Monteria is the capital of the Department of Córdoba, and is located at the shores of the Sinú River. The city was founded in 1777 by Antonio de la Torre y Miranda as San Jerónimo de Buenavista, although people still referred to the city as Montería. The city expanded since 1952, year when the Department of Córdoba was created and Monteía was designed as its capital.Nowadays the city is the ranching capital of Colombia. Monteria and the region are known for its cultural mixture, for being the birthplace of the vueltiao hat and for the Forro, a traditional folklóric music genre.
Travel tips for Monteria
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.Mototaxis (motorcycle taxis) are the most common means of public transportation within the city, and the average fare is around 2000 COPMontería is regarded as one of the safest cities in Colombia. However, as with any other city, it is recommeded to keep your personal belongings close and not to wander on your own through the city late at night.
Best time to visit Monteria
The best time to visit Montería is during the summer, which is also the dry season.
Climate in Monteria
Climate in Montería is tropical, warm and humid, with an average annual temperature of 80 ºF, with even some peaks of 104 ºF during the summer. Rain is constant all year long, so it is advised you bring an umbrella.
Things to do in Monteria
Nightlife in Monteria
Location: Calle 28 46, Montería 230003 Horario: n/a Precio: n/a Rock bar with a bohemian feel.
The Paradise Discoteca-Bar
Location: Av. 1 Nº 28-32, Montería 230002 Horario: n/a Precio: n/a Club with ample spaces and multiple areas, like a dance floor, a rock area and great cocktails at a good price.
Where to eat in Monteria
Restaurante Peruano Mochica
Location: Local 6-68 esquina, Cl. 62 Hours: Unknown price: Unknown Restaurant specialized in peruvian dishes. It is well known and rated as one of the best in Montería.
Restaurante Simon Parrilla
Location: Carretera Montería-Cereté entre Calle 59 y Calle 60 Hours: Unknown price: Unknown Restaurant with excellent flavours and renowned for its typical colombian dishes
The tourist places to see in Monteria are
Cathedral of Saint Jeronimo
Location: Parque Simón Bolívar Price: Until Noon Precio: Free Entrance Impressive colonial style cathedral located downtown, which houses sculptures and other artwork.
Location: At the shore of the Sinú River Price: Todo el día Precio: Entrada libre Lineal Park which serves as pier for the Sinú River. It also has a wharf which serves as a touristic attraction and from where you can take on a boat trip through the river.
The things to do in Monteria
Visit the Morindó Waterfalls
Location: Afueras de Montería Hours: Unknown Price: Unknown Morindó is a rural area located in the Department of Cartagena, and is an attractive destination for those interested in ecotourism. It has waterfalls in Morindó Betulia and Morindó Santa Fe, and also has natural pools which have beautiful natural vistas.
Sail the Sinú
Location: Partiendo del Muelle Hours: Until Noon Price: Unknown Boat travels through the river to relax and appreciate the unique flora and fauna.
Typical dishes in Monteria
Maize made out of mixing diverse fruits like bananas, pineapples, berries and others, which are cooked alongside clove.
Finely cut papaya, which is caramelized with sugar and clove in a frying pan.
The enyucado is a cake made with yucca, coconut, sugar, anisette, salt and cheese from the region.
How to reach Monteria
Monteria by train
There is currently no passenger train service that has Montería as a destination.
Monteria by flight
Montería is served by the Los Garzones Airport which mostly operates domestic flights.
Monteria by bus
Montería has a modern ground terminal that serves as a hub for most of inter-province departures. The trip to Cartagena takes around 4 hours and the one to Medellín takes around 7. From either city you will be able to find conecctions to most other destinations in Colombia . You can find more information at: http://www.terminaldemonteria.com/
Accomodations in Monteria
Hotel Alejandria City
Location: Carrera 3 40-43, 050034 Price: Starting at 36 000 COP It is located right next to the Sinú River and less than a mile away from Montería’s main plaza. Offers free wi-fi and all its rooms have TV, fans and private bathrooms.
Location: Carrera 4 # 34-43 , 230002 Price: Starting at 40 000 COP Hotel welcomes pets, and offers free wi-fi in all its rooms. All rooms have air conditioning and TV.
Hotel Cinco Monteria
Location: Carrera 14 No 16 a 31, 230003 Price: Starting at 107 000 COP Has a restaurant and a balcony with a tub for hydro massages. Offers free american breakfast and has free wi-fi and private parking.
Hotel Casa Real
Location: Carrera 4 # 34-43 , 230002 Price: Starting at 100 000 COP Offers breakfast, a restaurant, and rooms, free wi-fi and TV. The Cathedral of Saint Jeronimo y 5 minutes away.
Location: Cra 7 # 41 - 28, 143905 Price: Starting at 209 000 COP (Departamento) Hotel that rents ample flats at a comfortable price.
Hotel Parque Del Sol
Location: Calle 62 No 7-42. Barrio La Castellana. Cerca al Pasaje del Sol (Zona Rosa) Price: 215 000 COP Hotel with a terrace, fitness center and a bar. Offers private parking and its rooms have TV and some even have a small living room. All have hair dryer and free toiletry items.
Important dates in Monteria
10 days of celebration that honor the importance of River Sinú in the life on the people of Montería. Amongst the events hosted, the most important are the gastronomic festival, the crafts festival, music concerts, beauty pageant and nautic festival.
Gathering of the representatives of each artisan community where they exhibit their products. There are awards for the best, along with the best pieces of craft.