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Bucaramanga is the capital city of the department of Santander.Being the fifth largest city economy in Colombia and sixth largest population with 1,212,656 residents in the metropolitan area. What's amazing is the amount of parks located here within the city. It is documented that there are over 160 parks scattered throughout the city and has been given the nicknames "La Ciudad de Los Parques" ("City of Parks") and "La Ciudad Bonita de Colombia" ("Colombia's Beautiful City").

There is plenty of things to see and do here. Starting on the east side via Cúcuta you'll find nice and large balconies to relax and enjoy a panoramic view of the city. Downtown in the center or the heartbeat is like any downtown in the world, it gets really crowded on weekends and peak hours. Consider though as you can enjoy lots of bargains and sales in the shops. Also you'll get nice quality of clothes and shoes. Speaking of buying shoes, there is not a better place than right here. As the many shoe factories drive the prices to being very inexpensive.

Southside of the city you can find different resorts or clubs where you can play golf, soccer, swim, or just hang out with your friends and make more.

Generally the most popular zone is Cabecera. This is the most modern area in the city with plenty of malls and entertainment like cinemas, restaurants and shops.


The weather here is considered a tropical monsoon climate. Writing this some might think it's warmer here than it is, but it’s a noticeably cooler version of the climate. As for the rain amounts, it falls just short of a tropical rainforest climate as its driest month being January usally averages just under 2-1/5" inches of rainfall.

Although its altitude is not considered very high, the cities climate is not hot nor cold with 77 degrees Fahrenheit (°F) as the average temperature. Comparing the weather to cities at the same average altitude (such as Cali), here it has much cooler daytime temperatures due to the cold wind coming down from the Eastern peaks. At night temperatures are not cold primarially due to the warm air coming up from the Canyon. The wettest months are March, April, May, October into November averaging close to 6" inches those months.


Getting to this pituresque city You can fly into Bogota and then continue either by air or by road to reach this beautiful city. Flying you could choose Avianca Aerovias or Aerorepublica which will land you at Palo Negro international airport just west of downtown. By bus plan that the trip will take between 10-12 hours. Some of which travels through the mountains offering great views of the countryside.

Some places to visit and see while your there should include one, if not all of these suggestions:

  • Catedral de la Sagrado Corazon - one of the most beautiful in the region
  • Casa de Peru de Lacroix - where this European official wrote the Bucaramanga Diary based on conversations with Simon Bolívar
  • Casa de Bolivar - Simon Bolívar stayed here
  • Academia de Historia
  • Casa de la Cultura Custodio García Rovira, which is the Museo de Bellas Artes
  • Parque García Rovira - in the center of town, surrounded by:
  • la Gobernación de Santander
  • Alcaldía de Bucaramanga
  • Parroquia de San Laureano - one of the oldest churches, dating from 1774
  • Capilla de los Dolores - the oldest church in the city and a colonial gem
  • Plaza Cívica Luis Carlos Galán Sarmiento
  • Instituto Municipal de Cultura - formerly called the Biblioteca Pública Municipal Gabriel Turbay
  • Museo de Arte Moderno de Bucaramanga - Works by artists from the province of Santander, from Colombia and from worldwide.

Great Links:

Vanguardia Liberal Newspaper In Spanish

TV Colombia A channel now offered on Direct TV

Official website of Santander Tourism
Facebook Page of Bucaramanga-Santaner

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