Andean Region (Venezuela)

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The Andean Region is one of the 10 administrative regions in which Venezuela was divided for its development plans; the region is composed of the states of Mérida, Táchira, Trujillo and Barinas; and the region is located straddling the Andes Mountain Range. Except for the people of the Llanos in Eastern Barinas, natives from this region are usually referred to as "gochos".¹


  1. This use of the term "gochos" should not be confused with the gauchos that live in southern South America (Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Paraguay, and Uraguay). The later term more accurately corresponds to the term "llaneros".