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Typical Festivals
In Mucurubá on December 7 are celebrated “La Fiesta de las Velas, or the feast of the Candles, when seven o’clock in the evening all the electricity is turned off and some 18.000 candles are lit by people from all over the state. Between on January 12 and 31 is celebrated, the typical festival in the city is called “Fiesta de San Benito”, where the person dances in the streets with drum music’s in a procession, because many people believe in San Benito like a holy . The typical dance in the city is called “Los Vasallos de la Candelaria” (The Candelaria Vassals) on February 2, where people participants and children pass through the streets accompanied by music and dancing.

Also, on January 6 is celebrated in “Zea” the party of miraculous “Niño de la Cuchilla”, a party very typical where an imagine of the miraculous child is carried from his chapel in a near hill to the principal church of town. In the finish months of the year about on December 8 is celebrated the party of “The Immaculate Virgin”, in the Mérida Cathedral with many mass during the day. Surprisingly, the Meridians are bullfighting enthusiasts during carnival “The Feria del Sol” or “Fair of the Sun” is held and there are five afternoons of bullfighting at the Plaza Monumental Román Eduardo Sandia, with some of the best bullfighters in the world. The city elects the Queen of the Fair, and the atmosphere is festive, with parades, floats and popular dances.

Places of Interest

The Plaza Bolivar is a meeting place for the people of Mérida and is well known for its concerts. In the center of Plaza Bolivar there is an equestrian statue of the Libertador and according to the legend, the right hand of the bloody tyrant Aguirre is buried underneath it. During his visit to Mérida, his holiness Pope John Paul II planted an Araguaney tree (The National Tree) in this plaza, which today flowers in front of the Cathedral of Mérida. The Cathedral was originally built using the plans for the Cathedral in Toledo, Spain, but also there are many other churches in Mérida that you can visit, Milla Church, San José de la Sierra Church, and Espejo Church.

There are parks and churches all over Mérida. The city has different parks like “Albarregas” with its many sculptures, “Los Chorros de Milla” Zoo, “La Isla Park”, and “Las Heroinas” Park located in front of the Cable Car. The city has three wonderful parks that are very visit for the tourist, their names are “Los Aleros” Park, It is a replica of an old Andean town, “La Venezuela de Antier” Park, It is a travel for the wonderful past of Venezuela in the century XX, and the new Park “La Montaña de los Sueños”, It is a film park where you can be character in many movies, and TV programs in the years 60 and 70.

Mérida, besides having everything, is also fortunate to have the highest (4.765 meters or 15.630 feet) and longest (12.50 kilometers or 7.70 miles) cablecar in the world , in its modern cabins the top of the Sierra Nevada can be reached in about an hour. The cablecar is Mérida’s most outstanding tourist attraction. The ascent starts at the Barinitas station (In El Espejo sector of tow, between 24th an 25th streets) and there are four stations, La Montaña (2.436 meters or 7.990 feet) , La Aguada (3.452 meters or 11.633 feet), Loma Redonda and Pico Espejo. The trip on the cablecar is a breathtaking and exciting experience. The panoramic views from each of the stations, the changes in climate and vegetation at the different altitudes and the tropical snow of the Sierra at the top are spectacular. In San Rafael del Páramo you can visit the wonderful stone chapel, work of pleasant artist Juan Félix Sanchéz and also from San Rafael de Mucuchíes there are excursions on mule to El Tisure Art Complex.

Surrounding cities

One of the many squares the city owns, besides Bolivar's, is Beethoven's so named to honor the famous German composer.

The Merideños (Merida's citizens) are highly fond of "la fiesta brava" (bull-fight), whose highest season takes place during "La Feria del Sol" the regional festivities that bring in the best known bull fighters.

At Los Chorros de Milla a beautiful local park, you will admire two splendorous high cascades (that give the park its name), luxuriant vegetation, pretty ponds and a small zoo. Altogether a fine place to spend a pleasant day.

Merida City is considered a tourist pole not only for the numerous attractions it offers but also for good standard hotels, inns, restaurants and most of all its friendly population

The valley where Mérida is located houses three cities: Ejido, Tienditas del Chama and Mérida itself.

Ejido is a bedroom community for Mérida, which is connected to it by the Avenida Andrés Bello, and over the years Mérida and Ejido have closed in on each other, almost turning it into a conurbation. The distance between them is however sufficient as to declare them separate cities. They are very similar cities in all aspects, including architecture, population, layout, etc.

Tienditas del Chama is a small "town" in the skirts of the Mérida mesa, in the Chama river basin, hence its name. It is connected to Mérida by a series of winding roads on the side of the mountain. Like Ejido, Tienditas is also a bedroom city for Mérida, where most of the valley's industries and jobs are based. Tienditas is a fairly poor town, with regular rural architecture.


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