aquarium is another Merida attraction that merits your visit. Owned by
Cormetur, the government tourist agency, the Aquarium is located on the
same road (Avenida Andres Bello) and, about 2 miles south of the Museum
of Science and Technology. To help you find it, another landmark
across the street from the aquarium is the modern multi story Las
Tapias Shopping Mall.
We have no idea as to why the Science
Museum or the Aquarium do not have proper signs directing the tourists
to these fine attractions?
The Aquarium first opened in 1971 and
has a compliment of eight employees. The buildings are situated on approximately
5 acres with adequate parking. In aquarium annually hosts 60,000 + visitors
with the two summer vacation months bringing in about 20, 000 visitors.
The Parque Jardin Acuario is composed
of three modules. The first serves as the welcome area and displays a 25
foot long color photographic mural of the City of Mérida the best
we've seen! In addition to mounted fish, this module also contains
the administration office, notices of other Cormetur Tourist Attractions,
and public rest rooms.
The second module is presented as a series
of rooms showing typical campesino residential lifestyles.
These representations are well done, offering excellent detail, and appear
in the low light typical of Andean campesino homes. Sorry, but these
fine displays have no accompanied text, either in English OR Spanish?
The third module contains over 300 different
types of aquatic life representative of 36 different species. Their are
three large aquariums and ten smaller (5 feet wide) tanks, containing agua
dulce (fresh water) fish. The
species are described with their latin and common names along with information
relating to habitat, etc. Sorry, but the text is offered only in Spanish.
Over-all, this attraction is well worth
at least an hour of your time. We feel certain, that most visitors would
spend much more time at the aquarium, if these fine displays were more
properly described and offered in a second language.
July, August, September, Holy Week and Christmas- Seven days per week 8
Saturdays and Sundays only from 10 A.M-6 P.M.
High Season : 500 B's adults (about 80 cents U.S.)
250 B's children (under 12 yrs.)
Low Season: 300 B's adults /
200 B's children (under 12 yrs.)