Apure state is in the Los Llanos region of Venezuela.


Map of Apure
  • 1 San Fernando de Apure
  • 2 Achaguas   — a small town in the center of the state
  • 3 Guasdualito   — a town close to the border with Colombia
  • 4 Biruaca  
  • 5 Bruzual  
  • 6 San Juan de Payara  
  • 7 Elorza  

Other destinations

  • 8 El Tamá National Park   — This extensive National Park crosses into Colombia, although there are few facilities for tourists.



Apure is the biggest plains state in Los Llanos and the state capital, San Fernando, is widely considered the capital of the region. Flat grazing lands stretch as far as the eye can see.

Get in


By highway from Caracas, head south via Cúa, passing through San Juan de Los Morros until you reach San Fernando.

San Fernando de Apure can be reached by road, a 6-hour drive from Caracas or up to 8 hours by bus. The city has a small airport about 30 min outside the center with daily flights M-F to Caracas and Puerto Ayacucho. Call Venezolana airline for more details ( +58 212 6512218).

Get around


The impressive savanna wildlife.

There's little reason to stay in San Fernando de Apure unless as a base for exploring the Llanos. But if you are passing through:

  • Plaza Bolívar - the city's leafy central square.
  • Barbarito Palace - in Plaza Camejo, this early 20th-century building was a wealthy trade center that was attacked by bandits trying to steal its merchandise on more than one occasion. After years of neglect, the building has now been restored and houses a museum with original mosaics and frescoes.
  • San Fernando Cathedral — this 1960s construction was designed by German architect Robert Klein and is notable for its bell-shaped roof.

Stay at one of the hatos below and go on safari.



San Fernando de Apure




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