From Bucaramanga to Cartagena
The idea to take the bus rather than flying is primarily to get a good view of the landscape and small towns along the way, getting the feel of the real Colombia.
Inter-city buses leave from Terminal de Transportes de Bucaramanga with the journey being 12 ½ hours covering 625 km/388 miles. You have a choice of leaving early in the morning or at night. They are luxury buses with fares from 80,000 COP/US20. Indeed, if you prefer to go in a mini-van or car you can do so.
Bucaramanga is a fabulous city with so much to see and do. With many parks to enjoy, the downtown area has a distinct colonial vibe as do many of the neighboring towns.
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There are two viewpoints that provide excellent views of the city. Morroricoto the east on the way to Cúcuta, which also has the statue of the Holy Heart, while to the west there is palonegrooffering splendid views of the city.
Always a good idea to stock up with some drinks and snacks on long journeys, even though vendors board periodically. We leave the terminal heading north on an excellent highway, making good progress once clear of the city. Passing a number of towns, Black river is more significant, while The Natural Paradise Portal It is a super place to stay and enjoy the natural habitat. So too is The Bambu-Country Headquarters.
Big ranch at Cáhira is a good place for lunch. It is a Vivero (garden center) with a typical Colombian restaurant down by the river.
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Now we head west for a while before turning north, the road narrowing so progress is much slower as it is very twisty. Once clear of this section the road opens up and Aguachica is the next major town.
The landscape is now open and very different and much warmer. There are several waterway crossings with modern bridges that illustrate the size and magnitude of the river.
passing through Santa Cruz de Mompox It’s slow going, but so interesting. This is an absolute gem of a place in Colombia. The city is surrounded by water and is so beautiful with much to see and do. *Learn more about this unique town Mompox in the Colombian Caribbean
We get a chance to stretch our legs but are not able to appreciate the city itself.
The colonial center of Mompox is a UNESCO World Heritage site and is recognized in Colombia as a Heritage Town. There are large swathes of water on either side from Momox heading north to Cartagena. Fabulous view.
The Carmen of Bolivar is a major city 114 km south east of Cartagena. There is a distinctly Caribbean feel and this is confirmed by the architecture. This is important agricultural center, especially for avocados, tobacco, cocoa, and yams.
The final leg of the journey to Cartagena passes Saint John Nepomuk, Saint Basil of Palenque and The Visa. Wide expanses on either side with some small bushes for vegetation. Completely flat as we approach the coast.
turbaco is the final town before Cartagena, where there is the famous Festivo de Torros (Bull Festival) in January.
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Cartagena is a special city with a pronounced Afro Caribbean atmosphere. The old walled town is by the sea, with plazas, cobblestone streets, and colonial buildings. This is a very popular tourist destination with nearby islands like Barú and Islas del Rosario providing the idyllic Caribbean lifestyle. *Visit the Rosario Islands with us! Click here for more info
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A long trip but well worth while as you get a glimpse of parts of Colombia you would never ordinarily see.
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