Maracaibo is the second-largest city in Venezuela after the national capital Caracas and is the capital of Zulia state. The 1990 census assigned a population of 2,650,670—a number that many considered to be understated. Maracaibo is located at 10°39' North, 71°35' West (10.63, -71.58333).
Maracaibo is nicknamed La Tierra del Sol Amada ("The Beloved Land of the Sun").
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