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Valera

In order to see all that there is to see in Valera, it's worth reading up a little before you get there.

Valera Vacation Packages

Valera can be found 260 miles west of the national capital, Caracas.

Not too far from Valera you'll find La Puerta, 14 miles to the southwest, and Niquitao, 18 miles to the southeast. These two locations are also worth checking out, if you have the time.

Don't forget to experience Tabay. It's about 60 miles southwest of Valera and it has some fantastic attractions, such as Plaza Bolivar, Merida Cathedral and Parque Los Conquistadores de la Sierra. If you still have time left, head straight to Parque Beethoven and Teleférico de Mérida.

There are some exciting ways to immerse yourself in the wide open spaces in the area. Mountain biking and rock climbing are just a couple of the healthy options you can choose from.

If you love to take it easy while away from home, we've got some good news for you. All your stress will melt away as you head outside to go cycling or shore fishing.

You'll be able to learn fair more by tapping into local knowledge than you ever could from the glossy pages of your guidebook. Consider joining in on some guided nature walks, wildlife spotting tours, cycling tours, city walking tours and culinary tours.

If you are a watersport enthusiast, you should have a blast swimming or snorkeling.

Spend some time exploring the region's art museums, nature museums, history museums, art galleries and theaters. These cultural hotspots are popular among travelers, especially when the weather is unpleasant.

Pull on your walking shoes and make your way over to one of the various outdoor activities in Northern Mountains. Its open-air exhibits are waiting to be explored.

The ruins, castles, old towns and historic mansions of the region should feature on every history buff's itinerary.

Spend time at this region's churches, cathedrals and monasteries and enjoy some moments of peaceful contemplation.

Stimulate your taste buds in this region's many dining venues.

Immerse yourself in the vibrant food scene and try some yams and cheese. These two ingredients are among the most popular in the region.

Make sure you taste some local dishes, such as reina pepiada (chicken avocado salad tortilla) and reina domino (cheese and bean tortilla).

Taste some quesillo (caramel flan) for a dreamy end to your meal. This mouthwatering dessert is sure to go down a treat.

There's nothing quite like a round of brews with your buddies to round off a great day. Regional is one of the most popular in the region.

If you don't want to have any alcohol, why not have some café de la maquina (machine-made coffee)?

Considered one of the most well-known local spirits, caballito frenado is something you have to try at least once.

Seasoned travelers recognize that a good way to get the most out of any vacation is to look up at least a few handy words in the local language. ¡Hola! is Spanish for hello. Cheers/good health! is another useful one to have at your disposal, so put some work into learning ¡Salud.

If you're planning to be here on the 5th of July, you should get ready to party. On this day each year, the whole country comes together to celebrate Independence Day.

When you're getting ready to depart, spend your leftover bolívars on some last-minute keepsakes and bid "Hasta la vista" to the friends you've made and the amazing places you've seen.

When the time has come to catch your flight, remember that the closest airport is roughly 120 miles to the northwest.