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El Tintorero & Quibor, Venezuela - Arts And Crafts Center

Venezuela travel blog by Mark Berman - April 2013   » View Photoset (51 Photos)

Mark Berman, South America backpacker for 10yrs!
I had heard about 3 special places in Venezuela that produced and sold arts and crafts - Quibor, El Tintorero and El Tocuyo. I decided to visit
Venezuela Photo - Mural of a village scene with 2 men fighting with walking sticks in El Tintorero.
Mural of a village scene with 2 men fighting with walking sticks in El Tintorero.
one or two of them. I left Carora early in the morning, it is only a 40min bus ride east on highway 1 to El Tintorero, west from Barquisimeto.

Opens Around 9am

I arrived in El Tintorero at around 9am, the shops were just starting to open. I ate an empanada and had some fruit juice at a stall for breakfast. El Tintorero has an arched entrance, one side has a guitar and the other, a cello. I noticed a whole bunch of colored murals on the buildings and took to them with my camera. By the time I was finished photographing the murals, the shops were all open and doing business.

Many Arts and Crafts Shops

I am not personally an arts and crafts freak. But I love to make photos of arty stuff! I wanted to visit a place that was not a big city, somewhere
Venezuela Photo - Shoulder bags for sale at a shop in El Tintorero.
Shoulder bags for sale at a shop in El Tintorero.
different. I would love to fill my house with the stuff they have here but it's quite impossible to carry it all around while travelling around the country. What do they have? Where do I start? Hammocks, wall art and paintings, plant holders, jewelry, dolls, shelf ornaments, all kinds of wooden products, bags, clothing, toys, musical instruments, religious figures, garden ornaments, bee and honey products, hats, plates and souvenirs. I spent 3hrs in El Tintorero before taking a shared taxi 10mins to Quibor.

Taxi to Quibor

The arts and crafts center in Quibor was not as
Venezuela Photo - Wooden harps in a shop in El Tintorero.
Wooden harps in a shop in El Tintorero.
attractive as in El Tintorero, it is more like an outside market right next to a busy intersection. I had a quick wander through but was not that excited by the place to be honest. There is a restaurant across the road from the market where I had lunch. That was the highlight of Quibor for me, even if the service was terrible. From Quibor it is another 28kms to El Tocuyo but I didn't visit on this occasion.

In Retrospect

To see all the amazing arts and crafts from El Tintorero and Quibor check out the photos I took. I would definitely recommend a visit to El Tintorero over Quibor. On the other hand the prices may be lower in Quibor because it is an outside market area as opposed to shops. But the products
Venezuela Photo - Various small instruments and other items for sale in El Tintorero.
Various small instruments and other items for sale in El Tintorero.
were different in each place anyway, depends what you are looking for.

Bus to Barquisimeto

From Quibor I took a bus 40mins to Barquisimeto, another for 4hrs to Maracay and another overnight for 10hrs to Ciudad Bolivar. I had actually planned to stay the night in Maracay. I walked around the bus terminal for 1hr looking for a budget hotel that night, the streets had no lights and all I could find was rent by the hour hotels. I thought 'bugger it' and killed 2 birds with 1 stone by getting a bus instead to Ciudad Bolivar.

     

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Map location: El Tintorero & Quibor, Venezuela. I had heard about 3 special places in Venezuela that produced and sold arts and crafts - Quibor, El Tintorero and El Tocuyo. I decided to visit a couple of them!
 A : Barquisimeto - Venezuela 17 kms 17 kms straight distance | 20mins 20mins by car (22 kms) | 24mins 24mins by bus (22 kms) (22 kms)
 B : Carora - Venezuela 62 kms 62 kms straight distance | 1hr 9mins 1hr 9mins by car (100 kms) | 1hr 22mins 1hr 22mins by bus (100 kms) (100 kms)
 C : San Felipe - Venezuela 95 kms 95 kms straight distance | 1hr 27mins 1hr 27mins by car (119 kms) | 1hr 44mins 1hr 44mins by bus (119 kms) (119 kms)
 D : Acarigua - Venezuela 62 kms 62 kms straight distance | 1hr 38mins 1hr 38mins by car (123 kms) | 1hr 57mins 1hr 57mins by bus (123 kms) (123 kms)
 E : Puerto Cabello - Venezuela 172 kms 172 kms straight distance | 2hrs 13mins 2hrs 13mins by car (200 kms) | 2hrs 39mins 2hrs 39mins by bus (200 kms) (200 kms)
 F : Morrocoy National Park - Venezuela 162 kms 162 kms straight distance | 2hrs 41mins 2hrs 41mins by car (237 kms) | 3hrs 13mins 3hrs 13mins by bus (237 kms) (237 kms)
 G : Merida to Maracaibo - Venezuela 169 kms 169 kms straight distance | 3hrs 18mins 3hrs 18mins by car (258 kms) | 3hrs 57mins 3hrs 57mins by bus (258 kms) (258 kms)
 H : Timotes - Venezuela 173 kms 173 kms straight distance | 4hrs 5mins 4hrs 5mins by car (272 kms) | 4hrs 54mins 4hrs 54mins by bus (272 kms) (272 kms)
 I : Barinas - Venezuela 171 kms 171 kms straight distance | 3hrs 15mins 3hrs 15mins by car (288 kms) | 3hrs 54mins 3hrs 54mins by bus (288 kms) (288 kms)
 J : Coro to Puerto Cabello - Venezuela 159 kms 159 kms straight distance | 3hrs 22mins 3hrs 22mins by car (296 kms) | 4hrs 2mins 4hrs 2mins by bus (296 kms) (296 kms)
 K : Barinas to Apartaderos - Venezuela 165 kms 165 kms straight distance | 3hrs 47mins 3hrs 47mins by car (318 kms) | 4hrs 32mins 4hrs 32mins by bus (318 kms) (318 kms)
 L : San Isidro de Apartaderos - Venezuela 194 kms 194 kms straight distance | 5hrs 5mins 5hrs 5mins by car (376 kms) | 6hrs 6mins 6hrs 6mins by bus (376 kms) (376 kms)
 M : Maracaibo to Coro - Venezuela 185 kms 185 kms straight distance | 5hrs 3mins 5hrs 3mins by car (386 kms) | 6hrs 3mins 6hrs 3mins by bus (386 kms) (386 kms)
 N : Mucuchies - Venezuela 202 kms 202 kms straight distance | 5hrs 25mins 5hrs 25mins by car (388 kms) | 6hrs 30mins 6hrs 30mins by bus (388 kms) (388 kms)
 O : Coro - Venezuela 158 kms 158 kms straight distance | 5hrs 2mins 5hrs 2mins by car (423 kms) | 6hrs 2mins 6hrs 2mins by bus (423 kms) (423 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.


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