Duration: 1 Day
Minimum group: 2
Leaving every day around 8am on the Trans-Andean highway, the first place we take you to is the enigmatic Lagoon of Urau, which is full of Pre-Hispanic legends and culture. It is one of the salted lakes here in the Andes, and was surrounded by many indigenous tribes, who gave it the name of Yohama.
One hundred kilometers to the south-west of Merida, enclosed within a V shaped valley is our destination town of Bailadores. Surrounded by landscapes of immense natural beauty agricultural lands, important wood handicraft workshops, as well as flower cultivators, Bailadores is situated at an altitude of 1774m, and has variant temperatures between 10 and 18°C, whilst further down in the valley, the population of La Playa has between 18 and 24 °C.
Bailadores is the capital of Municipal Rivas Davila, and is considered the second city of the state in terms of the historical and cultural relevance. Since the 16th Century it has been honored as the western gate to the State of Merida: all of the great personalities that entered Merida State between the 17th and 20th centuries had to enter through Bailadores (The first conquistors (1558), Comuneros (1881), Simon Bolivar (1813) The Restoration Revolution (1899)).
Once we have arrived in Bailadores, one can note that the town counts on a luscious architecture, a beautiful square, and some spectacular sites of interest. The Plaza Bolivar is full of beautiful flowers, trees, and a nice church, which has beautiful stained glass windows and statues.
After visiting the town, we go to the Parque India Carú, where we can pass some time in contact with nature. The principal attraction here is the impressive waterfall, from which the indigenous legend of the feather of Antonio Perez Esclaron was formed.
Returning to Merida, we pass by a famous coffee hacienda, of colonial origin, and constructed at the end of the 19th century, close to Santa Cruz de Mora. Run by Italian emigrants for the purpose of coffee production, the hacienda has now been taken over by the state and transformed into a museum and a University school of agriculture. It is considered as one of the most representative and best preserved examples of colonial architecture in Venezuela.
- Full days transport
- All entrance fees
- Warm clothing