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San José (1 day)

Duration: 1 day.
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.

This full day option to San José is an ideal and gentle choice for those who maybe don’t have enough time to get to know all of the mysteries of the Pueblos del Sur, yet, this option will give you a small representative sample of the zone and all its beauty.

On this trip you will first 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. Between Tierra Negra and the mountainous village of San José you will go through the beautiful mountain passes of the Andes, which rise and fall on both sides of the windy roadway which will take you up to 2400m of altitude!

Before arriving at the village of San Jose, you will have the chance to take in the vegetation of the zone, and observe the typical way of building houses, known as ‘tapir’, which uses walls built of compressed earth instead of cement blocks.

The village of San José, at 2350m of altitude, is one of the best conserved of all of the villages of the south, and is our furthest destination on the route. Here you will enjoy the hospitality of a typical trout farm, where you will be able to fish the very same trout which you will later eat! We will also have time to show you some of the charming features of the village, such as the square, the church, the small houses, maybe a short horse ride, and much more…

Returning from San José, by the same road, we will briefly go via the villages of Lagunillas and San Juan, which was the site where Mérida was originally founded, and of course we will stop at the famous Laguna de Urao to complete an unforgettable day.

Included in this tour:
– Professional Guide (only in Spanish. If it’s necessary we can organize a guide who speaks English, French or German for an additional cost).
– Transport all day.
– All of the entrance fees to the places we will visit.

You should take:
– Camera.
– A jacket.
– Food or money to buy lunch.
– Strong shoes.