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Continuing North on the main highway to the coast is Bucaramanga, 273 kilometers (164 miles) from Tunja. The paved road is in good condition, with four toll booths and several military checkpoints. It is a major transportation hub between the nation‚Äôs capital and the coast or the Colombo-Venezuelan border at C√ļcuta. Built amidst a much-eroded landscape, Bucaramanga‚Äôs hills are like crushed paper bag. This capital of Santander Department is one of Colombia‚Äôs largest cities, and is home to 10 universities.

Bucaramanga’s appellation, La Ciudad de Parques or "the City of Parks," is apt; unfortunately, the ones in the center of the burg are in poor repair. Only upon entering the residential areas do you find the more well-kept green spaces. Parque García Rovira was the heart of colonial Bucaramanga, whereas Parque Santander is the modern-day center. Several once-upon villages have become bedroom communities of Bucaramanga. Floridablanca, Girón and Piedecuesta are home to museums, botanical gardens and zoological parks that make for great escapes from the city. Bucaramanga is an alternative place to base yourself for rafting and paragliding adventures on the Río Chicamocha or to visit the Parque Nacional Chicamocha, though San Gil is a more logistic spot from which to do these activities.



(Altitude: 960 meters / 3120 feet, Population: 550,000, City Code: 7)

Neighborhoods in Bucaramanga : Near Bucaramanga, Girón, Floridablanca,

Other places nearby Bucaramanga : Capitanejo , Guican , San Gil, Málaga, Sogamoso, Cocuy , Villa de Leyva , Curití, Tunja and Barichara .

By Lorraine Caputo

Upon re-declaring her independence at age 29, Lorraine Caputo packed her trusty Rocinante (so her knapsack's called) and began...

11 Apr 2008

VIVA Colombia

Top Places in Bucaramanga


120529Floridablanca, one of Bucaramanga’s bedroom communities eight kilometers (five miles) away, is a popular place to seek refuge from the city, especially on Sundays. A wondrous fountain in its plaza ...
City Zone
Floridablanca, Near Bucaramanga, Bucaramanga , Colombia


120540On the banks of the Río de Oro, amidst tobacco country is San Juan de Girón, nine kilometers (5.4 miles) southwest of Bucaramanga. This 17th-century village of white-washed buildings and narrow ...
City Zone
Girón, Near Bucaramanga, Bucaramanga , Colombia

Things to do in Bucaramanga

The Churches Of Bucaramanga

120520Only a few of Bucaramanga\'s churches are open outside of mass hours, which are listed in the telephone directory. Some of the city\'s more interesting Catholic temples are:* Catedral de la Sagrada ...
Historical Building
Bucaramanga , Colombia

The Parks of Bucaramanga

120521Bucaramanguenses are proud to live in the "Ciudad de Parques," a well-deserved nickname for this city of almost two dozen parks. Parque Santander is the modern downtown. Down the bustling streets ...
City Park
Bucaramanga , Colombia

Casa de Bolívar

120522This wasn\'t quite exactly the Liberator\'s home, but Simón Bolívar did stay here for some 70 days in 1828. In the principal sala are exhibited the belongings he left behind - as well as the ...
Bucaramanga , Colombia

Museo de Arte Moderno de Bucaramanga

120523The Museo de Arte Moderno de Bucaramanga, or MAMB, is in a Republican-styled house built in the 1940s. Three rooms, one devoted to sculpture by contemporary creators, await your perusal. The museum ...
Bucaramanga , Colombia

Jardín Botánico Eloy Valenzuela

120532On the banks of the Río Frío is the Jardín Botánico Eloy Valenzuela. Paths wind through its nine, lake-dotted hectares ablaze with mini-gardens of orchids, bamboos, palms, aquatic plants, ...
City Park
Floridablanca, Near Bucaramanga, Bucaramanga , Colombia

Casa de la Cultura Piedra del Sol and Archaeological Museum

120538The Casa de la Cultura Piedra del Sol takes its name from a mysterious piece sheltered within its courtyard: a boulder carved with spirals and circles. The creators of this work were the Guane, a ...
Floridablanca, Near Bucaramanga, Bucaramanga , Colombia

Cultural Centers of Bucaramanga

Besides attractions like its churches, parks, la Casa de Bolívar and Museo de Arte Moderno, this city has several other foci of culture: * Casa de la Cultura, with special exhibits and events (Calle ...
Other Activity
Bucaramanga , Colombia


Have you ever wished you could fly? Well, you can\'t quite get fitted with a permanent set of wings in Bucaramanga, but nearby Mesa de Ruitoque offers you the next best thing. Those heights are ...
Paragliding and Hangliding
Bucaramanga , Colombia
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