El Tigre (Spanish pronunciation: [el ˈtiɣɾe]) is a city of Venezuela located in the state Anzoátegui. It is the capital of Simón Rodríguez Municipality and it is located south in Anzoategui state, equidistant from the Orinoco River and the Caribbean Sea in the Guanipa Mesa at 295 m altitude, crossed by the Tigre River; with an average temperature of 79 °F and an annual average rainfall of 1,200 mm.[1] One nearby tourist destination is the Chimire Cliffs.

El Tigre
Paseo la Virgen El Tigre Anzoátegui.jpg
Estadio Enzo Hernández.jpg
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From left to right : Boulevard :"Paseo La Virgen", Enzo Hernández stadium, Av. Francisco de Miranda, San Remo Mall, Bolívar Square.
Flag of El Tigre
Official seal of El Tigre
"southern crossroads"
(Español: "Encrucijada del Sur" )
El Tigre in Anzoátegui State, Venezuela
El Tigre in Anzoátegui State, Venezuela
El Tigre is located in Venezuela
El Tigre
El Tigre
Coordinates: 08°53′10″N 64°15′40″W / 8.88611°N 64.26111°W / 8.88611; -64.26111Coordinates: 08°53′10″N 64°15′40″W / 8.88611°N 64.26111°W / 8.88611; -64.26111
MunicipalitySimón Rodríguez
FoundedFebruary 23, 1933
 • MayorErnesto Raydan (AD)
 • Total35 km2 (14 sq mi)
265 m (869 ft)
 • Total236.566
 • Density6.8/km2 (18/sq mi)
 • Demonym
Time zoneUTC−4 (VET)
Postal code
Area code(s)0283
The area and population figures are for the municipality

El Tigre also is in full conurbation with the city of San Jose de Guanipa also known as El Tigrito, capital of the Guanipa Municipality whose population according to data from the CNE is 84,526 inhabitants. Both cities are basically one, whose population would be 291,472 inhabitants.

Since the appointment of Orinoco Belt as one of the largest reserves of oil in the world, El Tigre has become one of the most important cities in Venezuela because it is very near or on the edge of this oil belt in Anzoategui state. Thus, El Tigre currently shows an increase in the establishment of companies of services to the oil industry that is constantly growing and have also been presented innumerable construction projects for new shopping malls, business buildings or towers and other works for the significant activation of tourism.


In the 1930s a large field of light crude oil was discovered near El Tigrito by the Mene Grande Oil Company (MGO), a subsidiary of Gulf Oil Corporation.[2] The Oficina No. 1 well, a wildcat well begun in 1933 and completed in 1937, established the highly productive Oficina Formation.[3] The oil discovery led to the founding of El Tigre on February 23, 1933 when Mene Grande established their offices in Campo Oficina. El Tigre quickly became a boomtown. The name "Oficina" (Office) was derived from the telegraph office in El Tigrito. Until the oil discovery, the area had been sparsely populated. By 1940 a road and an oil pipeline had been constructed to connect El Tigre with Puerto La Cruz.[2] By 1946, 512 wells had been drilled, and the region had produced 127 million barrels of oil.[3] The nearby oil company camp San Tomé was built near El Tigre as the main camp for Mene Grande.[4]


The Simón Rodríguez Municipality, according to the 2011 Venezuelan census, has a population of 194,858 inhabitants (went up from 155,178 in 2000). This amounts to 12.4% of Anzoátegui's population.[1]


Bolívar Square in El Tigre.

About the territorial extension of the municipality in which the city is located, it is 702 km2 and delimited by the following territories:

Northeast: borders the municipalities Pedro Maria Freites and Guanipa. South: bordering the municipality Francisco de Miranda. East: borders the municipality Guanipa. West: bordering the municipality Francisco de Miranda. Southeast: municipalities bordering Guanipa and Independencia.


The climate is of savannah and temperatures ranging between 68 °F (20 degrees C) and 96.8 °F (37 degrees C), with an average of 80.6 °F (27 degrees C) approximately.


La Voz de EL Tigre[5] it was the first radio station in amplitude modulated (AM) installed in the city, by Don Carlos Poleo, January 9, 1948.

  • Radio Fe y Alegría 940 AM

With the development of the frequency modulation (FM) are many radio stations that have been installed, among the most representative.

