Cucuta

Cúcuta is the capital of the Norte de Santander Department and the gateway to Venezuela. Its location is one of the main reasons why people end up stopping there, so your visit won´t be that long. However, there are many things to see and do in a couple of days.
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Panoramic View of CucutaIf you’re just starting your trip or need to stock up, Cúcuta is a big city with plenty of malls and shopping opportunities. Furthermore, here you can have a taste of some of the delicious cuisine of the area, like the chickpea pie, 'mute' soup (made of a kind of corn), 'cabrito' (dish made of goat meat) and the amazing turmada, a kind of pie made of so many ingredients that it can be difficult to try to make it home.

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Visits and Activities
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Cucuta Cathedral

Sometimes called the ‘City of Trees’, it may be hard to initially see why when you arrive. Cúcuta is a dense, smoggy city, busy with traffic. If you find your way to Av. Libertador, however, you’ll see why the city has this name. Here you’ll find plenty of green spaces and walks towards the Pamplonita River, which is a great place to spend the afternoon exploring and relaxing.

Another 'must do' attractions are its colonial buildings, which recall the greatest moments of the independence history: Santander´s House, the Historical Temple and the Bagatela House are the highlights.

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Hotels, Hostels, Accomodation

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> Hotel Acora. Calle 10 # 2 – 75. Affordable hotel, well located.

> Hotel Villa Antigua. Located on the highway on the way to Venezuela, it’s a good place to stop en route.

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Eating and Restaurants
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Cúcuta isn’t exactly renowned for its selection of gourmet cuisine, but there’s plenty on offer.

> Kokoriko, Av 0 # 8. Fast-food from a Colombian chain. Quick, cheap, easy.

> Mangos, Av. Libertadores # 7 – 22. Good food in a nice area at reasonable prices.

> El Corral, 5745701. Excellent burgers from one of Colombia’s most renowned chains.

=> Be sure to try the coffee in Cúcuta, it’s excellent.

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How to get there?
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Cúcuta is easy to reach from Bogotá. The bus ride is 14 hours and will cost around 80.000 pesos.

=> From Caracas to Cúcuta on bus is about 16 hours and costs roughly $90VEF

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