10 Things to Do in Cucuta That You Shouldn't Miss

October 14, 2017 Jasper Kershner

Cúcuta (Spanish: [ˈkukuta] ( listen)), officially San José de Cúcuta, is a Colombian city, capital of Norte de Santander department. It is located in the northeast of the country, in the eastern branch of the Colombian Andes, on the border with Venezuela. Cúcuta has a population of approximately 650,000 people according to the 2005-2020 census, making it the 6th largest city in the country. Due to its proximity with Venezuela, Cúcuta is an important commercial center. The international border in Cúcuta is said to be the most dynamic of South America. The city has a length of 12 kilometres (7.5 miles) from north to south and 11 kilometres (6.8 miles) from east to west. It is divided into 10 communes and it is the political, economic, administrative, industrial, cultural and tourism hub of the Norte de Santander department.
Restaurants in Cucuta

1. Malecon

Avenida Libertadores, Cucuta, Colombia
Excellent
48%
Good
41%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
1%
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 128 reviews

Malecon

Reviewed By jenny280 - New Jersey

You can't go wrong by visiting "El Malecon" there are activities during the day for children and at night there are many restaurants and small bars. Go with a local that knows the area. Most of all Malecon it is famous for the delicious food you find, I always make a stop every time I visit CuCuta.

2. Museo Casa Natal del General Santander

Autopista Internacional Via San Antonio Km 6 | Villa del Rosario, Cucuta 541030, Colombia +57 7 5700265
Excellent
38%
Good
60%
Satisfactory
2%
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4.5 based on 47 reviews

Museo Casa Natal del General Santander

Reviewed By todd k

I didn't know much about the history of Colombia when our group was told that we would visit the museum. I know so much more now. The museum gives you a good opportunity to learn a great deal in a short time.
The grounds are extensive. You can easily walk a couple of miles if you want to see the entire campus.
You should have someone with you that can translate Spanish. The buildings are wonderful to see but you will want to read about the history that took place to bring freedom to Colombia. That I know of, there is no audio tour of the place. You will have plenty of Reading to do with captions of pictures and historical documents!
There is an area for children to play. It was the most popular single room in the whole museum!

3. Museo de Arte Moderno Ramirez Villamizar

Calle 5n # 5-75 | Main Square, Pamplona 543050, Colombia +57 7 5682999
Excellent
20%
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80%
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4 based on 5 reviews

Museo de Arte Moderno Ramirez Villamizar

Reviewed By Gumucio - La Paz, Bolivia

This is the Museum of Modern Art of Pamplona, but 90 % of the works are actually from the personal collection of Miguel Vajdh, the artist born in Pamplona and died in Bogota. He was no doubt an innovative sculptor, most of his works were done on wood and metal. Each piece of at is many pieces of art, as you can look at it from so many angles, that it transforms itself before your eyes. The museum has been created in one of most ancient colonial houses over the main square of Pamplona, a beautiful building restored with the idea of housing a collection of contemporary art. Sadly enough, very few people visit the museum, “around six or seven a week” according to the information provided by one of the guards at the entrance.

4. Ventura Plaza

Calle 10 | 11 Diagonal Santander, Sector Quinta Vele, Cucuta 540013, Colombia +57 7 5756194
Excellent
67%
Good
31%
Satisfactory
2%
Poor
0%
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4.5 based on 38 reviews

Ventura Plaza

Reviewed By DaytonaMike - Villavicencio, Colombia

Lots of great shops, restaurants and things to do. Great place to spend a rainy afternoon. Grab a coffee and sit outside for a relaxing shopping break.

5. Plaza Parque Santander

Plaza Parque Santander, Cucuta, Colombia
Excellent
25%
Good
43%
Satisfactory
30%
Poor
2%
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4 based on 79 reviews

Plaza Parque Santander

Reviewed By Steven E - Montreal, Canada

In cucuta they call it el parque de las palomas because many Pigeons seem to stay roaming around the Plaza. Plaza is pretty safe, but i would avoid showing jewelry since some people with no money ask for money. You can also take sometime to. visit the Cathedral, which is next to the Plaza.

6. Catedral de Cucuta

Avenida 5 # 10-73, Cucuta 540004, Colombia
Excellent
61%
Good
31%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
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4.5 based on 35 reviews

Catedral de Cucuta

Reviewed By Steven E - Montreal, Canada

Really nice Cathedral and in front of a plaza called el parque Santander. The place is full of people so dont wear any jewelry. Although it isnt a dangerous place you still have to be careful because around that plaza some people ask you for money especially if you're well dressed lol

7. Biblioteca Publica Julio Perez Ferrero

Av. 1 # 12-35 - La Playa, Cucuta 540006, Colombia +57 7 5955384
Excellent
25%
Good
75%
Satisfactory
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0%
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4.5 based on 8 reviews

Biblioteca Publica Julio Perez Ferrero

Reviewed By Darwin S - Bucaramanga, Colombia

para los amantes de la historia y la herencia de nuestro pais incluyendome yo es muy valioso este establecimiento por su gran variedad de publicaciones e impresos historicos

8. Torre del Reloj

Torre Del Reloj, Cucuta, Colombia
Excellent
38%
Good
37%
Satisfactory
25%
Poor
0%
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0%
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4 based on 8 reviews

Torre del Reloj

Reviewed By cabieles78 - Barrancabermeja

Es un lugar agradable y muy bonito. Pequeño lugar pero muy bien cuidado. Es gratis la entrada. Esta cerca del parque principal. Deben arreglar el reloj.

9. Plaza Parque Colon

Cucuta 560004, Colombia
Excellent
22%
Good
56%
Satisfactory
22%
Poor
0%
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4 based on 9 reviews

Plaza Parque Colon

Reviewed By Darwin S - Bucaramanga, Colombia

me parecio tranquila, comoda bien aseada bueno el momento en el que fue estaba limpio, pero senti que no habia seguridad ni celadores ni policias ni nada

10. Iglesia del Carmen

Cucuta, Colombia
Excellent
60%
Good
20%
Satisfactory
20%
Poor
0%
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4.5 based on 5 reviews

Iglesia del Carmen

Reviewed By NefPineda - Monteria, Colombia

Me parecio un bonito Lugar, la arquitectura externa hace que sea un lugar digno de admirar, al interior tambien muy buena decoración y bien organizado, vale la pena entrar y admirar la paz y tranquilidad que se siente en su interior, además que se siente un ambiente muy fresco y silencioso

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