Venezuela Merida and the Andes
Spikey snow-tipped peaks rise out of a savage upland landscape of wilderness grasslands, tousled forests and icy lagoons.
The Andean cordillera is every bit as dramatic and photogenic in Venezuela as in the neighbouring countries, with spikey snow-tipped peaks rising out of a savage upland landscape of wilderness grasslands, tousled forests and icy lagoons. There are isolated villages where life has changed little through the country’s political, economic and social upheavals over the years. Tiny farmsteads cultivate potatoes and maize on undulating slopes or hand-hewn terraces, served by little colonial-style market towns. The principal settlement here is the University town of Mérida, 1,630m, now a centre for adventure sports in the shadow of the country’s highest peak at 4,987m, Pico Bolívar.
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The weather in Merida and the Andes is wide and varied
Rising from tangled landscapes of wild grasslands, lush forests and icy lagoons are the snow-tipped peaks of the Andes. Scattered with traditional villages, small farmsteads and colonial-style market towns, the principal settlement and centre for adventure sports is Mérida. There is plenty of rain in the mountains, with a drier, sunnier season between December and March. High altitude means that Mérida is cooler than the lowland areas of the country; temperatures hover around the low 20°Cs. Christmas, Carnival in February/March and Easter are busy times for visitors.View our Merida and the Andes weather guide
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