Bucaramanga City Guide
OVERVIEW: Eighth largest city in Colombia. It is nicknamed "The City of Parks," boasting just under 200 of them. It is a main trading hub between Venezuela and Colombia, due to its location in the northeast of the country. A beautiful and safe city. Definitely worth a visit.
WEATHER: Tropical monsoon climate (18-26 °C). Temperature stays fairly consistent all year.
SAFETY: Bucaramanga is probably one of the safer cities in Colombia. But, like in anywhere unfamiliar, exercise caution at night and while walking alone in secluded areas. If you make your world small and only stay in and around Cabecera del Llano, you'll have very little to worry about.
MUST DO: Parks! Check out one of the cities many parks. Chicamocha is the most famous one.
RENT AN APARTMENT IN BUCARAMANGA: $300.00, but it'll take some doing. Check local newspapers or get to know some students for good deals. If you are lazy, you could easily end up paying $600.00 to rent an apartment or house in Bucaramanga .
HOSTEL DORM BED/NIGHT $11.00-$15.00
NIGHTLIFE IN BUCARAMANGA: 7/10
Pretty standard stuff for a medium-sized city. As far as I can gather, virtually all the bars and clubs in Bucaramanga are in the district of Cabecera del Llano, so you should stay there (there is a hostel and apartments nearby). The bars are close to one another, so hopping between them won't be a problem.
I recommend: Vintrash Bar. Definitely one of the coolest places in Bucaramanga, and a great spot to meet people.
BOTTLE OF BEER: $1.75
CHANCE OF HOOKING-UP IN BUCARAMANGA: 7.25/10
Not bad, but if you are coming from Pereira or Medellin, it will seem impossible by comparison. Basically, you just need to invest a bit more time into a Bucaramanga girl before you'll be able to sleep with her. Do not limit yourself to going to bars and clubs alone because you will not get results. Try to meet someone at Vintrash or elsewhere and hit the discos in a group.
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ARE GIRLS HOT IN BUCARAMANGA?: 7.5/10.
I wasn't blown away, nor was I disappointed. The quality and appearance of girls here is more or less the same as in Aguascalientes, Mexico. Women here had much better personalities than in Medellin and seemed much more honest and genuine. This contributed to their overall attractiveness, but on a purely physical basis, this is not the best city for girls in Colombia.
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GROCERIES: Milk (1L)= $1.20 Loaf of Bread= $1.50 Eggs= $2.00 Water (1.5L)= $1.20 Cigarettes= $2.00
JOB OPPORTUNITIES: English teaching is one of the few ways to earn money here. It's a relatively small city, and without native fluency or a work visa you will be seriously limited.
NOTES: Great for an extended stay of a month or more, but I don't recommend it if you have less than five days. It takes time to build relationships here, and one night stands aren't the norm. However, the people are great, and the city is comfortable, safe and well-planned (by Colombian standards).
OVERALL RATING: 7.5/10
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