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About Monteria

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.

Monteria weather

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

Kraken Bar

Location: Calle 28 46, Montería 230003
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Rock bar with a bohemian feel.

The Paradise Discoteca-Bar

Location: Av. 1 Nº 28-32, Montería 230002
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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.

Sinú’s Pier

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.

Papaya Horses

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:

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.

    Hotel Medellin

    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.

Important dates in Monteria

(June)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.
(March)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.

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