Cucuta, Colombia 2019 Datasheet
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Cúcuta. A city that you’ve likely never even heard of unless you’ve spent considerable time in Colombia. It’s a city of 750,000 people, making it the 6th biggest city in Colombia. It’s Colombia’s biggest city on the border with Venezuela. Typically *very* hot weather.

I admit that I only spent a short amount of time in Cucuta in order to scope out the city, see if it holds potential and to go cross the Venezuelan border. 

General observations: No foreigners except for Venezuelans, the city was surprisingly green and clean, girls were friendly and the city was really cheap. The cheapest taxis I’ve seen in Colombia and food was really cheap. There’s a lot of reports of security issues in the city, which I’m not sure are valid or not, after a stay there. Taxis told us the city is not safe at all. Definitely be on guard at all times, especially if walking around solo or in a small group.

Where To Stay

I stayed at the Holiday Inn Cucuta because I wanted to make sure I stayed somewhere safe and it looked like there was a lot of stuff in the immediate vicinity. It’s literally next to a mall, which turned out to be one of the best malls in the city.

So you’ll definitely want to stay in this area near Centro Comercial Ventura Plaza. Why? The mall is nice, there’s tons of girls there who look like they’ve never seen a foreigner and you can walk to a bunch of the best restaurants and bars in the city in this area. Just be extra cautious at night.

Other good hotels in the area are: Hampton Inn, Hotel IBIS and Hotel Casino Internacional across the street from Holiday Inn. 

I paid $50/night for my hotel but the typical ranges for these top hotels are $30-$70 USD per night, with $50 being about the average.

I didn’t even look at Airbnb options before booking the hotel, because I wanted to make sure I stayed somewhere super safe my first time in the city. I went back and looked at Airbnb while writing this and it doesn’t look like there is a lot of Airbnb’s in this particular neighborhood. There were about 6 Airbnb’s in the area and a few of them look like they’re not accurate and not even in that area. The others look really shitty and for sure a step down from the hotels in terms of quality. Don’t have high expectations for Airbnb’s in Cucuta, if you go this route. 

Wouldn’t expect that every hotel will be fine with bringing in girls without registering them, but the Holiday Inn actually works out pretty well because they have a rooftop bar and restaurant as well, so people who aren’t staying there are coming in and going without issue during normal hours. That’s not going to work if you show up there with a chica at 2am.

Where To Eat / Drink

I had an awesome steak at a restaurant called Molinito. Seemed like a really high-end place for Cucuta but was really inexpensive and a great dinner.

Heard this place Vianka Pizzeria near the hotel was also good. One of the top restaurants in the city is supposedly Restaurante An’k which is also nearby.

Lots of places near the hotel and near the “malecón” which is the road along the river a few blocks away. But this is Cucuta, not Paris, don’t expect amazing fine dining. 

In the area near the hotel there is a Bogota Beer Company (BBC) to get beers at, a good bar with good drinks nearby is Solario or this place two doors down from it, or the Holiday Inn also has a bar on the rooftop which anyone can go to. There’s also a decent beer place in Centro Comercial Jardín Plaza mall. 

Getting Around

I was pretty nervous about this city, so I was trying to only use Uber and other traceable services while I was here. The problem was there weren’t a lot of Uber’s available. Fares are so low, drivers don’t want to bother with it.

I basically just used taxis off the street, or from the hotel, but always best to use a taxi app if you can.

Also, I used InDriver for the first time while in Cucuta. If you offer a decent price you will get offers. We got a bunch of offers and the person was nearby when I ordered an InDriver to take us to Plaza Bolivar.

Daygame

Malls are probably your bed friend. Keep reading below.

What To Do

Good question. With limited time there, I didn’t get into too much touristy stuff in Cucuta. But it also seems like tourism doesn’t really exist there.

Seeing the Venezuelan border was cool. But it was also sketchy because you stand out so much and you can tell people are pretty desperate. But the actual border area is somewhat safer because there’s a lot of people around and people can’t just rob you and then run back across to Venezuela or Colombia’s checkpoint. But don’t at any point drop your guard there and definitely do not be flashy.

