Mérida Travel Guide

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    View down towards Mérida
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    View from Pedro's house
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Mérida Highlights

  • Pro
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     Sophisticated Cool Contrast with the Tropical Attitude in the Rest of Venezuela 

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     hummmm... drawing a blank 

  • In a nutshell
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     A Must Visit for Any Traveller to Venezuela 

Mérida Things to Do

  • Los Llanos Tour - 4 days

    I went on the 4-day Los Llanos tour with Guamanci Expeditions. We were only three tourists so it became more expensive. We paid 800 BsF per person (June 2008).After breakfast we started the journey over the Andes. We stopped at the Chapel of San Rafael de Mucuchies and at Laguna Mucubaji along the way, and also for lunch at a roadside restaurant....

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  • Teleférico de Mérida

    CLOSED SINCE AUGUST 2008 (don't know for how long).One of the main attractions in Mérida is the teleférico, the highest and longest cable car in the world. It starts in Mérida at 1572m and continues on to the stations La Montaña at 2436m, La Aguada at 3452m and Lomo Redonda at 4045m, before the end station Pico Espejo at 4765m. The whole system is...

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  • Los Nevados Tour - 3 days

    I booked a 3-day Los Nevados Tour with Guamanchi Expeditions in Mérida. You can also do a 2-day tour to Los Nevados if you have less time to spend. The first day we went with jeeps to the Andean village Los Nevados, a drive that took 4 - 5 hours. After lunch we could walk around on our own in the village, or just rest. We spent the night at...

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  • Plaza Bolívar

    As in every city in Venezuela there is a Plaza Bolivar (or Parque Bolívar) in the city centre. Simón Bolívar (1783 - 1830) was the leader of the independence war against the Spaniards. In Merída it is a pleasant square with green trees and benches where you can sit down to take a rest and watch all the people walking by. Around the square you will...

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  • Museo Arqueológico

    Museo Arqueológico is situated in the Rectorada of the university. It is a small museum which was founded in 1986. In the collection there are mainly stone objects and pottery dating from 25 000 BC to 5000 BC. There are artefacts from several Venezuelan regions. The museum is open between 8 - 11.30 and 14 -17, Tuesday - Friday. And between 11 -...

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  • Catedral Metropolitana de Mérida

    The cathedral in Merida is situated by Plaza Bolívar. Because it was constructed during 150 years you can find a mixture of architectural styles in it. Construction was begun in 1803, but earthquakes and war prolonged the work and the cathedral was not finished until 1960, in time for the celebration of Merida’s 400th anniversary.The interior is...

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Mérida Restaurants

  • Heladeria Coromoto

    I'm an ice cream lover and I eat lots of ice cream all year round, so I was definitely not going to miss the famous Heladeria Coromoto. Coromoto is in the Guinness Book of Records for being the ice cream place with most flavours, over 900. They don't have all 900 flavours at the same time, but there is a big choice of both well known flavours and...

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  • authentic italian food

    Somehow someone had told us that it's possible to have real authentic Italian food in Merida. We decided to give it a try and went to the recommended Trattoria da Lino - where we met... guess... Lino. He's an incredibly nice man, an architect and a university teacher who has this restaurant as a hobby. Lino's wife is from the Emilia-Romagna area...

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  • Casa Andina

    This is a nice and quiet restaurant where the tables are situated beside a courtyard with green plants. The walls are decorated with artefacts and photos. At Casa Andina they have cheap set menues of the day that are good value. The first time I ate here I chose creamy fish soup and chicken in black sauce. There was also rice, platano and sallad on...

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Mérida Nightlife

  • Alfredo's Bar

    I definetely recommend Alfredo's in Merida. It's nice place with world's possibly cheapest beer (20c during happy hour). You can have a meal here as well. A place is packed with locals and the atmosphere is superb. If you're up to moving your hips a bit just across the street there's a nice place (don't recall the name) where we ended up after...

