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Colombiafrank’s Monteria Colombia Travel Guide

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Updated on 02/26/2024

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Why visit Monteria?

Montería has a rich history dating back to pre-Columbian times when the region was inhabited by the Zenú people. Later the Spaniards came and founded a small settlement in what is now the historical center of the city. Over the years, Monteria has become an important economic and cultural center of the region.

In my opinion, Montería is an ideal destination for anyone interested in the culture and natural beauty of Colombia. It is a welcoming and friendly city with a rich history and many places of interest. Monteria is perfect for all types of visitors, whether they are traveling with family, with friends or alone. The warm climate and relaxed atmosphere make the city an ideal destination. In addition, I have hardly seen so many motorcycles in any other city, the city is always on the move.

History of Monteria

Montería is a city in the department of Córdoba in northern Colombia. The population is estimated at 516,000 inhabitants. Monteria is 16 meters above sea level and has a tropical savannah climate with an average annual temperature of 27°C.

The city was founded on May 1, 1777. The strongest industrial sectors of Montería are agriculture, livestock, fisheries and the service sector. The city is a major producer of rice, cassava, cotton and ranching. The service sector is also growing, with a focus on tourism.

Tourist activities in Monteria

Some of the most attractive activities in Monteria are:

A tour of the Sinu River

This is one of the most popular activities for visitors to Monteria. A boat tour, known as a planchón, is a great way to experience the natural beauty of the area.

Along the way, there are stunning views over the river and its surrounds, including lush forests, wetlands, and wildlife such as birds and monkeys.

During the tour, visitors can also learn about the history and culture of the area. For example, the role played by the Sinú River in the development of Montería and its surroundings is very interesting. Guides often tell fascinating stories and legends about the river, its people and traditions.

Rural tourism to nearby farms

In Monteria this is a growing trend. Visiting farms and rural areas is an excellent way to experience the area’s natural beauty and traditional way of life. Many farms in the region offer tours and experiences where visitors can learn about the region’s history and culture, as well as a variety of outdoor activities.

Visit the beaches of Coveñas, Tolú and Rincon del Mar

Coveñas, Tolú and Rincon del Mar are popular beach destinations near Montería and are good choices for visitors looking for a relaxing and enjoyable beach vacation.

Coveñas is known for its white sandy beaches and crystal-clear waters. The place has a relaxed and friendly atmosphere and is an ideal place to relax and enjoy the natural beauty of the region. Visitors can relax on the beach, swim in the warm water, and dive.

Tolu is another beach destination that is not far from Coveñas. The city has a rich historical and cultural heritage.

Golf in Monteria

Club Jaraguay is a private golf club located at km 6 of Via Planeta Rica-Montería. It offers a beautiful and challenging 18-hole golf course designed by renowned architect Nicklaus Design.

The club also offers golf lessons with experienced instructors, a driving range and a putting green for practice. In addition to the golf course, Club Jaraguay offers other amenities such as a swimming pool, tennis courts and a clubhouse with a restaurant and bar. The club is a good choice for golf lovers visiting Monteria and looking for a quality golf experience.

Tourist attractions in Monteria

There are a number of interesting places to visit in Montería:

Cathedral of San Jeronimo

The Cathedral of San Jeronimo is one of the most important historical monuments of Monteria. Located in the center of the city, it is a must-see for anyone interested in architecture or religious history.

The cathedral was built at the end of the 19th century and impresses with its neoclassical style. The facade is made of brick, stone and columns with a central bell tower that stands out against the Monteria skyline. The interior of the cathedral is equally impressive, with a marble altar, intricate stained-glass windows and ornate decorations.

Zenú Museum of Contemporary Art (MUZAC)

The MUZAC deals with the art and culture of the indigenous Zenú people. The museum is located in a beautiful modern building in the city center.

The Palace of Culture of Monteria

The Palace of Culture, also known as the Casa de la Cultura, is a beautiful historic building in the heart of the city. It was built at the beginning of the 20th century and is characterized by its neoclassical style.

The Palacio de Cultura hosts a variety of cultural and educational programs, such as art exhibitions, concerts, theater performances and workshops. The Palacio de Cultura also serves as a research and education center with a library and archive containing a wealth of information about the region’s history and culture.

One of the most notable features of the Palacio de la Cultura is its large central courtyard, which offers visitors a quiet and serene space in which to relax and enjoy the beauty of the building.

The Ronda del Sinu

The Ronda del Sinu is a scenic promenade along the banks of the Sinú River. It offers a breathtaking view of the river and its surroundings as well as a wide range of cultural and leisure activities.

It is lined with restaurants, cafes and bars offering local and international cuisine, making it an ideal place to enjoy the delicious cuisine of Montería.

One of the highlights of the Ronda del Sinú is the statue of the legendary folklore figure “La Gaitana”, a symbol of the resistance and strength of indigenous women in Colombia’s history.

Best time to visit Montería

The best time to visit Monteria is during the dry season, which lasts from December to March. During this period, the weather is warm and dry, with plenty of sunshine and low humidity. This is the ideal time for outdoor activities like cruising the river, visiting the beaches and exploring the city’s many attractions.

Another good time to visit Montería is the month of June, when the city hosts the Feria de la Ganadería. This is one of the most important festivals in the region, attracting visitors from all over Colombia and beyond. The program includes bullfights, equestrian displays, parades and live musical performances, as well as a variety of food and craft stalls.

