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Central America is the central geographic region of the Americas. It is variably defined either as being a region of the Americas in its own right or as the southern portion of North America. Physiographically, Central America is a tropical isthmus that connects North and South America. It includes 7 countries and many small offshore islands. Overall, the land is fertile and rugged, and dominated through its heart by a string of volcanic mountain ranges with a few active volcanos.

Barquisimeto is the capital city of the State of Lara located in west central Venezuela, halfway between Caracas and Maracaibo on the Turbio River. The city has strong agroindustrial roots, being surrounded by a sugar cane valley and near one of the largest vegetable production regions in Venezuela the Valle de Quibor and Sanare. The population of the city is 1.500.000.
Two of the many landmarks in Barquisimeto are an obelisk, called El Obelisco. First founded by Don Juan de Villegas in 1552 and named Nueva Segovia de Variquisimeto it was later moved to several places until 1563 when the town finally settled in its present location. Barquisimeto is today a modern city, fourth most populated in the country; highly important for its situation in the middle of the west central axis of communications, industries and agriculture of Venezuela.

The streets of downtown Barquisimeto are going through some major construction due to the implementation of a trolley car system that will connect the whole city, making a more efficient public transportation system. This new public transportation is named Transbarca and it's expected to be completed by 2010. The city is the birthplace of artist Luis Gendron, prominently known among the Miami social circles.

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