Merida, or Santiago de los Caballeros de Mérida, is the capital of the state of the same name, located in the west of the country, at the end of the Cordillera de los Andes, , a mountain formation that extends throughout the South American continent through Argentina, Bolivia, Peru, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador and Venezuela. It was founded in 1558 and is one of the cities with the highest number of cultural and scientific activities in the country.
One of the most outstanding attractions of the city is the cable car, which is the longest worldwide. Although at present and until april 2012 it is closed for repairs, the cable car connect the downtown to the mountain of Pico Espejo, in which station you can enjoy pleasant moments and a great view of Merida páramo. The Merida páramo is a very cloudy climate zone with an altitude above 2500 mts, which is accessed by a mountain road from the city. This road connects the state of Merida with neighboring states and also connects to the peak Collado del Condor, where you will find a cozy inns.
Within the city there are several sites you should not miss. The center of the city that kept churches and other buildings reflecting colonial architecture. In addition, there are natural attractions like the Zoo of Los Chorros de Milla and the Botanical Garden that represent a direct contact with animals and plants characteristic of these latitudes. Around the city give you the opportunity to practice some extreme tourism activities as paragliding, rafting and hiking mountain to explore the local birds.