  • Mundo Radio 88.9 FM
  • VenFM 98.9 FM
  • Chimire 105.5 FM
  • Radio Fe y Alegría 91.7 FM
  • Orbita 97.3 FM
  • Tigresa 100.1 FM
  • Eclipse 90.1 FM
  • Xtrema 99.7 FM
  • Ídolos 96.9 FM
  • Clásicos 90.9 FM
  • Eco 92.1 FM
  • Turpial 107.1 FM
  • Fuego 89.5 FM
  • Mariana Radio "La Catolica" 100.7

Local economyEdit

San Remo Mall.


  • Hotel Green Park
  • Hotel Internacional Gran Hotel
  • Hotel Mancora Suites & Hotel
  • Hotel Santa Cruz
  • Hotel Gemstone Inn
  • Hotel Orinoco
  • Hotel La Redoma
  • Hotel Suites & Hotel
  • Hotel Tamanaco
  • Hotel La Carreta del Tigre
  • Hotel Palma Real
  • Hotel Luxor
  • Hotel Cel (Centro Empresarial Longo)
  • Hotel Erobuiling Express El Tigre
  • Hotel La Fuente
  • Hotel Las Tinajas
  • Hotel Reina Margot
  • Hotel Villa Dorada
  • Hotel La Posada del Angel
  • Hotel Bella Vista Suite
  • Hotel Caribbean Beach
  • Hotel Amadeus
  • Hotel Don Pepe
  • Hotel Arichuna


  • San Remo Mall
  • Unimall
  • Marmoto´S
  • Petrucci
  • Plaza Medina
  • Las Virtudes
  • Alba
  • Paseo los Pinos
  • Galerias Agua Miel
  • Harris
  • Venezuela
  • El Coloso
  • Madrid
  • Paris
  • Pequeños Comerciantes
  • Hana
  • Díaz

Main Streets and AvenuesEdit

  • Ave. España (Troncal Km 16)
  • Ave. Rotaria (Troncal Km 16)
  • Ave. Peñalver
  • Ave. Jesús Subero
  • Ave. Carretera Negra
  • Ave. Norte (Troncal Km 15)
  • Ave. Francisco de Miranda
  • Ave. 5
  • Ave. Libertador
  • Ave. Intercomunal
  • St. Bolívar
  • St. Miranda
  • St. Brasil
  • St. Anzoátegui
  • St. Ayacucho

Main Squares and PhialsEdit

  • Plaza Bolívar
  • Plaza El Libro
  • Plaza Revenga
  • Plaza La Patilla
  • Plaza Augusto Ramirez
  • Plaza José Antonio Anzoátegui
  • Plaza de Estudiantes
  • Plaza España.
  • Redoma de Aguanca
  • Redoma Cruz de los Choferes
  • Bulevar José Gregorio Hernández
  • El Paseo de La Virgen


El Tigre is the shire town of the Simón Rodríguez Municipality in Anzoátegui. The mayor of the Simón Rodríguez Municipality is Ernesto Raydan, elected in 2017 with 51.95% of the votes.[6]

Main roads to other citiesEdit

  • National Trunk Highway Km 15 (Saint Joseph, El Tigre, Pariaguán).
  • National Trunk Highway Km 16 (Cantaura, El Tigre, Ciudad Bolivar).
  • Regional Road (El Tigre – Atapirire)

Famous residentsEdit



  1. ^ a b "Primeros Resultados XIII Censo General de Población y Vivienda". Archived from the original on 2007-11-03. Retrieved 2007-10-06.
  2. ^ a b Alexis Caroles (2018-12-06). "EL TIGRE: HISTORIA, PETROLEO Y DESARROLLO / DEL OG-1 AL PUERTO DE LAS MULAS Y DE ALLÍ HACIA ESTADOS UNIDOS" (in Spanish). Noticiero Digital La Mesa Guanipa. Retrieved 2019-05-17.
  3. ^ a b Hedberg, H.D.; Sass, L.C.; Funkhouser, H.J. (1947). "Oil Fields of Greater Oficina Area Central Anzoategui, Venezuela". AAPG Bulletin. 31 (12): 2089–2169. doi:10.1306/3D933A94-16B1-11D7-8645000102C1865D.
  4. ^ G. Pardo (1992). "Biographical Memoir: Hollis Dow Hedberg (1903–1988)" (PDF). National Academy of Sciences. pp. 1–32. Retrieved 9 June 2013.
  5. ^ Salazar, José “cheo” (October 13, 2006). "Destellos de la Memoria: La Voz de El Tigre".
  6. ^ "DIVULGACIÓN RESULTADOS ELECCIONES MUNICIPALES Y REGIONALES ZULIA 2017". www.cne.gob.ve. Consejo Nacional Electoral. 12 December 2017.