Guaire River

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Guaire River
Native nameRío Guaire
Physical characteristics
SourceConfluence of the San Pedro and Macarao Rivers in the Capital District
 ⁃ locationVenezuela
 ⁃ coordinates10°25′31″N 67°0′44″W / 10.42528°N 67.01222°W / 10.42528; -67.01222
 ⁃ elevation976 m (3,202 ft)
MouthTuy River, east of the town of Santa Teresa del Tuy, Miranda State
 ⁃ location
Miranda State, Venezuela
 ⁃ coordinates
10°25′31″N 67°00′45″W / 10.4253°N 67.0125°W / 10.4253; -67.0125
 ⁃ elevation
160 m (520 ft)
Length72 km (45 mi)
Basin size655 km2 (253 sq mi)

The Guaire River is a short river in Venezuela that flows through the nation's capital of Caracas. It is a tributary of the Tuy River and is 72 kilometers (45 miles) long in length. It rises in an area called Las Adjuntas in the Capital District of Venezuela at the confluence of the San Pedro and Macarao Rivers.


On 19 April 2017, during the 2017 Venezuelan protests, the Mother of all Protests occurred.[1] Demonstrators began gathering around the country at about 10:30am, with Caracas having 26 different routes for the main march to head to the office of the Ombudsman to demonstrate.[2] As the march progressed through Caracas, the National Guard began to block routes and fire tear gas at marchers at 11:50am, with the demonstrators refusing to leave despite the use of force.[2] At about 12:30pm, demonstrations by both opposition and pro-government Venezuelans fill Caracas' avenues.[2] Shortly after 12:45pm, protesters on the Francisco Fajardo Freeway near Bello Monte begin to flee the area, with many leaping into the Guaire River to avoid the gas, which is used for sewage drainage.[3][4]


  1. ^ "Venezuela Erupts In 'Mother Of All Protests' As Anti-Maduro Sentiment Seethes". NPR. 19 April 2017. Retrieved 20 April 2017.
  2. ^ a b c "The Latest: US official expresses concern over Venezuela". ABC News. 19 April 2017. Retrieved 19 April 2017.
  3. ^ "Manifestantes se lanzan al río Guaire para huir de los gases lacrimógenos". El Nacional (in Spanish). 19 April 2017. Retrieved 20 April 2017.
  4. ^ "Venezuela: opositores saltan al río Guaire para escapar de la represión". El Comercio (in Spanish). 19 April 2017. Retrieved 20 April 2017.