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Aguilas Blancas
* Location 
Los Chorros de Milla, Mérida.
* How to get there 
By air or road to Mérida. In Mérida, follow the route toward the sector Los
Chorros de Milla.
* Characteristics 
This camp specializes in organizing vacation plans for children and young
adults, whose registration can be done through companies as well as
individualy. They also organize ecotourism and adventure programs in the
Venezuelan Andes. The zone for excursions is tranquil, full of splendid
places such as Los Nevados, Pico Bolívar, Laguna Negra, etc. The
ecotourism programs last from 1 to 14 days, during which there are hikes,
climbing, camping, horseback riding, paragliding, birding, travel on
mountain bikes, trout fishing. Included are bilingual guides, meals and
snacks, local transportation, camping equipment, personalized service and
specialized information about the region. During school vacation periods,
they have as their objective to offer a tourism alternative in Mérida, under
the theme of participative recreation and learning. All of this is achieved
through sporting games, table games, group dynamics, theater, paintings,
excursions, guided visits, etc. Prices for ecotourism and adventure
programs must be calculated directly with the camp since they depend on
locations, the number of people, and length of stay.

* Recomendations 
Clothing appropriate for the climate and zone. Depending on the altitude,
temperatures can drop to 0° C. Shoes geared toward the mountains, jacket
to protect both against cold and rain, muffler, gloves, hat or cap, camera,
flashlight, etc.

* Facilities 
Ancient hacienda house, remodelled to install the camp. It has 7 rooms for
groups of 6-12 people, private bath with hot water. Balanced food,
monitors and specialized guides to direct activities, transportation and
necessary equipment for the trips, psychopedagogic supervision and
medical attention.
* Climate 

Average temperature 20° C. Rainy season June to October, dry November
to May.


Finca el Alto
* Location 
In the village of Mucunután, near Tabay.
* How to get there 
By air or land to Mérida. From Mérida by road following the road to
Tabay.
* Characteristics 
The house has a big central patio where coffee was put to dry in the sun,
and it is located on a hill with a beautiful view of the Andean valleys and
the peaks making up Sierra Nevada national park. It has pasture, coffee,
flowers and vegetable sown fields and many farm animals: geese, ducks,
turkeys, rabbits, chickens, pigs, cattle and dogs. Price includes lodging,
breakfast and dinner.
* Recomendations 
Appropriate clothes for the climate. Temperatures decrease at night and if
you go to the mountain you have to be prepared. Mountain shoes,
protective jackets for cold and rain, scarf and gloves, hat or cap, camera,
flashlight, etc.
* Facilities 
colonial house built in 1828 and appropriately restored following its rural
architectonic style. It has 5 rooms with private bathroom, enjoyable hall
with fireplace, game room, bar with music, fully equipped kitchen and
dining hall.


Finca el Tao 
* Location 
In El Tao, in the village of Saisayal, La Azulita.
* How to get there 
By air to El Vigía or Mérida. By land from El Vigía following the
Pan-American highway toward Zulia state.
* Characteristics 
Here, there are two possibilities for enjoyment. One is solely focused on
ecological tourism with all that this beautiful zone offers with its valleys
and mountains; and, the other, health and recuperation. It is a typical
Andean farm in the middle of exuberant virgin mountains, where one can
enjoy nature, truly connect with her through a natural health plan based on
a medical diagnosis - or simply enjoy the camp, its food, and excursions.
On the route to the camp, one crosses spacious lands covered with forests
which, rather than appearing Andean, seem more typical of the Amazon,
since they are nearly impenetrable. They organize excursions according to
the interests of the guests. These might include exploration of the Andean
paramos (high moors), visits to nearby villages such as Jají, Chiguará, San
Pedro del Río, etc., visits to the best artisans of the region. Only lodging,
meals are not included.
* Recomendations 
Clothing appropriate for the climate and region. Depending on the altitude,
temperatures can drop to 0° C. Shoes geared toward the mountains, jacket
to protect both against cold and rain, muffler, gloves, hat or cap, camera,
etc.
* Facilities 
Quiet and beautiful place, with 16 cabins built with materials found in the
area, everything is natural. A main house, typically Andean, with mud
walls, fireplace, wood kitchen, a small house for taking tea which is made
in the finca, dining hall, living rooms, cow milking and preparation of
cheeses and yogurt. Regarding health, it has a sauna, a solarium with
regenerative and detoxifying plants, a herbarium and vegetable garden.
There is also a waterspring in the form of a natural well, where you can
swim and have hydrotherapy, as well as a lagoon and sugar mill. 2
conference rooms, reading rooms and music, mini-shop, kindergarten,
beautiful gardens with aromatic, ornamental and medicinal plants. It is also
an excellent place for birdwatching, as there have been registered 103
different species spotted in two days. There is an inventory made by the
Audubon Vene-zuelan Conservationist Society and a side road has been cut
through the forest of the ranch to serve these purposes. There is a special
place for back-packers to camp at a minimum price. There is a churuata
destined for children, where special activities are held for them. A health
plan of 7 to 15 days is offered, with natural therapies that include
mud-therapy, bathes in spring water, aroma-therapy and others.


