Day 1: Caracas - Merida - San Jose.
You’ll first fly to Mérida. You’ll be met and then taken on a short city tour visiting Plaza Bolivar, the historic cathedral, the principal market, and the university. After a 45-minute transfer to Tierra Negra, a world famous spot for paragliding, you’ll hop on your bike (provided) to the village of San Jose, considered one of the prettiest villages in the Pueblos del Sur and overnight. The inn has a trout farm in the front yard, and you can fish for your dinner. Includes: (D).
Day 2: San Jose - Merida.
Today, you’ll ride out of San Jose, biking along the Tos Tos River, which is lined with ash trees, then continue steeply up to Los Pinos and return to Tierra Negra along an off-road route. Optional tandem paragliding 1000 meters above the Chama River canyon (weather dependent) or suicidal steep technical descent on bike (must be arranged in advance) are both available. You’ll be transferred back to Mérida and stay at the Posada La Sevillana, a beautiful inn located in a tropical cloud forest. Includes: (B, L, D).
Day 3: Merida - Los Nevados. You’ll begin your day with a two-hour jeep ride to the village of El Morro where your 22 km. trek to the Los Nevados begins. This hamlet, with its fertile soil, was one of the first Spanish settlements in the area and is surrounded by high mountain plateaus and spectacular snow-capped peaks, a perfect backdrop to experience the atmosphere of a traditional Andean village. Includes: (B, L, D).
Day 4: Los Nevados – Andes. Set off for the Loma Redonda cable car station by mule, crossing the Alto de la Cruz pass at 4,251 meters. You’ll descend back to Mérida on the world´s longest and highest aerial cable car. You’ll then transfer overland up to the paramos (high tropical mountains) of the Andes. Overnight at Los Balcones de la Musui, a world-class mountain lodge with a spectacular view of the Sierra Nevada mountain range and nearby hot springs. Includes: (B, L, D).
Day 5: Andes - Merida.
Bike the Pico Aguila circuit (22 km) beginning on the highest paved road in Venezuela at 4,100 meters. You then continue your route off road toward the village of Piañago and a moderately steep descent to the Mifafi valley passing by a biological research station responsible for re-introducing the Condor to Venezuela. Jeep back to Hotel Belensate in Mérida where you can enjoy a splash in the hotel's pool with jacuzzi or dining at the La Nona with scrumptious food and special attention to details and service. Hotel Belensate also offers room service and a bar. Includes: (B, L, D).
Day 6: Merida - Caracas.
Enjoy a visit to the market for any last minute shopping before being transferred back to the airport for your mid-morning return flight to Caracas. Includes: (B).
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