"Merida: Contrast of Relaxation and Extreme Sports" Top 5 Page for this destination Mérida by ukmagicman

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City of Gentleman

Merida also known as Ciudad de Los Caballeros (The Gentlemen's City, a name fully honored by its citizens' proverbial polite manners and so well spoken Spanish) is the headquarters of one of the most prestigious universities. It shelters students from all over the country who confer the city a youthful jovial atmosphere.

Everyone is much more layed back, friendly and relaxed in Merida compared to other cities in Venezuela and along with this you will feel much safer than other places.

Merida City is considered a tourist pole not only for the numerous attractions it offers but also for good standard hotels, posadas, restaurants and most of all its friendly population.

Cultural and Ecological Delights

Besides being an excellent starting point for touring the Andes, Merida itself offers many interesting attractions, including the worldwide highest and longest cable car which can take you to Pico Espejo (Espejo Peak) 4600 m.

A visit to the two famous theme parks Los Aleros and Venezuela de Antier will give you the chance to get to know the Venezuelan way, taste typical meals, have fun and plenty of laughter.

To The Extreme

And after you have relaxed in the parks and learnt about Venezuelan culture, you can change the tempo and move to the extreme with a huge selection of extreme sports.

Around the city you can hike to your hearts content up the mountains, jump off the top of the mountain with one of the paragliding companies, make your way down the mountains jumping off waterfalls and absailing down waterfalls through canyoning, zoom through the rapids in rafts, or take a bone shaking mountain bike ride. Everything you want is here and at some of the lowest prices you will ever find with very professional guides.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Activities for all types, low prices, very safe, friendly people, an abundance to do, easy to explore other areas of Venezuela
  • Cons:hummmm... drawing a blank
  • In a nutshell:A Must Visit for Any Traveller to Venezuela
  • Last visit to Mérida: Nov 2007
  • Intro Updated Jan 3, 2008
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  • MalenaN's Profile Photo
    May 17, 2008 at 7:49 AM

    Great Mérida tips! I'm looking forward to my visit to Mérida later this year and I will defenitly have an ice cream at Coromoto.


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