Mérida (Spanish: Estado Mérida, IPA: [esˈtaðo ˈmeɾiða]) is one of the 23 states of Venezuela. The state capital is Mérida.
Mérida State covers a total surface area of 11,300 km² and, in 2007, had an estimated population of 843,800.
Climate and Vegetation 
The countryside in Mérida
The climate is temperate but in the relatively small area of Mérida state, there are usually several dramatic climatic changes that occur daily. The climate in Mérida city has an average high temperatures between 24 °C and 25 °C, and low temperatures between 14 °C and 16 °C. At El Bolivar Peak the temperatures tend between 5 °C and 9 °C, but some times dip below freezing. El Vigía sees temperatures around 28 °C. It rains almost every late afternoon in January–February. These are the coldest months. In August and September it often rains at night. The vegetation is exuberant and there are many lakes and rivers, a great number of which are well stocked with trout, one of the delicacies of Mérida. The most important river in the state is the "Chama" because a large part of the water resources of Venezuela originates in the Mérida mountains. The state tree is the "Bucare" and the state flower is the "Frailejón", The "Coloradito" contains the tree that is found at the highest altitude in the world. In this mountains habitat the "Oso Frontino" bear and the Condor flies through the skies of the páramos and in the lagoons there are many trout.
Municipalities and municipal seats 
Mucubají lagoon, Sierra Nevada National Park.
See also 
External links 
http://merida.travel - the oficial travel website about Merida en Venezuela