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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!
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