This is a scenic road on which you're sure to discover, beautiful views, lovely sunsets, and lush flora that will command your attention. In the middle of the Paramo la Carbonera, you can find the quiet village of La Azulita, with exciting waterfalls and impressive forests. Here, you can see the coffee and banana plantations, and taste the traditional guava candies, made by the people of La Azulita. This town has been declared the first ecological town in Latin America, because of its great beauty and the ecological plans that experts are developing for the area. Near La Azulita is The Pirates Cave, where the pirates, which came in through the port of Gibraltar, at Lake Maracaibo, used to hide. If you keep going down this road, youll finally get to Palmarito Beach, on Lake Maracaibo, the northern most point in the State of Merida.
ROUTE OF THE SOUTHERN TOWNS
Other towns of importance on this route are Mucuchachi, founded in 1770, which even today contains a large number of original buildings. The area is known for its beautiful scenery and great waterfalls. Nearby is the Town of Acequia. Originally founded in 1620 as an Indian settlement, it has evolved through the years into a beautiful colonial style village of today.
The Southern Route is full of villages that you can visit like: Mucutuy, Chacanta, El Morro, San Jose del Sur and Aricagua. Each of them has many reasons to stop and visit. One of the most frequented and well known towns of these southern mountains is: Los Nevados.
A cable car ride, plus 7 hours of walking or 3 hours riding a horse , will take you to this remote, peaceful and quiet town, in the middle of the silent mountains. Youll be able to see the plantations, surrounding the town, which produce a great variety of vegetables in addition to row crops such as wheat. The old church of this village, was built in 1630 and re-modeled in 1917 because of the earthquake of 1894. In this cold, but cozy little town, youll find kind people and a few colonial style lodging-houses where you can spend the night, or more, in front of a warm fireplace and witness the majesty of the mountains and her people.
Another popular town, Canagua, is 75 miles from Merida. Here youll be enchanted by the beautiful waterfalls of the Canagua River, located only a mile from town. If you take the road to Mucuchachi, youll observe strange calcareous formations, impressive deep gorges and waterfalls of great natural beauty.