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Puerto Berrío

The first thing you notice upon arriving in Puerto Berrío is the staggering heat and humidity. Temperatures average above 30ºC (87ºF). Once you have become accustomed to the dank humidity that leaves everyone covered in a shimmer of sweat, you note the obvious absence of the typical hills. Puerto Berrío and this region of the Magdalena River are quite flat.

Formerly, Puerto Berrío had greater significance as a transport hub for the rail network, moving coal and other products through Colombia. Now, the railroad service is gone and the town is little more than a vital port on the Magdalena River. All that remains are some forlorn tracks and a historic engine in front of the military base.

In the past, Puerto Berrío was renowned for its bawdy whiskerías (brothels) and chicas de la vida alegre (prostitutes), fulfilling its role as a transit hub among linking river and rail networks. To some extent, this is still the case around the port area, where some of these establishments can still be found.

Telephone Code: 4
Altitude: 125 m
Population: 38,000


Other places nearby Puerto Berrío : Mompós and Barrancabermeja.

10 Feb 2012

VIVA Colombia

Top Puerto Berrío Restaurants


Located beneath the Residencias Bahía, about a block back from the town square, Restaurante Chara is a functional and clean establishment. It won’t win any Michelin stars, but it will provide the ...
Puerto Berrío , Colombia

El Porton de los Frijoles

Without a doubt the best place to eat in Puerto Berrío, El Portón de los Frijoles’ extensive menu and quality of food have few rivals in town. Sit outside in the still, humid air while sipping a ...
Puerto Berrío , Colombia

Fresas y Moras Frutería

Ever tried níspero, uchuva or corozo? Come to Fresas y Moras Frutería. Here you can get your hands on a fine, fresh-squeezed fruit juice, fruit salad or even a breakfast omelet. The staff at this ...
Puerto Berrío , Colombia

Casa Vieja

On the corner next to Bancolombia, Casa Vieja sets out to be the elegant dining option in Puerto Berrío. It does reasonably well to0, with its shaded tables out front and its general keen eye for ...
Puerto Berrío , Colombia

Las Dos Palmas

Situated on the ground floor of the hotel by the same name, this restaurant is a decent option for a quick, decent breakfast. Lunch is a set menu ($2), and drinks are an additional $0.60. The ...
Puerto Berrío , Colombia
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