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Maracay

Country
Venezuela
State
Aragua
City
Maracay
Type of Location
Multiple
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Places to Visit
How to Reach

By Air

Maracay doesn't have its own commercial airport (although it has two air military bases), but the visitor can approach it by plane using the Maiquetia's Simon Bolivar Airport and the nearer Valencia's International Airport Arturo Michelena.From both airports the traveler can take a licensed taxi to Maracay (the most expensive although the safest option), or make his way through the unorganized Venezuelan public transport system to the main buses terminals in Caracas or Valencia (La Bandera and The Big Low Center, respectively), and then take a bus to Maracay (the cheapest option).Be advised to take official authorized taxis, there are some reports of tourists that have been gun-pointed robbed by unlicensed taxi drivers, that usually charge cheaper than their official counterparts.

By Car

From Caracas to Maracay you should drive 108 km west on the ARC highway (Autopista Regional del Centro), this trip usually may take you about 60 to 80 minutes, but at rush-hour (5-8pm) you can take that long just trying to exit Caracas.Usually after passing the Charallave-Santa Teresa exit (Caracas' suburbs at 32 km distance) the traffic tends to go easier.Try to avoid driving in the Caracas-Maracay direction on Fridays' afternoon, because this is the period where the highway tends to be more crowed by people trying to leave Caracas for the weekends.

By Road

From Valencia to Maracay you should drive about 40 km east on the same ARC highway.This trip usually may take you about 30 to 40 minutes, but at rush-hour (5-8pm) it make take you two hours to reach Maracay.Usually after passing the Guacara toll post the traffic tends to go easier.To enter Maracay from the ARC highway you should take one of the three exits: La Encrucijada (which takes you to the Maracay's suburbs: Cagua, Turmero, Villa de Cura, etc.), Palo Negro (Maracay east) and Tapa Tapa (Maracay west).If you're coming from Caracas, you will find La Encrucija exit first, and the Tapa Tapa exit last; if you're coming from Valencia, the order is inverse.

Key places to visit
Aeronautics Museum of Maracay, San Sebastian's Walk, Henri Pittier National Park, Parque del Este


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Places to Visit

Aeronautics Museum of Maracay

Is a historical aviation museum of military and civic aeronautic technology inaugurated on 10 December 1963 and located at the installations of the former Aeropuerto Nacional Florencio Gomez (the first airport in Maracay) adjacent to the Venezuelan Air Force officer graduation school, and the "Cradle of Venezuelan Military Aviation" in the City of Maracay, Estado Aragua, Venezuela.The museum is the only one of its kind in Venezuela and the largest collector and restorator of aircraft, engines, weapons, documents, photographs, maps, paintings, memorabilia and other items of historical value.The aviation museum in Maracay is one of the largest in Latin America,with over 40 aircraft on display.

San Sebastian's Walk

Is a religious catholic event with ecological and sport characteristics, which takes place the 20th of January of each year in the outskirts of the city of Maracay, Aragua State, in Venezuela.The route of this peregrination begins in "El Limon" neighborhood and finalizes in the Main Church of Ocumare de la Costa.The route is 29.09 miles long crossing the mountains of the National Park Henri Pittier using the only paved route that unites the city of Maracay with the coastal zone of Venezuela.

Henri Pittier National Park

Was created in 1937 and is the oldest of Venezuela's national parks.It is famous for its birdlife.Its eco-systems vary with altitude.The park was first called Rancho Grande, but was re-named Henri Pittier in recognition of the Swiss biologist who was instrumental in its foundation.Henri Pittier arrived in Venezuela in 1917, and classified more than 30 thousand species of plants in the country and he decided to dedicate some years in studying the flora and fauna in the area of the current park.Henri Pittier was the one who started Venezuelan National Park history.

Parque del Este

Any given Sunday, there's plenty of activity within the extensive Parque del Este, from children playing hide-and-seek among the rock gardens, to soccer games, religious groups, martial arts classes and a profusion of lycra-clad bodies jogging while chatting into cell phones.Situated on a portion of a former coffee plantation, the 82-hectare park is the largest in Caracas, and a stroll through its expanses is a botanical odyssey, with many plants and trees labeled.You can visit the snake house, aviary and cactus garden, and on weekends enjoy astral displays in the Planetario Humboldt.

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