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Teleférico de Mérida (Mérida Cable Car)

Teleférico de Mérida

 

 

 

Location: Merida  Map

 

Total length: 12. 5 km

 

Tel. 0274 252 5080

 

Entrance Fee: $26, child $18

Open: May- Nov 8- 11am Wed- Fri

8- 11:30am Sat- Sun

last trip down is at 2pm

 

Dec- Apr 7:30am- 12pm

last trip down is at 4pm

 

www.telefericodemerida.com

 

 

 

Description of Teleferico de Merida

Teleférico de Mérida or Mérida Cable Car is situated in Merida in Venezuela. It takes visitors to the top of Pico Espejo mountain in the Andes to the elevation of 4880 meters above sea level. Merida Cable car is the highest and longest such structure in the World. Merida Cable Car starts at Barinitas Station and follows La Montana, La Aguada, Loma Reddonda and finally Pico Espejo Station on top of Pico Espejo mountain. Currently Merida Cable Car is closed and undergoes renovation project. It is expected that it will reopen in July of 2014.

 

 

 

The first cable car in Mérida was designed in 1952 by a group of Venezuelan Mountaineers called The Venezuelan Andean Club during the government of General Marcos Pérez Jiménez, in order to build a system that would facilitate the ascent to the Sierra Nevada de Mérida. The proposal was taken into account and the topographic survey was carried out in order to develop the project in 1955.

By 1956 the final route was drawn and by the following year the cargo cable car was already in operation until the La Aguada station, which would serve as transportation for the materials necessary for the construction of the stations.

The cable car was built mostly with French, Swiss and German support. By 1958 it was built at 50%. The work was completed in March 1960 thanks to the support of Venezuelan workers and the foreign technical team led by the French specialist Maurice Comte. The work had a cost at the time of its construction of 70,000,000 Bolívares that for the time amounted to about 16 million dollars. Over the years, the Mérida cable car system has been updated, ensuring it and guaranteeing its continuity over time.

In December 2008, the Merida Cable Car was inspected by the Austrian company Doppelmayr, an inspection that revealed advanced wear on the system's guavas and recommended that the Government of Venezuela close the Cable Car permanently. The Cable Car was closed at the beginning of that month for public safety reasons and the authorities asked the inspection company for a budget to completely renew the system and estimated time for the execution of the work.

Cessation of operations 2008-2016
In August 2008, the Swiss expert Hily Manz and a technical committee of that country conducted a general inspection of the system, in whose investigation it was determined that the cables carrying the wagons were about to turn 50, which is to say their life Useful. In the same way it was discovered that one of the towers of the system had a fissure.

On the recommendations of this group of European experts, the Mérida cable car was closed in the same month to protect user safety.

New Mukumbarí Cable Car
As of 2010, the Venezuelan government contracted the services of the Doppelmayr company to fully modernize the Merida cable system, in order to solve the problems presented in the guayas and in some of the system's towers. This modernization process is carried out with an investment of more than 106 million euros and includes the installation of new guayas, wagons and safety devices. It was then decided to build a completely new system.

The first three seasons (Barinitas, La Montaña and La Aguada), the most important tourist attraction in the region, should be ready by the end of August 2012, according to Fleming. From that moment, the regular testing period will begin, to guarantee all the necessary security for the enjoyment of the snow in Espejo Peak by the residents themselves and the visitors from all over the continent.

 

 

 

 

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