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Venezuela: Merida the highest and the longest cable car in the word

Awake_vyse 5 de August del 2016 tourism
Mérida – Venezuela is one of those places you go to expecting to be amazed and immersed in awe, with its beautiful landscapes, its rich culture and its fascinating tourist points, but visiting Mérida without taking a stroll around Mérida Cable Car is like taking a walk around Paris without visiting the Eiffel Tower, and it could almost be considered a sin, or at least a grave mistake.

This breathtakingly ride will leave you astonished with its wonderful views of the snow-capped Andean peaks; you shouldn’t miss this experience if you have the opportunity to enjoy it. Being the highest and the longest cable car in the word, according to the Guinness World Records, Mérida Cable Car consists of a four stations tour, reaching an altitude of 4765 m and a total length of 12.5 km.

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The first station starts in Barinitas Station and ends at La Montaña Station, and in this part of the stroll you could appreciate El Gigante Dormido (The Sleeping Giant), a mountain called after its shape, which resembles a human face. Thirdly, there’s La Aguada Station, and then, Loma Redonda Station; as you look down during this part of the tour, you can appreciate the Merida valleys, and at that point you’re higher than 4000m above sea level, but if you wish, you can go even higher by buying another ticker to Pico Espejo Station. The name Pico Espejo comes from a kind of rock called Mica Moscovita, which is extremely bright, and when the sun shines on it, it reflects, just as a mirror.

From this last station, you can see a statue of La Virgen de las Nieves (Virgin of the Snow) as you reach the summit, and from there, a perfect option for hikers and adventurers in general, you can a guided tour to Pico Bolivar (Bolivar Peak), a six-hour walk to reach it. Once you get there, if you’re lucky enough, you will be able to see Barinas city, since most of the time this part is covered with a thick fog. If you’re in the mood, you can even have a snowbattle! Another option for exercising fans is getting the cable car at La Loma Station and take a five-hour walk to Los Nevados Village, but you will need a permit for this, which you can easily get in Barinitas Station.


Although it was closed in 2008 for re-construction efforts, it was finally re-opened in April, 2016, under the name of Mukumbari, which means “the place where the sun is born”.

So, if you’re looking for new and exciting adventures, this is the perfect place for you: Mérida Cable Car, one gorgeous touristic spot and an unforgettable place.

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