If you find yourself in Barrancabermeja, there are probably one of three reasons why you are here:
1) You are an engineer or an oil prospector brought in on a business gig.
2) You are making the incredible journey by river from the Colombian coast to the interior or vice versa.
3) You are lost or stranded.
Despite all the negative comments you might have heard about the cityâ€”with its oppressive heat and the ever-present silhouette of the refineryâ€”Barrancabermeja has a few attractions to keep tourists occupied.
The surrounding countryside, fed by the waters of the Magdalena River, is surprisingly beautiful. The large lakes nearby are good for day trips, where you can take a dip in the cool waters, water ski, hire a jet ski or dine on fantastic fish dishes. During weekends, youâ€™ll find that most barramejos descend upon these areas to escape from the heat.