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Five Reasons to Go to Know Ocaña


If you hear the saying: “Ocaña land that makes you stay”  do not doubt this  phrase, because it is 100% true; its climate, its people, its peasant food its landscapes of mountains and civilization at the same time, are an attractive mix for all who  allow  themselves to be enchanted by this beautiful land.


Where is Ocaña?

Municipality located in the department of Norte de Santander, capital of the province of Ocaña. You can reach this wonderful place through national roads such as Bucaramanga, Cúcuta and Santa Marta: Their travel routes are easily accessible from any area of Colombia. (All by land).


How to get to Ocaña?

As mentioned earlier, all access to this charming place is by land.

If you go from Cúcuta, you must go to the town of Ábrego and from there to Ocaña, lasting 5 hours of travel.

If you are in Bucaramanga, you have to take a bus to Aguachica and there a taxi or bus to Ocaña (approximately 11 hours).

From Barranquilla, Cartagena or Santa Marta, you must also take a bus to Aguachica and from there the taxi to Ocaña (8.9 and 8 hours respectively)

If you are in Medellin, the route is Puerto Berrío, San Alberto, Aguachica and Ocaña (completing 12 hours).


Reasons to go to Ocaña

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Its weather is good.

Being surrounded by mountains, on the Andean mountain range, Ocaña has an average temperature of 22 ° C, enough not to be hot but not cold, it is a delight to be able to walk its streets without a drop of sweat and without wearing heavy clothes or being fully covered.


It has multiple places to know.

Los Estoraques Natural Area, declared ‘Cultural interest and national monument’.

The Water of the Virgin; they call this a mountain that has a beautiful sanctuary with a source of holy water. The story goes that the Virgin Mary made an appearance to a lumberjack and therefore the ocañeros go up every time they can drink and bless themselves with this water.

The Plaza 29 de Mayo or Plaza Central. It is the reference point of all in Ocaña, since it connects with the well-known market, the center or commercial area and all the roads for the neighborhoods of the province.

The historical complex of the Great Convention. In this place, the well-known Ocaña convention was made in 1828 where reforms were made to the Political Constitution of that time; Right there you can find the Museum, the Public Library, and the very beautiful and famous Church of San Francisco.


Its typical food with peasant flavor.

Try the delicious arepas ocañeras, roasted with butter and cheese cannot be missing. Like its spicy onions used in roasted meats. The sancochos. Rice tamales with meat, pork or chicken stuffing, are a dish that will leave you wanting to repeat. The ocañero bread, ideal complement for a delicious cup of coffee. Strawberries with cream that are one of the most sought after desserts by those who visit.


Walk the streets of Ocaña.

Touring the place is something you can do on foot; since being a town where most of the main attractions (such as the commercial area, historical and religious monuments) are so close, it is a perfect plan to do as a family, couple or even alone. Walking through its streets quietly and interning among its people is a fun and welcoming experience.


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It is a cheap place.

For something, they say among its inhabitants that it is the best “vividero” of Colombia. Hotels, bus or taxi tickets, meals and tickets to sites, are relatively cheap compared to that of the main cities of the country and even with other towns.

A taxi ticket can cost between $ 4,000 and $ 6,000 pesos; buses charge $ 1,500 p.p.

 Hotel nights cost between 60,000 and 90,000 pesos per night; of course, there are hotels that charge up to $ 150,000 pesos for being luxury.

 Their typical meals (such as rice cake) can vary between $ 4,000 to $ 5,000 pesos; from $ 3,000 to $ 4,000 strawberries with cream; $6,000 to $ 7,000 a typical lunch of roasted meat or chicken, rice and salad with onions; from $ 1,500 to $ 2,000 pesos the plate of roasted arepa ocañera with cheese and butter.

Moreover, there are more reasons why you should go to know this beautiful land, as for example, which is extremely close to other colonial and historical towns of Colombia such as La Playa de Belen, Abrego, and Gonzales. Which you can go to meet in one day and return to sleep in Ocaña.


The best date to go to Ocaña

No doubt, it is highly recommended to go to meet it in December, because it is decorated entirely by beautiful Christmas lights. The weather becomes colder and many artisan and gastronomic fairs are created for the delight of travelers.

Likewise, in January it is very crowded, since from 3 to 7 of that month they are the carnivals of this province and have become a national highlight.

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