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The breadth of things to do and see in Eastern Colombia spans the range from culture to high-octane sports. Tunja has many beautiful churches, most notably Iglesia de Santa Bárbara which displays embroidery done by Juana la Loca, the “mad” mother of Emperor Carlos V. Villa de Leyva and Barichara are both classic colonial towns on the national register of historic villages. The countryside of the former bears the fossilized marks of its denizens over 160 million years ago. San Gil is the adventure sports capital of the nation, with everything from whitewater rafting to caving. Between this village and bustling Bucaramanga are the Cañón de Chicamocha and Mesa de Ruitoque, the nation’s best place to paraglide. In the deep folds of the Cordillera Oriental are small villages like Málaga, Concepción (the Wool Capital of Colombia) and Capitanejo (the Goat, Tobacco and Melon Capital) with diverse climates and customs. At the apex of these mountains is Parque Nacional Natural El Cocuy, with superb mountain and rock climbing, and trekking. Pamplona is another town with its place in history, as is Cúcuta and neighboring Villa del Rosario.



Other Activity pages in Eastern Colombia that may be of interest: Tunja Activities, Floridablanca Activities, Villa de Leyva Activities, Near San Gil Activities, Guican Activities, Pamplona Activities, Bucaramanga Activities, Cocuy Activities, Capitanejo Activities and San Gil Activities.








By Lorraine Caputo

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

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The Churches of Tunja

The Churches of Tunja

Tunja's Catholic temples present unusual architectural features seldom seem elsewhere. A common theme in many is the gold-leaf-on-red...

Historical Building
Tunja, Colombia
Museums of Tunja

Museums of Tunja

All of Tunja's museums are in colonial or Republican-era former homes, which are some of the oldest in Latin America. Several showcase the...

Museum
Tunja, Colombia
Casa del Fundador Gonzalo Suárez Rendón

Casa del Fundador Gonzalo Suárez Rendón

Casa del Fundador was the home of Gonzalo Suárez Rendón, founder of the colonial city of Tunja. It is claimed to be the only home of a...

Historical Building
Tunja, Colombia
Pozo de HunzahĂşa

Pozo de HunzahĂşa

Hunzahúa, the Muisca leader who founded Hunza (Tunja), fell in love with his beautiful sister Noncetá, much beloved by her people. During a...

Ruin
Tunja, Colombia
White Water Rafting

White Water Rafting

Rushing down from the Sierra Nevada del Cocuy, the Servitá and Chicamocha Rivers merge at Capitanejo, their waters swirling and foaming, leaping...

Adventure Tour
Capitanejo , Colombia
Balnearios

Balnearios

To beat the heat in Capitanejo, head for one of the balnearios, or swimming holes. There’s one for every budget. Brisas del Chicamocha has a...

Spa/Hot Springs
Capitanejo , Colombia
San José de Miranda & Tequia

San José de Miranda & Tequia

(Miranda: Altitude: 1980 meters/6496 feet; Population: 5,450) Tequia was founded in 1539, but due to lack of water and being only two...

Trekking
Near Málaga, Málaga, Colombia
Bolo Americano

Bolo Americano

Ever wonder what ever happened to all those bowling alleys once the sport lost favor in the United States? Well, it appears everything was shipped to...

Other Activity
Málaga, Colombia
The Churches of Pamplona

The Churches of Pamplona

Pamplona, renowned for not only its colonial architecture, but also for its Semana Santa and other religious traditions, has a fine selection of...

Historical Building
Pamplona, Colombia
The Museums of Pamplona

The Museums of Pamplona

One of the city’s nicknames is “La Ciudad de Museos.” Although few in number, Pamplona’s museums cover the spectrum of themes....

Museum
Pamplona, Colombia
The Churches Of Bucaramanga

The Churches Of Bucaramanga

Only 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...

Historical Building
Bucaramanga , Colombia
The Parks of Bucaramanga

The Parks of Bucaramanga

Bucaramanguenses are proud to live in the "Ciudad de Parques," a well-deserved nickname for this city of almost two dozen parks. Parque Santander is...

City Park
Bucaramanga , Colombia
Casa de BolĂ­var

Casa de BolĂ­var

This wasn't quite exactly the Liberator's home, but SimĂłn BolĂ­var did stay here for some 70 days in 1828. In the principal sala are exhibited...

Museum
Bucaramanga , Colombia
Museo de Arte Moderno de Bucaramanga

Museo de Arte Moderno de Bucaramanga

The 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...

Museum
Bucaramanga , Colombia
Jardín Botánico Eloy Valenzuela

Jardín Botánico Eloy Valenzuela

On the banks of the Río Frío is the Jardín Botánico Eloy Valenzuela. Paths wind through its nine, lake-dotted hectares ablaze with...

City Park
Floridablanca, Near Bucaramanga, Bucaramanga , Colombia
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