Merida is in Venezuela's Andean highlands, and is a beautiful highland colonial town that has excellent hiking and trekking attractions in the surrounding mountains. A city tour takes in the main highlights of Merida, which include churches and plazas good for people watching in this university city in Venezuela. The climate and buzz of the city are both particularly appealing.
Hotels in and Near Merida
Belensate Hotel - This former hacienda is 10 minutes from the centre of Merida and is surrounded by a sugar plantation. The Belensate hotel has 80 rooms, a large swimming pool, a poolside restaurant and an Italian restaurant.
Posada Casa Sol - The Casa Sol is a centrally located hotel 10 minutes walk from the main square in Merida. This colonial hotel has 15 rooms and a good restaurant.
Estancia La Canada - This estancia is in a valley leading up to the Parámo, and is an excellent base in which to explore the Merida and Anes area by horseback riding or trekking.
Estancia Mucunuy - Estancia Mucunuy is a late 19th century coffee farm situated 14 km from Merida in the Andes mountain range that has won various architectural awards. It is a charming hotel surrounded by banana, coffee and orange groves.
Hosteria La Sevillana - a small (12 room) colonial-style hotel set within subtropical gardens 30 minutes from the town of Merida.
Los Balcones De La Musui - 40 km from Merida and with great views of the Andes, this hotel is peaceful and remote with just 12 simple rooms.
Los Frailes - a wonderful, secluded hotel of 50 rooms, Los Frailes is a former monastery and a great place to stay on Venezuela tours. Activities include horse-riding, trekking and trout fishing.