About Jaji

Jaj� is a community in the Campo El�as Municipality of M�rida state in Venezuela, in the foothills of the Cordillera Oriental, at an altitude of 1781 m. It is 34 kilometers from the city of M�rida.

The town was founded in 1580 by Bartolom� Gil Naranjo with the name San Pedro de Jaj�. Garc�a Varela refounded the town in 1610 with the name of San Miguel de Jaj�.

It is now a planned village, restored in the twentieth century in Spanish Colonial style, and a major tourist destination. It has guest houses, a museum and a colonial style church. Jaj� opened in 1971 after its reconstruction was started in 1968. The restoration salvaged the facades and retained doors, windows and original bars more than 400 years old