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About Barrancabermeja

Barrancabermeja is a city located at the shores of the Magdalena River. It was discovered by the expedition of spaniard conquistador Gonzalo Jiménez de Quesada the 12th of October of 1536, who found a small farm town called La Tora inhabited by Yariguíes. The site was in turn named Barrancas Bermejas, which in turn derived into the city’s current name.At the beginning of the XXth century the city grew exponentially due to the discovery and the exploitation of petroleum, which became an integral part of the economy of the city. In Barrancabermeja you will be able to find several touristic attractions linked to this industry, as well as natural vistas at the shore of the Magdalena River.

Travel tips for Barrancabermeja

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 rainforest areas- 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.It is advised you bring light clothing, although you might want clothes that cover your entire body to avoid unwanted bites by insects.

Barrancabermeja weather

Best time to visit Barrancabermeja

Barrancabermeja is an attractive tourist destination all year long, although you might want to visit it during mid October, so you can experience the Vallenato Festival.

Climate in Barrancabermeja

Barrancabermeja has a tropical rainforest climate, marked by high temperatures and intense rain all year long. The average annual temperature is 83,12 ºF.

Things to do in Barrancabermeja

Nightlife in Barrancabermeja

Discoteca Parejas

Location: Cr 13 # 50-22

Claro De Luna

Location: Cl 49a # 9-38

Where to eat in Barrancabermeja

Restaurante La Cazuela

Location: Cra. 14 #50 - 21
Hours: Unknown
Price: Unknown
Traditional Barrancabermeja restaurant. It specializes in local cuisine, and has very good dishes with local river fish.

Restaurante Los Pajaritos

Location: # a 19-117, Cl. 54 #191
Hours: Unknown
Price: Starting at 18 000 COP
Excellent flavours in a comfortable interior. It has a varied menu, with dishes for all tastes.

The tourist places to see in Barrancabermeja are

Barrancabermeja-Yondo Bridge

Location: a few miles north of the city.
Hours: All day long
Price: Free entrance
Impressive work of engineering that communicates the city with the town of Yondo. It was inaugurated in 2006 and is named Guillermo Gaviria Correa.

Paseo de la Cultura

Location: Avenida 60
Hours: All day long
Price: Free entrance
Park oozing with creativity. It has a greco roman style and has 3 temples along the park, which have names linked to great songs performed by wind instruments.

Cristo Petrolero

Location: Ciénaga Artificial Miramar
Hours: n/a
Price: Free entrance
Sculpture in honor to the main engine of the local economy. It is located near a pier where you can find touristic information.

The things to do in Barrancabermeja

Visit the Cafaba Recreational Center

Location: 10 minutes away from Barrancabermeja
Hours: Unknown
Price: Unknown
Has pools for aquatic activities, sport facilities, restaurant service and space for family trips or camps.

Visit the Petroleum Museum Samuel Schneider Uribe

Location: Corregimiento El Centro
Hours: Unknown
Price: Unknown
Museum where you can find everything related to the exploitation of petroleum in the region since 1920.

Visit the Popular Commercial Center

Location: Crossing of Carrera 8 with Calle 50
Hours: 08:00-19:00
Price: Unknown
With over 500 stands, it has become the gathering point for city meet ups. Its centrical location makes it the center of constant activities and events.

Typical dishes in Barrancabermeja


Goat viscera mixed with rice, cheese, eggs and bread crumbs, fried and served with potatoes or yuccas.


Typical santanderean breakfast soup, made with potatoes, onions, corianders, milk and salt.

Hormigas culonas

Ants typical of the Santander region. Toasted with oil on a pan, with salt added afterwards.

How to reach Barrancabermeja

Barrancabermeja by train

There is currently no passenger train service offering a route to Barrancabermeja.

Barrancabermeja by flight

The city is served by the Yariguíes Airport, which mostly operates domestic flights.

Barrancabermeja by bus

Barrancabermeja has a bus terminal located at Cra. 5 #48-1 a 48-109, which serves a a hub for most intercity departures. The most frecuent trip is to Bucaramanga, located just 2 hours away. You can reach Bogotá in aproximately 7 hours by bus.

Accomodations in Barrancabermeja

    Hotel Casa Bellagio

    Location: calle 71 no 27-65, 687031
    Price: Starting at 65 000 COP
    The Hotel Casa Bellagio is located 8 miles away from the Yariguíes airport. Its rooms have free wi-fi, air conditioning, private bathrooms and offers laundry service.

Important dates in Barrancabermeja

Vallenato Festival of the Middle Magdalena(Varies)Great cultural event where the best national and international accordion players in the four rythms of vallenato (Merengue, Paseo, Son and Puya) are chosen.

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