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Puerto Cabello, Venezuela - Port Town With A Beach & Old Houses

Venezuela travel blog by Mark Berman - December 2010   » View Photoset (34 Photos)

Mark Berman, South America backpacker for 10yrs!
Puerto Cabello is not mentioned at all in the Lonely Planet. I ended up here for a night kind of by accident after not being able
Venezuela Photo - Houses of yellow and blue, green and purple in Puerto Cabello.
Houses of yellow and blue, green and purple in Puerto Cabello.
to find a bed in nearby Moron on New Years Eve 31/12/2010. I didn't know anything about the place and I think not many people do, but I was surprised on New Years Day while walking around the city how historically authentic it is. It was a bit like a ghost town on this day after the big night of celebrations before. On the surface parts of the city are not terribly attractive but that goes for many of Venezuela's smaller cities.

Statue Park Near the Beach

Near the sea are about 5 monuments all clustered together. This is near the beach where the fishing boats and tourist boats are docked. Monuments are: Jose Marti (1853-1895), a Cuban national hero and an important figure in literature in Latin America and a poet. Next monument was Gabriel Guevara - the first general, another is
Venezuela Photo - There's a certain beauty in old unkept buildings, Puerto Cabello.
There's a certain beauty in old unkept buildings, Puerto Cabello.
of Francisco de Miranda (1750-1816), a Venezuelan revolutionary and 3 others in homage to Manuel Gala, Gustaw A. Bergud and Mahatma Gandhi.

Wharf, Park, Monuments, Church

Down by the wharf and sea, there is an interesting shaped monument made of steel. A large family was having fun with the kids jumping off the jetty into the water. A park with various monuments including one of
Venezuela Photo - The band plays on, Christmas figures in Puerto Cabello.
The band plays on, Christmas figures in Puerto Cabello.
Juan Jose Flores (1800-1864), a military general of Venezuela. There is also a tall monument with an eagle at the top. Other monuments here include Joaquin Crespo (1841-1898), twice president of Venezuela and a soldier. There are several other religious type monuments also. Nearby is another park with a big gun that looks like it came off of a ship, it points up towards the church beside the park. The church features a clock tower with dome and has 4 white statues at the top, each statue has a smaller animal or human figure beside it. The clock tower has a clock on all 4 of its faces.
Venezuela Photo - Isaias Medina Angarita (1897-1953), President of Venezuela from 1941-1945, monument in Puerto Cabello.
Isaias Medina Angarita (1897-1953), President of Venezuela from 1941-1945, monument in Puerto Cabello.

Colorful Houses

Colorful houses and shops. A green house with red windows, a yellow house with blue windows, a pink house with yellow windows, each with its own street lamp. Other houses had up to 3 or 4 colors, very eye catching indeed! Powerlines weave a tangled mess between them. Garage doors also have bright colors. A yellow church with a red steeple and bell tower catches my eye, it is the Parroquia Ntra. Sra. de la Caridad.

Eyes Do the Walking

A grand monument of Simon Bolivar on his horse caught my eye and then I saw the big stone church with dome and tower. It is a large building with stained glass windows and arched doorways, it is called Iglesia Catedral San Jose Puerto Cabello. Its construction started
Venezuela Photo - Christmas in Puerto Cabello, the village with people and animals.
Christmas in Puerto Cabello, the village with people and animals.
in 1862. Around this area became quite fascinating to walk around. I am not sure it was completely safe as a walked deeper into the semi-derelict streets. The question I asked myself now was 'is this derelict or is this historical?'. I decided it was a little of both! Amazingly there is an immaculate looking yellow building here which looks like a palace or museum, it has 3 or 4 levels and is quite impressive.

Violin Plaza

In the center of the markets and shopping area is a plaza with a fountain that has a violin monument in the middle. The plaza has a figure of Augusto Brandt (1892-1942), a Venezuelan composer and violinist, he was born in Puerto Cabello.

