Norte de Santander attractions

National Park in Playa de Belén

Área Natural Única Los Estoraques

This 6-sq-km protected area, one of Colombia's smallest, is an otherworldly delight of eroded and weathered brownstone rock formations sprouting skyward – columns, pedestals and caves – that have formed over time du…
Museum in Pamplona

Museo de Arte Moderno Ramírez Villamizar

In a 450-year-old mansion, this museum has about 40 works by Eduardo Ramírez Villamizar, one of Colombia's most outstanding artists, born in Pamplona in 1923. The collection gives an insight into his artistic develo…
Museum in Pamplona

Casa Colonial

One of the oldest buildings in town, Casa Colonial dates from the early Spanish days. The collection includes some pre-Columbian pottery, colonial sacred art, artifacts of several local indigenous communities includ…
Notable Building in Pamplona

Casa de las Cajas Reales

One of Pamplona's finest colonial mansions, La Casa de las Cajas Reales is currently occupied by a college, but visitors can ask the guard for permission to look around.
Museum in Pamplona

Museo Arquidiocesano de Arte Religioso

Features religious art comprising paintings, statues and altarpieces collected from the region. There is an especially impressive silver collection.
Historic Site in Cúcuta

Parque de la Gran Colombia

Located about 10km southeast of Cúcuta on the road to the Venezuelan border in the sedate suburb of Villa del Rosario is the Parque de la Gran Colombia. Here Colombia's founding fathers met in 1821 to draw up the co…
Church in Pamplona


The 17th-century Catedral was badly damaged during the earthquake of 1875 and altered in the reconstruction. The five-nave interior (two outer aisles were added at the beginning of the 20th century) is rather auster…
Viewpoint in Playa de Belén

Mirador Santa Cruz

For a bird's-eye view of the pueblo and surrounding rock formations, head up to this lookout point above town, a straight 15-minute ascent east on Calle 4.
Church in Pamplona

Iglesia de Santo Domingo

One of the oldest churches in the city, the Iglesia de Santo Domingo once served as Pamplona's cathedral.
Church in Pamplona

Iglesia del Humilladero

A small but attractive whitewashed colonial church standing guard over the cemetery.