As mentioned before, it’s really hot in Cucuta. So, malls are probably popular for this reason. Centro Comercial Ventura Plaza was nice and probably the best mall there. 

Centro Commercial Jardín Plaza is the newest mall in the city and probably one of the nicest designed malls in Colombia, surprisingly. There are higher end stores there, but nothing too exciting or great. 

The malecón of Cúcuta is kinda nice to walk down. There’s a nice little park there but then other parts further down aren’t as well maintained. Be careful around here as I could see it being an easy place to get robbed if you’re not paying attention to people around you.

Cucuta is kind of hilly so we were told by our taxi driver there is a place to drive to and see the view over the city, but we don’t know exactly where this was. When we asked other people they weren’t sure where it was either. I imagine there’s a few places like this in the city or just outside of it, though.

It looks like there would be some cool nature stuff to do just outside of Cucuta.

Where To Party / Nightlife

We arrived on a Thursday night. Were recommended a plaza called Plaza Bolivar for the best Thursday night action. Really great recommendation. It’s a plaza with probably a dozen bars and clubs when it’s fully opened on the weekend.

Didn’t have high expectations but found a really good club with a lot of people and good crossover Spanish music. It was called Adonay Cantina. Looks like a fonda you’d find in Medellin. Danced perreo with some girls and got one cute girl’s number who was really interested. Rottenapple got hit up by some really good looking girls in this club. Thursday actually seemed like a great night to go out in Cucuta. 

The two best clubs in this place seemed like this one (Adonay) and another one called Fuego. But you really are best off walking around and assessing the situation because it could change on any given night.

The Venezuela situation is pretty obvious with a bunch of girls standing outside of these clubs, lots of which are Venezuelan. So, yeah, make sure you realize if you’re talking to a regular girl or a working girl.

On Friday night we went to a club called Arka which is right near Plaza Ventura and paid a 30,000 peso ($9) cover charge to sit in the best area. This is a pretty high cover charge for Colombia but we figured it would be worth to see what it got us. 

This place was full of smoking hot sexy chicas and we realized this had to be one of the top clubs in Cucuta for the more well off people. Bottles were really inexpensive in this place, so that was awesome. Also, the waiter we had actually gave us awesome service. He was super fast and attentive which is NOT commonplace in Colombia at all. This made me want to go back though, because once you find this in Colombia, it’s good to let them know you appreciate it and that you’ll be back. We made sure to tip this guy good. 

At one point in the night here, someone went upstairs and started throwing Venezuelan Bolívares (their currency) down and making it rain in the club. This was probably the moment that summed up this city best for me. Lots of groups at this place so harder to break into some of them, but if you can prove you’re not a weirdo, or open people by offering to pour them some shots, then you can definitely meet some girls from this place. This is probably where a high-end girl would want you to take her. Same with a lower-class girl who would probably love it if you took her here. If you have a girl you want to take out, this would be a good place to take her and grind her all night.

A side note about Cucuta: Before coming here I’d seen a few articles about prostitution being huge here because of all the Venezuelans coming over to offer their services. But I have no idea where this goes on here. Any place that offered it looked super sketchy. Taxis probably know where places like this are but they’re probably places that are likely huge shitholes.

Cucuta Summary

Why would you come to Cucuta if you could go to Medellin, Bogota or Cali? It’s a legit question you probably should ask yourself and see if you have a good answer. But if you’re a Colombian veteran, at some point, you’re probably going to want to try somewhere new and hopefully you’ll then find this datasheet useful. 

