The 10 Best Things to Do in Maracaibo, Venezuela

December 26, 2017 Esmeralda Fenner

Maracaibo (Spanish pronunciation: [maɾaˈkai̯βo]) is a city and municipality in northwestern Venezuela, on the western shore of the strait that connects Lake Maracaibo to the Gulf of Venezuela. It is the second-largest city in the country (after the national capital Caracas) and the capital of the state of Zulia. The population of the city is approximately 1,495,200 with the metropolitan area estimated at 2,108,404 as of 2010. Maracaibo is nicknamed La Tierra del Sol Amada ("The Beloved Land of the Sun").
Restaurants in Maracaibo

1. Basilica Nuestra Senora de Chiquinquira

Excellent
78%
Good
17%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
0%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 398 reviews

Basilica Nuestra Senora de Chiquinquira

Reviewed By Sean R - Kingston, Ontario, Canada

If you find yourself in Maracaibo, do not pass up the opportunity to visit this jewel. Admittedly, Maracaibo presents challenges. But this stunning church will convince you that Maracaibo was and can be (hopefully, very soon) a remarkable destination imbued with history and culture

2. Puente Rafael Urdaneta

Excellent
71%
Good
25%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 133 reviews

Puente Rafael Urdaneta

Reviewed By Eric H - Houston

Pictures of this bridge really don't do it justice. I spent more than a few afternoons having a drink and looking out towards the lake and this bridge. At night, when the light it up, it's just gorgeous
So, why am I giving it only three stars? So the first time I went over this bridge, Mario tells me to keep my eyes open and look to see if any of the road lights are out. He explains that this is because the bridge was so cheaply built with so much corruption and theft of materials that it is fairly common for parts of it to collapse into the lake. When this happens, it can be difficult to see at night and there have apparently been instances of several cars going over these gaps and into the water below. Believe me it is a LONG way down. After that, I always pay a lot of attention when I am going over this bridge.

3. Plaza del Rosario de Nuestra Senora de Chiquinquira

Excellent
64%
Good
26%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
0%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 160 reviews

Plaza del Rosario de Nuestra Senora de Chiquinquira

Reviewed By berenice2012 - Memphis, Tennessee

This is definitely the prettier landmark of Downtown in Maracaibo, the Catedral is just a few blocks away,Teatro Baralt and the Famous Plaza Bolivar. When you travel around Maracaibo you will see a lot of statues of " La Virgen de Chiquinquira " but here in La Plaza del Rosario the Statue is gorgeus, you will definitely feel that you are in the heart of the town, and you feel the love and protection of La Virgen around you, Maracuchos are fervent believers of this Virgen , so you definitely want to go and have some pictures taken and buy some local souvenirs. The only bad thing is that Downtown Maracaibo can be a little dangerous if you are a tourist,and lots of people try to sell something to you, specially if you look like a tourist, is always good to be alert and caucious not carry a lot of cash or special traveler documents with you, if you have a friend with you that is a local is a plus. Maracaibo definitely is one of my favorite cities in Venezuela. People is kind and happy and the food is very good!

4. La vereda del lago Maracaibo

Av el milagro | Av. El Milagro Cerca de la Universidad, Maracaibo, Venezuela +58 424-7700727
Excellent
54%
Good
32%
Satisfactory
11%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 437 reviews

La vereda del lago Maracaibo

Reviewed By Marc_An_13 - Paris, France

local favorite to go and sweat the day off, good after 5 pm and before sunset. People jog in couples, families stroll their children, there is a police station inside.

5. Contemporary Art Museum Lia Bermudez

Av Libertador y Plaza Baralt, Maracaibo, Venezuela
Excellent
63%
Good
32%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
0%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 96 reviews

Contemporary Art Museum Lia Bermudez

Reviewed By Omar C - Prague

Best museum in town. It is located within the city's historic center, not a lot too see in it, but they try their best considering the limitations.

6. General Rafael Urdaneta Bridge

San Francisco Estado Zulia, Maracaibo, Venezuela +58 414-0638775
Excellent
63%
Good
19%
Satisfactory
13%
Poor
2%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 156 reviews

General Rafael Urdaneta Bridge

Reviewed By William R - Miami, Florida

On the Maracaibo side is a very nice scenic park with some placques that tell you about the bridge. It is a beautiful bridge especially at dusk or night when it is bathed in lights. nice drive across it also. Nice for a 1 hour visit

7. Calle Carabobo

Centro de Maracaibo, Calle Carabobo., Maracaibo, Venezuela
Excellent
43%
Good
38%
Satisfactory
15%
Poor
3%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 96 reviews

Calle Carabobo

Reviewed By Gala2000 - Maracaibo, Venezuela

This is a traditional barrio, where you can see the colorful and emblematic houses. This place it's better t visit at night, 7, 8 or 9 pm.
You can find here little bars and few restaurants.
Ateneo Pop: to have a bear.
Calle Club: bear and pizza.

And others that I have not visited yet.
Advise: this is a very short street. If you are walking please, don't go out from that street walking by night. Ask the waiter for a taxi.

8. Barrio y Templo Santa Lucia

Bulevard Santa Lucia, Maracaibo, Venezuela
Excellent
48%
Good
36%
Satisfactory
14%
Poor
2%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 47 reviews

Barrio y Templo Santa Lucia

Http://alcaldiademaracaibo.gob.ve/index.php/maracaibo/sitios-de-interes/barrio-y-templo-santa-lucia

Reviewed By ZulybettBracho

De toda la ciudad es justamente aquí y en sus cercanías donde el visitante puede observar cómo era la vida marabina antes de que el desarrollo la arropara. Casas pegaditas unas de otras, personas sentadas en el frente en la fresca de la tarde. El templo de Santa Lucía es muy bello. Los alrededores pintorescos. Aunque sea en carro no dude en echarse una pasadita. Pues Maracaibo como ese es casi imposible verse.

9. Teatro Baralt

Maracaibo, Venezuela + 261 722.38.78
Excellent
58%
Good
30%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
3%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 53 reviews

Teatro Baralt

Reviewed By Jzubi - Maracaibo, Venezuela

Very well kept and managed theatre in the old downtown, with the Basilica church these are the two must see buildings in Maracaibo

10. Aguamania

Av. 2 Parque Vereda del Lago, Maracaibo, Venezuela +58 261-7932081
Excellent
43%
Good
39%
Satisfactory
12%
Poor
2%
Terrible
4%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 48 reviews

Aguamania

Reviewed By Jfviajero - Canada

Not too big, but fun enough to make it a good place for a weekend in the city with family and friends

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