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  • Street Meat

    After many hours of salsa dancing, you're bound to be hungry and the Venezuelans understand this. So after the sun goes down, just about every street corner in Merida is taken by a "pepito" stand selling large greasy sandwiches filled with meat, cheese, egg, veggies, french fries and just about every kind of condiment you can imagine. All for less...

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Mérida Transportation

  • To Mérida from Caracas by plane

    As I was flying from Los Roques to Caracas and then from Caracas to Mérida I had booked the ticket for Mérida at the same time I booked my trip to Los Roques. I made the arrangements with a travel agent in Venezuela via mail before leaving home. The ticket for Mérida was 135 dollars (June 2008).If you arrive with an international flight you will...

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  • From Merida to San Antonio

    From a corner near Posada Gumanchi I took a taxi to the bus terminal. It was 10 Bsf. I was at the bus terminal in Merida at 8am and at 8.30 there was a bus going to San Cristobal with the bus company Expressos Unidos. The price was 22 Bs (July 2008). It was a small bus with dark windows and thick curtains covering them. I want to travel by daytime...

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  • Take a Taxi, Its Cheap and Quick

    Taxi's are very cheap in Merida, considerably cheaper than in Caracas, so it is often better as a tourist to take taxi's between locations rather than trying to get on the right bus. Make sure you still ask the price in advance "Cuanto cubra hasta (location)." Most journeys around the city will only cost between Bs4,000 and Bs7,000 (BsF 4 and BsF...

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Mérida Shopping

  • Roma

    As the sign says (charcutería, pizzería, panadería, pastelería) you can by a lot of different things at Roma. Roma is situated conveniently next to Posada Guamanchi where I stayed. It is also on the way to the Teleférico for many people. Early in the morning you can see the workers from the Teleférico stopping here to buy something and a little...

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  • Need Gifts for Friends and Family?

    This is the one stop shop for all your gift needs. The mercado has 3 large floors of everything you could want to buy from merida. The first floor has many stalls selling food, drinks, and Andian sweats. Look around for the deals as many often give 2 for the price of 3 etc. Merida is well known for many differnet sweats (candies) and cakes so you...

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  • HANDICRAFTS

    There is a handicraft market with temporary carts on La Plaza de Las Heroinas next to the cable-car station.Next to the plaza, there is another covered market with fixed stalls selling jewellery, woollies, wooden crafts, etc...

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Mérida Local Customs

  • Frailejón

    Frailejón is a plant of the family Asteraceae and of the genus Espeletia. It is growing on open highland at high altitude (the páramo) in Venezuela, Colombia and Ecuador. In Venezuela you will find them above 3300 metres in the Andean region. The leaves grow in a rosette pattern around a thick stem. The leaves are covered with a white fur that...

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  • The secret of Maria Luisa

    Maybe a guidance from witch you may benefit, or definatly your healthHAVE AN AFRODISIAC called Levanton Andino - homemade and with a lot of ingredients like : Frutas, mélon, lechoza, nestum (babyfood),leche, brandy, vino sanson, 2 licores secretos and at last ingredient:OJOS DE TORO

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  • stop coughing...

    Stop coughing the Venezuelan way - or maybe I should be more specific and say: Andean way. The flower in the picture is called frailejones and it's a sort of a catcus... very much sort of, actually. In some Andean villages you can buy a syrup made with this plant: it's rumoured to be excellent to cure your cold and make you stop coughing. And even...

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Mérida Warnings and Dangers

  • Take a Guide if Hiking up the Mountain

    If you are thinking of hiking up to Pico Bolivar, make sure you consult with a tour company and see about taking a guide. It is a very difficult hike from the bottom to the top and the terrain changes considerably from being in a lush, warm forest to snow covered terrain. And with this, of course, the oxygen in the air changes considerably and can...

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  • Teleferico - Reservations necessary

    Unfortuantely we didnt know this and got to Merida only to find despite it being peak season, the teleferico (cable car) was under a maintenance and not working for 5 days. Tickets were then sold out for 3 following days. Tickets always have to be reserved in advance apparently.Have a look on website or call before going.

