Santander is a department in the northeast of Colombia. Its main town is Bucaramanga, known of its many parks and agreeable year-round climate. But it is the region's superb natural features - mountains, caverns, rivers, caves and Andean forests - that attract most visitors, many of them basing themselves in Bucaramanga or the small town of San Gil.
Santander is Colombia' adventure sports capital - canoeing, white water rafting, hiking, caving and paragliding are just a few of the adrenaline highs that can be had in this mountainous part of Colombia. The stunning Chicamocha Canyon, one of the largest canyons in the world, and its surrounding national park are the focus for many of the action sports.