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Coro, founded in 1527, has the highest concentration of colonial buildings in Venezuela. It is also, for Venezuelans, the birthplace of Independence, where the tricolour of Gran Colombia was first raised during Francisco de Miranda’s unsuccessful 1806 attempt to oust the Spaniards. It is celebrated today at the Flag Monument in Coro’s neighbouring port, La Vela. There is influence from German and Dutch traders and one of the earliest Jewish communities in South America. Many buildings, which have UNESCO Cultural Heritage status, are painted white and rich reds, ochres and blues, masking the fragility of the earthen walls which are now ...

Coro, founded in 1527, has the highest concentration of colonial buildings in Venezuela. It is also, for Venezuelans, the birthplace of Independence, where the tricolour of Gran Colombia was first raised during Francisco de Miranda’s unsuccessful 1806 attempt to oust the Spaniards. It is celebrated today at the Flag Monument in Coro’s neighbouring port, La Vela. There is influence from German and Dutch traders and one of the earliest Jewish communities in South America. Many buildings, which have UNESCO Cultural Heritage status, are painted white and rich reds, ochres and blues, masking the fragility of the earthen walls which are now threatened by the heavy rains of climate change. Inland from Coro is the Sierra de San Luis, with quaint villages, caves, waterfalls and the Juan Crisóstomo Falcón national park. From these delightful limestone hills you can see spread below Coro and the isthmus of sand dunes (Los Médanos national park) that connects the mainland to the semi-arid Paranaguá Peninsula, a medley of musical and artisan traditions, oil refineries, duty-free shopping, goats, scrub and ideal windsurf beaches. Also worth an excursion is the palaeontological site of Taima-Taima, near the arts and crafts village of Taratara.

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Ben Box has been editor of Footprint Travel Guides’ South American Handbook since 1989. In addition to writing for Footprint on Peru, Cuzco, Brazil, Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean, Ben also submits articles to the British travel press.

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Facts at a Glance

  • Location: Coro is the capital of Falcón state in northwestern Venezuela
  • Language: Spanish (official) & numerous indigenous dialects
  • Currency: Venezuelan Bolivar
  • Research: Santa Ana de Coro

Climate

  • Best Time to Visit:

    January-September are the driest months and best for windsurfing; December is best for drumming and La Vela festival.