Venezuela experiences and stories by a backpacker. I was here in
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Top pick on the Lonely Planet website for Venezuela is Coro, therefore it must be amazing to visit this colonial city and see the architecture
and streets. So I came here to see for myself, but I was slightly disappointed. If you have been to Cartagena in Colombia then you don't need
to see Coro. I stayed in Coro for 2 nights, only a few streets have historical buildings on them and the rest of the city is not so attractive,
but I enjoyed some of the things that I saw here all the same. From the bus terminal I went into the center of town by taxi, there are many
expensive hotels in Coro on the main street, but there are also posadas (guesthouses) in the historical center. I found a posada for about
$17USD per night. I set out early the next day to explore the city by foot. I started out on the main street where there is various graffiti
art on some of the walls as well as markets selling clothing, belts, shoes and things. I found some parks and plazas including Plaza Juan
Crisostomo Falcon (1820-1870), he was the 20th President of Venezuela. There is a monument of him with a sword in the middle, the plaza is
shaded by many trees. In Calle Falcon nearby I found the yellow church Iglesia de San Gabriel, nearby is a monument to Gregorio S. Riera and
a park with a white monument to Leon Jurado. I now started to wander into the heart of the historical center where the streets have colorful
houses on them, houses of pink, blue and yellow. In Calle 13 I found the big mustard colored church Iglesia de San Francisco. Beside is a statue
of Don Rodrigo de Bastidas (1445-1527), he was the first bishop of Coro and Venezuela. In a park beside is an arched monument of white and gold
with a cross inside called Ermita de San Clemente or A Magno Cive to Joanna C. Falcon. Another park has a monument of a woman and a child called
La India Maria which represents the struggle of the poor indigenous and migrant worker. Parque Simon Bolivar was the next place I found with many
people sitting on benches under trees and it has lamps for evening lighting. Across the road there is a monument to Francisco Jose Iturriza Guillen
(1903-2003), he was a Bishop. Nearby is a big white church which looks very impressive. This led me back to the main street where people sold
necklaces and other jewelery and tables had delicious pieces of cakes for sale. A continued my stroll and came to Coro's museum of art, but didn't
go inside. I photographed more colored houses and buildings, streets and street corners and various pieces of wall art. That evening I took some
photos of the churches at night with their lights on. For me Coro wasn't mindblowing like Cartagena is, it is pleasant, but it was just not the bomb. From Coro the next day I headed east and ended up staying in a place on the coast called Puerto Cabello, which I found to be everything that Coro was not, a historic gem.
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|My Hostel & Hotel Reviews for Coro, Venezuela:
||Posada Villa Antigua, Coro, Venezuela (August 2014 - 1 night) - I payed $800 Bolivares for a matrimonial room that had a cockroach, a mouse, a tv remote that didn't work, no wifi and an aircon that dripped water everywhere including the light which was a bit of a worry. The place is totally non-smoking. The bed was OK, the bathroom was OK. Not located in the safest part of town. Do you know how much $800 Bolivares is at the official rate? $127USD. Glad I changed my money on the black market so I only payed $12USD! If the government thinks that it is acceptable for tourists to be charged this amount of money for a crap room by paying at the official rate, then Venezuela's tourist industry will never take off!
||Posada Turistica Don Antonio, Coro, Venezuela (December 2010 - 2 nights, August 2014 - 2 nights) - One of the cheapest places I could find in Coro and very nice too, a spacious room with clean and modern bathroom and tv. There is an internet cafe in the front office area but costs money. In the center of the historic area. The posada has a big courtyard and there is a kitchen available to use. This is a very popular posada in Coro. In 2014 I payed $600 Bolivares for a matrimonial room with aircon. The room was upstairs right down the end in the far corner but the wifi didn't reach that far. Hey Don, buy another wifi router for the rooms at the end!
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