Maracaibo is the second largest metropolis of Venezuela and, despite its picturesque lakeside location, is considered the hottest city in the country. The strongly represented people of the Maracuchos make the Indian culture in the megacity within reach.
Like Valencia and the capital Caracas, Maracaibo is located on the north coast of Venezuela and is the third of the three Venezuelan megacities. With annual average temperatures of 30 °C, the second largest city in Venezuela is also considered the hottest city in the country. Even in the rainier months from September to November, the heat hardly subsides.
Maracaibo, capital of the Venezuelan state of Zulia, is located on the northern shore of the lake of the same name at the mouth of the waterway that leads to the Caribbean Sea. In order to overcome this water gap and not always have to go around the huge lake to get to the rest of Venezuela, the huge General Rafael Urdaneta Bridge was opened on August 24, 1962. The 8.7km long colossus, named after a hero in the Venezuelan War of Independence, is the largest concrete bridge in the world and a crossing is an absolute must for every Maracaibo visitor.
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