maybe leave it, there are other places to stay in nearby.

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