Merida is one of the twenty-three states that, together with the Capital District and the Federal Dependencies, form the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela. Its capital is the homonymous Mérida. It is located in the west of the country, in the Andes region. It limits to the north with Zulia, to the northeast with Trujillo, to the east with Barinas and to the southwest with Táchira. It is settled on the Andean mountain range and in its territory the ten highest peaks of the country are located, including the Bolívar peak that reaches 4978 m. It has 23 autonomous municipalities and 86 civil parishes. Its main cities are: Mérida, El Vigía, Tovar, Ejido, Lagunillas and Nueva Bolivia.