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Estado Mérida
Flag of Mérida State Coat of Arms of Mérida State
State flag State Coat of Arms
Mérida State Anthem
Motto: none
Location of Mérida State
Location within Venezuela
(given current status)
State capital Mérida
11,300 km²
1,23   (Ranked 15th)
843,800 hab. (2007 est.)
3,1   (Ranked 14th)
Emblematic tree The Bucare ceibo
(Erythrina poeppigiana)
ISO 3166-2 VE-L
Governor Marcos Diaz Orellana
2008 - present
Website: Gobernación del Estado Mérida

Estado Mérida is one of the 23 states (estados) into which Venezuela is divided. The state capital is Mérida.

Mérida State covers a total surface area of 11,300 km² and, in 2007, had an estimated population of 843,800.


Climate and Vegetation

The countryside in Mérida
The countryside in Mérida

The climate is cold but in the relatively small area of Mérida state, you will encounter several dramatic climatic changes all in a day. The climate in Mérida city is between 19 °C and 20 °C, temperatures between 5 °C and 9 °C at El Bolivar Peak, or below zero when it snows and 28 °C in the El Vigía area. Its rains almost every late afternoon in January–February that is the coldest months an August-September and in August and September it often rains at night. The vegetation is exuberant and there are many lakes and rivers, a great number of which are well stocked with trout, one of the delicacies of Mérida. The most important river in the state is the “Chama” because a large part of the water resources of Venezuela originates in the Mérida mountains. The state tree is the “Bucare” and the state flower is the “Frailejón” and in the “Coloradito” is found the tree at the highest altitude in the world. In this mountains habitat the “Oso Frontino” bear and the majestic Condor flies through the skies of the páramos and in the lagoons you can get the best trouts of the city.

Municipalities and municipal seats

  1. Alberto Adriani (El Vigía)
  2. Andrés Bello (La Azulita)
  3. Antonio Pinto Salinas (Santa Cruz de Mora)
  4. Aricagua (Aricagua)
  5. Arzobispo Chacón (Canagua)
  6. Campo Elías (Ejido)
  7. Caracciolo Parra Olmedo (Tucaní)
  8. Cardenal Quintero (Santo Domingo)
  9. Guaraque (Guaraque)
  10. Julio César Salas (Arapuey)
  11. Justo Briceño (Torondoy)
  12. Libertador (Mérida)
  13. Miranda (Timotes)
  14. Obispo Ramos de Lora (Santa Elena de Arenales)
  15. Padre Noguera (Santa María de Caparo)
  16. Pueblo Llano (Pueblo Llano)
  17. Rangel (Mucuchíes)
  18. Rivas Dávila (Bailadores)
  19. Santos Marquina (Tabay)
  20. Sucre (Lagunillas)
  21. Tovar (Tovar)
  22. Tulio Febres Cordero (Nueva Bolivia)
  23. Zea (Zea)

See also

External links

Travel guide

Up to date as of January 14, 2010

From Wikitravel


Mérida state is in the Andes region of Venezuela.

  • Los Nevados
  • Jají
  • Sierra Nevada National Park
  • Mucuchíes

Get in

By plane to the airport at El Vigia, or direct to Merida city. The latter involves some impressive landing, the airport being tucked into the valley between steep mountains.

By bus from most main cities in Venezuela.

By car following some spectacular windy roads through the foothills of the Andes.

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