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What to eat in Bucaramanga

The hormigas culonas are a gastronomical tradition in Bucaramanga and Santander. There are other dishes such as mute (thick soup made from grains), goat and corn arepas.


The “hormiga culona”, comes out of the earth once a year, and it’s trapped and then toasted. This local delicacy also has salt. The menu must have “carne oreada”, a classic of the region.

  • Mute  is a suit which contains meat from the pig's head, the hooves of beef and  pork ribs which are all chopped into small pieces: white maize and potatoes, among other ingredients.

    A powerful soup

    This guava paste jelly is famous in the town of Vélez.

    Veleño jelly
    Candy from the land
  • The meat is seasoned with salt, spices, and sometimes panela and dried in the sun for a couple of days. 


    Oreada meat
    Cook meat the Santander way
  • Pepitoria

    Photo by: Viceministerio de Turismo de Colombia


    Goat entrails and blood sit on a bed of rice in this dish, seasoned with powdered seeds, spices, and breadcrumbs, among other ingredients.

    Brave this unique Santander tradition


Typical food from Santander or “comida santandereana” is prepared very well in several restaurants in Bucaramanga. In this city, the dinner guests may also find a place with international cuisine.