10 Things to Do in Merida That You Shouldn't Miss

August 17, 2017 Roseanne Arnett

In this university town in western Venezuela, it's possible to relax in a park honoring Beethoven, sample more than 800 flavors of ice cream in a Guinness-record-holding shop and ascend into the surrounding snow-capped Andes mountains via the world's longest and highest cable car. The historic downtown, centered on Plaza Bolivar, contains an impressive church inspired by Spain's Toledo Cathedral. Adventure tour companies run paragliding, mountain biking and trekking excursions outside the city.
Restaurants in Merida

1. Laguna de Mucubaji

Santo Domingo, Merida, Venezuela +58 414-2499039
Excellent
82%
Good
15%
Satisfactory
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5 based on 390 reviews

Laguna de Mucubaji

Reviewed By Inga_Brauneis - Maracaibo, Venezuela

We had the chance to visit the lagoon with a tour group and it is a beautiful landmark everyone must visit. You can enjoy horseback rides, see the local flora named "frailejon" and take beautiful pictures.
We were very lucky because shortly after we arrived the fog started to come down and other groups that arrived later were not able to enjoy it as much as we did. We recommend going on sunny days because when the fog takes over you can't see anything and it's not worth it.

2. Parque Nacional Sierra Nevada

Entre Carretera Nacional Merida y Barinas, Merida 5101, Venezuela +58 212-2640080
Excellent
83%
Good
14%
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5 based on 297 reviews

Parque Nacional Sierra Nevada

Reviewed By Jon1796 - Beijing, China

Beautiful 2day trip that rides up to the top of Pico Bolivar on mule, then return on foot. A great rustic way to spend time in the natural beauty of Merida.

3. Catedral Metropolitana de Merida

Avenida 4 | Plaza Bolivar, Merida 5101, Venezuela 58 74 544 229
Excellent
70%
Good
24%
Satisfactory
4%
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4.5 based on 241 reviews

Catedral Metropolitana de Merida

Though construction of the Cathedral began in the early nineteenth century, it was delayed by two earthquakes, the War of Independence, and internal political conflicts. Work was finally completed in 1958, and the Cathedral stands today as a symbol of Merida and its history.

Reviewed By EmiliaR50 - Barcelona, Spain

It is a very large church. If you walk arround you realice haw large it is. The inside has nothing spetial, from my point of vew. From outside is a very nice colonial Cathidral

4. Paramo la Culata

Merida, Venezuela
Excellent
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Good
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4.5 based on 96 reviews

Paramo la Culata

Reviewed By Victoria g

is beautiful, super cold, great campout experience, the security is not to good, go at your own risk

5. Pico el Aguila Venezuela

Carretera Valera Merida, Merida 5101, Venezuela
Excellent
59%
Good
27%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
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4.5 based on 475 reviews

Pico el Aguila Venezuela

Reviewed By Eli L - Dubai, United Arab Emirates

It's the highest driving point in Venezuela (4.118 meters above sea level). Here is erected an unmistakable monument of a Cóndor where everyone stop to take pictures! Beware that on weekends it's very crowed -so try to arrange your visit on a weekday-. Tourists come here to enjoy the landscape, the cold temperatures (all year around), the foggy weather and if you're lucky enough to see the snow! Walking distance, there is a restaurant where you can indulge yourself with a tasty hot chocolate. Bathrooms are clean and well-maintained. If you are looking for a souvenir, here you can find wool items (coats, gloves, scarfs, etc) and typical brilliant sweets. In front of the restaurant, there is a small cute church in honor to Our Lady of Coromoto -Patroness of Venezuela-.

6. Los Aleros

Merida, Venezuela +58 274-2450053
Excellent
55%
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Satisfactory
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4.5 based on 252 reviews

Los Aleros

The only historical village in the Andes, Los Aleros exhibits traditional housing, agricultural implements and methods and customs of European colonies in Venezuela.

Reviewed By Eli L - Dubai, United Arab Emirates

It's always wonderful to come to this thematic park that depicts a typical Andean town in the 1930's. Here you can find people wearing traditional andean clothes :-) Exploring and walking through the park might be a little complicated for elderly/handicap or people with disabilities since there are many steeps to climb. However you can take a slide all the way down!!!! There is a haunted cemetery, a petrol station, an exchange house, a radio station, a cinema surrounded by ghosts, a church and a monument of Simón Bolívar just to name a few. Ticket price 2.800 BSF per adult.

7. Jardin Botanico de Merida

A.P. 52. Sector La Hechicera, Merida 5101, Venezuela +58 274-4173290
Excellent
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4.5 based on 211 reviews

Jardin Botanico de Merida

Reviewed By Vivi_55_C - Minneapolis, Minnesota

The Gardens themselves are lacking in a few place, such as their rose garden was a little pathetic, but other parts were great. The best part, and the reason why the Gardens got 5 stars was the tree climbing and zip-line. For not much money you get harnessed up, climb up a tree and then walk on ropes from tree canopy to tree canopy. And at the end you go on a short zip-line to get down from the trees. It was incredibly fun!

8. Mercado Principal

Av. Las Americas, Merida 5101, Venezuela
Excellent
45%
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37%
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Poor
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4 based on 503 reviews

Mercado Principal

Reviewed By AssahiraShiro

Amazing, i could stay there a endless time and still finding new treasures. In the third floor there a village with tends in a totally differente atmosphere, where you can find artists hand made pieces. Moreover, the restaurants are amazing.

9. Plaza Bolivar (Merida)

At the corner of 3rd and 4th avenues, Merida 5101, Venezuela +58 414-4551138
Excellent
38%
Good
25%
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32%
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4 based on 258 reviews

Plaza Bolivar (Merida)

Located at the very center of Merida, Plaza Bolívar shows visitors the roots of the city's history: it was here that modern-day Merida was founded.

Reviewed By Moraira - UK

Like every other town in Venezuela, the main square is the Plaza Bolivar. Merida is no different, ans this is Merida's version,
In a city with few tourist attractions, I can see why this is on the list.
But in truth it is a average sort of square with an average sort of statue

10. Chorros de Milla Zoo

Avenida Chorros de Milla, Merida 5101, Venezuela +58 274-2443864
Excellent
30%
Good
35%
Satisfactory
27%
Poor
5%
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4 based on 441 reviews

Chorros de Milla Zoo

One of Merida's most-visited attractions, the Chorros de Milla Zoo is a home to nearly 150 species of animals.

Reviewed By FeroxCH - San Diego, California

I rated our experience as "terrible" because I really really felt awful about most of the animals in this zoo. The landscaping is great, the place is clean, but most of the enclosures are RIDICULOUSLY SMALL. Several of the large cats had cages no more than 2 or 3 body lengths across, with barren concrete floors and steel mesh walls. The same with many of the bird enclosures. Ironically, the turtles had more room than the lions!! The zoo grounds are very large--there is plenty of available land and space around most cages. They could easily be made larger and more species-friendly.
Do not support this zoo by visiting, or at least tell them about these problems as you're leaving. (We visited in April 2007.)

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