Why visit Merida
The bohemian town of Mérida is perched at an altitude of 1,645 metres on a plateau carved by the River Chamu and flanked by the so-called ‘Cinco Aguilas’, the five highest peaks of the Venezuelan Andes. It is an enchanting university town with an ample assortment of museums, galleries, cafés and restaurants. Few colonial buildings remain in the town, however, the baroque splendour of the Catedral Metropolitana is an impressive must-see nestled on Plaza Bolivar.
Merida's most famous attraction is El Teleférico; the longest and highest cable car in the world. The cable system travels a staggering 13 kilometres (8 miles) before peaking at the summit of Pico Espejo at 4,765m (15,629 ft). The journey makes numerous stops along the way and is best travelled early morning for superb views across the valley. Trekking, horse riding and biking are further ways to explore the beautiful Andean region and traditional villages that surround the town.
- Explore the villages in the Andean Paramos (high plateau), many preserving their colonial architecture and pretty churches
- Brave a mule trek to the stunning dark waters of the Laguna Negra mountain lake
- Enjoy an ice cream whilst people watching on the Plaza Beethoven, named in honour of the great composer