The El Pico Bolívar (4'981 m) is the highest mountain in Venezuela. It is located in the Cordillera de Mérida. The Cordillera de Mérida is a northeastern extension of the Andes Mountains. The City of Mérida is located between the Sierra de la Culata and the Sierra Nevada de Mérida with Pico Bolivar to the south.
First ascent: 1935 by Enrique Bourgoin, H. Márquez Molina und Domingo Peña or in 1936 by German group.
Flag of Mérida, Catedral de Mérida.
The mountain in the background symbolizes the Pico Bolívar.
Series of 16 stamps (including 9 airmail stamps, various colours)
Bolivia 1960, Pico Bolivar
The stamps were issued in the series "Landmarks of Venezuela".
Venezuela 1960, Mountaineering in the Cordillera de Mérida.
Venezuela 1968, El Pico Bolivar.
A view from Pico Espejo.
The Teleférico de Mérida in the foreground. It was the world's highest cable car. Its base is located in the Venezuelan city of Mérida at an altitude of 1,640 metres and its terminus is on Pico Espejo, at 4,765 metres. Pico Espejo is a minor peak and the usual starting point for climbing Pico Bolivar. The system was opened in 1960 and closed in 2008. A new system re-opened in October 2016 for the public.
Between 2008 and 2016 the highest gondola lift in the world was in China (opened 1999, at the Shanzidou). Its summit station is at an altitude of 4'506 metres.
Venezuela 1986, Pope Paul II.
El Pico Bolivar in the background.
Venezuela 2002, Teleférico de Mérida.
Venezuela 2003, El Pico Bolivar.
Artist's composition of different elements.
The upper parts depicts El Pico Bolivar in the background.
Teleférico de Mérida and El Pico Bolivar.
Venezuela 2004, Teleférico de Mérida in the background.
The stamp was issued in the series "Christmas".
The stamp was issued in the series "Misión Barrio Adentro".
Iran 2004, "Joint issue Iran - Venezuela".
Damavand Volcano (Iran) and El Pico Bolivar.
Venezuela 2004, "Joint issue Iran - Venezuela".
During the emission of the ceremony in the year 2004 somebody noticed that the Venezuelan stamp with the Iranian image of the mountain Damavand has a wrong inscription "República islámica de Iran", instead "República Bolivariana de Venezuela".
In consequence, the Venezuelan stamps were not put on circulation on 16th November 2004. Then the stamps corresponding to the Mountain Damavand were overprinted (see picture below) and put on sale on 16th October 2006.
However, some first day cancelled stamps on a folder and also some mint not overprinted stamps are existing.
Venezuela 2006, "Joint issue Iran - Venezuela" (overprinted as issued).