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Monteria, Colombia - Visit The River Park - Parque Ronda del Sinu

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Colombia travel blog by Mark Berman - July 2010 November 2020   » View Photoset (42 Photos)

Mark Berman, South America backpacker for over 12yrs!
Monteria is often overlooked by travelers but is worth a visit to enjoy a stroll through the park beside the river and spotting some of the many iguanas, birds and other animals that live here. Monteria is also the perfect gateway to places like Tolu and Mompos and is easily accessible with flights from both Bogota and Medellin. Monteria is a hot place, it's best to get out early, take a break in the middle of the day and get back out again after 3pm. The best place to stay in Monteria is at one of the hotels on the 1st Avenue in front of the park and river but there are cheaper options a few streets back from here. As I have discovered many times all around South America, in a river city, the river is always the heart and soul.

River Park - Parque Ronda del Sinu

The park - Parque Ronda del Sinu beside the Sinu River is where you will spend most of your time in Monteria and where the locals come to walk, run, cycle, cross the waters, eat, relax, swim and enjoy themselves. The area is well-policed and family-friendly. Inside the park is a dedicated cycle lane with seperate walking paths. There are areas in the shade to sit under the many trees and beautiful nature all around. Be on the lookout for iguanas and birds. They say sometimes there are also monkeys and sloths in the trees. Food is available at several restaurants and cafes inside the park. Have a great time here with friends and family!

Attractions In Monteria

Other attractions in Monteria include the Plaza Cultural del Sinu where performances and events are held. The center of arts and crafts - Centro Cultural y Artesanal. The tourist wharf for boat excursions along the river. The lookout tower - Mirador Ronda del Sinu for fantastic views, this is in the northern part of the park and you need a taxi to come here. The Cathedral of Saint Jeronimo and Plaza (park) Simon Bolivar not far from the river. The bridge over the river is an important city landmark. There is also a tour company - PaqueTours who offer a range of tours to places in and around Monteria including a trip to Capurgana - a remote beach near the border of Panana!

     

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My Hostel & Hotel Reviews for Monteria, Colombia:

Hotel Sama, Monteria, Colombia - Large Photo
Hotel Sama, Monteria, Colombia (November 2020 - 2 nights) - Hotel Sama gave me a great room on the 3rd floor with a nice balcony overlooking the park by the river. It's the best place to be located in Monteria, near Parque Ronda del Sinu and the river. For $80 Pesos ($25USD), a comfortable room with bathroom, tv and wifi. The staff are friendly and helpful. There is a restaurant beside the hotel and more food available in the park area. Recommended.
Hotel Don Kike, Monteria, Colombia - Large Photo
Hotel Don Kike, Monteria, Colombia (July 2010 - 1 night) - Not expensive, around $10USD for a small room with bathroom and tv, the owners are very friendly. Great for a one night stopover and not too far from the bus terminal.

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Monteria, Colombia - Visit The River Park - Parque Ronda del Sinu. Monteria is often overlooked by travelers but is worth a visit to enjoy a stroll through the park beside the river and spotting some of the many iguanas, birds and other animals that live here. Monteria is also the perfect gateway to places like Tolu and Mompos!