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About Barbosa

Prosperous municipality of Santander's department and of Vélez province, located to the south of Santander's department. The natives of the region call it "the golden gate of Santander" because is the second municipality of Santander from the southern entrance of the department. It was founded on may 24th (1539) by the spanish general Heliodoro Barbosa, who fought against the Ubazas indians. This municipality is the strategic center of an extensive region and is frequently visited because it has bound roads of forced traffic. Its first settlement (and first settlemente founded in Santander) was Cite, a small town founded by Martin Galeano on may 24th, 1539. In 1939, was legally named a village assign to Nuestra señora de Cite. And in 1940, became municipal head due to its commercial growth.In 1539, the conquerors arrived to Barbosa for the first time, commanded by Martin Galeano, wich fulfilled orders from Don Gonzalo Jiménez de Quesada. He asked him to look for mountains that look like the Vélez mountains, from Spain.

Travel tips for Barbosa

If you have planned to move around the regions in Colombia, you might be asked to have the yellow fever vaccine. Other vaccines that you should consider -in case you travel to the jungle- are the tetanus vaccine and the hepatitis A/B.The electric current kind used in Colombia is 110-volt AC (110 V), with a frequence of 60 Hz. We recommend you to have a plug adapter if you travel to places that use other voltage to avoid that the electronic devices suffer a short-circuit and don't work.

Barbosa weather

Best time to visit Barbosa

Barbosa is a destination where you can travel all the year, although it's more attractive to visit from january to march because the weather is warmer. At the beginning of january you can attend to the river Suarez Festival.

Climate in Barbosa

The climate in Barbosa is tropical, it rains almost all the year. The annual average temperature is 71.96 °F (22.2°C). It rains 2237 mm by year. The hottest months of the year are january, febrary and march, with an average temperature of 77°F (22°C). The coldest month of the year is december, with an average temperature of 70.7°F (21.5°C).

Things to do in Barbosa

Nightlife in Barbosa

Genesis Discotk

Ubicación: CR 11 CL 15-5, Barbosa
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Famous club where young settlers party with trending music (reaggeton, electronic and the classics). You can try their shots and coctels with your friends.

Where to eat in Barbosa

Pizzería Capricho

Location: 17 Street # 17-09Barbosa
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Specialized restaurant that makes pizza in a stone oven. Also, they prepare delicious desserts and cocktails like margaritas.

Carusso Restaurante-bar

Location: Cra. 15 No 10 - 40 int. 501, Barbosa
Hours: 11:00am- 8:30pm
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Restaurant that offers tasty roasted meats, fish, and the famous stew (cazuela) with Carusso beans. Also, they prepare typical drinks.

The tourist places to see in Barbosa are

Sánchez's caves

Location: vereda El Amarillo of Barbosa's municipality, Santander
Hours: All day
Price: Free entrance
They are located at La vereda El Amarillo of Barbosa's municipality, Santander. These caves are very interesting because they have a particular architecture and also because they where shelters of old settlers. They have passages and divisions like labyrinths, that transport you to ancient history.

Balneario of Suárez's river

Location: South of Santander's department
Hours: All day
Price: Free entrance
Attractive place with stone and sand beaches, where the tourists recreate. Also, is the stage of the River's festival, that happens the first days of january.

Aquatic park

Location: Km. 23 of the north highway, between the municipalities of Girardota and Barbosa
Hours: From tuesday to sunday, 9:00am- 5:00pm
Price: Adults and children who measure more then 47.3 inches (1.20 meters) pay $9.000 and children older than 12 months pay $ 6.000
Recreation park with wave and river pools, springboards and sledges. Is the perfect place to share and have fun with your family.

The things to do in Barbosa

Old train station

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National monument that stands out for its architectural beauty. It was an strategic point for the railway system in the XIX and XX centuries. Also, it was a symbol of identity for the settlers. It's an interesting place to know because it has cultural and historical value.

Loma's viewpoint

Location: 10 minutes from the urban area
Hours: All day
Price: Free entrance
Viewpoint where you can see the whole city, it's the perfect place to go at night to contemplate nature and surroundings.

Typical dishes in Barbosa

The bandeja Paisa

Meal elaborated with beans, rice, ground beef, fried egg, pork sausage, chicharrón, avocado, fried banana slices, corn cakes and tortilla. It's seasoned with sauces like chimichurry, tartar, and aromatized with cilantro.


To elaborate this dessert, the corn is boiled for several hours, until the grains are white. Usually it also has a pinch of baking soda, white sugar or raw cane sugar and milk. They serve it in big bowls.

How to reach Barbosa

Barbosa by train

There isn't a passenger train service that covers a route through Barbosa.

Barbosa by flight

The International airport Jose Maria Cordova is located 34.1754 miles (55 km) away from Barbosa. It has national and international flights.

Barbosa by bus

There's a private buses system that connects several cities with Barbosa. Also, there's the Integrated transport system that communicates buses from the last metro station from Medellin (Niquia) with the urban area of the municipality. The distance from Bogota to Barbosa is 114.954 miles (185 km). The approximate travel time is 15 hours and 3 minutes, and the approximate price is 31795 COP. The distance from Medellin to Barbosa is 218.723 miles (352 km). The approximate travel time is 9 hours and 23 minutes, and the approximate price is 59902 COP. The distance from Cali to Barbosa is 400.784 miles (645 km). The approximate travel time is 15 hours and 59 minutes, and the approximate price is 109002 COP.

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