In the western part of Mérida and just inside the western end of the beltway, there are two parks that have good paths for running: Parque Lineal “Los Paseos”, and the nearby Parque Arque-ecologico del poniente. This is the best opportunity for a longer off-road run in Mérida.
Parque Lineal “Los Paseos”. This is the more significant running opportunity. A narrow series of parks parallels C. 26 in the western part of Mérida. There are mainly paved paths allowing for a nearly seamless one-way run of up to 7.6 km, though there are several road crossings. The terrain is flat and fairly open. There are numerous access points, facilities, and parking areas along the way.
- Distances: Starting from the north end at C. 65, it’s 3 km to C. 41, 4.2 km to Ave. Juan Pablo II, and 5.4 km to C.81. The path ends just south of C. 137.
Parque Arqueo-ecológico del Poniente. Just 700m east of Parque Lineal, this ecological park is known more as a ‘hiking area’, but it’s fairly easy trail running on a series of dirt paths. There are interesting trees and plants. A loop of the perimeter is ~3.5 km. For a longer run, combine with Parque Lineal, best accessed via C. 5D, which is toward the northern end of Parque Lineal.
- Parque Lineal: Up to 7.6 km (4.7 miles) one-way; Parque del Poniente is a ~3.5 km (2.2 mile) loop
- Parque Lineal: North End is C 65; South End is just past C. 137.
- Parque Lineal has numerous access points & parking areas; C. 5D is a good connector road between the two parks