The second night on the Los Nevados tour we stayed in a rustic home belonging to a man called Pedro. His house is situated at an altitude of 3200 metres and from here you will have beautiful views of the mountains (if it is not too cloudy). We stayed in a room with several bunk beds. I had a sleeping bag (which I had borrowed at Guamanchi’s in Merida) but as it is cold during night it was also necessary to use the thick woollen blankets in the room.
As we arrived we had soup to eat. This was perfect for warming up after the walk and later we had pasta. We also had tea to drink and Pedro, who was very kind had been out in the rain picking some herbs for a tea that was good for my cough. The food and water was cooked over a fire so the boiled water we filled our water bottles with tasted very much of smoke.
Interesting to know is that Pedro is the grandson of the first man who climbed Pico Bolivar (the highest mountain in Venezuela).
Guamanchi is a quite big posada and there are many different kind of rooms. There are no single room though so I had a double with bathroom (there is hot water). It was 80 Bs a night (June/July 2008). I really liked my room and had the same one both times I came back from trips. From the room there was a great view of the mountains and there was a hammock (which I used a lot) outside the room and a table with chairs. Below there is a park and there can be some noise from there but it was never disturbing, and the police seems to keep it quite early.
Other rooms have shared bathroom and those rooms don't have the view over the mountains. There is a kitchen and a terrace with tables and hammocks.
The rooms and bathrooms are clean. There was no towel in the room but I got one when I asked.
The posada is just next to Guamanchis tour office.
- I love the location which is just 200m from the Cable Car Station
- One of the cheapest options in this area, I reckon
- Private rooms, reasonably comfortable and clean
- Kitchen is quite nice, with plenty of pots and pans. Many people cook here.
- Some rooms are in the basement and they are rather dark, with the windows opened out to the corridor. So, for privacy, most people keep the curtains drawn.
Room: 15,000 Bs (2005)
If you are on shoestring, head to the Parque de Heroinas, just in front of Teleferico. I paid around B10.000, stayed in Patty's. It's a not to comfortable place, but the matron and her daughter were very cool. There is some more Posadas here you can choose from.
Quite new and modern but a relatively old style design of rooms, tiled and stone walls mixed with varnished wood, the place has a cool air to it.
The staff are friendly and will help with changing money and travel plans.
The location is within walking distance of all the restaurants and shops in the old town and about 15 minutes on foot from the Teleferico.
Everything is clean and the onsite restaurant is popular.
Great views of the mountains for rooms on one side of the hotel.
Cable tv in rooms.
Free luggage storage.
Next to the Guamanchi tours shop there is a hardly noticable entrance to the cheap and quite primitive "posada". You will get a bed for the night and breakfast in the morning for no money, but watch your luggage.
Great location just a five minutes walk to the centre, and a pictoresque little park outside with a beautiful wiev over the valley and the Andes.
This exclusive estancia about 10 minutes from the city of Merida was rather beautiful. The grounds were spectacular, with a rushing stream, grazing sheep, swans, and horses. The rooms were actually duplexes with a downstairs living area and an upstairs bedroom designed with mountain, rustic architecture. The views were spectacular. The main lodge was quite manorial adorned with fluffy seating, tapestries, imposing chandeliers, and a roaring firplace. No one spoke English, and since my Spanish is worse than my French, it was very embarassing for me. However, the staff was wonderfully warm and accommodating.
The estancia had beautiful grounds and a low key luxriousness.
Recommendable nice located Hotel (3 stars)next to the center of Mérida (20minutes walk)
nice garden and swimmingpool.
Use of local material to equip the room
A traditional Andean posada, with inner courtyards and verandas, located on a picturesque plaza. 36 simple, clean rooms on 3 floors.
A tasty Andean breakfast of Pizca Andina (egg, garlic coriander and potato soup) and arepas (maize pancakes).
The Posada La Montana is supposed to be a "luxury" posada - which means that it does not have the comforts of a hotel, but it is still a nice sort of accommodation. I enjoyed staying there, but I found quite standard, after all... the furniture and the bathroom were just any like toehr less prtentious posada.
What makes La Montana "luxury", I think, is the fact that all 17 rooms have a safe and a television. Hot water, too - which in Merida is a blessing (it's cold!). There's also a common room where everyone can get for free filtered water, and a quoite indifferent restaurant with overpriced breakfasts.
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