Top things to do in The Andes

Top Choice Burgers 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 whole p…
Top Choice Club 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 Bonp…
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 stands …
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 only o…
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 more t…
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, but …
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 brought …
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 controver…
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 zoo …