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Barinas, Venezuela - President Hugo Chavez Was Born Here

Venezuela travel blog by Mark Berman - August 2014   » View Photoset (75 Photos)

Mark Berman, South America backpacker for 10yrs!
Located in the foothills of the Andes 188 meters above sea level, Barinas is the gateway from the east up into the heart of the mountains and small towns
Venezuela Photo - Bus to the park, this is art, Barinas.
Bus to the park, this is art, Barinas.
located 3500-4000 meters up towards the west. I had made my way from the coast through Barquisimeto and Acarigua over a few days to get here. It's 2hrs south / west from Acarigua where I had been the night before. I was hoping that Barinas would be an interesting city to explore in itself and I was to find out that it actually is! The central historical area is pretty cool and the city has a few good parks also. I knew Barinas would be a good place for Chavez murals and street art too since this is the state he was born in. I stayed in a budget hotel just a couple of blocks from Plaza Bolivar, it was actually not a very safe part of town especially on a Sunday when most Venezuelans stay indoors.

Tour Around the City

Plaza Bolivar

I walked to Plaza Bolivar to begin. On one side is the green palace 'El Palacio del Marques del Pumar', quite a prestigious looking building. Another side has a bridge crossing over flower gardens and water to the 'Casa de la
Venezuela Photo - Peacocks at Federation Park in Barinas, some of the birds that live there.
Peacocks at Federation Park in Barinas, some of the birds that live there.
Cultura' (Cultural House). The cathedral 'Catedral Nuestra Senora del Pilar' is on the corner nearby and is very attractive, like a fairytale church.

Instinct to Explore

As my instincts often lead me down sidestreets and into odd neighborhoods, I did follow these instincts a little at times. At least until a man with his daughter came up to me and told me to be very careful and not walk along certain streets around where I was. The murals lead me there I'm telling you!

Poets Square

Back to Plaza Bolivar where a large iguana had appeared beside a tree. Right next to Plaza Bolivar is Plaza Dr. Luis Razzetti (Poets Square) where there are a
Venezuela Photo - 2 faces of important figures on a building side in Barinas.
2 faces of important figures on a building side in Barinas.
group of about 7 very large art murals paying homage to famous Venezuelan poets including Alberto Arvelo Torrealba, Humberto Febres and Rafael Angel Insausti.

Plazas Razzetti and O'Leary

On a nearby corner opposite Plaza Razzetti is Plaza O'Leary, a very dodgy looking place but it really grabbed my attention for its murals, colors and character. A group of youth who were playing basketball posed for a photo on the court. This place is full of quirky graffiti art and stuff to photograph but definitely not a place to take a night time stroll. A gold bust of Irish military general Daniel Florence O'Leary (1802-1854) stands across the road along with murals of various men including Che Guevara and Simon Bolivar.

Federation Park

After a hotdog at a stand outside a tall marble-faced church I took a bus to Federation
Venezuela Photo - Simon Bolivar and Hugo Chavez wall mural in Barinas.
Simon Bolivar and Hugo Chavez wall mural in Barinas.
Park (Parque la Federacion). This is a park full of fun (mainly for kids). It has a few animals, a lagoon, a flying fox, a train ride and lots of yummy food. Sunday was a good day to be here with many locals enjoying the day relaxing on the grass lawns. The park has at least 15 species of large shady trees. Animals include monkeys, peacocks, ducks and other birds.

Mural and Museum

I had seen from the bus on the way there some amazing murals not far from the park. I took a quick walk back to find them. This mural is a commissioned work located outside the 'Museum of the Llano Culture' (Museo de las Culturas del Llano). It consists of 25 identical images of President Hugo Chavez as a young man but all have a unique color combination. It's fantastic and stands out a mile from everything around it!
Venezuela Photo - Hugo Chavez with red scarf, awesome wall mural in Barinas.
Hugo Chavez with red scarf, awesome wall mural in Barinas.

Day 2 Monday Safer

Early the next morning I set out to finish exploring around the center of Barinas. Being a Monday, this time there were plenty of people walking around and the place felt a lot safer. In fact the night before I had run 2 blocks down the middle of a road without streetlights to get some fast food after the hotel had warned me not to go outside because it was too dangerous. They said I could order in pizza but I didn't want pizza. Maybe that was a stupid thing to do, but anyway it was Monday morning and the place felt a lot safer!

Plaza Zamora

I headed firstly to Plaza Zamora which has a bust of Venezuelan soldier Ezequiel Zamora (1817-1860) in the middle. More interesting though was the street art I found across the road on a semi-derelict building. I then headed towards another part
Venezuela Photo - Museo Alberto Arvelo Torrealba, museum in Barinas.
Museo Alberto Arvelo Torrealba, museum in Barinas.
of the central city passing the museum 'Museo Alberto Arvelo Torrealba' named after a poet born in Barinas (1905-1971).

