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Carora, Venezuela - A Well-Preserved Colonial Zone 3hrs From Maracaibo

Venezuela travel blog by Mark Berman - April 2013   » View Photoset (57 Photos)

Mark Berman, South America backpacker for 10yrs!
I spent a couple of nights in Carora. I had read that it had a very well preserved Zona Colonial as they call it, historical colonial
Venezuela Photo - Nice wooden door of a house in the Zona Colonial, Carora.
Nice wooden door of a house in the Zona Colonial, Carora.
neighbourhood. I spent a full day exploring the neighbourhood and other parts of town. Carora is located 2 thirds of the way to Barquisimeto from Maracaibo, it took 3hrs to get here by bus. I needed a shared taxi from the main highway into town ($5 Bolivares). I got a good room at a hotel on the main street and had a quick look around in the afternoon that I arrived.

The Colonial Zone

Next day I started early, around 6:30am, just walking around the Zona Colonial. I headed towards Plaza Bolivar, along the way taking photos of the cool old houses that I saw. Many of the streets are cobblestone. Plaza Bolivar is a nice park with lots of trees and kept clean. I got chatting to some locals as I ate something for breakfast
Venezuela Photo - Church unknown name in Carora.
Church unknown name in Carora.
at the bakery. One asked me why I had come to Carora. I said just to see a place not normally visited by tourists or backpackers. They were nice and warned me not to go down this or that street and to watch out for my camera. Beside the plaza is the cathedral. Originally called Iglesia Matriz de San Juan Bautista, it was built in the 17th century but was damaged by fire in 1831. It was elevated to cathedral in 1992. Beside the cathedral is the house built for Father Antonio de Hoces in 1741 where Simon Bolivar stayed for 3 days - El Balcon de los Alvarez (Alvarez
Venezuela Photo - Black door surrounded by colors of red, white, yellow and green in Carora.
Black door surrounded by colors of red, white, yellow and green in Carora.
Balcony).

Important Buildings and Houses

All around this area are old houses, some with plaques stating the reason for its importance. There is Casa Amarilla (Yellow House), a national historic landmark, built in 1625, once owned by Captain Felix Almaraz and Salamanca, now the library. The first hospital of Carora was built in a house in 1620 on the order of Captain Pedro V. de Mendoza. The site which was once the first church of Carora was built in 1850 with help from Jose Melendez. There's the house built in 1786 to accommodate Juan Balbuena while he built the Capilla del Calvario church. There's the house owned by Ildefonso Riera Aguinagalde (1832-1882), a humanist. He sold it in 1870 to Antonio Maria Zubillaga (1841-1924). Club
Venezuela Photo - Park in the Torrellas neighbourhood in Carora.
Park in the Torrellas neighbourhood in Carora.
Torres de Carora, built in 1724 by Hipolito Torres, house of traditions. The house built in 1760 where General Jacinto Lara (1777-1859) was born. The house that belonged to Dr. Ramon Pompilio Oropeza. He lived in the house from 1860 until his death in 1937. He was a distinguished educator, jurist and founder of the La Esperanza College. The house where historian Ismael Silva Montanes was born in 1901. So yeah, Carora has a lot of history.

Other Parts of Carora

I walked in the direction of church Capilla del Calvario, it's next to a park called Plaza El Calvario with a monument to Bishop Salvador Montes de Oca (1896-1944). At this point I wandered into a slightly not so safe neighbourhood called Torrellas, I took a few photos and
Venezuela Photo - Cecilio Zubillaga Perera (1887-1948) statue in Carora, a journalist born in the city.
Cecilio Zubillaga Perera (1887-1948) statue in Carora, a journalist born in the city.
tried to find my way out. I got more central and arrived at Plaza Torres named after Pedro Leon Torres (1788-1822), a military man born near Carora. Next I came to Plaza Carlos Zubillaga and Plaza Jacinto Lara, both nice places to relax. I was now in the main street areas, away from the Zona Colonial. I found Plaza Independencia, nothing special. On another street I found the La Esperanza College with its founders statue. I saw several other plazas like Plaza Bolivariana and Caroras most central Plaza Chio beside the main street.

