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Maracay is a coastal city in north-central Venezuela. Facing the Caribbean Sea, it is the state capital of Aragua. It covers 911 sq km (352 sq mi) and has a population of 850,000 people (2011 estimate) within a metropolitan area with 1.8 million people.

Maracay was founded in 1701 by Bishop Diego de Baños y Sotomayor. It is said to have been named after a native chief, whose in turn was named after the Maracayo (Felis mitis) a small tiger.

Maracay experienced tremendous growth at the turn of the 20th century, when Venezuela was under the dictatorship of Juan Vicente Gómez, who made the city his home. Today the Gómez Mausoleum holds his remains. The modern city of Maracay is an industrial hub. It produces a wide range of products incuding chemicals, textiles, paper, cement and more.

Catedral de MaracayCatedral de Maracay
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Visiting Maracay

Maracay does not have its own airport. You can fly in through the Arturo Michelena International Airport (VLN) in Valencia. The safest (but most expensive) option is to take a taxi from the airport to Maracay. The airport receives regular flights from Barcelona (Venezuela), Caracas, Curaçao, Maracaibo, Puerto Ordax and Santo Domingo, among others.

Places of Interest in Maracay

  1. Aeronautics Museum of Maracay (Museo Aeronáutico de Maracay)
    This is the only museum of its kind in Venezuela where visitors can view a huge collection of old planes, engines, and related material.

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