Duration: 3 days-2 nights.
Minimum Group: 3 people.
Los Pueblos del Sur (the Villages of the South) is a magical zone, rooted in antiquity, where life continues just as it did for past generations: the lifestyle of the Andean countrymen and women of yesteryear. The Pueblos del Sur, which still ooze history, legend, and tradition, offer an authentic and unique experience to their visitors.
With their virgin, mountainous, and charming landscapes, with picturesque architecture, with an ample variety of wildlife, especially birdlife, with home baked local food, with traditional handicrafts, with opportunities to explore by foot, bicycle, or on horseback, and with a contact and coexistence with nature, there is something for everyone here!
The country dwellers, who normally live off the land and the cattle they raise, now are opening their doors to tourism, and they do so with a welcome and attention of the highest level.
This new tour package forms an important part of the development of community tourism in Mérida, and provides an excellent alternative for those tourists who wish to take full advantage of their visit, and to see something other than the traditional tourist sites in Mérida.
The option to see the Pueblos del Sur mounted on a bicycle is one of the most daring options! To experience the mountains, the beautiful villages, the friendly people whilst going around by bike will allow you to feel a new sense of freedom, a connection with your surroundings, and it will give you the chance to breathe the fresh air of nature! This option is only recommended for those who have experience in mountain biking, and those looking for something with a high amount of physical activity, because it includes 2 long days of full biking.
The trip begins with a short jeep ride to Pueblo Nuevo del Sur (1500m of altitude), where you will join the guide and the bikes. The first day includes more or less 5 hours by bike, with a hard ascent, followed by a long descent, crossing rivers, lakes, and peaks, all on a dirt road. You will arrive finally to the picturesque village of Chacantá (1500m), hidden between the mountains and valleys of the Andes. This is one of the lesser known routes; hence you will be alone, enveloped in mountain scenery and nature!
The smallest village of the zone, Chacantá, exists within the most beautiful parts of the area, surrounded by rivers, mountains, and bridges. In Chacantá, after arriving, you will have plenty of time to get to see the village itself: the Plaza Bolívar, the church, the museum of antiquities– which preserves loads of articles and stories of the past generations of the zone-, and finally in the Plaza Bolívar you will see the punishment stocks, one of only 2 which still exist in Venezuela, and which was used to punish criminals, and which dates back to 1920.
After sleeping in a charming MucuPosada in the center of Chacantá, you will leave by bike towards the capital of the Pueblos Del Sur, and the largest town: Canaguá (1500m). This route is approximately 4 hours long, and mostly colonial footways, with ascents and descents, but with stunning landscapes, of the rivers, forests, and mountains of the zone.
After seeing the sites of Canaguá- its iconic church and beautiful Plaza Bolívar mainly- you will continue by bike for about 1 more hour to the MucuPosada of the sector called La Coromoto (1800m) where, finally, you can relax! Here you can fish the very same trout you will have for dinner at the trout farm, you can relax in the coffee plantations, or even go swimming in the crystalline river La Coromoto which is only 20m away from the Posada!
The final day, after sleeping in La Coromoto, you will leave the bikes behind and return to Merida in jeep, going by the villages of El Molino (1750m) and Estanques, as well as the cold Paramo de Las Nieves.
Included in this tour:
-All of the meals from lunch on the first day to lunch on the last day.
– All of the drinks (non alcoholic)
– Transport to and from Mérida.
– All bike rides and activities.
– Mountain bikes in excellent condition, with helmet and all necessary equipment.
You should take:
-Enough clothes for the mountains.
– Strong shoes.
– Enough batteries for the camera.
– A rain jacket.
– Suitable clothes for biking.
-Please inform us if you are a vegetarian.
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