A state capital, Coro has some of the country's best-preserved architecture in its Zona Colonial, including the city's cathedral, which was started in 1583, making it the second-oldest church in Venezuela. Numerous museums are installed in handsome colonial structures. Among the best are the Museo Diocesano (outstanding collection of colonial religious art, appropriately housed in a former convent), the Museo de Arte Contemporaneo de Coro and the Museo de Ceramica Historica y Loza Popular (historic ceramics). South of Coro is the Parque Nacional Sierra de San Luis, a chilly cloud forest in marked contrast with the desert landscapes surrounding the capital. To the north is the arid Paraguana Peninsula (a duty-free shopping zone). Access to the peninsula is via a narrow isthmus within Parque Nacional Los Medanos de Coro, named for its towering sand dunes—some 80 ft/25 m high. Coro is 270 mi/435 km northwest of Caracas.

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