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  • clouds... fog...

    White low clouds, white thick fog - it was a daily sight in july 2004. We've had it every single day - often ruining our hiking plans.My advice is that if you really want to see some place over 3000 metres, you should leave very early in the morning - and manage to arrive at your destination at 8 o'clock. Why? Because at 9 o'clock the sky often...

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Mérida What to Pack

  • Pack Those U.S. Dollars and Things Will...

    If you are planning to take lots of trips in Merida with tour companies to places like Los Llanos and Catatumbo or to participate in things like Canyoning, Paragliding, Mountain Biking, Rafting, etc, you should bring U.S. dollars to pay for these as they will be much cheaper. Most of the tourist companies in Merida seem to use the unofficial...

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  • Bring a Jacket

    It can get a little chilly at night sometimes in Merida and you may need a jacket when at the top of Pico Bolivar. So if visiting Merida, make sure you bring a rain jacket or sweater just in case so that you can stay warm. The climate here is very different to other parts of Venezuela.

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  • Sunscreen but no hiking boots are...

    If you go by Guamanchi tours into the Andes they will supply you with the needed gears and clothes. a pair of trainers could be a good idea to have. looperamide if you get a running stommach. Good to have, but remember the risk of getting to much attention and being robbed. Create a backup system for your precious pictures! Can be rented if not...

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Mérida Off The Beaten Path

  • Learning Spanish in Venezuela

    Natoura Adventure Travel Tours (http://www.natoura.com/) is a travel company which has a partnership with a local Spanish teaching institution in Merida, Venezuela. Visit the link above to get more info.

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  • Los Llanos

    Los Llanos is a part of Venezuela which consists of vast grass plains. In Venezuela Los Llanos covers 300 000 sq km, almost a third of the country. But not much of the population is living here. The soil is low in nutrients and the farms are mostly cattle ranches. You will most certainly see a Llanero in a cowboy hat sitting on a horse during your...

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  • Day 3 - Los Nevados Tour

    It was a bit chilly in the morning but the views around the house were beautiful, with the surrounding mountains and a lid of clouds over the valley below. And it was very peaceful. After breakfast we filled our bottles with water that Pedro had boiled. The water was clean, but I must say it tasted awful because of all the smoke. Then we started...

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Mérida Sports & Outdoors

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    Aguas Calientes La Musuy

    by call_me_rhia Updated Oct 18, 2004

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    Despite the lousy July weather (low clouds, fog,chilly temperatures) we managed to go on at least one very short hike. We hiked from somewhere at 2,880 metres high near the village of Muchuchies to the Aguas Calientes La Musuy. The thermal waters are a little natural pool about 90 minutes walk from the village: dip in there, relax and enjoy the surrounding countryside... can you see something sparkling in the distance? It's the
    Humboldt Glacier.

    Equipment: compulsory: a towel to dry yourself
    recommended: hiking boots

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Mérida Favorites

  • Bring Lots of US Dollars to Pay for...

    If you are planning to take lots of trips in Merida with tour companies to places like Los Llanos and Catatumbo or to participate in things like Canyoning, Paragliding, Mountain Biking, Rafting, etc, you should bring U.S. dollars to pay for these as they will be much cheaper. Most of the tourist companies in Merida seem to use the unofficial...

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  • Taxi's Are Cheap

    Taxi's are very cheap in Merida, considerably cheaper than in Caracas, so it is often better as a tourist to take taxi's between locations rather than trying to get on the right bus. Make sure you still ask the price in advance "Cuanto cubra hasta (location)." Most journeys around the city will only cost between Bs4,000 and Bs7,000 (BsF 4 and BsF...

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  • the capital of the Andes

    Mirida is a colonial city founded in the 16th century and it's the the capital of the Andes. it's located at about 1600 metres above sea level and has a population of about 350,000 people. The city itself is pretty but not spectaculr, but its surrounding area (and mountains) are top class. It's also a well-known university town. Being a university...

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