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Moderate -- In addition to the places listed in this guide, the new Casa Milla (tel. 0274/657-5340; casamillaposada@hotmail.com), offers up comfortable, well-kept rooms in a converted house fronting the pretty Plaza Milla. In the foothills above Mérida, Hotel & Spa La Sevillana (tel. 0274/266-3227; www.andes.net/lasevillana) has the feel of a cozy B&B and offers great bird-watching all around.

Inexpensive -- A backpacker and adventure-tourist hot spot, Mérida has scores of inexpensive posadas geared toward backpackers. Many are congregated in close proximity to the Plaza Las Heroínas. In addition to the places listed in this section, I also like the Posada La Montaña (tel. 0274/252-5977; www.posadalamontana.com). It's quite easy to comparison shop and check out a handful before committing.

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.