Plaza El Estudiante

Next I found Plaza El Estudiante with its gold bust of independence leader Jose Felix Ribas (1775-1815). Outside the public library there is a bust of poet and politician Andres Eloy Blanco (1896-1955), the building is nothing to speak of however. I now came across a great set of murals in the courtyard of a school named after a heroine of independence Josefa Carmejo (1791-1862).

Head for the Hills

I picked up my backpack from the hotel and made my way to the bus terminal by taxi for a bus / shared taxi combo up into the mountains to Apartaderos (3hrs) and Mucuchies (30mins more). I enjoyed Barinas a lot!

     

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


Map location: Barinas, Venezuela. Located in the foothills of the Andes 188 meters above sea level, Barinas is the gateway from the east up into the heart of the mountains and small towns located 3500-4000 meters up towards the west. I enjoyed exploring the city & historic center!
 A : Barinas to Apartaderos - Venezuela 31 kms 31 kms straight distance | 58mins 58mins by car (51 kms) | 1hr 9mins 1hr 9mins by bus (51 kms) (51 kms)
 B : San Isidro de Apartaderos - Venezuela 64 kms 64 kms straight distance | 2hrs 16mins 2hrs 16mins by car (109 kms) | 2hrs 43mins 2hrs 43mins by bus (109 kms) (109 kms)
 C : Mucuchies - Venezuela 69 kms 69 kms straight distance | 2hrs 36mins 2hrs 36mins by car (121 kms) | 3hrs 7mins 3hrs 7mins by bus (121 kms) (121 kms)
 D : El Paramo - Venezuela 87 kms 87 kms straight distance | 3hrs 33mins 3hrs 33mins by car (156 kms) | 4hrs 15mins 4hrs 15mins by bus (156 kms) (156 kms)
 E : Timotes - Venezuela 66 kms 66 kms straight distance | 3hrs 42mins 3hrs 42mins by car (160 kms) | 4hrs 26mins 4hrs 26mins by bus (160 kms) (160 kms)
 F : Acarigua - 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)
 G : Merida - Venezuela 99 kms 99 kms straight distance | 4hrs 6mins 4hrs 6mins by car (177 kms) | 4hrs 55mins 4hrs 55mins by bus (177 kms) (177 kms)
 H : Merida to Maracaibo - Venezuela 130 kms 130 kms straight distance | 4hrs 55mins 4hrs 55mins by car (245 kms) | 5hrs 54mins 5hrs 54mins by bus (245 kms) (245 kms)
 I : Barquisimeto - Venezuela 186 kms 186 kms straight distance | 3hrs 6mins 3hrs 6mins by car (273 kms) | 3hrs 43mins 3hrs 43mins by bus (273 kms) (273 kms)
 J : El Tintorero & Quibor - Venezuela 171 kms 171 kms straight distance | 3hrs 23mins 3hrs 23mins by car (298 kms) | 4hrs 3mins 4hrs 3mins by bus (298 kms) (298 kms)
 K : San Antonio to San Cristobal - Venezuela 238 kms 238 kms straight distance | 4hrs 37mins 4hrs 37mins by car (305 kms) | 5hrs 32mins 5hrs 32mins by bus (305 kms) (305 kms)
 L : San Felipe - Venezuela 254 kms 254 kms straight distance | 3hrs 37mins 3hrs 37mins by car (317 kms) | 4hrs 20mins 4hrs 20mins by bus (317 kms) (317 kms)
 M : Cucuta to Venezuela - Colombia 258 kms 258 kms straight distance | 5hrs 59mins 5hrs 59mins by car (353 kms) | 7hrs 10mins 7hrs 10mins by bus (353 kms) (353 kms)
 N : Carora - Venezuela 173 kms 173 kms straight distance | 4hrs 7mins 4hrs 7mins by car (364 kms) | 4hrs 56mins 4hrs 56mins by bus (364 kms) (364 kms)
 O : Maracaibo - Venezuela 278 kms 278 kms straight distance | 7hrs 22mins 7hrs 22mins by car (610 kms) | 8hrs 50mins 8hrs 50mins by bus (610 kms) (610 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 Barinas, Venezuela:

Hotel Residencias El Marques, Barinas, Venezuela - Large Photo
Hotel Residencias El Marques, Barinas, Venezuela (August 2014 - 1 night) - Not a bad place but in a location that is dangerous at night. It's just 2 blocks from the main plaza. Had aircon, a fridge and tv but no wifi. A very good price, about $5USD per night on the black market. I really can't complain, it was perfectly fine.

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