Duration: 4 days-3 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 Full Trekking option allows you to get to know the Pueblos del Sur with the maximum amount of contact to nature that’s possible! Only when one leaves the roads, and walks to the most isolated sites can one truly appreciate the wildlife and plant life that exists in the zone.
Re-walk the colonial pathways, observe the birdlife, the insects, and the vegetation of the zone, and envelop yourself in moth nature! The trekking option has been elaborated for those who are looking for a relatively physical trip, because it contains 3 treks (1 short and 2 long), but yet it is not highly demanding, and is accessible to anybody with a good level of health.
The trip starts with a jeep ride, where you will see the famous landmark called Tierra Negra, a viewpoint with an incredible view, and also the best place in all of Venezuela to try paragliding. In the sections of the winding road after Tierra Negra, which takes you towards the villages of San José (2350m) and Mucutuy (1400m), you will have the chance to take in the vegetation of the zone, such as the cold highlands of Piedra Pirela at 2800m of altitude, and observe the typical way of building houses, known as ‘tapir’, which uses walls built of compressed earth instead of cement blocks.
You will spend the night in a typical house at 1600m of altitude, close to Mucuchachí, which has been converted into a family MucuPosada, where they will serve you some of the delicious food from the zone. From here you will take a short walk of 1hr out to observe the sunset from the spectacular viewpoint of the antenna of La Encillada at the end of the first day, with 360 degree views and drops, and from which you can see the rivers Mucutuy and Mucuchachí: a perfect place to take photos or simply relax in the tranquility of the Andes of Mérida!
The second trek of the trip you will do the second day, from Mucuchachí (900m), crossing a rope bridge and ascending using the colonial footways towards the obelisk, a monument which commemorates the battle of El Ataque of 1813, when the people of the zone defeated the invading colonial forces. This area is perfect for the observation of birds and insects, as well as the observation and appreciation of the rural lifestyle. After the obelisk we continue walking for approximately 4 hours, passing rivers, forests, and falls, until we arrive to close to the village of Chacantá (1500m).
Chacantá is where you will sleep the second night, in a MucuPosada right in the center, and here you will have plenty of time to get to know 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.
The third day you will do the final trek, when you leave Chacantá by foot towards the capital town of the municipality: Canaguá (1500m). The route is a cattle way, and takes about 4 hours until the main town. You will pass through some mountain passes which allow you to have stunning views of the zone.
After seeing the sites of Canaguá- especially the iconic church and the beautiful main square- you will continue by foot for 1 more hour to the MucuPosada en La Coromoto (1800m) where you will spend the night. Here you will have time enough to enjoy and relax in the tranquil surrounds of La Coromoto, to observe the coffee plantations, the trout farm, or go for a swim in the river which is only 20m from the posada, after many days of long walks!
The last day you will return to Mérida via the towns of El Molino (1750m) and Estanques, and the cold highlands of 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.
– Activities with a local guide.
– Bilingual guide.
– More days of trekking can be added for those who really want to experience more routes in the zone.
– We can organize (for an additional cost) mules if there is anyone who wishes to do the routes by mule.
You should take:
-Enough clothes for the mountains.
– Strong shoes.
– Enough batteries for the camera.
– A rain jacket.
– Suitable clothes for the trekking.
-Please inform us if you are a vegetarian.
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