Come to Merida and enjoy beautiful landscapes. We have more than 70 named mountains, each with incredible scenes and all, above 14,444 f.a.s.l. Here, you can experience a whole different world! Take a quiet walk through the forest, or if you are more aggressive, feel the excitement and adventure of a 5 or 6 days tour to Bolivar Peak, the highest mountain in Venezuela! Professional guides and equipment are available at all times. Merida offers something for everyone!
Have you ever sat on the side of a
mountain, surrounded by flowers and looked down at the tranquil beauty of a glacial
lagoon? Or, how about staying the night in a mountain chalet and the next morning,
before breakfast (but after coffee) taking a quiet walk in the area, and commune with
nature. If you are in good physical shape, and have some hiking experience, you will
be able to take the more challenging trek, but if you seek quiet and peaceful places to
walk, to relax, and enjoy(disfrutar) the perfect climate and vegetation, we can offer you
many lovely places like:
El Tisure can only be reached after 8 hours of walking through great scenic landscapes along one of the highest hiking routes in all of Venezuela. Those who have made the trip report that the moderate effort is well worth while, culminating in the beautiful little Town of El Tisure, where you can find comfortable lodging. Take your tracking shoes, a jacket, some water and food, follow the trail, and prepare to enjoy a wonderful natural experience.
For a special adventure, take a brake and have a picnic
with your guide, continue until you arrive at an Indian town dating back
400 years. The town offers good lodging where you can stay at a typical
posada. In the morning, take a hearty breakfast with typical foods, and
after, visit a farm, where they make delicious smoked cheese . At night, walk
to the town square (in the middle town) and look at the clear night sky, enjoy
a typical drink, or a hot chocolate. Here too, youll find a nice little church
To visit the lagoons you can take a horse or walk for about 2 hours. Again, take warm clothing and good walking shoes. The air is cool and you may be in mountain fog. There is a small museum and a "cafeteria" behind Mucubaji Lagoon. Its possible to camp overnight, but first speak with the Park Rangers and fill out a small form. Our lagoons are ideal for day or weekend camping with family and friends and always are a special treat because of the fresh air, scenic vistas and wonderful mountain flowers and vegetation which can only be seen here. Youll also have an opportunity to fish in many of the lagoons, such as: Victoria Lagoon, or the Mucubaji Lagoon. Catching a trout from one of these cold lagoons is a real treat, not only because of the exceptional taste and quality of the fish, but because of the beautiful area in which you are fishing. Youll feel like your in another world! (Note: Dont forget, if you have bad luck at fishing, most of Meridas restaurants feature trout baked with ham and cheese stuffing. Delicious!!!!)
Another important lagoon is located on the Coffee Route, in the Town of Lagunillas. Here, the elevation is much lower and therefore you can wear shorts, a light shirt and hat-the average daytime temperature is 65 F. Close by is Yoama Park, where you can buy fresh fruit, or try our delicious pastelitos with cheese and meat. This is a favorite retreat, and on weekends you will find many families enjoying the area. This is one, of only two lagoons, in South America which produces Urao, a salted mineral. This lagoon has been a valuable mine since Pre-Colombian time. Its called the Urao Lagoon, and here youll see how the people work with urao and make chimo a mixture of tobacco and Urao, still widely used by many people of the Andes. Chimo is similar to chew, but with an alcoholic effect----try at your own risk!