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
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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
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
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.
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.
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.
Colombia Real Hotel
Location: calle 71 no 27-65, 687031 Price: Starting at 102 500 COP The Colombia Real Hotel is located 4.3 miles away from the Yariguíes airport. It was free wi-fi, a restaurant, a solárium and private parking for its guests. Has 24 hour reception.
Hotel San Silvestre
Location: Carrera 19 58 A 13, 760001 Price: Starting at 212 000 COP Hotel San Silvestre offers free wi-fi, buffet breakfast and is located within the San Silvestre Mall, just 3 miles away from the river and 12 from the airport.
Important dates in Barrancabermeja
Vallenato Festival of the Middle Magdalena
Great cultural event where the best national and international accordion players in the four rythms of vallenato (Merengue, Paseo, Son and Puya) are chosen.