This farming settlement is nestled high up in the Valley of the Indians, a challenging place to get to by jeep or on foot. Los Nevados offers a warm welcome and a glimpse into the past.
This is one of our most popular tours for those wanting maximum variety in the mountains. We travel by jeep, by mule and on foot on a circular route from Merida, passing through quaint, traditional settlements, patchwork farms, semi-desert, paramo scenery, high rocky crests dusted with snow and ice (close to Pico Bolivar) and cloud forest. It’s a tour for all ages and abilities.
Day 1: After breakfast you will go by 4x4 vehicle to the small oasis of El Morro. After El Morro, the road to the picturesque village of Los Nevados (2,700 m) is strictly for 4x4 and professional drivers only. Once settled in there, we will have a look around to appreciate this small and remote village. We overnight in a quaint inn where a typical dinner will be provided. (5 hours by jeep) (B, L, D)
Day 2: We will start the day with breakfast prepared by our Andean hosts before letting the mules take the strain as we climb northwards up the mountain valley to Alto de la Cruz at 4,200m.Leaving the mules, we hike for about two hours down the hill to our camp at Los Calderones Valley (3,500m). (4 hours by mule, 2 hours hiking) (B, L, D)
Day 3: After breakfast, we’ll trek 4 hours downhill through a cloud forest to Mucunutan. On the way, we will enjoy views of the city of Mérida and the cloud forest. The hike provides an excellent opportunity for bird watching and butterfly sighting. We will picnic on the way. From Mucunutan, a 4x4 vehicle will transport us to the Mercado Principal in Mérida (the city market). (5 hours hiking and 1 hour by jeep) (B, L, –)