Mountain in Mérida

Parque Nacional Sierra Nevada

The most popular high-mountain trekking area is the Sierra Nevada national park, which has all of Venezuela's highest peaks, including Pico Bolívar (5007m/16,427ft), Pico Humboldt (4942m/16,214ft) and Pico...

Monument in Trujillo

Statue of the Virgin Mary

This gigantic, 47m-high monument is said to be the world’s tallest statue of the Virgin Mary. Frankly, it bears an eerie, uncanny resemblance to Darth Vader. Inaugurated in 1983, the massive, concrete statue...

Observatory in Mérida

Centro de Investigaciones de Astronomía

North of San Rafael, at an altitude of about 3600m, is the Centro de Investigaciones de Astronomía, an astronomical observatory with four telescopes and a museum of astronomy. It’s normally open to the public...

Gardens in Mérida

Jardín Botánico

Not far from the zoo is the Jardín Botánico. Inaugurated in 2000, the botanical garden is still young, and only a portion of the total 44 hectares is open to the public. Featuring a miniature cloud forest and...

Museum in Boconó

Museo Trapiche de los Clavo

The Museo Trapiche de los Clavo occupies the walled-in compound of a 19th-century hacienda. The core of the museum is the original trapiche (sugarcane mill) and exhibits related to traditional sugar production,...

Museum in Mérida

Museo Arquidiocesano

Next to the cathedral, the Museo Arquidiocesano features a fine collection of religious art. Note the Ave María bell cast in AD 909, thought to be the world’s second-oldest surviving bell. It must have been...

Museum in Trujillo

Casa de la Guerra a Muerte

At Casa de la Guerra a Muerte exhibits include old maps, armor, period furniture, pre-Columbian pottery and even a fully equipped kitchen with a historic stove. It was in this house that Bolívar signed the...

Zoo in Mérida

Parque Zoológico Chorros de Milla

Visit the Parque Zoológico Chorros de Milla on the northern outskirts of the city, 4km from the center. Set on a mountain slope along the Río Milla and named after the waterfalls in the park, this small, scenic...

Cable Car in Mérida


Mérida’s famed teleférico, the world’s highest and longest cable-car system, has been being rebuilt for years, with the government promising a series of ever-pushed back reopening dates. When in service, the...

Activity in Around Mérida

Hacienda La Victoria/Museo de Café

Just outside of Mérida and accessible by buseta is the Hacienda La Victoria/Museo de Café, an old coffee plantation in the town of Santa Cruz de Moro. It features original 18th-century British harvesting and...

Activity in San Cristobal

Fundacion Proyecto AVE

A collaborative effort of photographers, graphic designers, biologists and scientists promoting ecotourism in Venezuela. Through its image bank, audiovisual library of wildlife, eco-store and online magazine, it...

Activity in Boconó

Museo Campesino Tiscachic

The small Museo Campesino Tiscachic has quite an interesting exhibition of crafts – mostly woodcarving, pottery and basketry – fashioned by local artisans. It’s in the Centro de Servicios Campesinos Tiscachic,...

Church in Mérida

Catedral de Mérida

Work on this monumental cathedral began in 1800, based on the plans of the 17th-century cathedral of Toledo in Spain, but it wasn’t completed until 1958, and probably only then because things were sped up to meet...

Activity in San Cristobal

Ateneo del Táchira

The oldest building in Plaza Bolívar is the stylish Ateneo del Táchira, built in 1907 as the Sociedad Salón de Lectura. Today it hosts a cultural center with its own art gallery and an auditorium staging theater...

Park in Mérida

Parque Las Heroínas

This recently remodeled plaza, in front of the cable-car station in the heart of Mérida, is a popular local place to hang out in the shade of the trees and in front of the impressive fountains. It really comes to...

Activity in San Cristobal

Museo del Táchira

About 1.5km north of Complejo Ferial is the Museo del Táchira. Situated in a spacious old coffee and sugarcane hacienda, the museum features interesting exhibitions on the archaeology, history and ethnography of...

Activity in Mérida

Casa de la Cultura Juan Félix Sánchez

Across the plaza is the Casa de la Cultura Juan Félix Sánchez. Rooms on the upper floor are used for temporary exhibitions of work by local artists and craftspeople. On the ground level there’s a craft shop.

Gallery in Mérida

Museo de Arte Moderno Juan Astorga Anta

The large, modern Centro Cultural Tulio Febres Cordero shelters the Museo de Arte Moderno Juan Astorga Anta. It stages changing exhibitions of modern art by Venezuelan artists, and sometimes concerts.

Monument in Mérida

Bolívar Monument

The small Parque de las Cinco Repúblicas boasts Venezuela’s oldest Bolívar monument, dating from 1842. The small bust sitting atop a high, massive column looks totally out of proportion.

Activity in Boconó

Ateneo de Boconó

The Ateneo de Boconó is another place where you can see local weavers at work in their textile workshop on the upper floor. The Ateneo runs arts-and-crafts exhibitions from time to time.