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San Cristobal

(4.5/5 based on 85+ reviews for 3 attractions)
Things to do: shopping, sightseeing, historic sites
Located on the Pan-American Highway, San Cristobal lies tucked in a mountainous region and serves as the capital of the state of Tachira. Founded in 1561, San Cristobal has always been a fast-moving, productive, and progressive place, developing rapidly over the years because of its agricultural industry and proximity to the Venezuela-Colombia border. While many colonial-era buildings were destroyed by an earthquake in 1875, the ones that remain or have been rebuilt rank high among San Cristobal's attractions, along with popular public parks, cultural attractions, and a lively music scene in the small bars and clubs. Our Venezuela tour planner combines visitor reviews with your personal interests to make an itinerary informed by experts, but tailored to suit your style.
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A regional hub of commerce, tourism, and transport, San Cristobal offers a welcome number of places to stay. Many simple hotels and motels sit in the areas by the Pan-American Highway, with excellent access to the surrounding natural highlights of the mountainous region. In the city center choose from a nice mix of classy hotels abutting the main public parks, or opt for one of the budget-friendly posadas--guesthouses providing simple rooms in homey, comfortable buildings. Head to the fringes of the city for a good selection of larger resort-style hotels and spas.
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