Venezuela’s central mountain range dominates the state of Carabobo, which has a terrain of fertile valleys and grasslands. There are numerous waterways, but sadly most are polluted.

Carabobo has a highly developed agricultural and food industry. It is a top producer of chicken and egg, and also produces pork and bovine products. Other industries are mining, construction, chemical, and iron and steel manufacturing.

The capital is Valencia, in the valley surrounded by the Cordillera de la Costa. Venezuela’s chief industries and manufacturing companies are located here. The country’s second largest lake, Valencia flows along the city’s eastern borders. The capital has several colonial buildings like the cathedral built in the 16th century.

Aside from its numerous parks and reserves, Carabobo has few interesting sites. This includes Valencia’s Aquarium with its pink dolphins, the Spanish fortress Solano Castle, and the historic zone of Puerto Cabello and the thermal baths and spa centre of Las Trincheras.

In recent years, the crime rate in Carabobo has seen a dramatic increase. It now has one of the highest murder rates in Venezuela.