Top ChoiceBurgers in Mérida

Burger Bar

This recently opened gourmet burger joint serves up a very welcome range of high-quality medium-rare burgers in numerous different styles, has craft beers on tap and also does crispy chicken and paninis. The...

Top ChoiceClub in Mérida

El Hoyo del Queque

This renowned and endlessly fun venue always fills up, with live bands and DJs playing salsa, reggae and pop.

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...

Activity in Mérida

Mojitos Cafe

Perhaps El Ché would not have appreciated this for-profit venture, but the red-juice-and-white-rum drink named in his honor is a wicked capitalist delight, as is the house specialty, the mojito. Get your...

Cable Car in Mérida

Teleférico

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

La Guitarra Andaluza

This classic Spanish restaurant sits in the heart of Barrio Obrero and offers a good mixture of steak, chicken and pasta dishes, as well as a good wine list. Some weekend nights there’s live salsa. Next door...

Music in Mérida

Café Calypso

This mild-mannered shopping center cafe has a secret identity. By day, it’s a tranquil coffee bar. Come back at night, though, and Mr Hyde emerges, when international DJs freak it up with the techno and the...

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,...

World Music in Mérida

Alfredo’s Bar

This bar competes for the cheapest beer in Venezuela, and at prices like these (about BsF4 per bottle) plenty of people come to dance, or just watch baseball. The large outdoor area at the back pumps the...

Live Music in Mérida

El Bodegón de Pancho

Within walking distance from the center, El Bodegón is one of the oldest discos in town, and it continues to draw crowds. The timber-decked ground-level hall has the charm of an old tavern and vibrates with Latin...

Live Music in Mérida

Birosca Carioca

As its Facebook page says, ‘if you’re someone who hates reggaetón, this is your place.’ It plays plenty of ska, rock and reggae, and occasionally hosts live music events. The student crowd forgoes glassware in...