Estancia la Bravera

We Receive Guests
and we Bid Farewell to Friends

Estancia La Bravera was founded by Jorge and Ivonne, between 1988-1990, when they decided to buy a piece of land in Mérida, between Jají and La Azulita, and build a house to vacation with their family. The name of the lodge refers to the founders’ surname: “Bravo”. Shortly after, with the intention of receiving friends and family, the first cabin for guests and the main lodge were built. And it is due to the great success and acceptance that this project had, that it naturally generated a demand from a public fond of hummingbird watching, the cloud forest, fresh mountain climate, good typical local gastronomy, and above all, good service.

Little by little the other cabins and rooms were built. Today, Estancia La Bravera has 1 main house, 2 multi-family cabins and 10 guest rooms. This is how that place to vacation and that dream of Jorge and Ivonne became “Estancia La Bravera”.

 

In addition to being the founder of the lodge, Jorge Bravo passionately lived his dream of serving different guests, treating them as friends, sharing the Venezuelan culture, delighting traditional dishes and spending a few days away from the hustle and bustle of the big cities, making them feel at home. Following that feeling, our motto could not be any other than: “Estancia La Bravera… a place to stay”.

Empleados

The team

Estancia La Bravera not only glows because of its owners and hosts, but also because of the small and selected group of employees who make such a good service possible. They have received multiple trainings through the INCE Tourism Organization to carefully fulfill their tasks: Tourist Service, Cleaning and Arrangement of Rooms, Hygiene and Food Handling, Typical Venezuelan Dishes, and others.

Together with the simplicity and dedication of the members that are part of the team at La Bravera, you will feel at home. A place full of love, textures and aromas, paintings, wood, flowers and singing birds fill the place to make your stay unforgettable. A space where harmony and beauty definitely come together to offer a unique experience.

Our Quality Standard

We are very proud to say that we are part of the Circuit of Excellence, an association of inns and lodges focused on providing the highest quality services, accommodation and customer service in Venezuela, which strengthens the cultural values of each region and offers the seal of Venezuelan quality of reference in inn tourism. Estancia La Bravera is principally known for bird watching, especially hummingbirds. Tourists, especially foreigners, have visited our lodge over the years to find very specific types of birds.

Nuestro Entorno
Biodiversity: Flora and Fauna

The Estancia La Bravera is located very close to the Sierra de La Culata National Park and within the limits of the Capaz River Basin Protective Zone.

El Bosque Nublado de San Eusebio es considerado uno de los parajes más ricos del mundo en cuanto a diversidad de aves. En la posada habitan una gran variedad de colibríes y ha sido visitado a lo largo de los años por observadores de aves de Europa, Norteamericanos e inclusive Asia. Todos nuestros huéspedes y amigos se sorprenden de la presencia de muchas especies de colibríes en nuestros jardines y Caney; inclusive mientras usted disfruta de una buena comida, las miradas, fotos y sonrisas se las llevan estos pequeños y preciosos amigos.

Además, la zona es hábitat natural de muchas otras especies animales, algunas de ellas actualmente amenazadas de extinción, como por ejemplo: el oso frontino y la ranita amarilla de La Carbonera.

Ubicación & clima merideño

The San Eusebio Cloud Forest is considered one of the richest places in the world in terms of bird diversity. Our lodge is home to a wide variety of hummingbirds and has been visited over the years by many European, North American and even Asian birdwatchers. Our guests and friends are always surprised by the presence of the many species of hummingbirds in our gardens and main lodge; even while you enjoy a good meal, the looks, photos and smiles go to our precious little friends flying around. Also, the area is the natural habitat of many other animal species, some of them currently threatened by extinction, such as: the frontine bear and the yellow frog of La Carbonera.

 

Eco-Allies

La Bravera actively participates in two environmental conservation projects through the Ecoaliados program.

At Estancia La Bravera we are committed to stand out as a new responsible tourism proposal that promotes the conscious enjoyment of nature, combining the comfort of a hotel and inn, within a clear purpose of environmental conservation and promotion of local traditions for the enjoyment of its guests and the progress of the community.

In pursuit of the best use of our resources within the healthiest conservation criteria, Estancia La Bravera has achieved important cooperations with two recognized institutions, dedicated to environmental research, conservation, education and dissemination of this emblematic geographical area of Andean biodiversity: “Andigena” Foundation and “BioAndes” Project.

Andigena Foundation

The Andígena Foundation is a private institution with a recognized track record, with whom we signed a cooperation agreement: “Eco-Alianza”, in which we agreed to share efforts in carrying out three projects: (1) the evaluation of the conservation status of the yellow frog of La Carbonera (Atelopus Carbonerensis), (2) the protection of the red-headed parakeet (Pyrrhura Rhodocephala) and (3) the defense and conservation of the frontine bear (Tremarctos Ornatus).

Proyecto BioAndes

This project belongs to the Institute of Environmental and Ecological Sciences of the University of Los Andes (ULA), and the La Mucuy Ornithological Station, with whom we have agreed on mutual cooperation in the survey of birds, mammals and botanical species in the area of the cloud forest that surrounds us.

This cooperation aims to achieve the conversion of Estancia La Bravera into a Private Ecological Reserve with the incorporation of other national and international institutions, dedicated to promoting Ecotourism, environmental research and the education and awareness of residents and visitors in order to protect our fabulous resources, natural characteristics of the sector and the traditions and customs of its community.

The data and technical information was provided by:

  • Dr. Pascual Soriano, Department of Biology Faculty of Sciences ULA
  • Dr. Michelle Ataroff, ICAE (Institute of Environmental and Ecological Sciences of the ULA)