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Mucuchies, Venezuela - An Easy Day Trip From Merida

Venezuela travel blog by Mark Berman - December 2010 August 2014   » View Photoset (34 Photos)

Mark Berman, South America backpacker for 10yrs!
I have visited or stayed in Mucuchies twice now. The first time was a quick visit as part of the El Paramo tour I did from Merida in 2010, a day trip. The most recent
Venezuela Photo - Pastelitos El Andinito, mural of a local man in red in Mucuchies.
Pastelitos El Andinito, mural of a local man in red in Mucuchies.
time in 2014 I stayed the night and had a better look around the place.

Small Town With A Castle

The town is built on a hillside and the center as usual is Plaza Bolivar and the cathedral. The plaza has 3 significant monuments, San Isidro, Simon Bolivar with a sword in hand and below him is a farmer and dog bronzework. The only real other attraction in Mucuchies is the castle on the hill - Castillo de San Ignazio which is located at the north / eastern part of town. And really that's about all there is to see in Mucuchies unless you walk back and forth along the streets like I did looking for anything else worth seeing. I didn't find a lot more to see apart from a few pieces of graffiti art, a few colored houses and another small plaza. The restaurants in town I found to be quite expensive - what you save with cheaper accommodation you spend on a cooked meal at a restaurant. Mucuchies at nearly 3000 meters above sea level, is 36kms from Merida,
Venezuela Photo - A local man with hat of Mucuchies sits beside a stone wall and the plaza.
A local man with hat of Mucuchies sits beside a stone wall and the plaza.
25kms from Tabay and 16kms from Los Aleros. I don't think Mucuchies is a place you need to visit especially, stop off and have a quick look then move on.

Continue Along This Road

The road north / east passes through several other cute little places and they all have something worth seeing. That's the best part about this road, just get on and off the bus when you see a place you like. From Mucuchies I waited for one of the somewhat infrequent local buses to turn up so that I could head north / east to San Rafael de Mucuchies just 15mins away. This is the place with the stone church, it's pretty cool but don't stay here the night, the hostels are quite pricey. I took another bus further up the road a bit and stayed in a place called San Isidro de Apartaderos.

     

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Distances & times (if available) from Mucuchies (Venezuela) to:


Map location: Mucuchies, Venezuela. I have visited or stayed in Mucuchies twice now! It's a small town in the mountains with a castle. It's a nice place to spend a night and eat at a local restaurant!
 A : San Isidro de Apartaderos - Venezuela 8 kms 8 kms straight distance | 26mins 26mins by car (13 kms) | 31mins 31mins by bus (13 kms) (13 kms)
 B : El Paramo - Venezuela 23 kms 23 kms straight distance | 1hr 1hr by car (35 kms) | 1hr 12mins 1hr 12mins by bus (35 kms) (35 kms)
 C : Merida - Venezuela 35 kms 35 kms straight distance | 1hr 33mins 1hr 33mins by car (56 kms) | 1hr 51mins 1hr 51mins by bus (56 kms) (56 kms)
 D : Timotes - Venezuela 30 kms 30 kms straight distance | 1hr 59mins 1hr 59mins by car (68 kms) | 2hrs 22mins 2hrs 22mins by bus (68 kms) (68 kms)
 E : Barinas to Apartaderos - Venezuela 46 kms 46 kms straight distance | 2hrs 2hrs by car (81 kms) | 2hrs 24mins 2hrs 24mins by bus (81 kms) (81 kms)
 F : Barinas - Venezuela 69 kms 69 kms straight distance | 2hrs 38mins 2hrs 38mins by car (122 kms) | 3hrs 9mins 3hrs 9mins by bus (122 kms) (122 kms)
 G : Merida to Maracaibo - Venezuela 88 kms 88 kms straight distance | 3hrs 11mins 3hrs 11mins by car (153 kms) | 3hrs 49mins 3hrs 49mins by bus (153 kms) (153 kms)
 H : San Antonio to San Cristobal - Venezuela 186 kms 186 kms straight distance | 6hrs 50mins 6hrs 50mins by car (270 kms) | 8hrs 12mins 8hrs 12mins by bus (270 kms) (270 kms)
 I : Acarigua - Venezuela 206 kms 206 kms straight distance | 4hrs 2mins 4hrs 2mins by car (271 kms) | 4hrs 50mins 4hrs 50mins by bus (271 kms) (271 kms)
 J : Carora - Venezuela 181 kms 181 kms straight distance | 4hrs 58mins 4hrs 58mins by car (286 kms) | 5hrs 57mins 5hrs 57mins by bus (286 kms) (286 kms)
 K : El Tintorero & Quibor - Venezuela 202 kms 202 kms straight distance | 5hrs 25mins 5hrs 25mins by car (333 kms) | 6hrs 30mins 6hrs 30mins by bus (333 kms) (333 kms)
 L : Cucuta to Venezuela - Colombia 200 kms 200 kms straight distance | 6hrs 45mins 6hrs 45mins by car (355 kms) | 8hrs 6mins 8hrs 6mins by bus (355 kms) (355 kms)
 M : Maracaibo - Venezuela 231 kms 231 kms straight distance | 6hrs 12mins 6hrs 12mins by car (370 kms) | 7hrs 26mins 7hrs 26mins by bus (370 kms) (370 kms)
 N : Barquisimeto - Venezuela 219 kms 219 kms straight distance | 5hrs 19mins 5hrs 19mins by car (373 kms) | 6hrs 22mins 6hrs 22mins by bus (373 kms) (373 kms)
 O : Maracaibo to Coro - Venezuela 257 kms 257 kms straight distance | 6hrs 52mins 6hrs 52mins by car (411 kms) | 8hrs 14mins 8hrs 14mins by bus (411 kms) (411 kms)
Driving times are accurate but approximate and are listed in the order of driving distance! Drive times are always affected by weather conditions, the terrain, time of day, altitude, dinner and bathroom stops, animals on the road, protests, a fast or slow bus driver, police checkpoints, border and river crossings, dropping off and picking up passengers etc. These drive times are obtained from Google Maps and are meant as a guide. Note however, times quoted in the main text of this page are exactly as the author experienced it.


My Hostel & Hotel Reviews for Mucuchies, Venezuela:

Posada y Festejos Maryelena, Mucuchies, Venezuela - Large Photo
Posada y Festejos Maryelena, Mucuchies, Venezuela (August 2014 - 1 night) - Nice place in a small town. Had a strong internet connection which made a nice change. Had a tv. Well-priced and cheaper than many other places around the area. But the bottom bed sheet was way too small for the bed and kept popping off the corners so I spent the night continuely fixing it. I hate that and my sleep suffered because of it. Went out in the morning, came back and waited 10 minutes for them to open the door therefore missing the next bus to where I wanted to go and losing about an hour of my day. I can recommend this posada though, but only because of the wifi.

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