Showing posts with label Colombia. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Colombia. Show all posts

Friday, March 2, 2018

The City Of Parks Bucaramanga, Colombia

Bucaramanga, Colombia
Bucaramanga is known as the pretty city of Colombia. It is the capital city of the country’s Santander department and has pleasant weather, a city of parks, universities, clean and relaxed .Yet it remains an untouristic Colombian city with just a few hostels to its name. Bucaramanga is a good for a stopover for a few days on a Colombian trip and therefore deserves more attention from travellers. It is fast becoming a tourist hotspot due to its beauty and wide range of extreme sports available in the surrounding areas. It comes to life at night, when dozens of clubs, hundreds of bars and 10 universities do their party hats.

These are few things what to do on a visit to the pretty city.

Park life: Bucaramanga is famous for its parks. The centre of the city is full of green spaces ranging from a city block in size to lush green valleys hidden from the hustle and bustle of urban life. Parque ecological flora is a famous park set in a long valley and filled with birds. It has nearly two dozen parks.

Paragliding:  Santander is one of the best places in Colombia to experience one of man’s oldest dream flights. There are daily flights from 2pm with stunning panoramic views over the city and the Santander countryside. It’s a magnificent way to experience the city from a different angle.

Parque Nacional Chicmocha also called as Panachi. It is famous for its canyon cable car system that links to a number of adventure activities. Sangil on the Fonce River is Colombia’s unofficial adventure sports capital. You can hike to the Jean Curi waterfall or take part in any number of exciting guided tours.

Cuisine: The hormigas culonas are a gastronomically tradition in Bucaramanga and Santander. Santander is rightly famous for its gastronomy within Colombia and the departments capital is a great place to try out Carne Oreada, Cabrito con Pepitoria, Santander Style Arepas and much more. There are other dishes such as mule, goat and Corn Arepas .Mercagan is a famous steak house.

Best time to visit Bucaramanga: this country hosts an annual world’s festival usually at the end of September to the beginning of October. During the ten days event the city arranges for national and international participants to perform dances, comedy and tell stories in the various theatres and halls.

Unique experience on the outskirt of Bucaramanga: one can appreciate plantation of tobacco, coca, and pineapple .It is also possible to enjoy adventure sports. Those who arrive to this city set deep affection between mountains and has the possibility to visit places where intense emotion are plentiful derived from practising activities such as paragliding rafting and rappel.

Bucaramanga is the shoe capital of Colombia, with many family factories passing down the craft from generation to generation. Shop brim with all kinds of footwear at affordable prices, but the most eye catching are the stilettos- brightly coloured and glittering with diamante accents. And with Bucaramanga’s lively nightlife scene you’re in the right place to test out you new dancing shoes. Kick them off at the end of the night at hotel tryp or club campestre de Bucaramanga.

So do come and visit this upcoming tourist destination.

Monday, June 12, 2017

Things to Do in Bogota

The beating heart of Colombia is BOGOTA. It is a vibrant capital. It’s surrounded by chilly Andean peaks. Bogota is the capital and largest city of Colombia. It is a diverse and multicultural with a blend of modern and colonial architecture. There are many parks, mountains overlooking the sanctuaries of Monserrate and Guadalupe. Bogota is a city of contrast. Class differences are still very much apparent. It is one of the Latin America’s safer cities.

If you live in Bogota or plan to stay for a few days there are amazing day tips nearby for nature lovers or cultural enthusiastic people. Bogota is surrounded by Paramore, a unique ecosystem only found in a few Andean countries. It is a home to vibrant restaurants scene, world class museums, surprising wild nightlife. More than that Bogota’s is all about its people warm, charming, sophisticated and stylish habits.

Must see attractions are as follows:

Zona Rosa is not only famous for nightlife. The Zona Rosa Known as Pink Zone is the term used for every city major nightlife district. But it is anchored by shopping areas with international luxury brands. City is lined with sidewalks bistros. You’ll find boutique hotels and well-heeled locals piling into chic entertainment. Catering to upper middle class Colombians and tourist, the prices here tends to be higher than in other parts of the city. If you are clubbing you will find many option from mixes of western music and Colombian music to techno and electronic pop.

La Candelaria: The Street is lined up with Spanish colonial baroque and art deco architecture. it is an old town with casual stroll, museums and churches or a taste of the history. It is the first stop for visitors and especially for budget travellers staying in Bogota. Many of Bogota’s hostels are situated in La Candelaria.

Gold Museum: MUSEO Del Oro is the largest and best gold museum in Colombia. One can spend an hour or two wanderings its vast exhibits of pre-Hispanic gold the biggest in the is not more than a few US dollars and also photography is allowed so you can share your discoveries with the world. The museums focus on the craftsmen and the spectacular crafted gold objects made by them. It is huge and a wonderful building housing plenty of rooms full with artefacts, gold, the local craftsman and interesting stories behind each creation.

Plaza de Bolivar is the center of government in Bogota. It features National Capitol building, Palace of Justice and cathedral of Bogota. On the square stands a statue of SIMON BOLIVAR. IT IS THE FIRST PUBLIC MONUMENT. There are row of restaurants serving traditional foods of Bogota. AJIACO is a favourite dish where one must try. It consists of thick soup of shredded chicken, potatoes and a chunk of corn on the cob. Cream, capes and avocado are also added.

