Maracaibo City Guide
OVERVIEW: The second-largest city in Venezuela after Caracas. Very business oriented and not much for tourists to do. The city holds nearly 80% of the country's oil reserves.
WEATHER: Hot and humid (24-35 °C). Rainy season June-October.
SAFETY: Maracaibo is not safe. Although the paranoia exceeds the threat, you still must take precautions. Don't walk alone at night, and always call a cab if you need one - never hail one off the street. Public transportation is no longer a safe option here.
MUST DO: Vereda del Lago. The largest park in a city of parks. Includes a nice lakeside promenade...just don't walk it at night.
RENT AN APARTMENT IN MARACAIBO: About $500.00 to stay in Maracaibo, but hard to say for sure because of Venezuela's wild currency situation.
HOSTEL DORM BED/NIGHT Nuevo Hotel Union (if it's still in business) in the new part of town has beds for around $20.00.
NIGHTLIFE IN MARACAIBO: 6.5/10
There is enough nightlife in Maracaibo, but cover charges are astronomical. Also, it's difficult to feel 100% safe after night falls over ol' Maracaibo. On the plus side, you'll get a lot of attention from locals who are wondering what the fuck you are doing in Venezuela. You'll probably wonder the same thing.
I recommend: Mi Ternerita. A restaurant/bar brought to you by the same owners of Mi Vaquita. The food is decent but expensive. You'll be able to mingle here in the evenings - Venezuelans are very warm and welcoming people - but you're unlikely to snag a one night stand. Ternerita is slightly upscale so girls won't do anything they're likely to be judged for.
BOTTLE OF BEER: $2.00
CHANCE OF HOOKING-UP IN MARACAIBO: 6/10
I suggest going to Merida instead of Maracaibo for hooking up. Unless you're here for a long period of time (no reason to be unless it's for work) you're better off elsewhere. It is not exceptionally easy to get laid in Maracaibo.
***ONLINE DATING: Latin American Cupid allows you to talk with girls and set up dates before you arrive in the country. For this reason, I recommend it.
ARE GIRLS HOT IN MARACAIBO?: 6.5/10.
ALOT of plastic. You'll see some amazing bums and breasts and some delectable body shapes, but faces will leave something to be desired.
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GROCERIES: Milk (1L)= $2.00 Loaf of Bread= $2.25 Eggs= $6.00 Water (1.5L)= $2.50 Cigarettes= $6.00
JOB OPPORTUNITIES: Nothing.
TAXI: Should be around $4.00 or $5.00 for about 6km.
NOTES: If you're hellbent on visiting a true Venezuelan city, I'd recommend Merida over Maracaibo, and Maracaibo over Caracas. The nightlife in Maracaibo isn't superb, and it's somewhat difficult to find a play to stay.
OVERALL RATING: 5.75/10
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