to Bucaramanga worthwhile. Talk Most people in Bucaramanga speak Spanish only, and you will probably have a hard time trying to get addresses and other information from people on streets, but if you go to big hangout places like malls, parks or supermarkets, English speaking people will certainly be found around. Get in By air '''Palonegro Airport (BGA)''' is located about 45 minutes from town near Lebrija. Domestic flights include Bogotá, both airports in Medellín, Cúcuta, Barranquilla, Cartagena, Santa Marta and Yopal. It is undergoing renovations to further expand its flights. Domestic airlines serving Bucaramanga are: Avianca, LAN, Satena, COPA, ADA Also both low-cost carriers: Viva Colombia and EasyFly is an international non-stop flight to Panama City . There is also a new flight to Fort Lauderdale USA, via LAN with a short layover of 20 min in Cartagena, you do the customs and Immigration in Bucaramanga. By bus The city offers a clean, modern and nice bus station (La Terminal de Transportes de Bucaramanga) from where you can take busses to almost any destination around Colombia; you can even take buses from here that will take you to Venezuela, Perú and Ecuador. There are frequent buses from Bogota. * from Bogota : 40,000 COP 10 hours * from Santa Marta : 60,000 COP 9 hours * from Cartagena (Cartagena (Colombia)) : 80,000 COP 12 hours * from Pamplona (Pamplona (Colombia)) : 25,000 COP 4 hours * from Cúcuta : 30,000 COP 6 hours Get around By bus As any Colombian city, ''busetas'' cover Bucaramanga, making their irregular stops at just about any corner. Tickets around COP 1900. Opened in December 2009, the new ''Metrolinea'' bus system rides by exclusive lanes making many trips faster and more comfortable. It is safe a clean although it is almost always full. Tickets around COP 1850. By taxi Plentiful, and all run on meters. For added security take a note of the number plates, or even better: Request a cab by telephone.. See There are plenty of things to sight seeing in Bucaramanga, starting from the east side via Cúcuta you can find nice and large balconies and enjoy a panoramic view of the city. The center of Bucaramanga, like any downtown in the world, gets really crowded on weekends and peak hours, however you can enjoy lots of bargains and sales in the shops, nice quality of clothes and shoes of course. In the south of Bucaramanga you can find different resorts or clubs where you can play golf, futbol, swim, or just chill out with your friends. Generally the most popular zone in Bucaramanga is Cabecera, this is the most modern area in the city with lots of malls and entertainment like cinemas, restaurants and shops. Do * Visit the parks because Bucaramanga is the city of parks, it is known as "la ciudad de los parques" * Visit the colonial town of Girón * Visit Panachi (Chicamocha's National Park) Visit la Mesa de Los Santos * Practice extreme sports (rappel, kayak, paragliding, etc...) * WikiPedia:Bucaramanga commons:Bucaramanga
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activities such as advertising, design and decoration, modeling, etc. In Bucaramanga is performed the International Exhibition of Children's Fashion EIMI, the only specialized in children's clothing in Latin America
to a seventeenth-century church, the sanctuary of St. Lucia, and the Archaeological Museum, known for its important collection of marine life fossils and colonial period books. *'''San Gil:''' located from Bucaramanga. The historic center of the town with steep streets and on the banks of the river Fonce National Monument. One of its main attractions is the park The Gallineral, occupying an island in the river, the moss hanging from the trees and the sound of water make
. Natural and Historic around '' 'Chicamocha National Park''' (PANACHI): on the road that leads to Bogotá at the maximum height of the Cordillera Oriental in the municipality of ARATOCA, offers an exceptional view of the mighty river canyon Chicamocha, is equally Chicamocha National Park, from where you can appreciate at its best canons of rivers Chicamocha and Suarez. thumb left Chicamocha National Park, one of the major attractions of the region. (File:Parqueadero Panachi.JPG) '''Giron:''': Located 9 km (mile) of Bucaramanga. Founded in 1631, the gold mines were important during the colonial era of tremendous architectural heritage, which made it a national monument. Stands the Museum of Religious Art, with valuable paintings and ancient liturgical objects, The Basilica of the Lord of Miracles, pilgrimage site, and the Chapel of Corregidor, on the outskirts. '''Socorro (Socorro, Santander):''' Located WikiPedia:Bucaramanga commons:Bucaramanga