Bus to Puerto Colombia

A bus took me back to Moron 10 minutes away. Then another bus to Maracay and another to a popular coastal spot called Puerto Colombia. From Puerto Cabello via Maracay to Puerto Colombia takes 4hrs or less if it is not New Years Day.

     

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Distances & times (if available) from Puerto Cabello (Venezuela) to:


Map location: Puerto Cabello, Venezuela. I ended up here for a night kind of by accident after not being able to find a bed in nearby Moron on New Years Eve. I didn't know anything about the place and I think not many people do.
 A : Morrocoy National Park - Venezuela 52 kms 52 kms straight distance | 59mins 59mins by car (67 kms) | 1hr 10mins 1hr 10mins by bus (67 kms) (67 kms)
 B : San Felipe - Venezuela 78 kms 78 kms straight distance | 1hr 8mins 1hr 8mins by car (92 kms) | 1hr 21mins 1hr 21mins by bus (92 kms) (92 kms)
 C : Coro to Puerto Cabello - Venezuela 106 kms 106 kms straight distance | 1hr 40mins 1hr 40mins by car (126 kms) | 2hrs 2hrs by bus (126 kms) (126 kms)
 D : Puerto Colombia - Venezuela 49 kms 49 kms straight distance | 3hrs 6mins 3hrs 6mins by car (145 kms) | 3hrs 43mins 3hrs 43mins by bus (145 kms) (145 kms)
 E : Colonia Tovar - Venezuela 83 kms 83 kms straight distance | 2hrs 32mins 2hrs 32mins by car (158 kms) | 3hrs 2mins 3hrs 2mins by bus (158 kms) (158 kms)
 F : Barquisimeto - Venezuela 156 kms 156 kms straight distance | 2hrs 1min 2hrs 1min by car (183 kms) | 2hrs 25mins 2hrs 25mins by bus (183 kms) (183 kms)
 G : El Tintorero & Quibor - Venezuela 172 kms 172 kms straight distance | 2hrs 18mins 2hrs 18mins by car (209 kms) | 2hrs 45mins 2hrs 45mins by bus (209 kms) (209 kms)
 H : Acarigua - Venezuela 162 kms 162 kms straight distance | 2hrs 45mins 2hrs 45mins by car (234 kms) | 3hrs 18mins 3hrs 18mins by bus (234 kms) (234 kms)
 I : Coro - Venezuela 207 kms 207 kms straight distance | 3hrs 20mins 3hrs 20mins by car (253 kms) | 4hrs 4hrs by bus (253 kms) (253 kms)
 J : Carora - Venezuela 226 kms 226 kms straight distance | 3hrs 3mins 3hrs 3mins by car (275 kms) | 3hrs 39mins 3hrs 39mins by bus (275 kms) (275 kms)
 K : Adicora & Punto Fijo - Venezuela 258 kms 258 kms straight distance | 4hrs 16mins 4hrs 16mins by car (330 kms) | 5hrs 7mins 5hrs 7mins by bus (330 kms) (330 kms)
 L : Maracaibo to Coro - Venezuela 313 kms 313 kms straight distance | 5hrs 14mins 5hrs 14mins by car (395 kms) | 6hrs 16mins 6hrs 16mins by bus (395 kms) (395 kms)
 M : Barinas - Venezuela 319 kms 319 kms straight distance | 4hrs 22mins 4hrs 22mins by car (399 kms) | 5hrs 14mins 5hrs 14mins by bus (399 kms) (399 kms)
 N : Barinas to Apartaderos - Venezuela 323 kms 323 kms straight distance | 4hrs 54mins 4hrs 54mins by car (428 kms) | 5hrs 52mins 5hrs 52mins by bus (428 kms) (428 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 Puerto Cabello, Venezuela:

Hotel Venezia, Puerto Cabello, Venezuela - Large Photo
Hotel Venezia, Puerto Cabello, Venezuela (December 2010 - 1 night) - Cheap budget hotel, very basic, near the beach and historic area of Puerto Cabello, good for a night or 2. Helpful lady owner/manager.

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