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City of the Swallows
The capital of the Department of Cordoba, Monteria benefits from an eclectic cultural heritage, with indigenous peoples, African descendants, colonial Spanish descendants, and Arab immigrants among the populace of 1 million. On the banks of the Sinu river, many of Monteria's attractions use the river as their focal point, with landmark architecture, scenic parks, and music venues all close to the water on the eastern side. A tour of Monteria reveals the local pride in its relaxed and welcoming vibe, best witnessed in the colorful and vibrant downtown area, where walking paths take you through historic and commercial centers. Use our Colombia family vacation planner to arrange your visit to Monteria and other destinations in Colombia.
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The city of Monteria offers a broad range of accommodations, primarily located in the downtown area, to the east of the Sinu river. Here, simple hotels offer decent rooms on the side streets, while pricier boutiques provide a wide range of amenities, including upmarket restaurants and swimming pools. Stay closer to the river to enjoy the eclectic sights of the town center, with some budget-friendly guesthouses offering well-positioned lodgings close to the water and the main attractions. The outskirts of town present good options for those keen to get out and explore the rest of the region, with hotels positioned along the side of some of the region's main highways.
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