Acarigua

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Coordinates: 9°33′35″N 69°12′07″W / 9.55972°N 69.20194°W / 9.55972; -69.20194

Acarigua
Statue of Portuguesa in December 5 Square (Plaza del 5 de Diciembre)
Statue of Portuguesa in December 5 Square (Plaza del 5 de Diciembre)
Flag of Acarigua
Flag
Coat of arms of Acarigua
Coat of arms
Acarigua is located in Venezuela
Acarigua
Acarigua
Location in Venezuela
Coordinates: 9°33′35″N 69°12′7″W / 9.55972°N 69.20194°W / 9.55972; -69.20194
Country  Venezuela
State Portuguesa State
Municipality Páez Municipality
Founded September 29, 1620
Area
 • City 175 km2 (68 sq mi)
Elevation 195 m (640 ft)
Population (2012)
 • City 203,358
 • Density 1,200/km2 (3,000/sq mi)
 • Metro 208,495
Demonym(s) Acarigüeño (a)
Time zone VST (UTC-4:30)
Postal code 3301
Area code(s) 0255
Website Municipal website

Acarigua (Spanish pronunciation: [akaˈɾiɣwa]) founded as San Miguel de Acarigua is a city in northwestern Venezuela, in the northern part of the state of Portuguesa.

Formerly the state capital, it is a major commercial center for the northern Llanos region of South America. It is contiguous with the neighboring city of Araure.

Demographics[edit]

The city's population was 116,551 in 1990 and was estimated at 208,495 in 2008.[1]

Religion[edit]

Its Cathedral Catedral de Nuestra Señora de la Corteza is the episcopal see of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Acarigua–Araure.

Ecology[edit]

Fauna[edit]

The Thysania agrippina is one of the world's largest moth with wings 32 cm in size.

Flora[edit]

The Saman or Samanea saman is the most widespread tree throughout the city.

Protected areas[edit]

  • Parque Musiu Carmelo
  • Parque Mittar Nakichenovich
  • Balneario Sabanetica
  • Balneario el Mamón
  • Parque Curpa, popularly known as José Antonio Páez Park.

Media[edit]

Acarigua is home to 3 regional newspapers, and the community TV station Siguaraya TV.

Transport[edit]

Acarigua is served by the Oswaldo Guevara Mujica Airport.

Sports[edit]

It is home to Portuguesa FC, whose home stadium is the Estadio General José Antonio Paez.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "www.world-gazetteer.com". Archived from the original on 2012-02-09. 

External links[edit]