The City also has a polyfunctional center for events and shows, which gives a space for performing great shows, puzzle games, sports and business. A number of meeting rooms and conferences allow Bucaramanga to hold conventions for entrepreneurs around the country. The trade fairs as well as direct benefits to the respective sector, have benefits in other areas of the economy such as transport, hotels, restaurants, shops and various services
. It takes place in the fair center CENFER and 40% of the sales generated on this fair are of exported products. Business In recent years, in Bucaramanga have been built major shopping centers and commercial buildings, such as the shopping center La Florida CC, which has 6 floors with two pedestrian bridges and one vehicle bridge connecting it to another building housing a supermarket. The Mall Megamall
. This scenario is the home team basketball Búcaros Santander. In the Olympic village are also the Olympic pools, who received a remodel in 2010. Another scenario where different sports are practiced is the Moon Edmundo Santos Coliseum located in the area of the royal citadel of mine, that due to the remodeling of Vincent Romero Diaz got the home games of the professional teams Football Living Room (Futsal) Independent Santander and Bucaramanga FSC. In 2010 began the construction
. Sephardic Jews and Ashkenazi Jews exist in several of the larger cities; Bogotá has five synagogues. http: www.kosherdelight.com ColombiaSynagogues.shtml Germans (German people) settled in parts of Santander (Santander, Colombia), including Bucaramanga. They also brought the accordion to Valledupar, which would become a key instrument in the very popular vallenato music genre. '''Barrancabermeja''' is a city and municipality (Municipalities of Colombia) in Santander Department, in northeastern Colombia. It is located on the banks of the Magdalena River in the Middle Magdalena region, 110 km west of Bucaramanga. Founded in 1536, Barrancabermeja is home of the biggest petroleum refinery in Colombia, which is owned by the state company Ecopetrol. Petroleum farming and services comprise most of city's economic activity. birth_date WikiPedia:Bucaramanga commons:Bucaramanga
with beans, corn, garbanzos, potatoes, various meats (including fresh pig feet, pork loin chops, beef spareribs). * Pepitoria: rice with peaces of special meats. The Pepitoria is served with Cabro, fried yucca or plantains. * Fritanga : If you don't mind some grease and fried food, you should try fritanga. It consists of an assortment of different kind of sausages, yuca, potatoes, corn, steak, and others, all deep-fried. You can find a traditional Fritanga market in the town of Girón located
about 15 minutes from Bucaramanga. * Culonas : Short for ''Hormigas Culonas'' which literally translates 'big ass ants', is a traditional dish, found nowhere else in Colombia, and maybe around the world. The Culonas are 'leaf-cutter' ants (big ones!). Their heads, wings and legs are removed and the rest of the body is toasted and salted. * Caldo : It's a light soup. It contains water (of course, but sometimes milk is added), potatoes, cilantro (coriander), and tostados (traditional flat round
'''Bucaramanga''' is the capital city of the department of Santander (Santander Department), Colombia. Bucaramanga has the fifth largest economy by GDP in Colombia, has the lowest unemployment rate, the highest GINI index, and has the eighth largest population in the country, with 530,900 people. Bucaramanga has over 160 parks scattered throughout the city and has been given the nickname "La Ciudad de Los Parques" ("The City of Parks") and "La Ciudad Bonita de Colombia" ("Colombia's Beautiful City").
Bucaramanga has grown rapidly since the 1960s, mostly into neighboring locations within the metropolitan area. Floridablanca (Floridablanca, Santander), Girón (San Juan de Girón) and Piedecuesta are inextricably linked geographically and commercially with Bucaramanga, and now all form together the Bucaramanga metropolitan area in Colombia with 1,276,329 inhabitants.
The city is the base of the Colombian Petroleum Institute (ICP), the research branch of the state oil company Ecopetrol and the Colombian Natural Gas Company (Ecogas).