Events in Monteria

Montería hosts a number of important events and festivals throughout the year, celebrating the region’s rich cultural heritage and traditions. Below are some of the most important events in Monteria:

Feria de la Ganaderia (livestock market)

The cattle fair, held annually in June, is one of the largest events in the region. This event showcases the region’s agricultural and livestock heritage with livestock shows, equestrian tournaments, bullfights and other competitions. There is also a variety of food stalls, live musical performances and cultural events – an excellent opportunity to learn about the culture and traditions of Monteria.

River Festival

This festival takes place in July and celebrates the Sinú River, which is an important part of Montería’s geography and history. The festival includes boat parades, water sports and recreational activities, as well as live musical performances and cultural events. Visitors can experience the vibrant culture of Montería while enjoying the natural beauty of the river and its surroundings.

Porro festival

The Porro Music Festival takes place in October and celebrates Montería’s traditional styles of music and dance. The program includes live performances by local and national artists, as well as dance workshops, food vendors and other entertainment. The festival is a great opportunity to experience the vibrant rhythms and sounds of the Monteria music scene.

Semana Santa (Holy Week)

During Holy Week, various processions and religious events, as well as cultural and recreational activities, take place throughout the city. Visitors can experience the solemn beauty of the religious traditions of Monteria and enjoy the festive atmosphere and entertainment during this important holiday.

The best disco in Monteria

THE PARADISE DISCOTECA BAR

Avenida 1 # 28-32

The Paradise Discoteca bar is open from 2pm and offers food and a quiet atmosphere. The celebration is at night, from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. There are karaoke nights on Thursdays and local DJs are occasionally invited. The music is varied, but mainly urban and electronic.

http://www.facebook.com/TheParadiseDiscotecaBar/

Typical food in Monteria

Montería and the surrounding region of Córdoba are known for their delicious and varied cuisine, heavily influenced by local Afro-Colombian and indigenous cultures. Here are some of the typical dishes that you can find in Montería:

Bocachico

This is a species of fish usually found in the Sinú River. It is often fried and accompanied by coconut rice and plantains.

Fritos

These are various fried snacks such as empanadas (filled with meat or cheese), arepas (corn patties) and carimañolas (meat-filled cassava patties).

Mondongo

A stew with tripe, potatoes, carrots and other vegetables.

Coconut rice

A dish made with coconut rice, usually served with fish or meat.

Bollos

Steamed snacks made from ground corn, often filled with cheese, meat, or eggs.

Chicharron

A type of fried pork bacon often served with yucca or arepas.

Dulce de papaya

A sweet dessert made with papaya and panela, a type of unrefined cane sugar.

Accommodation in Monteria

Are you already dreaming of a trip to Monteria? In places like El Recreo and many others you can stay comfortably.
Check out our guide for recommendations of the Best Hotels in Monteria.

How to get to Monteria?

Monteria is well connected to the other major cities in the country. Here are some ways to get there:

By plane

The easiest and most comfortable way to get to Montería is by plane. The city has its own airport, Los Garzones Airport (MTR), which is about 10 minutes from the city center. Connections to Monteria exist from major cities such as Bogota, Medellin and Cartagena. The airlines that offer connections are as follows:

By bus

Montería is well connected to other cities in Colombia by a bus network. Several bus companies, such as Expreso Brasilia and Copetran, run daily buses from major cities such as Bogotá, Medellín and Cartagena to Montería. The easiest way to buy tickets is through Pinbus.

By car

If you prefer to drive, you can rent a car in bigger cities like Bogotá or Medellín and drive to Montería. The journey takes about 14 hours from Bogotá and 9 hours from Medellín, depending on traffic and road conditions. The following companies rent cars in Colombia:

  • Avis
  • Herz
  • ABC

Transports in Monteria

It is relatively easy to get around Montería and there are various transport options. Here are some of the most common ways to get around the city:

Taxis

Taxis are readily available in Montería and are a convenient way to get around the city. You can hail a cab on the street or book one through an app like Uber or Cabify.

Public buses

Monteria has a network of public buses covering most areas of the city. Buses are cheap and a good option for budget travelers, but can get crowded and aren’t very comfortable.

Motorcycle taxis

Motorbike taxis are a popular mode of transportation in Montería. They can take you to places that are difficult to reach by other modes of transport.

Rent a car

Several car rental companies have offices in Monteria and you can choose from a wide range of vehicles.

  • Hertz
  • Avis
  • ABC

Bikes

There are several bike lanes and bike-friendly areas in Montería, and renting a bike is a great way to explore the city at a leisurely pace. But be careful, the climate in Monteria is very hot.

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Frank

Frank

Hello! I'm Frank Spitzer, the founder and the heart behind Pelecanus, a specialized tour operator for Colombia travel. My journey in travel is vast and rich – I've explored over 60 countries, absorbing cultures, experiences, and stories along the way. Since 2017, I've been channeling this wealth of global experience into creating unforgettable travel experiences in Colombia.I'm recognized as a leading authority in Colombian tourism, with a deep-seated passion for sharing this beautiful country with the world. You can catch glimpses of my travel adventures and insights around Colombia on my YouTube channel. I'm also active on social media platforms like TikTok, Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest, where I share the vibrant culture and stunning landscapes of Colombia.For professional networking, feel free to connect with me on LinkedIn. Join me on this incredible journey, and let's explore the wonders of Colombia together!

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