Information for Visitors:
Planning your trip to Venezuela
Please note that the main airport for entrance to
Venezuela is in Caracas-Maiquetia "Simon Bolivar
International Airport" (CCS). This airport has flights
from the following European airlines:
From the United States of America:
It’s important that you consider a reasonable time of 4
hours minimum for connection between domestic and
international flights, because it is often than domestic
flights are delayed.
Arriving to Venezuela
Venezuela has a currency exchange control policy, which
does not allow the money exchanges except in some banks
and official exchange offices. Upon arriving at Simon
Bolivar airport you should be aware of people who will
come to propose changing foreign currency for local
currency, as it may be a scam, we recommend that you try
to find at the airport the official exchange offices.
Because of this situation, the local committee has
contacted a travel agency that offers full service from
arrival to Venezuela, payment of airport taxes, travel
and accommodation in the city of Caracas-Maiquetia (if
your connecting flight requires to stay in Caracas.) If
you require this service please send an e-mail to
firstname.lastname@example.org and we
will try to attend your requirements.
For changing money during your stay in the city of
Merida, you can contact the Local Committee members who
will help you with the necessary formalities.
the state of Merida, lies in the midst of two of
Venezuela's Andean mountain chains. Founded twice, first
illegally in 1558, and then at a different location as
Santiago de los Caballeros de Merida in 1560, Merida is
the home of Venezuela's second oldest university, the
University of the Andes, founded in 1785.
Arriving to the city of Merida
Please note that commercial flights do not arrive to the
city of Merida, the nearest airport is in the city of El
Vigia, 90 minutes by car from Merida, for those
interested in having booked and paid for his transfer
from El Vigia to the Hotel in Merida can do at a cost of
$40 (one way) shown in the Booking form.
The airlines that arrive at the International Airport
"Juan Pablo Perez Alfonso" of the city of El Vigia (VIG)
Any question, please contact the local committee
Prof. Francklin Rivas-Echeverria. tlf: +(58) 416 6740686
Prof. Gloria Mousalli-Kayat. tlf: +(58) 416 6740600
More than university students and faculty enjoy the
year-round spring like climate. With mountains,
including the snow-capped peaks of Pico Bolivar, (5007
m/16,523 ft) Pico Humboldt (4,942 m/16,214 ft), Pico
Espejo (4,753m/15,594 ft) and Pico Bompland (4883
m/16,113 ft), which form part of the Parque Nacional
Sierra Nevada, one of four in the area. There are also
12 state parks. The region is popular with climbers,
backpackers, wildlife lovers, birders, and sightseers
who enjoy the variety of scenery from lush rainforest,
abundant waterfalls to mountain peaks permanantly
covered with snow, glacier lakes, and paramos, or
highland moors reaching from about 3300 m to the
snowline. Add the small and tropical Palmarito beach,
located on the southeast side of Maracaibo Lake, and
there are a dozen or more varieties of climate and
geography in the state of Merida.
The fertile valleys between the mountains support
agriculture, including coffee plantations, sugar cane,
flowers, especially the frailejon which grows only in
the altiplano areas of Venezuela, Colombia and Ecuador
and bloom in November and December. Tropical plants,
palm trees, citrus, strawberries, orchids, and the
Golden Rain tree grow lavishly. The city, built between
and bisected by rivers, maintains 35 parks in its long,
narrow stretch. With flat land no longer available, the
city now grows up from its base (1,625 m/5,331 ft).
Earthquakes and wars of independence have taken the toll
on the city, but it cultivates a pleasant, quiet grace
with plenty of cultural activities.
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How to get to Merida
Merida is 680 km (422 miles) southwest of Caracas,
easily reached by plane or road.
The airport is on the meseta, right inside the city, 2km
south-west of Plaza Bolivar. City busses connect the
airport to the rest of the city.
The bus terminal is 3 km south-west of the city center
and is linked by frequent public transport. Half a dozen
buses a day run to Caracas and to Maracaibo.