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The second largest city after Caracas, Venezuela’s capital, Maracaibo is great city with a fascinating history. Maracaibo is the capital of the state of Zulia located in northwestern Venezuela and the center of the country's oil industry. It is located on the shores of Lake Maracaibo, the 23rd largest lake in the world. The General Rafael Urdaneta Bridge, which goes over the lake, joins the Zulia region with the rest of the country. Considered one of the most impressive buildings in Venezuela, the bridge is an engineering masterpiece and is the largest concrete bridge in the world.
When you have the chance to visit Maracaibo, the best way to see the city is through rental car. Grabbing a car hire enables you to tour the city at your convenience, taking as much time as you please in the places that interest you instead of spending your whole vacation waiting in lines to take the public transportation. HAPPYCAR, the online comparison portal, offers visitors an array of car hire options to choose from. Hertz, Avis and Budget are some of the numerous car rentals that works with HAPPYCAR to make your tour of Maracaibo convenient and flexible. We check the prices of international and local providers so that you don’t have to check each website to provide you with the best deals on a car hire to make your money go further on a rental car that fits your specific needs. You have the options of choosing car size, pick up location and type of insurance to ensure you get the best deal on a great car hire!
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Maracaibo has a fascinating background. History has it that the city was founded three times! A German Ambrosio Alfinger, who named it Maracaibo, first founded it in 1529. The second attempt to establish the then settlement was by Captain Alonso Pacheco, which failed as well. Captain Pedro Maldonado who was working under the command of Governor Diego de Mazariego eventually founded Maracaibo in 1574. Pedro named the village Nueva Zamora de Maracaibo to honor the governor’s birth place, Zamora in Spain.
Apart from Spanish influence, the city has some Indian influence as well. It is said that the word Maracaibo comes from an Indian Chief named Mara who fought against the Germans. When Mara fell during the war, the Indians shouted “Mara cayo!” (Mara fell) hence the name. Others say the Indians called this land “Maara iwo” meaning ‘Place where serpents abound’.
Maracaibo offers an interesting mix of historical and contemporary attractions. A visit to Maracaibo is definitely not complete without taking a ride across the General Rafael Urdaneta Bridge. So be sure to hire car Maracaibo and drive the 8.5 kilometers across this iconic feature of the city.
Take a Car Hire Maracaibo downtown to the Basilica de Nuestra Senora de Chiquinquira, home to the Patroness of Maracaibo and the city’s most beloved treasure. What started out as a humble structure where the Lady of Chiquinquira once appeared, today stands a beautiful cathedral, which attracts thousands of visitors every year. Regardless of your faith or beliefs, a rental car Maracaibo trip to “La Chinita” is worth a visit. In November, there is a feast day of the lady where thousands of people come together not just for the religious activities but also for music, dance and baseball.
Maracaibo boasts of sultry tropical climate, which can see temperatures, soaring high. To cool off, take your rental car Maracaibo to Aquamania a family-friendly water park that offers a network of waterslides with moderate ones that suit younger children and steep slides to thrill older children and adults. There is also a slow river ideal for tubing. Aquamania is a fantastic place to take the kids during a family vacation.
For fitness buffs or for anyone who wants to workout at a location with an awesome view then La Vereda del lago is highly recommended. Here you can walk, jog, bike as you enjoy views of Lake Maracaibo and the General Rafael Urdaneta Bridge. Vereda del lago is easily accessible through a rental car Maracaibo.
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Numerous other places can visit with car rental Maracaibo. A road trip not to be missed is to the south of Lake Maracaibo to watch the Catatumbo Lighting. This is a unique phenomenon where a series of large lighting occur because of specific geographical and climatic conditions. Beside this natural wonder, you can take a car hire Maracaibo to the National Park Cienagas de Juan Manuel and enjoy the flora and fauna that abounds in the park.
If you want to make your next vacation a South American road trip, you can take your car hire across the border to visit countries like Colombia to the east and Brazil to the south. Anything is possible when you book through HAPPYCAR! Book now with HAPPYCAR and take full advantage of the flexibility and freedom your car rental Caracas grants you. Our quick and hassle free service provides you with a great springboard into your adventures. The HAPPYCAR team wishes you a pleasant journey!
There is so much to see in this part of the country and we are here to make your dreams come true. The HAPPYCAR team wishes you a pleasant journey!