Coro, or Santa Ana de Coro to give its full name, is a city of about one hundred fifty thousand in western Venezuela along the Caribbean coast. Traces of Spanish history are evident throughout the city's architecture, containing all the characteristics of a colonial city. There are numerous leafy plazas -- including a ubiquitous Plaza Bolivar -- throughout the backstreets of the traditional Spanish grid system with brightly coloured buildings and churches throughout. Coro is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and underwent significant restoration in 2007, with many of the pavements relayed in colonial-style cobble paving.
The main town itself is more modern and contains all the services that any backpacker requires. The town has a variety of restaurants, bars, cafes, and shops. By Venezuelan comparisons, Coro could be described as reasonably safe, although travelers should only carry those necessary items, particularly at night time.
The most popular trip from Coro is an excursion to Parque National Medanos, which are huge sand dunes close to the city. The dunes are a spectacular setting, especially at sunset. Local taxis will bring you out there and return later by appointment. Another idea is a trip up to Paraguana Peninsula, an isthmus to the north where many locals venture for weekends at the beaches or for windsurfing, due to the regular winds that blow here.
Although not too many, there are a few budget hostels in Coro that cater to every traveler's budget and contain all facilities such as laundries, internet, and bookshops. In summer it is very hot including at night, and travelers should consider air-conditioned rooms.
Coro would be a popular stop for travelers making the journey along the coast between Caracas and Colombia. The city has excellent transport links, with most bus companies stopping here.
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