About 2 miles north east of Tabay, and up a
very steep, mostly paved road, is a very nice hot springs where the water from the
mountains empties into a large pool of about 3 feet in depth. Here they have space
for changing your clothes and a small snack bar as well.
In Ejido there are hot springs too, and only
13 miles away from the City of Merida. Except for a couple of plastic pipes driven into
the mountain, these small springs are strictly non- commercial and used daily by the
locals to bathe and relax. The trail to the springs is about a 5 minute walk from the road
and the locals will point you in the right direction. Youll also find hot
water springs in Chiguara, Jaji, and Santa Polonia all touristical towns of great beauty
and traditional culture.
Other rivers, in addition to the Chama, are: Motatan, Santo Domingo, Caparo, and the Albarregas. All of them are seperated by majestic mountains and two of our National Parks: The Sierra Nevada de la Culata Park to the north and Sierra Nevada National Park to the south.
The legend of the Caru Indian Falls has it, that high up on the mountain, the waters of these falls, begins from within a boulder which is in the form of a human head, that of the maiden Caru, daughter of Chief Toquisai. Caru carried the body of her lover, killed in battle, by the Spaniards, to this site, where she cried, embracing his fallen body, until she also died. To this day, her tears form the beginning of Caru Indian Falls. Since then, clouds overhead, gather the tears of all the young girls who cry for a true love. In the afternoons the soft mist of the mountains forms a white fog which slowly moves thru the valley collecting perfume from the Frailejon and Mint, pouring out their tears in the form of a light rain where the Princess Caru, Queen of the Tears, is entombed. As these tears fall, vapors impregnate the flowers which open and form a nuptial wreath for The Princess Caru and her fallen lover..... now, and forever more, eternally united.