Merida Maps and Orientation

(Merida, The Andes, Venezuela)

To give it its full name, the Venezuelan city of Santiago de los Caballeros de Merida lies inland in the foothills of the mighty Andes mountain range, on the western side of the country. Merida is set high in the Chama River Valley between two opposing mountain spurs, the Sierra Nevada de Merida and the Sierra la Culata. Its backdrop is the country's tallest mountain, the Pico Bolivar, named after Venezuela's most-loved hero.

Four main rivers flow through the fertile valley, the Chama, the Albarregas, the Mucujun and the Milla, and the lower part of the valley contains small lakes. A major tectonic fault lies beneath the city, giving rise to many hot springs with medicinal benefits, as well as the occasional earthquake. Merida is surrounded by forests, with conifers to the south, cloud forests on the northern and eastern heights, and seasonal jungle to the west.

Maps and Orientation of the City

The centre and historic quarter of Merida city sits on a flat plain, with its suburbs and outlying village areas set on the sloping sides of the Andean foothills, giving a 400-metre / 1,312-foot difference in altitude between the central and outer zones.

The city is divided into ten districts, with the Casco Central area serving as the historic and cultural heart. The northern end of the city holds its important university, while most of the industrial development is based to the south-west, along with the Metropolitan Stadium and other sports facilities. Merida's airport is set almost in the geographical centre of the city and has little room for expansion as a result.

Map of Venezuela

Venezuela map

Map of Merida

Merida map