Home of the world’s longest and highest cable car at the foot of the Andes, Merida is also a top spot for thrill seeking outdoor types who want to go climbing, paragliding, rafting or anything else that doesn’t sound like a good idea. Lovely little cafés and restaurants, and a range of rustic accommodation options in the center mean that if you’re prepared for a bit of rough and tumble and the chance to cheat death in the mountains, this is the place to be.
Known as the ‘City of Gentlemen’ due to the friendly demeanor of the local inhabitants, the Venezuelan city of Merida is home to the world’s longest and highest cable car and a number of outdoor activities. Mountain-biking, paragliding, canyoning and white-water rafting are all available here, but don’t despair if you’re not interested in cheating death; Merida is a lovely place to relax and unwind for a few days in the serene surroundings.
A trip to the summit of the majestic Teleférico is essential, where the views during the trip over the lush forests are amazing. Make sure you don’t get stranded up here though; unscheduled maintenance is not uncommon so be prepared. The beautiful Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in the center of the city is surrounded by delightful cafés and bars that are perfect for a spot of people watching day or night.
The Teleférico: is the biggest, longest and ‘baddest’ cable car in the world offering brilliant views throughout its monstrous ascent.
Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception: this beautiful cathedral took 15 years to complete but was well worth the effort.
Museum of Modern Art: situated within the city's Cultural Arts Complex is a superb homage to modern art.
Merida Botanical Gardens: all sorts of tropical flora jostle for position in this botanical metropolis.