VENEZUELA: Mérida – Historic architecture and street life in Santiago de los Caballeros de Mérida

Mérida or with its Spanish full name “Santiago de los Caballeros de Mérida”, is the capital and commercial center of the state of Mérida with 317,410 inhabitants counted in 2013. The city is as well the tourist and university center of the Venezuelan West and located in the begining of the higher levels of the Andes. There are heaps of canyons, little creeks and the mountain landscape offers numerous outdoor activities of all kind.