Discovering the Beauty of Mérida, Venezuela

Mérida, in the state of Mérida, is located in the middle of two Andean mountain ranges in Venezuela.

Founded twice, first illegally in 1558 and then in a different place like Santiago de los Caballeros de Mérida in 1560, Mérida is home to the second oldest university in Venezuela, the Universidad de Los Andes, founded in 1785.

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    Exploring Mérida, Venezuela

    More than university students and professors, they enjoy the spring weather throughout the year. The snow-capped peaks of Pico Bolívar (5007 m / 16,523 ft), Pico Humboldt (4,942 m / 16,214 ft), Pico Espejo (4,753 m / 15,594 ft) and Pico Bompland (4883 m/16,113 ft) are part of Sierra Nevada National Park , one of four in the area.

    There are also 12 state parks. The region is popular with climbers, backpackers, wildlife enthusiasts, bird watchers, and tourists who enjoy a variety of landscapes, from lush rainforest, abundant waterfalls, permanently snow-covered mountain peaks, glacial lakes, and moorlands, or swamps. of highlands that reach about 3300 m to the snow line.

    Add in the small tropical beach of Palmarito, located on the southeast side of Lake Maracaibo, and there are a dozen or more varieties of climate and geography in the state of Mérida.

    The fertile valleys between the mountains support agriculture, including coffee plantations, sugar cane, flowers, especially the frailejón, which grows only in the highland areas of Venezuela, Colombia, and Ecuador and blooms in November and December.

    Tropical plants, palms, citrus, strawberries, orchids, and the Golden Raintree grow in abundance.

    The city, built between rivers and crossed by them, maintains 35 parks in its long and narrow stretch. Since the flat land is no longer available, the city now grows from its base (1,625 m / 5,331 ft).

    Earthquakes and wars of independence have affected the city, but it cultivates a pleasant and quiet grace with many cultural activities.

    Getting there

    Merida is located 680 km (422 miles) southwest of Caracas, easily accessible by plane or road.

    • Airway: The airport is located on the plateau, within the city, 2km southwest of Plaza Bolívar. City buses connect the airport with the rest of the city.

    The runway is short and the surrounding high mountains make landing difficult in bad weather. Planes are frequently diverted to El Vigía airport.

    If this happens to you, insist on free transportation to or from Merida. Check the flights in your area.

    • By bus: the bus terminal is 3 km southwest of the city center and is connected by frequent public transport. Half a dozen buses circulate daily to Caracas and Maracaibo.

    When to Go

    At an altitude of 1.6 km above sea level, the tropical climate is moderate, making it warm enough for a tan in the afternoon and cool at night for a sound sleep all year round. Average temperatures range from 20ºC to 25ºC (68ºF to 77ºF) and 15.5ºC (60ºF.) At night. The average daily temperature is 19ºC / 66.2ºF.

    The rainy season, from May to November, with August and September being the rainiest months, collaborates with the early morning rains, not interfering with daily activities. However, fog, especially in the surrounding area, often obscures the view.

    Many visitors come to Mérida to celebrate the Feria del Sol with bullfights, exhibitions, and dances in February and early March.

    Things to See and Do

    • Casa de la Cultura offers temporary exhibitions of the work of local artisans.
    • The Archaeological Museum exhibits pre-Columbian art and artifacts.
    • The House of Governors displays ceramic models of the city created by local artist Eduardo Fuentes.
    • The Bolivarian Library exhibits material related to Simón Bolívar, El Libertador, including a golden sword and jewels that were given to him after his victory in the Battle of Junín.
    • Take the 11-kilometer cable car to the top of Pico Espejo, named for the mica at the top that reflects like a mirror.

    This cable car or cable car is the longest and highest of any place, with the exception of Alaska.

    • Horseback riding through the glacial lagoons of Victoria and Laguna Negra.
    • Traverse the Upper Moors, giving you some time to get used to the altitude and cold of these wild and rugged moors, where isolated farms dot the landscape.
    • Take a break in the hot springs of Tabay, La Musui, Ejido, Chiguará, Jají and Santa Apolônia.
    • Stop at Los Aleros to experience the extremes of colonial spirit and architecture, and stop at the Astronomical Research Center for a guided tour and view of the two astronomical hemispheres.
    • Visit the sugar cane plantations and sugar mills known as docks in the towns of La Punta, Ejido, and Pozo Hondo.
    • Visit the Sierra de La Culata National Park in the Páramo de la Culata desert to see spectacular glacial lagoons.

    The park is home to our Andean condor, one of the largest birds in the world, in Mucuunturia.

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