The State of Mérida, Venezuela
features the northern boundary of the Andes mountains (this is where we
take our name...andes.net) which stretch from the southern most country
in South America, Chile. The capital city of the state is also named:
Mérida, and shares her name with other major cities in both Mexico
From this point on, any similarities
with anywhere else on earth.......cease!!
The State of Mérida has the
greatest range of bio-diversity in Venezuela. The highest peak in Venezuela-Pico
Bolivar (5,007 meters-about 3 miles) is in Mérida. The small sea-side
village of Palmarito with her palms and sandy beaches on the southern end
of South America's largest lake: Lake Maracaibo (at 3 meters above sea
level) is the other extreme. With this three mile climatical difference
it is easy to understand why our flora and fauna is unmatched for variety.
Venezuela has more wild bird species than all of North America and Europe
combined. A high percentage of these birds, including the giant Andes Condor,
live here in Mérida.
Forest Leighty´s book:
Hiking/Backpacking in the Venezuelan Andes is a favorite
guide, listing 30 Andes hikes in the Mérida area.
Four National Parks totaling more than
1,500,000 acres (2,340 square miles) , 12 State Parks, 400 glacial mountain
lagoons, breathtaking waterfalls. Add to that: pleasant year-round
temperatures, fresh, clean ,unpolluted air, and you have found.....MÉRIDA,
Throughout Venezuela, Méridans
are known for their conservative tranquillity along with their compassion
for good food, drink, the arts and pride in their culture. A large reason
for this unusual mix must be attributed to the presence of The
University of Los Andes, or as it is known here: U.L.A.
Music? Enjoy free Sunday night concerts
in the park. Or, 50 pieces performing in the modern Cultural Center.
Mérida nightspots, especially on weekends, offer live music.
From a 3 piece combo, to a 15 piece Salsa orchestra! Whenever and
wherever you hear music, look around. We guarantee you will see bodies
moving to the beat! We love our music!!
In Venezuela, Mérida is known
for its art (artesania) and craftsmen. Andes.net features Home Pages of
local artists, many with national and international reputations.
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