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Mérida is a city in the Venezuelan Andes. The city has a beautiful setting in a valley with mountain ranges to the east and west. Mérida is situated at an altitude of 1500 metres which gives the city a more temperate climate. There are no big changes in temperature during the year, but the day temperature is often 20 - 25°C. There are big variations during day and night though and at night temperatures can drop to 15°C. When I visited in the end of June it was mostly okay with a t-shirt during the day, but in the mornings and evenings I wanted to put on a sweater. The rainy season in Mérida is between April - November.

Many tourists come to Mérida to do sports and other outdoor activities. There are great opportunities for hiking, and you can do paragliding, canyoning, rafting, mountain biking and much more. Mérida is also the starting point for tours to Los Nevados and Los Llanos.
Some tourists also come to Mérida to study Spanish at one of the many language schools. There are many Venezuelan students in Mérida too as it is home of the Universidad de Los Andes.

Mérida was founded in 1558 by Captain Juan Rodriguez Suárez who with a group of soldiers had been sent from Pamplona (in Colombia) to explore the region. The problem though was that he didn’t have the authority to found new cities, so he was arrested and sentenced to a cruel death. Rodríguez Suárez managed to escape from prison and fled to Trujillo where he was granted political asylum. Two years later Mérida was founded again, legally this time. But it is the foundation of 1558 that counts!

  • Last visit to Mérida: Jul 2008
  • Intro Updated May 26, 2009
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  • LoriPori's Profile Photo
    Sep 20, 2010 at 4:15 AM

    Enjoyed reading about your journey - Los Nevados Tour.

  • scottishvisitor's Profile Photo
    Jul 9, 2009 at 10:38 AM

    I loved the village of Los Nevados & the little church. Seems like a great trip & you saw the cute capybara = Interesting page Malena

  • Bwana_Brown's Profile Photo
    Jun 3, 2009 at 2:57 PM

    It looks like Mérida made an excellent base for your adventures! A ride on the Teleférico de Mérida would be quite an experience judging from your descriptions. However, I think your mountain and wildlife viewing tours would be my favourites!

  • Kuznetsov_Sergey's Profile Photo
    May 29, 2009 at 11:02 PM

    Loved your mountain hiking which reminded me my hiking in the Caucasus many years ago, Very scenic places! Thanks Malena for the virtual tour!

  • Nemorino's Profile Photo
    May 29, 2009 at 3:45 PM

    A really nice looking place! Even McDonald's (in one of your travelogues) looks less awful than usual.

  • mircaskirca's Profile Photo
    May 25, 2009 at 1:56 PM

    The landscapes of Los Nevados and Los Llanos look very beautiful. You were lucky to see a lot of wildlife but too bad that you were not feeling well during the tours. Lovely Los Nevados village and Chapel of San Rafael de Mucuchies!

  • cheesecake17's Profile Photo
    Oct 27, 2008 at 5:30 PM

    oh my god .can not beleive the flavours of those ice creams:-) great tips..U.

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