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Mucuchies, Venezuela - An Easy Day Trip From Merida

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

Mark Berman, South America backpacker for over 11yrs!
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 - Young boy in a red shirt and gumboots stands outside a fruit shop in Mucuchies.
Young boy in a red shirt and gumboots stands outside a fruit shop 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 - Looking across tiled roofs towards the hills in San Rafael de Mucuchies.
Looking across tiled roofs towards the hills in San Rafael de Mucuchies.
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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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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Mucuchies, Venezuela - An Easy Day Trip From Merida. 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!

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