Bucaramanga, Colombia, is the capital of the department Santander in Colombia. The city is located in the central north of the country and it is home for more than one million people, if you consider the complete metropolitan area. Bucaramanga is quiet wealthy and boasts the lowest unemployment rate in the country. It is a significant commercial hub in the north of country and very important for the trade between Colombia and the neighbouring Venezuela.
Even if the capital of the department Santander is not a big tourist attraction like other Colombian cities, it has a lot to offer for visitors. Bucaramanga has the reputation of a green city. More than one hundred sixty parks are spread out over the urban area. The closest airport is Palonegro International Airport. It is around seven kilometres west of the city centre and offers mainly domestic flights. Alternatively, you can take a bus from bigger cities such as Bogotá or Medellin.
The city has a broad offering of different accommodations such as Bucaramanga, Colombia hostels, hotels, and guesthouses. The quality of the hostels in Bucaramanga, Colombia, varies -- it is up to you whether you prefer basic accommodation or better places with higher comfort. Not all Bucaramanga, Colombia hostels and hotels have free Wi-Fi included. Generally, the price level is very reasonable.
The mountainous backdrop is perfect for a panoramic view of the city. The area Morrorico, a bit east of the centre, is a perfect spot to get a view on Bucaramanga. If you are into shopping, do not miss Cabecera. This modern district offers many malls as well as recreational and entertainment facilities such as restaurants and cinemas. The Cathedral of the Holy Family (in Spanish, Catedral de la Sagrada Familia), was built in the late nineteenth century. The splendid white colour and the artful interior make the cathedral particularly interesting for architecture lovers.
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