Salt cathedral is situated in the town of Zipaquira a cathedral was carved within a salt mine. This unique landmark is an underground salt mine housed in huge caves and tunnels. Colourful lighting helps to brighten the interior.

Mount Monserrate overview is one of the best attractions in Bogota offering a cool chilly with green vegetation around. It is famous for its religious landmark the Monserrate church. This church promises positivism and optimism to the worshippers. The adventure lovers can go hiking, take a cable car or a train to go up the mountain or walk around the landscape witnessing the beautiful scenery.

Don’t miss out the food and restaurant for the Indians in Bogota .It is a home to many Indian restaurants, which are operating to impress the locals as well as Indian nationals. The major Indian restaurants are Taj Mahal, India Gourmet and Dhaba Indian Cuisine. Vegetarians can go to Quinan Y Aamaranto, Restaurant, la Esquina Vegetarians and Loto Azul Vegetariano.

The best month to visit Bogota is in the month of December, January, February and March which has a pleasant climate bringing in fresh and cool breeze enhancing the beauty of the city.

Monday, July 27, 2015

Cartagena, Colombia


Cartagena/Cartagena de Indias – UNESCO Heritage Site

Cartagena, also known as Cartagena de Indias, is a city towards the northern coast of Colombia in the Caribbean Coast Region as well as the capital of the Bolivar Department. The city was established on June 1, 1533 and was named after Cartagena, Spain though the settlement of this region surrounding Cartagena Bay of various native people dates back to 4000 BC.

At the time of the colonial era, Cartagena played an important role in the administration as well as the expansion of the Spanish empire and was a centre of political and economic activity which was due to the presence of royalty and affluent viceroys. Towards 1984, the colonial walled city of Cartagena and the fortress had been designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The city initially, was the first Spanish colony on the American continent as well as one of the first sanctuaries of freed African slaves in the Americas.

Presently it is populated by an ethnic mix representative of Colombia’s own range. According to the 2005 census, the port city comprises of a population of 892,545. It is the 5th largest city in Colombia as well as the second largest in the region following Barranquilla.

Important Trading/Slave Port

The Cartagena urban area is also considered to be the fifth largest urban in the country wherein economic activities comprises of maritime and petrochemicals industry together with tourism.Cartagena was also an important trading port especially for precious metals where gold and silver from mines in the New Granada and Peru were laden in Cartagena on the galleons that were bound for Spain through Havana.

Besides this, Cartagena was also a slave port where Cartagena and Veracruz – Mexico, were the only cities that were authorized for the trade of African slaves. The first slaves is said to be transported by Pedro de Heredia and were utilised as labourers incane cutting to open roads, to destroy the tombs of the aboriginal populations of Sinu as well as to construct buildings and fortresses. Cacheu, the agents of the Portuguese company, sold slaves from Cartagena to work in mines in Venezuela, the Nuevo Reino de Granada, the West Indies and the Viceroyalty of Peru.

Popular Tourist Destination

Cartagena is the most popular city in the country for tourists and tends to get crowded during December holidays as well as the holy week, when schools are closed and most of the Colombians are on a vacation. The city has two interesting sites to explore where tourist tend to go, namely the walled colonial city `Ciudad Amurallada, which is amazing with several fancy restaurants, clubs and hotels together with long strip of hotel towers and condos near the beach, which are known as Bocagrande. Visiting the elite neighbourhood of Castillogrande is also appealing which is filled with recently built condos, a serene beach to soak up some sun as well as places to do some jogging.

Cartagena a modern port city on Colombia’s Caribbean coast has at its core, the walled Old Town, comprising of 16th century plaza, cobblestone streets with colourful colonial buildings. Having a tropical climate, it is a popular beach destination. Nearby shores like the Isla de Baru and Isla del Rosario, known for their coral reefs and scuba diving, can be reached by boat.
Historic Old Town
Cartagena’s most appealing charm is its historic old town which is surrounded by the city wall where the main entrance is the Clock Tower building. The walled city comprises of the neighbourhoods Centro, San Diego, Getsemani as well as the modern segment La Matuna while the oldest section of Cartagena is surrounding the Plaza Trinida in Getsemani. Its 500 hundred year old coral stone forts together with the great parts of its walled city are amazingly intact, representing some of the beautiful examples of civil as well as military architecture of the Spanish colonial era.

Castillo de San Felipe, a fortress which had been designed by Richard Carr, the Dutch engineer, had been built in 1657 by the Spanish for the purpose of protection against the pirates at the time of shipping gold out to Europe. In the proximity of San Felipe fortress is the 150 m high La Popa hill that provides amazing glimpses over Cartagena as well as the harbour region. Santa Cruz monastery, of 17th century has beautifully restored courtyard together with fine image of the Virgin of La Candelaria.

Tourists are advised not to walk up here, since it could be a bit dangerous. Most of the churches in the historic area are worth exploring especially the Iglesia de San Pedro Claver, which was built in honour of the priest St Pedro Claver, who was the first saint of the new world for his work with the slaves. Besides this, La Catedral, near Plaza de Bolivar and the Iglesia de Santa Domingo are also worth visiting.