San José of Cucuta is a Colombian municipality, the capital of Norte de Santander's department. It's located in the northeast of the country, in the homonymous valley, on the eastern mountain range of the Andes and in front of the border with Venezuela. It's the political, economic, administrative, industrial, cultural and touristic center of the department. The city was named in honor of José de Nazaret and because the name of the cacique who ruled the region before the conquest was Barí Cúcuta. Cucuta is remembered as a military city because in 1821, Simón Bolívar, Francisco de Paula Santander, and other heroes of independence, met in the current Villa del Rosario to decree the first constitution that officially declared the independence of Colombia. Santander's park is the central square of Cucuta, where occurred several historic events and public shows. It's located in front of the mayoralty and in front of the San Jose cathedral. In the center of the park, there's a bronze bust of general Santander, created in 1890. Currently, Cucuta is a prosperous city and is very important for the economic sector because of the limits of Venezuela. Also, stands out for its modern road infrastructure.
The climate in the urban area of Cucuta is warm, with an average temperature of 27.6°C. The highest temperatures are between 35°C and 38°C, and the lowest is between 17°C and 20°C. Annual precipitation is moderate and the wind season is between June and September.
Hotels in Cucuta
● Hotel Caravana
- Address: Av. 4 No. 5-76 Barrio Latino
- Services: Economic rooms with personal beds that have TV, free wi-fi, and a shared bathroom. It offers daily maid service and, if you wish, laundry (not included in the price). It is located 1.1 km from the Ventura Plaza shopping center.
● Hotel La Embajada de Antioquia
- Address: Av. 4 Number 4 - 63 Latin Quarter
- Services: Rooms include flat-screen cable TV, private bathroom with bathtub, free WiFi, and 24-hour reception. It also has a restaurant and is pet friendly.
● Atlantis Plaza Hotel
- Address: Calle 8 No. 7-55 Centro
- Services: Comfortable rooms with air conditioning, flat-screen TV, free WiFi, and a private bathroom. It also has an indoor pool and spa. Serve the traditional Colombian breakfast that includes eggs.
● Hotel Vasconia Center
- Address: Cl. 10 # 3-51 Centro
- Services: Rooms with air conditioning, private bathroom, flat-screen TV, and free WiFi.
● Hotel Arizona Suites
- Address: Av. 0 Nº 7-62
- Services: Hotel located in the center of Cucuta. It has pleasant rooms with a private bathroom, air conditioning, flat-screen TV, and free WiFi. In addition, it has a swimming pool, spa, sauna, and a restaurant (which provides breakfast).
Restaurants & Bars in Cucuta
● Londeros Sur
- Address: Av. LiberTadores # 0E-60, Barrio Blanco
- Services: The restaurant is highly recommended by the locals for its fantastic meats, it stands out for its steak and ribs. In addition, it offers desserts, wines, and drinks.
● El Balcon Paisa
- Address: Cross street 7 with Av. Libertadores
- Services: Typical restaurant that offers traditional dishes such as empanadas, soups, arepas, patacones, and grills. In addition, starting at 8:00 pm, it offers live music shows. It is an ideal place for tourists because its decoration is representative of the area.
The most Tourist Places in Cucuta
● Gran Colombiano Park: Historical and tourist complex that has the Santander house, a museum that shows the belongings of the general and politician who participated in the independence of Colombia. There is also the historical temple, where the Cúcuta Congress was held and the Constitution of 1821 was written. In addition, there is the Casa de la Bagatela, the government house in which the executive power of Gran Colombia functioned in 1821.
● Santander Park: In this park, the Plaza Mayor of San Jose de Guasimales was formerly located, a place that was the scene of important historical events and public events. In addition to its attractive distribution, this park is famous for the pigeons that inhabit it.
● Simón Bolivar Park: Beautiful park very well cared for by the residents of the area. It is ideal to go and enjoy nature as it has different types of trees and animals (parrots, iguanas, and hawks). In the center is a bronze statue of the liberator Simon Bolivar, which was made as a replica of one erected in Rome.
Important dates in Cucuta
● March 19 - Anniversary of the foundation: Festivity that commemorates the founding of the city, is the most important celebration because it is the day of San Jose (the official name of the city and of the Diocese).
● February 28 - Battle of Cúcuta: Festivity that commemorates the historic battle of Cúcuta on the Bolívar hill. Usually, the community and tourists participate.
How to move around Cucuta?
● Public bus: In Cúcuta you can take buses in various sectors of the city, having the possibility of traveling seamlessly through different areas.
● Taxi: Distances in Cúcuta are short, so a taxi may be a good idea to get around quickly without paying large fees.
Gastronomy in Cucuta
● La turmada: Traditional dish made with boiled eggs, potato sabanera, cheese, onion, tomato, paprika, parsley, celery, pot, milk, cream, black sauce, pepper, and in certain cases, beer sausage.
● Mute: Soup made with pork, corn, potatoes, and chickpeas. It is usually served with rice, chickpea cakes, and cassava.
Things to buy in Cucuta
● Big ants: If you tried the "hormigas culonas" on your trip to Cucuta and you liked them, you have to take them back so that other people can try them too.
● Artseanias: All kinds of work such as handles, earrings, necklaces, and others, are a good gift.
● Hammock: A good hammock is an unexpected gift or the best of memories of a trip.
San Jose de Cucuta is a Colombian municipality, capital of the Norte de Santander department. It is located in the northeast of the country, in the homonymous Valley, on the Eastern Cordillera of the Andes and in front of the border with Venezuela. It is the political, economic, administrative, industrial, cultural and tourist nucleus of the department. The name of the city was awarded in honor of José de Nazaret and by the name of the cacique Bari "Cucuta", who ruled the region before the conquest. Cucuta is remembered as a military city because in 1821, Simon Bolivar, Francisco de Paula Santander and other heroes of independence, met in the current Villa del Rosario to decree the first constitution that officially declared the independence of the Republic of Colombia. Santander Park is the main square of Cucuta, a place where various historical events and public spectacles occurred. It is located in front of the Cucuta city hall and the San Jose cathedral. In the center of the park there is a bronze bust of General Santander, created in 1890. Currently, it is a prosperous city and very important economically due to its proximity to Venezuela. In addition, it stands out for its modern road infrastructure.
Bus operators of the route Bucaramanga to Cucuta
● Expreso Brasilia
Once you arrive at Cucuta, you will no want to leave. Fall in love with this charming place and its friendly people.