Venezuela isn't the easiest country to travel in. Transport can be frustrating at times, and some visitors can feel intimidated by the Kafkaesque currency situation. Yet Venezuela rewards visitors tenfold more than it challenges them.
Venezuela's Andean state of Merida is one of those rare corners of the world that is overwhelmingly beautiful, yet largely untouched by international tourism.
After waiting in line for an hour, I was asked if I was on “the list”. “What!? What…list?” I asked, suddenly wracked with nerves. “The list”, she repeated,
Tourism tends to corrupt, and a positive mention in Lonely Planet corrupts absolutely. I guess that’s how Lord Acton may have put it if he’d ever seen what
On April 3, over ten thousand supporters of Venezuelan presidential candidate Nicolas Maduro rallied when he visited Merida.
Every time I go shopping here, something weird happens. Usually I blame my lousy Spanish, but today fault lies with my trolley. To be honest, I was lucky to even get one.
In the shadow of Venezuela’s highest peak, Merida is surrounded by some seriously world class hikes. The city itself sits at 1,600 metres above sea level, though the