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Cua (founded in 1690) is a small city capital of the Urdaneta Municipality, located in the Miranda State (Estado Miranda) in the north of Venezuela with an altitude of 490 m. Cua is noted for warm and clear weather, with year-round sunshine and 60 days of rainfall annually, and an average temperature that range from 18 C to 28 C, but with relative low humidity.

With leafy forest and meadows, Cua has a population of 123,000 (2004), mainly dedicated to agriculture and livestock farming . The most important districts of Cua are: Nueva Cua, Lecumberry, La Fila, Mume, Santa rosa and Aparay.

The local Sanctuary of the Virgin of Betania has become famous for its attributed Marian apparitions.

Cua is one of the locations served by the IFE Ezequiel Zamora Mass Transportation System.

General aspects


The first establishments of Cua dates from the pre-Columbian period, being the first founders the Quiriquires natives, has like nickname The Tuy Pearl, because its location at the borders of the Tuy River. After the officially foundation on October 6, 1690 by fray Manuel de Alesson, under the invocation of Our Lady of the Rosary of Cua, the first inhabitants came from different regions motivated by the agriculture, due to the fertility and strategic location of the valley. However, this town was founded initially at the site known like Marin in 1633, this first village was destroyed in its totality by a violent earthquake that affected a great part of the Tuy Valleys.

The name of Cua, according to some historians, has it origin from the Cumanagotos natives, from the Carib language that means Crab, meaning that Cua is the place where the crab abounds. Others affirm that its name is associate with Apacuana, a brave native woman from the region, that fought against the Spaniards. Others think that that name was giving in honor to the native Cue , ally of the Spaniards, that helped in the foundation and consolidation of the town.

Law and government

Cua has one municipality: Urdaneta Municipality, Venezuelan law specifies that municipal governments have four main functions: executive, legislative, comptroller, and planning. The executive function is managed by the mayor, who is in charge of representing the municipality's administration. The legislative branch is represented by the Municipal Council, composed of seven councillors, charged with the deliberation of new decrees and local laws. The comptroller tasks are managed by the municipal comptroller's office, which oversees accountancy. Finally, planning is represented by the Local Public Planning Council, which manages development projects for the municipality.


Cua has a total area of 273 km (105.4 sq mi mi), with a population of 123,000 (2004), the city limits by the north with the municipalities Cristobal Rojas (Charallave) and Guaicaipuro (Paracotos parish), by the south with San Casimiro municipality (Aragua state), by the east with Tomas lander municipality (Santa Barbara and Ocumare del Tuy parishes) and by the west again with Guicaipuro municipality (Tacata parish). The main routes of communication are the Charallave-Cua highway, that communicates this cities with the rest of the Tuy Valleys and Caracas, in addition to the connection with the Regional del Centro Freeway, and the road to the Venezuelan plains, the highway to Ocumare and the highway towards Tacata.



Nueva Cua

Cua districts


Buses are the main means of mass transportation, operated by several companies on normal streets and avenues:

* bus; large buses.

* buseta; medium size buses.

* microbus or colectivo; vans or minivans.

IFE; train services to and from Caracas and Charallave.

Main avenues

Perimetral avenue

Monsenor Pellin avenue

Jose Maria Carreno street

El Rosario street

El Carmen street

Lecumberry street

San Rafael street

Juan Espana street

Zamora street


Joropo Central

The Joropo central, is a musical style characteristic from the states Aragua and Miranda and the Eastern zones of Carabobo and north of Guarico. Is also called Joropo tuyero or pasaje aragueno, it accompanies the dance of joropo at the central zone of Venezuela, is interpreted by a harpist and a singer, that also executes the maracas. At the joropo central emphasize the following modalities: golpes, resbalosas, pajarillos, yaguazos, pasajes, guabinas, being executing one by one. In addition of two suites or sets, known like Revueltas, that are conformed by a group of modalities that are executed in a specific sequence: Pasaje, Yaguaso, Guabina, Marisela and llamada del mono.

Notable natives

Ezequiel Zamora

Jose Maria Carreno

Cristobal Rojas

Jesus Maria Rangel

Baudilio Diaz

Maria Teresa Castillo

Victor Guillermo Ramos Rangel

Evencio Castellanos

Pancho Prin

Miguel Garcia Mackle

See also

Miranda state


List of cities in Venezuela

External links

FallingRain Map - elevation = 227 (Red dots are railways as at 2000) (Estado Miranda)

Urdaneta Municipality website

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