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Altitude: 2287 meters / 7503 feet, Population: 65,000 plus 12,000 students, City Code: 7


 A good highway leaves eastward from Bucaramanga, climbs to the settlement of BerlĂ­n on the páramo, and then descends to Pamplona (120 kilometers / 72 miles, 1 tollbooth). Pamplona can also be reached from Málaga to the south. At a relatively high altitude, Pamplona enjoys a pleasant spring-like climate year-round, thus making it a popular get-away for Colombians and Venezuelans alike. It is a cultural mecca, also, hosting a number of music, dance and cinematographic festivals, and possessing some excellent museums.

This small burg has produced poets (Jorge Gaitán Durán, Augusto RamĂ­rez Villamizar, Francisco Valencia) and artists (Eduardo RamĂ­rez Villamizar), as well as military leaders and a president (Rafael FarĂ­a BermĂşdez). Pamplona's 

Semana Santa, or Easter Week, is rated as one of the top three in Colombia, along with Popayán and Mompós. Other Colombian cities can't match Pamplona for the number of nicknames it has garnered over its 450 years of existence: Founder City of Cities, Patriotic City, The Mitered City, First Capital of the Sovereign State of Santander, The City Spoiled by the Mists, Student Capital of Eastern Colombia. Indeed, in the modern era, university education has become the basis of Pamplona's economy.

Neighborhoods in Pamplona: Near Pamplona,

Other places nearby Pamplona: Tunja, Barichara , Bucaramanga , Sogamoso, Cocuy , Curití, Málaga, Capitanejo , Villa de Leyva and Guane.

11 Jan 2008

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Things to do in Pamplona

The Churches of Pamplona

118013Pamplona, renowned for not only its colonial architecture, but also for its Semana Santa and other religious traditions, has a fine selection of churches. Most are open only during mass.Catedral ...
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Pamplona, Colombia

The Museums of Pamplona

118014One of the city’s nicknames is “La Ciudad de Museos.” Although few in number, Pamplona’s museums cover the spectrum of themes. Museo de Arte Ramírez Villamizar—An impressive collection of ...
Pamplona, Colombia


Between Pamplona and Bucaramanga is a spur road at La Laguna that goes south to the small village of Silos. Surrounded by the foothills of the Cordillera Oriental, Silos is rich in minerals, ...
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