Hacienda la Victoria
* Location 
Victoria bridge.
* How to get there 
By air or land to Mérida. From there following the road via Tovar.
Between the towns of Estanquez and Santa Cruz de Mora.
* Characteristics 
They operate under the direction of the Corporación Merideña de Turismo.
Originally La Victoria coffee company, it is the headquarters of the Museo
de la Inmigración (Immigration Museum); with guides, antique pictures,
personal belongings and details of the first families that worked in the coffee
plantations of the area. They have a Coffee Museum, a conference room, a
tasca and the posada, decorated in the farm¹s traditional style.
* Recomendations 
Warm clothing, mountain boots, hat or cap, jacket that protects you from
the rain and the cold, gloves, photographic equipment, etc.
* Facilities 
A posada with 2 rooms for 3 persons each, private bathroom and hot water.
By reservation only.


Camping Club la Traviesa
* Location 
Between Mucujepe and Caño Blanco, 12 Km. away from El Vigía.
* How to get there 
By land, following the route that goes from Mérida to el Vigía.
* Characteristics 
On this site there is also the Campamento Traviesa, for children during
vacation time. It has a capacity to hold 80 people. The kids, besides
learning about the basic activities of camping, they participate in activities
related to the ranch, and go on excursions, both on foot an on horseback,
through the mountain.
* Recomendations 
Proper clothimg for the climate and the region. At night time, the weather
cools a lot, and if you go up the mountain, you must be prepared.
Mountain shoes, jacket for the rain and the cold, gloves, hat or cap, and
photo camera.
* Facilities 
8 cabins with full-size beds and private bathroom with cold water. They
also offer 10 constructions with cement floor without walls, that can hold
up to 8 people each, in hammocks with mosquito nets. Shared bathrooms.
There are two restaurants, tasca, court for bolas criollas and swimming
pool. There are horses for rent.


Los Rastrojos
* Location 
Parque nacional Sierra Nevada.
* How to get there 
By air or land to Mérida. Then in 4-wheel drive vehicle to Los Rastrojos,
at the foot of the páramo (high barren plains).
* Characteristics 
Adventure lovers who are not afraid of physical activity have a unique
opportunity here to get to know the tropical Andes, the cloudy forest and
the birth of the plains. A really interesting trip. Those who don¹t want to
walk much can get on a mule and follow the caravan. The excursion starts
in Mérida, in a 4-wheel drive vehicle, and then on foot for some 5 hours
until arriving to the Finca Los Rastrojos, where you can rest for a night or
two. Then the trip continues toward Los Portones in Loma Oscura, about
3,400 m. high. The descent begins crossing a thick forest until getting to
the village of El Qui-nó, where you sleep in the homes of local people. The
excursion continues to Socopó, while you enjoy a contrasting landscape at
the point where the mountain ends and the magnificent Venezuelan plains
-the Llanos- begin. Price includes lodging, transportation, guides, mules
and additional trips.
* Recomendations 
Excellent physical condition, adequate clothes- for cold as well as for heat!
Mountain boots, hat or cap, binoculars, etc.
* Facilities 
Country house with all the comforts, hot water, bathroom, etc. You spend
the night in rural homes, during the trip from the mountain to the plains.


Camping Saysayal
* Location 
La Azulita.
* How to get there 
By air or land to Mérida. Then by road via Jají, up to La Azulita.
* Characteristics 
For youngsters from 7 to 14 years. Spacious grounds surrounded by forests
that form this mountain area. The activities include visits to craftsman and
milk productions in the area, mountain or river walks, games, etc.
* Recomendations 
Warm clothing, sneakers, sweater or jacket, bathing suit, hat or cap,
raincoat, mosquito repellent, etc.
* Facilities 
Dormitories with capacity for 50 children, common bathrooms.


Timotocuicas
* Location 
In Escagüey, near Mérida.
* How to get there 
by air or land to Mérida. From there by road, to Apartaderos.
* Characteristics 
This is a vacation camp for young people 8-17 years of age which functions
from July to September. They have four sessions of 15 days each. It is one
of the most complete installations of its style and its programs consist of
50Tlf. of the activities in open air and the rest, various didactic courses. La
Hacienda Escagüey, located at 2,400 m. (some 7,500 ft.) above sea level, is
a beautiful colonial house built in 1878, duly restored, and with maximum
comfort and security. With everything included: meals, excursions, games,
medical service, equipment for excursions, laundry, air ticket, etc.
* Recomendations 
Clothing appropriate for the climate and region. Depending on the altitude,
temperatures can drop to 0° C. Climbing shoes, jacket to protect both
against cold and rain, muffler, gloves, hat or cap, camera, flashlight, sun
block, etc.
* Facilities 
Comfortable lodging for a maximum of 50 participants. It has a bar and
restaurant.
* Climate 
Average temperature 20° C. Rainy season June to October. Dry November
to May.

 


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