Thanks to Rottenapple for being adventurous, agreeing to check out Cucuta with me and also contributing to this datasheet.
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Thanks for posting this.I was curious about this area after seeing it recommended for the women on another blog.I checked out some of the dating sites to get an idea of what was there and saw some decent women but I wasn't sure if that was the lack of activity on them or a representation of there in general.I also heard about the safety concerns which made me really question how valid the recommendation was.I didn't know about the migration of Venezuelan women there though.I've seen a lot of Venezuelan women dating profiles and many of them give Colombians and other latin women a run for their money looks wise but I'm not sure if any of those profiles are real considering what's going on in Venezuela.I'm really leaning towards a trip to Colombia in the near future but I'd likely hit up Cali,Medellin,Bogota and maybe Barranquilla and Cartegena.I would love lo meet some non pro Venezuelans there,they've definitely caught my attention.
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When I was in Bucaramanga and other parts of Santander, I had a few matches with girls on Tinder who lived in Cucuta- that's the only reason I've heard of it. These tinder girls looked pretty sexy, but I didn't want to get so close to Venezuela. Good job on checking it out. I'd imagine Cucuta has nothing to do other than banging sexy girls. I thought Bucaramanga was also shitty, but it's close to cool places like San Gil and Chicamocha Canyon, so it's worth visiting. Cucuta still remains far off my radar, but good work scoping it out.
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check out "sly's life" chanel on youtube if you wanna see what cali looks like
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#5
Great datasheet, Natas. Sounds like a very interesting place
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Great datasheet as expected!

I'll give some of my general observations as well.

First off, yeah the city looked a lot cleaner and nicer than I had expected. All the roads were well maintained, lots of green everywhere and I surprisingly saw very few thug like characters on the street. Both I and Natas thought there would be an issue with crime because of poor Venezuelans, and this was confirmed by the first taxi driver we met, but in the end, I never felt unsafe anywhere and didn't see any obvious threats. This partly perhaps because of the higher class areas we were staying at. In general, the city is hot as fuck, which is a strong downside for me. During the day, there's not much else to do than stay at the malls. The parks I saw were all cool and beautiful, but with few people in them unfortunately. The city did look pretty walkable, especially with the river malecon, but yeah the heat is not conducive to that.

The value for money was especially high, both in restaurants, nightlife and transportation. All seemed a decent amount cheaper there than in the bigger cities in Colombia. I normally never stay at hotels, so the Holiday Inn was a bit more expensive for me than what I would pay at an airbnb, but in the end the value was good, given the nice room I got, the included breakfast and some of the other amenities of the hotel. I checked some airbnbs before and there were some cheap options, but few higher quality ones and as Natas pointed out there might be an issue with their actual locations not matching their stated direction. If I go back, I'd give them a try though for a longer stay.

The girls in Cucuta were stunning!! Both in the malls as well as in the nightclub I saw a bunch of very fine looking ladies. I am pretty certain about 75% of the top ones had their tits taken care of, so if you are not a fan of fake tits/asses, then yeah Cucuta is probably not the place for you. Most are a bit darker-skinned, but not as dark as in Cali. Don't expect any natural blondes or white skinned ladies around here. They also made frequent eye contact and seemed to be interested in foreigners. The downside is that the clubs are in the typical Colombian style of VIP tables and not so conducive to making conversation. Furthermore, I landed a really nice chick here through the nightlife, but I also wasted some time talking to girls which ended up being prostitutes. That seems to be very common here and it's hard to tell just from the looks of the girls. The ratios at the clubs were about 60-40 men to female so fairly ok. A small bottle of aguardiente was about 20$ and a big one maybe 35-40$ so not much. Coctails about 6-7$ and beers maybe 3-4$. Overall, I'd say the nightlife is enjoyable, but I did notice that it's a very small community. Girls were a bit worried about who is watching and doing what, so living here, I imagine you'd soon be known by most and this could cockblock you. A good strategy here would probably be to have a business card at hand n just slip em to girls in nightlife on the low. The guys in Cucuta seemed fairly friendly, no active cockblockers that I've seen, but also not like they want to include you in their group. They realize a foreigner has value and probably prefer not to aid the competition for their precious fake titted divas. The guys there also dress pretty shitty, so expect white sports shoes n trashy jeans in a high-class club or the typical fat older Colombian guy that has money.

There are some girls there on Tinder, but it didn't take long for me to swipe all of em. Many of the girls also take a long time to reply, are at the other side of the border or possibly are looking for $, so I'd say online is an option, but not that good compared to other cities. Daygame could be interesting, but as in many unknown places, all eyes are on you, so expect girls to be very surprised if you talk to them and a bit shy/worried about what others might be thinking of seeing em talk to the foreigners.

