Los Nevados – Mountains in Merida

Why go to Merida?

Merida was founded in 1558 by the Spanish captain Juan Rodriquez Suarez. The former population of 25,000 inhabitants has grown to more than 215,000 over the years. It is one of Venezuela´s linchpins in the west, with its ancient cathedral from the year 1803 and an ice cream parlour, “Heladeria Coromoto” which is entered in the “Guinness Book of Records” with more than 800 different types of ice cream, as well as all the other unique sights, it promises rich variety for everyone. Moreover you can find the second oldest university of Venezuela here which has its origins in a priest seminar of 1785.

Merida and its nature

This city is located on a tableland at an altitude of 1630m between the rivers Rio Albarregas and Rio Chama. It is surrounded by two mountain chains, Sierra Nevada in the Southeast and Sierra La Culata in the Northwest. This makes Merida something very special. The highest mountain of Venezuela, Pico Bolivar which has a height of 4985m is very close to Merida. From there you could start tours to the Llanos or interesting and challenging mountain climbs to the bordering mountain ranges. If you like it a little bit more exciting, you could take the chance and do some paragliding, canoying or rafting to make your stay something very special.

Our tour 3 days Los Nevados

Day 1- Arrival – tour with the donkey – overnight stay in a mountain village
The journey is very charming with regard to the landscape because the small Andes village Los Nevados is imposingly framed by the greatest mountains of Venezuela. On this trekking tour heights of 1600m up to 4200 m are going to be defeated and for botanists it is a must because the 4 climatic zones provide a very diverse vegetation. Los Nevados is found on 2700m height and it is like picture-perfect. With donkeys on the paved ways and wooden shutters… The time seems just to stand still and you are attracted by this lovely mountain village. After a 4 to 5 hours ride in a four by four jeep you will arrive at the mountain village. In the afternoon there will be time to explore this nearly untouched spot a little more or one coud just simply fall onto the hammock and veg out a little. Each of the Posada´s rooms has its own bath and it is decorated very nicely so that you will be able to totally enjoy your stay.
Day 2 - Ascent into the Sierra Nevada
On the second day one will conquer heights of 2700m up to 4000m on a donkey. One gets the chance here to allow the unique vegetation to sink in. Now it is time for a refreshment. There will be a romantic picnic right in the middle of nature that you can enjoy surrounded by clear mountain air. In the afternoon it will go a few meters down the mountain to the rustic camp again where you will sleep on beds covered with cow skin. The inimitable outlook make this lodging unequalled. The mountain panorama of Pico Bolivar surrounded by Merida and the Sierra Nevada make the heart of every adventurer flutter.
Day 3 - Hike downwards / return to Merida
The last day starts off with a hike into the rain forest on which one will get an extensive expression of the glory and of the variety of this country. After 4 hours of jungle it goes back to civilization again and you will drive back to Merida by jeep.
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transport guide 2 overnight stays in tents and beds full board entry to the national park

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