Bucaramanga is situated at 959 m a.s.l. in an area that used to be populated by the indigenous guanes, being in close proximity with other tribes such as the chibchas, chitarreros, laches and muiscas. Bucaramanga was established as a native town in 1622 and some mines were operated by the spaniards were established in the neighboring areas.During the XIXth century the town formally became a "Villa". At the end of that century it endured political struggles between craftsmen and traders, while during the XXth it had to endure the misery left over from the Thousand Day's War. The city managed to thrive and became one of the most important cities in modern Colombia. Its touristic atractions and hotel enterprises made the city grow and is now known as the "Pretty City". It also has very atractive parks, which earned the nickname "The City of Parks".
Travel tips for Bucaramanga
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 adaptor if you travel to places that use other voltage. The most common means of transportation in the city are the urban buses and the Transporte Masivo Integrado called Metrolinea, which costs 2100 COP; there are also taxis available.The most common risks in Bucaramanga as in other cities are thefts and assaults, reason why it's recommended not to have objects of high value to the view of other people. We recommend to be attentive to the traffic of the city to avoid any accidents.
Best time to visit Bucaramanga
The best period to visit Bucaramanga is the season from December to March, the driest period on average.
Climate in Bucaramanga
Bucaramanga presents a tropical climate with a minimum temperature of 65,3 °F (18,5 °C) and a maximum of 82,4 °F (28 °C). The rains are present throughout the year, being January, July and December the months when the level of rains descends a little bit.
Things to do in Bucaramanga
Bucaramanga, considered the most prosperous capital of Latin America, is known by locals and visitors as the "beautiful city" or "city of parks", due to the numerous parks and urban recreation areas. It was founded in 1622 and was converted, with the time, in the capital of the Santander department until today. The city has changeable climate conditions due to the diverse types of floor that Bucaramanga is divided in, which is also crossed by one of the most important rivers of the region, the Gold river. Bucaramanga stands out for its tourist potential, rich in adventure and eco-tourism activities, reason why the city was chosen as one of the 7 tourist destinations of Colombia. Among the famous parks we suggest El Parque Santander, Romero o Centenario and the recent ones, Parque del Agua and Parque Ecologico de la Flora. You could also join the locals on their celebrations and cultural events. Among them we recommend the Festival de Cuenteros Abrapalabra, which gathers narrators worldwide, the Festivalito Ruitoqueño and the Piano International Festival. Bucaramanga is waiting for you with its halo of prosperity and tourist parks.
Nightlife in Bucaramanga
Bar Discoteca Show El Venado de Oro
Location: Cr 33 # 37-45 Hours: no available information. Price: no available information Enjoy pleasant moments with your friends or travel fellows at this interesting place, taste the variety of beers and cocktails while you enjoy the live music shows. The service is nice and respectful.
El Abuelo Pachanguero
Location: Calle 38# 33-31. Price: no available information From 1994 this place has collection music for its distinguished clients. Ideal for listening to music of remember and keeping in mind the unforgettable moments drinking beer with friends.
Location: Cr. 33 # 37-34 Hours: no available information Price: no available information. It's a bar with more than 34 years of history with a Mexican theme, where you will listen to music from the North, rancheras, among others. Have a different evening listening to live shows of mariachis and enjoy the delicious mexican food.
Location: Carrera 33 # 33-30 Hours: 9:00 p.m. to 3:00 a.m. Friday and Saturday Price: no available information It's a bar for the gay community that welcomes everyone who respects their thought. It's an interesting place to spend a night of reggaeton, dance and electronic music. Besides that, there are frequent events with diverse themes and entertaining shows
Where to eat in Bucaramanga?
Location: Cra. 35 # 48-84 Hours: no available information Rate: 8000 to 70000 COP Inviting restaurant of care presentation where the clients will be at ease when arriving. The service is fast, nice and respectful, they have a variety of dishes and you can book tables in advance if you need it. They have delivery service.
Location: Carrera 28 # 54-21 Hours: 12:00 p.m. to 16:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. to 12:00 a.m. Tuesday to Saturday / 12:00 to 4:00 p.m. on Sundays. Rate: an average of 26900 COP the main dishes. Restaurant of more than 50 years of experience serving their dinners, taste the incomparable grills, salads and pastas. The inside tables have a beautiful presentation with warm colors, that help to have a nice atmosphere to enjoy at lunch time.
