Located in the extreme north-east of Colombia, Cúcuta, or San José de Cúcuta, was founded in 1733 and has since been a crucial city for the history of independence and consolidation of the republic. It has been equally important because it is the main border city with Venezuela, which is a determining factor in the economic dynamics of the region.

Nombre oficial: San José de Cúcuta

Fundación: 17 de junio de 1733

Población: 1.046.347 hab.

Temperatura promedio:  27.6 °C

Altura: 332 m.s.n.m.

More reasons to love Cúcuta as destiny

Cúcuta is a historical and cultural city. Its parks and monuments are part of the attractions that no traveler should miss. We give you a top of these places:

  • The monument to the Battle of Boyaca was inaugurated on August 7, 1919, to celebrate the centenary of the Battle that begot our independence. It is located in the Parque Colón (Columbus Park), one of the most important of the city.
  • Casa de Francisco de Paula Santander, is a historical house located in the Parque de la Gran Colombia, next to the Historical Temple, where one of the Constitutions was signed at the beginning of the republic.
  • La Quinta Teresa is a colonial house dating back to 1893 and currently functional as a cultural center in Norte de Santander.
  • The Admiral Padilla’s Obelisk is a monument to this hero of the American independence and to his triumph in the naval battle of Maracaibo.
  • Monuments in honor of the Liberator Simón Bolívar, President Francisco de Paula Santander, Monument of the Liberators, Bust of the founder Juana Rangel de Cuellar, the obelisk in honor of Almirante Padilla, Father Garcia Herreros and Musician Arnulfo Briceño.
    The Indio Motilón monument, erected in 1968 in honor and memory to the pre-Columbian people that inhabited the territory. Located in Cúcuta Station, in front of the Transport Terminal.
  • The Monument to the Railroad in Cúcuta is a reminder of the first railroad of the country built in 1888, it is an homage to a whole epoque. In the monument, an old locomotive is mounted on a railroad bridge, on the route to Puerto Santander.
  • The House of Culture and the Clock Tower, a monument that remembers the history of the city, now home to the School of Fine Arts of the University of Pamplona and the Ministry of Culture and Tourism.
    The Paseo de los Próceres (Founding Fathers’ Promenade), is a boardwalk that borders the left bank of the Pamplonita river, a place of recreation and nightlife.
  • The Tasajero Mountain is a viewpoint at the top of which you can see the Lake of Maracaibo.
    The Cathedral of San José and other churches such as the Church of San Antonio, located in front of the Mercedes Abrego Square, the Chapel of Carmen, the Hermitage of San Juan de Dios Hospital and the Church of San Rafael are part of the religious appeal of the city.

Cúcuta is border area and its gastronomy is nourished by the tradition of Santanderes and neighboring Venezuela. Traditional dishes such as chickpea cake; Varieties of rice with chicken, with meat, peas and yucca; The mute; Pork soup, corn, potatoes and chickpeas and stuffed potatoes, are part of the traditional menu of the region.

The Cabrito (young goat), which is eaten roasted or cooked, as well as the Cabrito stew (pepitoria), is also a fundamental part of the cucuteña table, as are the sausages stuffed with rice.

The hallacas are also a pleasure that is shared with Venezuelan cuisine. Made from cornmeal dough seasoned with chicken or chicken broth, it is filled with a stew of beef, pork and, olives, raisins, capers, paprika and onion.

Cúcuta is equally sweet: the Cortados of goat’s milk, the Arrastradps, the Dulce Combinado and the Solteridas are a must in the good local cuisine.

Cúcuta is a warm but very wooded city that allows walks and trips of enjoyment through its streets, squares and monuments. It is a historical city where the bases of Colombia were founded and where the locals in the town of the motilones are proud of their roots.

The Pamplonita, the Zulia and La Garita are rivers that allow the natural enjoyment of the climate, as well as the practice of sports such as rafting, trekking and the exploration of waterfalls.

Important cultural activities are held at the Julio Pérez Ferrero Library, such as the Book Fair. Other important cultural spaces are the House of Culture, founded in 1960, which currently functions as the school of Fine Arts of the University of Pamplona; The Clock Tower is the administrative headquarters of the Ministry of Culture and Tourism and is an architectural heritage of the city.

The Bank of the Republic has rooms for art exhibitions and artistic presentations. The city hosts different cultural events organized by the Secretary of Culture and Tourism, which include national and international theater plays.

Camilo Daza International Airport – 10 km from Arizona Hotel

Opened in 1971 and with more than 45 years of operation, Camilo Daza Airport mobilizes almost 1,000,000 passengers annually. It has direct and non-stop national to Bogotá, Medellín, Arauca, Barranquilla, Cartagena and Bucaramanga.

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