Bucaramanga

Bucaramanga is Colombia’s 6th largest city, with a population of just over 1 million. It’s the capital of the Santander department of Colombia, which is home to some of the prettiest towns and most stunning scenery. Known as ‘The Pretty City’, or ‘The City of Parks’, Bucaramanga is famed for its greenery and boasts over 160 parks throughout the city.
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Panoramic View Bucaramanga

Bucaramanga was founded in 1622 but didn’t overtake Girón as the biggest, most important city of the department until the late 19th Century, when a group of German merchants came to the area. The city suffered a great deal in ‘The Thousand Day War’, but since the second half of the 20th Century has expanded rapidly.

Bucaramanga is generally hot all year round, with temperatures generally around the 30 degree mark. There is heavier rainfall in April and again in October, but otherwise you can expect it to be relatively (although unpredictably) dry all year round.

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Visits and Activities

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Church in BucaramangaFor tourists, the main draws of Bucaramanga are its parks and its attractive colonial neighborhoods. You can visit museums, cultural centers and a wealth of cafes and restaurants. Moreover, it’s a great place to stop off on the way to San Gil, Colombia’s adventure sport capital.

Also possible in a day trip from Bucaramanaga is a visit to the unforgettable Chicamocha National Park, an area comprising spectacular landscape and a plethora of activities such as paragliding, fishing, kayaking, rafting, climbing and more. You can visit the Plaza de los Costumbres and ride on the 6.3km cable car system – one of the longest in the world.

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Accommodation

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Antigua Belen, Bed and Breakfast, Carrera 31 No. 17 - 22 San Alonso. Charming Bed & Breakfast offering everything you need for a comfortable, personable stay in the city.

Hostal Don Juan Turismo y Salud, Calle 32 No. 26-38. A guest house-cum-hostel that offers a comfortable stay for affordable prices. About 15 minutes from downtown.

La Triada, Carrera 20 No. 34-22. Nice, clean hotel in the center of the business district, making it a great stop for those still having to work.

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Food

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Di Marco Parrilla, Cra 28 No. 54 – 21. Huge portions (maybe only order half) of meat at an affordable price.

Mercargan, Cra 33 No. 42. Another generous dosage of meat for the hungry at very reasonable prices.

La Puerta del Sol, Calle 61 No. 17F. Delicious typical food from the región of Bucaramanga.

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Nightlife

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Bucaramanga's nightlife is extremely lively. Clubs don't get started until just before midnight and don't stop going until dawn.

=> Cepita, Calle 34 No. 21 - 24. For a spot of salsa don't miss this club, located at Hotel Chicamocha.

=> Mi Pais, Kra. 34 No. 52 - 7. Mixing western music with Colombian favourites, Mi Pais is a popular choice for travelers and locals.

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How to get there?

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Puerta del Sol Bucaramanga
Flights run from Bogotá and Medellín and cost between $150,000 to $300,000 COL.
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