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Where is Parque Plaza Carabobo

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Where is Parque Plaza Carabobo

In what part of Caracas is Plaza Carabobo? Can I get there by metro? If not, which buses go by there?

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1. Re: Where is Parque Plaza Carabobo

Parque Plaza Carabobo is a plaza that is in downtown Caracas. It is next to the Andres Bello School and it is quite run down right now. It is next to the Parque Carabobo metro station. Why do you ask?

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Thanks, Nelvin. I just want to take some quick snapshots of the Pedro Camejo statue. Is it still there? Is this one of the areas of Caracas I should stay away from?

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Hi Bill,

The best version of the statue (just head and shoulders on a plinth) is at the Campo de Carabobo battleground itself, just outside Valencia. Small por puesto buses were going all through the day from Av Lara when I was there last year. It was about 40 minutes and you could appreciate the whole history of the battle from the site. Thoroughly recommend it. And pedro Camejo breathed his last at the battle so it's a more evocative site at which to see his bust.

Plaza Carabobo is now called Parque Carabobo and is on the Metro Line 1 between La Hoyada and Bellas Artes (where all the museums are). Try and travel midday to avoid the rush hour crowds and keep the camera stashed away safe.

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If you can't make it out to Carabobo (4 hours away from Caracas), then Parque Carabobo is ok. It's not an unsafe area during the day, and if you have a normal pocket camera, no problem, big high-end cameras are the ones that can atract attention. The other place where you can find sculpturing related to Pedro Camejo is the area in Caracas called Los Proceres. The biggest Pedro Camejo statues are in Guanare and San Fernando de Apure. By the way, most Venezuelans don't know Pedro Camejo by his name. He is more popularly known as Negro Primero (First Black) because he was the top ranking black officer, and legend has it that he was also the first officer to go down at the Battle of Carabobo. "Negro" is a mere adjective in Venezuela, nothing more, just like "Catire" (blondy), Flaco (skinny guy), Gordo (Fat guy), Chino (any asian), etc. So you might hear people calling each other that normally. I have a cousin we call "el negro", and another we call "la china". For you this might be incomprehensible because you were raised in the US, where race is an obsession and a taboo, but it's just the way it is here. I have an anecdote that will help you understand it. A few years ago a member of some US society of black engineers came to visit the Venezuelan Engineers Association, and he asked for the statistics on black engineers. How many were there. The guys at the association had no idea, it was something so irrelevant that they had never even considered it. That's why registration forms here ask your city, full name, marital status, but never your race, because it's simply irrelevant, like asking your weight or if you like donuts. That's Venezuela, ven though Hugo Chavez IS trying to make people race conscious for his political gain (blacks vs. all others), but it hasn't worked much.

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The other place to go is to the mountain of Sorte in Yaracuy, where the cult of Maria Lionza is based, Venezuela's own syncretic cult, blending elements of European spiritism, indigenous shamanism and African religion with Catholic saint worship. Very interesting indeed.

Negro Primero is a member of the Court of Maria Lionza, which also includes El Indio Guaicaipuro (an Indian chief who fought the Spanish conquistadors in the valley of Caracas). The three together are known as Las Tres Potencias (Three Powers). In sorte you will find mediums, known as bancos, who channel the spirits of Africans and Indian chiefs just like in Haitian voodoo. The music that accompanies the rituals and ceremonies is the same Afro-Venezuelan tambores music of the coast. The best way to Visit sorte is to go to San Felipe, the capital of Yaracuy, and then get a bus to Chivacoa where you can get other small buses to the mountain. I would suggest a lunchtime visit is best as it can get quite hectic in the evenings. You can take photos of the rituals but don't use flash as people will get upset. If you want a taste of what goes on there is a great New York Times article with an accompanying video. Just google "In Venezuela, Adoration Meets Blend of Traditions".

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