Conveniently located almost equidistant between Bogota and the Caribbean coast, Bucaramanga, the capital of Santander is an inviting option for those wishing to enjoy a year round pleasant climate, outdoor pursuits and a city with a burgeoning arts scene. As a University City and growing in economic importance, Buca – as locals refer to their home – is carving out its own particular identity.
Whether you are here to enjoy the thumping nightlife in the district of Cabecera, stroll through colonial attractions in the nearby town of Giron, explore indigenous Guane culture in Floridablanca, paraglide from on up high in Ruitoque and the Mesa de los Santos or sample homemade cigars in Piedecuesta, Bucaramanga, the city of parks, can exceed your expectations.
And for those seeking more of an adrenalin rush, look no further than the neighboring Chicamocha Canyon. This huge geographical scar, opened up over millennia by the Chicamocha, Fonce and Suarez Rivers is now spanned by a new Cable Car for the more sedate traveller, but for the adventurous, the park is crisscrossed with hiking trails and options for whitewater rafting.
- Soaring over Bucaramanga and paragliding from the Mesa de los Santos
- Testing out those dancing shoes with the beguiling folk of Bucaramanga in one of the city’s nightclubs
- Taking the cable car across the Chicamocha canyon
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