Restaurante La Carreta
Location: Cra. 27 # 42-27 Hours: no available information Rate: no available information There are different rooms in the restaurant: La Cava is inspired in a wine cellar, where you can listen to music and see live shows; El Cobertizo is a freedom area where you can share the sofas with your family; La Tasca has a colonial decoration where you can taste a delicious coffee or cocktails and La Pampa, the ideal place to make diverse events.
The tourist places to see in Bucaramanga are:
Sagrada Familia Cathedral
Location: Crossing point of Carrera 19 and Calle 36, close to the Parque Santander. Hours: no available information Price: free entrance. The construction of this amazing cathedral started in 1985, when the land to build was bought. It's known that the parishioners financed the construction due to the humility of the starting agents and the poverty that left the One Thousand Days War. It's an artwork.
National Park of Chicamocha
Location: Via Bucaramanga - San Gil, municipality of Zapatoca Hours: 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Wednesday to Friday/ 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Saturdays, Sundays and holidays. Price: From 25000 COP for children, from 50000 COP for adults It's a natural park of Colombia that allows the visitors to practice diverse ecotourism activities. It's built on the Chicamocha canyon and take up a large territory. It propose activities as paragliding, rappel, buggies drive, cinema, ice skating, among others.
Parroquia Sagrado Corazon de Jesus
Location: Carrera 4#30 - 01 Hours: no available information. Price: no available information Placed close to the Colegio San Pedro, this impressive temple welcomes the traveler with its particular red color and a beautiful image of an upper Christ. It's a must-see for all the believers.
Parque del Agua
Location: Diagonal 32 #30A-51, Bucaramanga Hours: no available information Price: no available information It's a place where you can relax for a while with family or friends and you will admire fountains and some animals as birds and fishes. Most of the tourists coincide that the decoration in December is spectacular.
Parque de las Hormigas
Location: Carrera 30, close to the restaurant La Puerta del Sol Hours: no available information Price: no available information. It's a recreation place that has some sculptures with the shape of ants (hormigas in Spanish). It's a relaxing place to spend the afternoon and some interesting places around.
Parque San Pio
Location: Cra. 33 #45 Hours: no available information. Price: no available information It's a crowded place specially in the weekend, by families that look for being together surrounded by nature. In the park you can find a statue of the enigmatic painter Fernando Botero, besides areas for the children amusement.
The things to do in Bucaramanga
Go through wild lands by buggie
Location: Parque Nacional de Chicamocha Board on an all-wheel car and go across one kilometer of this park admiring natural landscapes while the adrenalin goes through your body and you feel the excitement of the potholes of the road.
Fly the skies by paragliding
Location: Parque Nacional de Chicamocha Contemplate from the sky the Chicamocha canyon while you feel the excitement at 1000 meters of height. Feel the freedom of floating in the air without ties, a unique and unforgettable experience.
Learn about the ostrich life cycle.
Location: Parque Nacional de Chicamocha. You have the chance of looking from close the cycle of life of the world's biggest non flying bird. See how are born chicks of ostrich, pheasant and goose, thanks to the incubator of the park.
Would you like to try the cable fly?
You will feel as floating on air while you are comfortably seated, hanging in the air going through a cable 450 meters long. You will feel fear and excitement while crossing the air. The park also has a similar activity for children.
Typical dishes in Bucaramanga
It's a delicious dish that has a variety of ingredients with a unique and special flavor. Pork, cow, manioc, parsley, potato, beans, onion, tomato, all of them mixed in a soup that captures all the visitors of the city.
Cabro con pepitoria
It's a dish made of rice and billy goat, egg, diverse spices and centers of bread. This dish has an Spanish origin and it's served in a tortilla and served with strong dishes.
Probably you have sometime wondered about eating some kind of insect. When you have the dish in front of you, you hesitate and then you take the first bite of a queen ant. It's a unique and delicious dish, similar to nuts and with aphrodisiac effects (it's told).
You can find it in a rectangular or cylindrical shape, and it's made mainly of pelao kind of corn. You will taste the flavor of onion, sweet pepper, parsley, cilantro among the other ingredients, specially the delicious meat of creole hen, pork or turkey.
