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Simon Bolívar, as you may know, is a revered figure in Venezuela. His revolutionary grit fueled the Wars of Independence against Spain not just in that country, but in many parts of Latin America. Today, Bolívar’s likeness can be seen in public plazas and cities throughout Venezuela.

Interestingly, the U.S. also has its share of Bolívar statues. Below is an homage to the revolutionary rider erected in New York’s Central Park in 1891. Use the comments section to tell us where you’ve spotted Bolívar in your own travels!

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Having too quiet a Thursday? Need a pick-me-up soundtrack?

Get tuned into Los Amigos Invisibles, the funk band that is arguably Venezuela’s most successful musical export. On their website, you can listen for free to their entire 2004 album, “Venezuelan Zinga Son.”

According to the band’s official bio, Los Amigos Invisibles was formed in Caracas in 1991. The members left Venezuela to try their luck in New York City in 1996, “thanks to ex President Caldera’s economic policies.” In New York, “destiny threw the dice,” and they landed a record deal.

Since then, Los Amigos have been touring like crazy, so be sure to check out their schedule of concerts so that you can see them play live. In the meantime, watch this video for a taste of the action:

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