Cúcuta

Cúcuta is in Colombia in the Andino region of Colombia.

Understand

Cúcuta is the capital of Norte de Santander, home of 1 million people (all of the metropolitan area). It's a major commercial hub in the northeastern Colombia, playing a significant role in trade between Colombia and Venezuela. Cúcuta is located in the northeast, 580 km to the north of the capital Bogotá.

The area of the city is 1.176 km2

Get in

By air

Cúcuta has a domestic airport, Camilo Daza with flights to Bogotá, Medellín and other Colombian cities. Avianca has a non-stop flight to Medellín - Rionegro International airport. ADA , the low-cost carrier EasyFly and LAN fly to the local airport in Medellín (Olaya Herrera).

Cúcuta can be reached also by the neighboring airport of San Antonio (Venezuela).

It is usual the arrival of passengers in transit to San Antonio, Venezuela.

By Bus

Cúcuta is connected by national highways with Bogotá (14 hours / 80,000 COP) and Caracas (16 hours / 90 VEF) in Venezuela.

Buses arrive to the "Cúcuta's Bus Station" (La Terminal de Transportes de Cúcuta).

Get Around

The city of Cúcuta is built on a grid system. The calles (also streets) cross the Avenidas (also Avenues) and run from East to West. Calles are abbreviated as C, Cll and Cl.

Avenidas, abbreviated as Av, are usually larger and main streets. The numerical system for the Avenidas is used but some have names that are more commonly used such as Avenida Libertadores or Avenida de Los Faroles. Each address consists of a series of numbers, for example: Av. 4 #12-24. This indicates that the building on Av. 4 is 24 meters from the corner. The city's avenues are numbered both east to west and west to east, starting from a central avenue numbered 0 (Avenida Cero). Like in the example, the letter E is added to avenues numbered west to east, as to denote East (Este).

By bus

There are many public and private transportation companies that offer bus services and cover almost all of the metropolitan area (Villa del Rosario, Los Patios and El Zulia). It's a cheap way (ticket costs around US$0.45, but it will cost more depending on the bus, the route and the day) to travel around Cúcuta. Buses may be overcrowded, lack air conditioning and could be traveling very fast to try to outdo the one(s) from the competing lines that covers the same route. Beware.

By taxi

This is by far the best way to travel around if you don't mind spending a bit more for transportation. The cabs here may take you to anywhere you want, but they could be old Fords or Chevys from the 50's in very different stages of disrepair.

As of August 2010 the state of taxi service is much better than 50's vintage fords and Chevy's. Expect to find a fleet of small but newer vehicles that are typically not more than 3–5 years old. Driving in Cucuta can be a challenge, it's gotten much more crowded in the last three years and it is certainly exciting to watch the personal vehicles, taxi and lots of motorcycles vie for the limited road space.

By Bicycle

A ride on Cúcuta's modern Ciclo-Vía is a very exiting and healthy way to get to know the city and get closer to the people. There are certain rules that must be followed: Helmet must be worn when riding, also a reflective vest must be worn. The bicycle must have reflective panels in the wheels and back.

The Av. Libertadores (the largest and most important of the city) is closed to use it as Ciclo-Vía on Sundays (8 AM - 1 PM)

See

Do

The Malecon

In the Av. Libertadores there are ample green zones and platforms that allow their visitors to walk and to contemplate the own nature of the Pamplonita River; this proximity to the shore has allowed that the custom has denominated it “Malecon” becoming a site of recreation par excellence. It runs from the San Rafael bridge in the south of the city to Arnulfo Briceño Square, where there's a beautiful metallic sculpture called “Musical Mirror” as well as a skating track and children's park.

Buy

Shopping Malls

Eat

Fast Food

Restaurants

Drink

Sleep

Go next

Venezuela via San Antonio del Táchira

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