<br />MONTERÍA – CÓRDOBA – COLOMBIA<br />Nickname(s): <br />The Rancher Capital of Colombia or the City of the Swallows<...
My city montera
My city montera
My city montera
My city montera
My city montera
My city montera
My city montera
My city montera
My city montera
My city montera
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  1. 1. <br />MONTERÍA – CÓRDOBA – COLOMBIA<br />Nickname(s): <br />The Rancher Capital of Colombia or the City of the Swallows<br /> <br />Montería: Is a municipality, city located in Northern Colombia and is the capital of the Department of Córdoba. The city is located 30 miles away from the Caribbean, by the Sinú River. The city and region are famous for their distinct cultural heritages, which include a blend of indigenous Zenú Indians, African descendants, colonial Spanish descendants, and more recently, Arab immigrants. <br />The city is home to the Sombrero Vueltiao, a national symbol; and is the home of Porro folklore music. The city has an inland seaport connected to the Caribbean Sea by the Sinú River.<br />HISTORY<br />The area was first settled by Zenú Indians, who lived in the banks of the Sinú River (Finzenú), San Jorge River (Panzenú) and Nechí River (Zenúfana), where the Department of Córdoba is located today. In 2003, dentist and historian Jaime Castro released Historia Extensa de Montería, a book on the history of the city. According to Castro's book, Montería was founded on May 1, 1777 by Spanish officer Antonio de la Torre y Miranda, being governor of the Province of Cartagena officer Juan de Torrezar Díaz Pimienta. <br />The city, which had been named Montería by its inhabitants and located on the east side of the Sinú River, was then renamed "San Jerónimo de Buenavista" and moved to the west side of the Sinú.<br />San Jerónimo de Buenavista was the name chosen by Antonio de la Torre y Miranda, in order to honor Saint Jerónimo, but people referred to it as Montería. In 1803, the city was burned by a group of natives, so the residents decided to move back to the Sinú's east bank, where it remains today. In recent years, Monteria has seen a growth in population on the west side. In 1923, it became a municipality of Bolívar Department, and in 1952, it was designated as capital of the new Department of Córdoba. Montería was located within the boundaries of the Colombian Department of Bolívar until 1952 when it separated from Bolívar and became the capital of the new Department of Córdoba.<br />With a population of approximately 400,000, the city is considered to be one of the ten most important cities in Colombia and is locally known as The Pearl of the River Sinú. <br />Monteria has gained notoriety lately for being the site of Colombian President Álvaro Uribe's vacation ranch.<br />DEMOGRAPHICS<br />The region is populated by a diverse mix of people, including the indigenous people of the region, the descendants of the Sinú Indians, a tribe of natives with their own language that once produced ornate pottery and gold works.<br />EDUCATION<br />Both public and private educational institutions run the gamut from unlicensed private preschools to fully accredited universities.<br />Universities:<br />Universidad de Córdoba (Public)<br />Universidad Pontificia Bolivariana (Catholic)<br />Universidad del Sinú <br />Fundación Universitaria Luis Amigó<br />Corporación Universitaria del Caribe<br />HEALTH CARE<br />A new hospital was recently constructed in Barrio Urbina, called The Hospital of Saint Jeronimo. <br />ECONOMY:<br />The town's economy is based mainly on cattle farming, and a very prosperous commercial district consisting of modern malls, shops, and restaurant chains. It is considered to be the Cattle Farming Capital of Colombia and celebrates this title with a yearly festival.<br />GEOGRAPHY<br />The city, which lies in the Sinú valley, is divided by the Sinú River and surrounded and sparsely populated by tropical flora and fauna. The town's weather is mainly warm and moderately humid, with average yearly temperatures of 80°F. The area is subject to flooding.<br />WATER:<br />The city is served by a fishing port, but the waters of the Sinú River do not run deep enough and are not wide enough to serve as a commercial channel. High quality sand is brought up from the bottom of the river in buckets placed by divers, for use in the making of cinderblocks for local and regional construction projects.<br />TRANSPORTATION:<br />Monteria lies on a major highway connecting Medellin to Sincelejo and extending to Cartagena and Barranquilla. It has an effective public transportation system and arterial connections to the rest of the country.<br />Public transportation<br />As is common in most Colombian municipalities, public transportation is tightly integrated into the city. A system of taxis and several lines of large and small buses serve the community on surface streets. The streets of Monteria are also full of motorcycle taxis or "rapimotos" that provide economical transportation.<br />A passenger- only ferry system known as "Planchones”, Consists of roofed wooden rafts. It traverses the Sinú River along a system of manual cable tows. It was made as a way to cross the river before a proper bridge could be built and has served as an alternative to cross the river ever since. It is one of the most remarkable features of the city.<br />Air Travel:<br />Monteria is home to a regional airport, Los Garzones Airport, which provides service to capital cities of neigh boring provinces and to the nation’s capital, Bogotá, through the country's main air carrier Avianca.<br />MEDIA AND COMMUNICATIONS <br />News Media <br />El Espectador: (national weekly newspaper)<br />El Heraldo de Barranquilla: (regional newspaper)<br />El Meridiano de Córdoba: (Local Newspaper)<br />El Tiempo: (National Newspaper)<br />El Universal: (regional newspaper)<br />TOURISM AND ENTERTAINMENT<br />Hotels and Restaurants<br />Hotel Sinú<br />Hotel Platinum<br />Costa Real<br />Montería Real<br />Alcázar<br />Casa Real<br />La Bonga del Sinu (Steakhouse)<br />Que Pollo (Chicken)<br />Hato Viejo (Steakhouse and Local Cuisine)<br />La Fogata (Steakhouse and Local Cuisine)<br />Piccola Italia (Italian Pizzeria)<br />Braza Caribe<br />El Bony (steakhouse and local cousine)<br />La Bonga Express (gourmet hamburgers)<br />Sangre de Pollo (Chicken Blood)<br />Sites of Interest<br />There are scenic areas that are points of pride in Monteria, including:<br />The city's 1st Avenue runs along the Sinú River and offers a beautiful view of the river.<br />Simon Bolivar Park is separates the river from 1st Avenue and is home to wild Monkeys and Sloths.<br />The Colonial-era Cathedral of Saint Jerónimo is surrounded by a beautiful park.<br />"Alamedas Del Sinú" is a major shopping center in the area.<br />The bridge spanning the Sinú River was a major accomplishment for the city and is a local landmark.<br />Sporting Clubs<br />Centro Recreational Tacasuán<br />Club Campestre<br />Club de golf<br />EXTERNAL LINKS AND REFERENCES<br />El Meridiano De Cordoba - (Spanish).<br />Fact Sheet, Colombian Government<br />Cordoba Official Government Website<br />Monteria Official Government Website<br />

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