Around 300,000 people call Merida in Merida home.
Merida is situated 340 miles (547 kilometers) northeast of Bogota and 320 miles (515 kilometers) southwest of Caracas, the national capital.
Get away from the noisy streets by visiting the nearby natural parks, such as Pico Bolivar or Pico Espejo. Walk through the parks and try to spot the local flora and fauna, then stop for a picnic in the reserves’ pristine environs.
The Merida Cathedral is an old place of worship that is well worth checking out. Visit this heritage building to discover its symbolic significance and also to study its design.
Public squares and spaces are great places to feel the pulse of a city; Plaza Bolivar in Merida is one of those special places. Bring a few friends and switch your smartphone to silent, this square is the place to spoil yourself for a precious hour or two.