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Barquisimeto, Venezuela - A City Tour Of Sights & Points Of Interest

Venezuela travel blog by Mark Berman - April 2013 August 2014   » View Photoset (62 Photos)

Mark Berman, South America backpacker for 10yrs!
Barquisimeto, a city I had passed through once before after visiting nearby El Tintorero and Quibor. I had lunch outside the bus terminal, gave my stinky
Venezuela Photo - Murals depicting battles in Barquisimeto.
Murals depicting battles in Barquisimeto.
socks and shoes to a homeless man and caught a bus to Maracay for another to Ciudad Bolivar through the night. When I came to Barquisimeto the second time I spent the night and explored the city. This time I came from Morrocoy and Moron up on the coast, 2hrs 15mins by bus.

Points Of Interest

Barquisimeto is not exactly a huge tourist destination, it is actually the 2nd most dangerous city in Venezuela after the capital Caracas (2013). I was not going to venture too far from the center and main market areas this time. I did however find some interesting things like street art on the backstreets around the main plaza and historic area. I walked into the center of town from my hotel passing a few political wall murals and stopping to eat a shawarma along the way.

Juares Theatre and Government Palace

The first of Barquisimeto's sights to see is the theatre Teatro Juares and just around the corner, the Government Palace. Right next door to the palace is Plaza El Encuentro and on
Venezuela Photo - Chavez votes for Maduro, election messages in Barquisimeto.
Chavez votes for Maduro, election messages in Barquisimeto.
the opposite side of the road is the not so special from the outside Municipal Palace. Outside stands a statue of General Juan Guillermo Iribarren (1797-1827).

Plaza Bolivar and Around

Across the road from the palace is Plaza Bolivar where there is enough tall leafy trees to start a forest! Beside the plaza is the first church constructed in the city. Around the corner is the Barquisimeto Museum and an army base called Cuartel General Jacinto Lara. I found some murals around here following them and ending up at Plaza Wohsiedler near a gothic church. On another side of Plaza Bolivar on the corner is an historical house called Casa Municipal Eustoquio
Venezuela Photo - Streetlamps, domes and lines on a Barquisimeto street.
Streetlamps, domes and lines on a Barquisimeto street.
Gomez and on the same street down from here there are others like Casa Blanca and more buildings with tiled roofs and cute windows. From around here a pair of large church domes caught my eye at the end of a lonely street.

Around Plaza Lara

I found some cobblestone streets, a church with clock tower and other old but nice buildings around Plaza Lara. On another side of this plaza is a long pink building with lamps on the side and with a tiled roof. I walked towards the markets and enjoyed a little shopping before heading back to the hotel.

Cathedral and Divina Pastora

As I left Barquisimeto by bus south to Acarigua (1hr 40mins including 45mins getting out of Barquisimeto) we passed the cathedral which has a huge monument beside it of a woman holding her baby - Divina Pastora. She is
Venezuela Photo - Racks of cloths and socks and all kinds of stuff for sale on the Barquisimeto streets.
Racks of cloths and socks and all kinds of stuff for sale on the Barquisimeto streets.
also depicted in a huge mural we passed as well as in a plaza on the outskirts of town.

Bus Out of Town

One other place you see from the bus arriving in or leaving town is park Parque El Cardenalito which has a bunch of interesting objects and sights to see on the hill beside the road. I wouldn't make a special trip to see Barquisimeto unless it was something to do with music as it is the musical capital of Venezuela. The only music I heard while in town was a beggar jangling his coins on the street though. But it was good to see the city between better places I had been to and was going to (not counting Acarigua).

     

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


Map location: Barquisimeto, Venezuela. Barquisimeto, a city I had passed through once before after visiting nearby El Tintorero and Quibor. The musical capital of Venezuela! Also see the historical center and markets.
 A : El Tintorero & Quibor - Venezuela 17 kms 17 kms straight distance | 23mins 23mins by car (28 kms) | 27mins 27mins by bus (28 kms) (28 kms)
 B : Carora - Venezuela 75 kms 75 kms straight distance | 1hr 8mins 1hr 8mins by car (94 kms) | 1hr 21mins 1hr 21mins by bus (94 kms) (94 kms)
 C : San Felipe - Venezuela 78 kms 78 kms straight distance | 1hr 21mins 1hr 21mins by car (105 kms) | 1hr 37mins 1hr 37mins by bus (105 kms) (105 kms)
 D : Acarigua - Venezuela 62 kms 62 kms straight distance | 1hr 31mins 1hr 31mins by car (109 kms) | 1hr 49mins 1hr 49mins by bus (109 kms) (109 kms)
 E : Puerto Cabello - Venezuela 156 kms 156 kms straight distance | 2hrs 6mins 2hrs 6mins by car (186 kms) | 2hrs 31mins 2hrs 31mins by bus (186 kms) (186 kms)
 F : Morrocoy National Park - Venezuela 145 kms 145 kms straight distance | 2hrs 34mins 2hrs 34mins by car (223 kms) | 3hrs 4mins 3hrs 4mins by bus (223 kms) (223 kms)
 G : Merida to Maracaibo - Venezuela 186 kms 186 kms straight distance | 3hrs 17mins 3hrs 17mins by car (252 kms) | 3hrs 56mins 3hrs 56mins by bus (252 kms) (252 kms)
 H : Timotes - Venezuela 190 kms 190 kms straight distance | 4hrs 4mins 4hrs 4mins by car (266 kms) | 4hrs 52mins 4hrs 52mins by bus (266 kms) (266 kms)
 I : Barinas - Venezuela 186 kms 186 kms straight distance | 3hrs 8mins 3hrs 8mins by car (274 kms) | 3hrs 45mins 3hrs 45mins by bus (274 kms) (274 kms)
 J : Coro to Puerto Cabello - Venezuela 144 kms 144 kms straight distance | 3hrs 15mins 3hrs 15mins by car (282 kms) | 3hrs 54mins 3hrs 54mins by bus (282 kms) (282 kms)
 K : Barinas to Apartaderos - Venezuela 181 kms 181 kms straight distance | 3hrs 40mins 3hrs 40mins by car (304 kms) | 4hrs 24mins 4hrs 24mins by bus (304 kms) (304 kms)
 L : Puerto Colombia - Venezuela 204 kms 204 kms straight distance | 4hrs 55mins 4hrs 55mins by car (320 kms) | 5hrs 54mins 5hrs 54mins by bus (320 kms) (320 kms)
 M : Maracaibo to Coro - Venezuela 192 kms 192 kms straight distance | 5hrs 2mins 5hrs 2mins by car (381 kms) | 6hrs 2mins 6hrs 2mins by bus (381 kms) (381 kms)
 N : Coro - Venezuela 152 kms 152 kms straight distance | 4hrs 55mins 4hrs 55mins by car (409 kms) | 5hrs 54mins 5hrs 54mins by bus (409 kms) (409 kms)
 O : Adicora & Punto Fijo - Venezuela 204 kms 204 kms straight distance | 5hrs 51mins 5hrs 51mins by car (486 kms) | 7hrs 1min 7hrs 1min by bus (486 kms) (486 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 Barquisimeto, Venezuela:

Hotel Resplendor, Barquisimeto, Venezuela - Large Photo
Hotel Resplendor, Barquisimeto, Venezuela (August 2014 - 1 night) - Nice room of good size with a patio outside. There was wifi and tv. Well-priced and within walking distance to the center and markets. Helpful and friendly staff and has good security. Not far from several food places, 1 or 2 minutes walk. Recommended.

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