Paraguaipoa to Cuidad Bolivar
The view from our hotel window in Paraguapoa, our first night in
|Cycling through salt flats. The salt is collected by
locals to sell as an additive for animal feed.
|Sheltering from a downpour. The rainy season has
|The first city we came to in Venezuela was Maracaibo,
Venezuela’s oil capital. It lies on the banks of Lago de Maracaibo, South
America’s largest lake from which two-thirds of Venezuela’s oil output is
|Behind the altar of this church in Maracaibo is the
highly venerated Virgin of Chiquinquira to whom numerous miracles are
attributed. Beth queued with the pilgrims to see her.
|Venezuela comes from a word meaning ‘Venice Like’. It was
named this by Spanish explorers when they encountered people living in houses
like these, known as Palafitos.
|We found some villagers who still live in this
traditional way on Laguna de Sinamaica.