Overall, I recommend Cucuta, an interesting place that has all the basics for a good stay. I would say its probably better to go in a small group, because it's not the easiest place to make local friends or just show up at a bar/nightclub.
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(10-21-2019, 07:41 PM)Rottenapple Wrote: Great datasheet as expected!

I'll give some of my general observations as well.

First off, yeah the city looked a lot cleaner and nicer than I had expected. All the roads were well maintained, lots of green everywhere and I surprisingly saw very few thug like characters on the street. Both I and Natas thought there would be an issue with crime because of poor Venezuelans, and this was confirmed by the first taxi driver we met, but in the end, I never felt unsafe anywhere and didn't see any obvious threats. This partly perhaps because of the higher class areas we were staying at. In general, the city is hot as fuck, which is a strong downside for me. During the day, there's not much else to do than stay at the malls. The parks I saw were all cool and beautiful, but with few people in them unfortunately. The city did look pretty walkable, especially with the river malecon, but yeah the heat is not conducive to that.

The value for money was especially high, both in restaurants, nightlife and transportation. All seemed a decent amount cheaper there than in the bigger cities in Colombia. I normally never stay at hotels, so the Holiday Inn was a bit more expensive for me than what I would pay at an airbnb, but in the end the value was good, given the nice room I got, the included breakfast and some of the other amenities of the hotel. I checked some airbnbs before and there were some cheap options, but few higher quality ones and as Natas pointed out there might be an issue with their actual locations not matching their stated direction. If I go back, I'd give them a try though for a longer stay.

The girls in Cucuta were stunning!! Both in the malls as well as in the nightclub I saw a bunch of very fine looking ladies. I am pretty certain about 75% of the top ones had their tits taken care of, so if you are not a fan of fake tits/asses, then yeah Cucuta is probably not the place for you. Most are a bit darker-skinned, but not as dark as in Cali. Don't expect any natural blondes or white skinned ladies around here. They also made frequent eye contact and seemed to be interested in foreigners. The downside is that the clubs are in the typical Colombian style of VIP tables and not so conducive to making conversation. Furthermore, I landed a really nice chick here through the nightlife, but I also wasted some time talking to girls which ended up being prostitutes. That seems to be very common here and it's hard to tell just from the looks of the girls. The ratios at the clubs were about 60-40 men to female so fairly ok. A small bottle of aguardiente was about 20$ and a big one maybe 35-40$ so not much. Coctails about 6-7$ and beers maybe 3-4$. Overall, I'd say the nightlife is enjoyable, but I did notice that it's a very small community. Girls were a bit worried about who is watching and doing what, so living here, I imagine you'd soon be known by most and this could cockblock you. A good strategy here would probably be to have a business card at hand n just slip em to girls in nightlife on the low. The guys in Cucuta seemed fairly friendly, no active cockblockers that I've seen, but also not like they want to include you in their group. They realize a foreigner has value and probably prefer not to aid the competition for their precious fake titted divas. The guys there also dress pretty shitty, so expect white sports shoes n trashy jeans in a high-class club or the typical fat older Colombian guy that has money.

There are some girls there on Tinder, but it didn't take long for me to swipe all of em. Many of the girls also take a long time to reply, are at the other side of the border or possibly are looking for $, so I'd say online is an option, but not that good compared to other cities. Daygame could be interesting, but as in many unknown places, all eyes are on you, so expect girls to be very surprised if you talk to them and a bit shy/worried about what others might be thinking of seeing em talk to the foreigners.

Overall, I recommend Cucuta, an interesting place that has all the basics for a good stay. I would say its probably better to go in a small group, because it's not the easiest place to make local friends or just show up at a bar/nightclub.

I'm not  white so I doubt I'd have the foreigner value unless I was one of those guys who tries to flaunt their money and status to get women.From what you said and the recommendation I'vr heard before  it sounds like a decent place for meeting girls but like it will be more challenging than the more popular cities.I'd probably think twice about going alone too more because of your point about how group oriented people seemed than about safety.
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