About Apartaderos

Apartaderos is a small Andean town in Mérida State, Venezuela.

Located at an altitude of 3,505 metres (11,502 feet), it is the highest town in Venezuela, surrounded by páramo vegetation, the town has tourism facilities such as restaurants, gift shops and small hotels. In addition to tourism the main activities are agriculture, flower cultivation and crafts. It can be reached from Mérida city and Valera by the carretera trans-andina (trans-andean highway) which reaches its highest point at 4,000 metres (13,123 feet) in el Collado del Cóndor (also known as Pico el Águila by the locals) a couple of minutes from the town.

Apartaderos sits at the intersection of three river valleys: the Chama which flows down to the city of Merida, the Santo Domingo which flows to Los Llanos (plains) of Barinas, and the Motatán, which flows to the city of Valera. The striking landscape around Apartaderos has inspired native American myth, poetry and even blogs.