A Day Trip / Bus to El Tintorero

In the evenings the town shuts down early, around 6pm and the streets have little or no lighting. The first night I ate fried chicken beside Plaza Chio and on the 2nd I ate pizza from a shop beside my hotel. I talked to several people on my walk around Carora, everyone seemed very nice and happy to have a tourist in town. Carora is a place you could easily visit in a day without spending the night. I enjoyed visiting Carora and recommend it if you like small well-kept Zona Colonial areas. Early the next morning I took a 40min bus ride on highway 1 to El Tintorero.

     

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


Map location: Carora, Venezuela. I had read that Carora had a very well preserved Zona Colonial as they call it, (historical colonial neighborhood). I spent a full day exploring the neighborhood and other parts of town.
 A : El Tintorero & Quibor - Venezuela 62 kms 62 kms straight distance | 57mins 57mins by car (75 kms) | 1hr 8mins 1hr 8mins by bus (75 kms) (75 kms)
 B : Barquisimeto - Venezuela 75 kms 75 kms straight distance | 1hr 17mins 1hr 17mins by car (96 kms) | 1hr 32mins 1hr 32mins by bus (96 kms) (96 kms)
 C : Merida to Maracaibo - Venezuela 124 kms 124 kms straight distance | 2hrs 36mins 2hrs 36mins by car (190 kms) | 3hrs 7mins 3hrs 7mins by bus (190 kms) (190 kms)
 D : San Felipe - Venezuela 147 kms 147 kms straight distance | 2hrs 24mins 2hrs 24mins by car (194 kms) | 2hrs 52mins 2hrs 52mins by bus (194 kms) (194 kms)
 E : Acarigua - Venezuela 119 kms 119 kms straight distance | 2hrs 34mins 2hrs 34mins by car (198 kms) | 3hrs 4mins 3hrs 4mins by bus (198 kms) (198 kms)
 F : Timotes - Venezuela 150 kms 150 kms straight distance | 3hrs 27mins 3hrs 27mins by car (202 kms) | 4hrs 8mins 4hrs 8mins by bus (202 kms) (202 kms)
 G : Maracaibo - Venezuela 193 kms 193 kms straight distance | 3hrs 25mins 3hrs 25mins by car (251 kms) | 4hrs 6mins 4hrs 6mins by bus (251 kms) (251 kms)
 H : San Isidro de Apartaderos - Venezuela 173 kms 173 kms straight distance | 4hrs 37mins 4hrs 37mins by car (274 kms) | 5hrs 32mins 5hrs 32mins by bus (274 kms) (274 kms)
 I : Mucuchies - Venezuela 181 kms 181 kms straight distance | 4hrs 57mins 4hrs 57mins by car (286 kms) | 5hrs 56mins 5hrs 56mins by bus (286 kms) (286 kms)
 J : Maracaibo to Coro - Venezuela 129 kms 129 kms straight distance | 4hrs 5mins 4hrs 5mins by car (292 kms) | 4hrs 54mins 4hrs 54mins by bus (292 kms) (292 kms)
 K : Barinas - Venezuela 173 kms 173 kms straight distance | 4hrs 11mins 4hrs 11mins by car (363 kms) | 5hrs 1min 5hrs 1min by bus (363 kms) (363 kms)
 L : Coro to Puerto Cabello - Venezuela 186 kms 186 kms straight distance | 4hrs 19mins 4hrs 19mins by car (370 kms) | 5hrs 10mins 5hrs 10mins by bus (370 kms) (370 kms)
 M : Barinas to Apartaderos - Venezuela 155 kms 155 kms straight distance | 4hrs 43mins 4hrs 43mins by car (393 kms) | 5hrs 39mins 5hrs 39mins by bus (393 kms) (393 kms)
 N : Coro - Venezuela 144 kms 144 kms straight distance | 5hrs 18mins 5hrs 18mins by car (406 kms) | 6hrs 21mins 6hrs 21mins by bus (406 kms) (406 kms)
 O : Adicora & Punto Fijo - Venezuela 183 kms 183 kms straight distance | 6hrs 22mins 6hrs 22mins by car (492 kms) | 7hrs 38mins 7hrs 38mins by bus (492 kms) (492 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 Carora, Venezuela:

Hotel Irpinia, Carora, Venezuela - Large Photo
Hotel Irpinia, Carora, Venezuela (April 2013 - 2 nights) - This was a fantastic place to stay in Carora. TV, private bathroom, air-con and a great price. There's a pizza restaurant downstairs. It's right in the center of town near the colonial zone. Recommended.

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