We don't have to forget this really typical dish of Santander, so common but delicious. Fried, grilled or in sudado preparations, but with potato, manioc and Santander arepas (a kind of bread with chicharron, some lettuce and tomato with some lemon.
How to reach Bucaramanga
Bucaramanga by train
Nowadays there isn't a train for passengers transportation that gets to Bucaramanga. Shortly there will be a cargo train that will include Bucaramanga in its route, going through Puerto Wilches and Barrancabermeja.
Bucaramanga by flight
The direct distance from Bogota to Bucaramanga is 178,3 mi (287 km). The Aeropuerto Internacional Palonegro serves to Bucaramanga and it's located in the historic hill Palonegro, on the route to Barrancabermeja. The airport has departures and arrivals from cities as Bogota, Cartagena and Medellin in the Colombian territory and Panama abroad. The airlines that operate in the airport are Avianca, Aeromexico, Uniter Airlines, Avianca Brasil, Latam Airlines, Viva Colombia, Air Canada, Iberia and Lufthansa.
Bucaramanga by bus
The distance from Bogota to Bucaramanga is 247,3 mi (398 km) on the highway and the travel takes approximately 8 hours. The main bus companies that cover the route Bogota-Bucaramanga are Copetran, Berlinas del Fonce and Omega.
Accomodations in Bucaramanga
Location: Calle 55 Rate: From 30000 COP to 60000 COP Low-cost rooms with single beds with tv, a fan and free wifi, the bathroom in some cases is shared. The reception desk is open 24 hours a day and there is a nice view over the city, you will have a pleasant stay.
Hostal Rural Chitota
Location: km 3 Via Bucaramanga-Surata Rate: 25000 COP to 120000 COP. The reception desk is open 24 hours a day, has a garden with a bar and a shared living-room, a games room and a place to practice water sports. the rooms are shared by 5 people and you sleep in bunk beds, there is free wifi and pets are accepted.
Hotel Ruitoque Bucaramanga
Location: Carrera 19 # 37-26 Rate: 92437 COP to 185715 COP. It's located at just 5 minutes from the mall and finance center of Bucaramanga, enjoy the tidy rooms decorated with colorful details and contemplate the artworks placed in the common areas. For your comfort you will have a private bathroom, air conditioning, cable TV, minibar, a desk, among other services.
Hotel D Leon
Location: Calle 56 # 21-49 Rate: 97414 COP to 317241 COP. Enjoy a nice stay in the rooms with air conditioning, private bathroom, a wardrobe and a minibar. There is also cable tv. In the morning you can enjoy a buffet breakfast with a delicious colombian coffee, artisan bread and soft cakes. Besides all of that, there is a private free car parking and the hotel is placed at 11,8 mi (19 km) from the airport of Palonegro.
Holiday Inn Bucaramanga Cacique
Location: Transversal Oriental Calle 93 Rate: from 250000 COP to 388000 COP. At just 20 minutes from the airport, have a great stay in this magnificent hotel that has large rooms well decorated. Private bathroom, air conditioning, free wifi, minibar, a coffee maker, cable TV, among other services to make your stay more pleasant.
Ramada Bucaramanga Hotel San Juan
Location: km 6, via Giron Aeropuerto Palonegro Rate: 186034 COP to 265000 COP The rooms are equipped with all you need to be at ease in the city. Private bathroom, a desk, air conditioning, a safe, minibar, free wifi, among other amenities. Enjoy a relaxing moment in the Turkish baths, in the pool or with the international food that it's served in the restaurant.
Important dates in Bucaramanga
Ferias Bonitas de Bucaramanga
Celebration with more that 66 years of history, where all kind of artists take the streets and exhibit cultural and art events really appealing and for free. The enterprising people of Bucaramanga have always had this art calling, reason why you can enjoy dance, music and story tellers events.
Semana Nacional del Tiple
It's an event that stand out the folcklore Colombian, Andean music. Artists are presented to the event and the best are priced. Orlando Serrano Giraldo founded this event and looks for preserving the particular rhythms of the region of Colombia.
Festival Internacional de Santander de la UIS
It's a big event that join Colombian pianists and from abroad. At the beginning it was just welcomed by students of the Universidad Industrial de Santander, but then it was spread to the municipality of Barrancabermeja and nowadays has concerts in diverse stages of the town. Each year is more popular and the number of presentations grows.