World Travel

Jaji, Merida

17. May: We get up early to see how the weather is, since we'd decided to take the first Teleferico to Pico Espejo. There are clouds over the mountains, so the trip is out of the question. We're back to sleep till almost 10:00, Annewien's unfortunately developed a cold. We have breakfast at our Posada and then set off on an alternate trip by bus to Jaji. Jaji is a small, quaint little village near Merida, supposedly having local Andean architecture.

The pigeons really like Simon Bolivar Church statue in Merida
The pigeons really like Simon Bolivar
Church statue in Merida
Ice cream man So many cables
Ice cream man
So many cables
View looking down from Merida at dusk Blue bar at first restaurant in Merida
View looking down from Merida at dusk
Blue bar at first restaurant in Merida

We first take a bus from Calle 25 to the Bus 'Terminal', from where all long-distance buses depart. We hang around for about half an hour till our bus to Jaji leaves. Well it isn't really a bus but rather a large van. At first there are hardly any people in it and I wonder how the driver could make a living transporting just so few passengers, since the fare's so cheap. But all along the way, the passengers kept changing at each stop. The driver himself was a man in his 50's, wearing a tie and playing good Salsa music on his car-stereo.

Decorated bus at Merida Terminal In the bus (actually more a kind of taxi) to Jaji
Decorated bus at Merida Terminal
In the bus (actually more a kind of taxi) to Jaji
Jaji church Picturesque Jaji
Jaji church
Picturesque Jaji

By the time we get to Jaji it's quite hot and bright in the noonday sun. I'd thrown away my sunglasses after one of the screws at the side had fallen off, and my makeshift fix using a wire to hold everything together didn't work anymore once a metal piece broke off.

Jaji is small and sufficiently cute and interesting, but not overly so: there isn't really that much to see. We wander through the streets, the neat houses with their colourful paintings on them are the the highlight of the town. Finding lunch isn't so easy, since there are hardly many restaurants in the first place and most of them are closed or serve only dinner. We decide for 'Posada Jaji', having a nice courtyard with a fountain in the middle. We decide on local food for a change, 'Bavillon', and Annewien takes 'Muchacho'. The food is so-so. The parts of Latin America we'd been to certainly weren't the place to savour major culinary delights (or else we just missed them?).

Inside Jaji church Inside Jaji church
Inside Jaji church
Inside Jaji church
Jaji church Jaji souvenir shop
Jaji church
Jaji souvenir shop
Jaji facade Jaji "nigh club"
Jaji facade
Jaji "nigh club"
Jaji kids Merida Graffitti
Jaji kids
Merida Graffitti

We catch the bus returning to Merida and we have the same driver as before. In Merida, we visit the "Coromoto Ice Parlour", offering the most ice-cream flavours in the world, and is listed in the Guinness Book of World records! We're amazed at the seemingly never-ending selection, containing has such delicacies as 'shrimp', 'spaghetti', 'caipirinha', and various types of meat. I take a simple ice-cream. Tastewise it's ok but not spectacular.

Coromoto Ice Cream Parlour in Merida: Has the most flavours in the world and is listed in the Guinness book of World records Coromoto Ice Cream Parlour
Coromoto Ice Cream Parlour in Merida: Has the most flavours in the world and is listed in the Guinness book of World records
Coromoto Ice Cream Parlour

After returning to the Posada for a bit of sleep we look for another tourist office. We find one which has a Venezuelan called Luis who speaks very good German, offering some interesting options. One of them is a discount package to Los Roques islands. He also gives up the tip that we should visit Laguna La Fria when we take the Teleferico to Pico Espejo.

We have dinner at an interesting restaurant in the first floor of a building overlooking Plaza Bolivar. We take the 'Menu Ejecutivo' for 2000Bs each with a good soup, chicken mojito (?), rice, salad, mango juice, coffee and a great coconut/pi´┐Ża sweet dessert. Yummy, we were really full after that! We then try to find a place to dance, but no luck.

Merida church Colourful Merida Facades
Merida church
Colourful Merida Facades
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