Also known as the 'City of Parks', Bucaramanga is located in one of the most mountainous territories of north central Colombia, with an altitude of almost 2,000 feet and an average climate of about 23 degrees centigrade. Bucaramanga is a sprawling urban metropolis with a population of approximately one million, two hundred thousand inhabitants, including the many surrounding suburbs making this city very similar in size to Dallas Texas.
Upon arriving in Bucaramanga, you will observed an impressive plateau in the center of the Andes mountains on which the city was constructed. The city is characterized by many beautiful parks, excellent restaurants, wonderful museums, magnificent churches and cultural history dating back hundreds of years to the time of the Spanish conquest and subsequent liberation of the country by Simon Bolivar and others from Santander, the geographic region of Colombia where Bucaramanga is located.
Equally impressive is the amiable nature and hard working character of the local inhabitants. The people of Bucaramanga and friendly, enterprising and hard-working individuals who overflow with warmth and charm.
The great variety of tourist attractions and influx of tourists to the city is supported by an excellent hotels. There are conventions centers, incredible modern shopping malls and everything you would need to feel comfortable and well entertained. In fact, Bucaramanga is one of the destinations most visited in all of Colombia.
Bucaramanga is a hub of rich cultural awareness as well as educational and business activity. Recent years have seen the construction of countless shopping malls, hotels, restaurants, colleges and various academic institutions.
Two of the principle business interests locally are fashion and health. With multiple textile and shoe factories and two of the best hospitals in all of Colombia. Housing is plentiful and new urban developments are abundant all over the beautiful Bucaramanga plateau.
The breath taking vistas of towering mountains and two massive canyons formed by the Chicamocha river await visitors from high atop the Andes mountains, along with an abundance of adventure sports of all kinds at National Park of the Chicamocha, located a short 40 miles south of Bucaramanga.
The city has an excellent offer for health services with advanced technology and the best medical staff specialists in all areas of medicine.
The Ophthalmological Foundation of Santander - Clinical Carlos Ardila Lulle - FOSCAL, is one of the most important medical centers in all of Colombia, specializing in the treatments of Cancer, Ophthalmology, Orthopedics, Urology, Plastic Surgery, Ear, Nose and Throat fields of otorhinolaryngology, to name a few.
The attending surgeons and physicians who staff this incredible facility are among the best and most talented in all of Colombia and Clinica Fascal boasts the highest national awards for medical excellence offered anywhere in the country.