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Caresses from Coro's Touch of Class

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A March 2004 trip to Coro by Jose Kevo

Glimpses of Heaven Photo, Coro, Venezuela More Photos
Quote: Situated on the northern coastal area of the continent, Coro was one of the first settlements developed by the Spaniards. It's charming, simple and with easy access to three National Park areas, this often-bypassed locale could be one of the biggest surprises you weren't expecting to find in Venezuela.

Caresses from Coro's Touch of Class

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Overview

Glimpses of Heaven Photo, Coro, Venezuela
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On the Path of the Past: As the country's first official capital, the historic center has been declared an UNESCO World Heritage Site; an element locals take to heart in every form of society, preserving one of the most cultured and civilized places within Venezuela.Quiet on the Set: To really appreciate the Spanish Colonial structures, extend your walk after dinner for taking in the cobblestone streets and plazas by streetlamp. The city is tranquil. With hardly anyone else out, it's easy to conjecture strolling through a scene of an old western movie.Sands of Time: Located on the northern edge of the city, Médanos de Coro Parque Nacional contains mile...Read More

Posada Turística El Gallo

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Hotel

Posada Turística El Gallo Photo, Coro, Venezuela
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When traveling, there's something about finding a place that not only makes you feel at home, but also provides deep-seated contentedness, erasing restlessness of self-imposed obligations for doing something. Of all my accommodation entries, this was likely the best.Posada Turística El Gallo is located a couple of blocks off the historic center in a former colonial ruin which the French expat owner has transformed into a haven as home graciously shared with travelers. There's nine simple rooms; five including private bath running Bs30,000. Four rooms using a pair of shared bathrooms are Bs25,000 for two; Bs20,000 for a single - roughly US$10 for a rare find where you're getting mor...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on April 23, 2004

Posada Turística El Gallo
Calle Fedración 26
Coro, Venezuela
(0268) 529-481

Coro Dining

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Restaurant | "Dining In General"

Coro Dining Photo, Coro, Venezuela
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A person could stay a week in Coro sampling from intriguing restaurants tucked away inside historic buildings' courtyards in the downtown area. We followed a couple of Erick's suggestions and weren't disappointed.Pizzería la Barra del Jacal is famous for brick oven pies, but they've a full menu of local specialties. Located outdoors in a 3-level courtyard that looks like someone's patio, the parilla/grill is just off the side loaded with churrascos, which are the continent's famed broiled meats. The carbon smell commands you to order a plate; the half order of steak cuts, lightly fried yucca, and a pile of coleslaw hard to finish for only Bs8000 - about US$4.We also devoured...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on April 23, 2004

Coro Dining
The Historic Center
Coro, Venezuela

Coro's Historic Center

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Attraction | "In the Beginning...Coro's Historic Center"

Coro's Historic Center Photo, Coro, Venezuela
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Learning Coro's historic center was declared an UNESCO World Heritage Site set automatic expectation that initially proved disappointing. First impressions were overshadowed by littered streets and shabbiness within the downtown area. Compared to what was eventually found throughout rest of the country, Coro was something to get excited about.With everything clustered near Plaza Bolívar, ambling around the historic center was a peaceful, relaxing endeavor further complimented by shaded pedestrianized streets. True to Spain's Catholic influences, three churches dot the interior with The Cathedral, across from the plaza, more impressive as the country's oldest surviving church...Read More

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Coro's Historic Center
The Central Plaza area
Coro, Venezuela

Scaling the Sands of Time

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Attraction

Scaling the Sands of Time Photo, Coro, Venezuela
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When traveling anywhere around Venezuela's northwestern region, vistas of barren lands filled with dry scrub and cacti overran by masses of nomadic goats do little to conceal the country's crisis of proper refuse disposal. Winds kept a constant barrage of dust and grit circulating making sunglasses a welcomed accessory. That is, until coming to the place where everything has appeared to eventually settle for centuries.Médanos de Coro Parque Nacional is truly a unique destination for the entire continent! Los médanos grandes, "The great sand dunes", have been sculpted by time and position in South America's only desert region. Situated on the northern border of Coro, the National Park is ...Read More

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Scaling the Sands of Time
Médanos de Coro Parque Nacional
Coro, Venezuela

About the Writer

Jose Kevo

Jose Kevo
Middle-of-Nowhere, Missouri