Venezuela, a Country to Love - GinaSantiPhotography
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Lake Maracaibo in the northwestern Zulia state is the largest lake of South America, about 5,100 square miles (13,210 square km). Discovered in 1499 by the Spanish explorer Alonso de Ojeda, the lake lies in the extremely hot, humid lowlands of the Maracaibo basin, making it a welcomed place for "zulianos" to cool off. The basin is also one of the major oil-producing areas of the world.