Norte de Santander Department

The border between Santander and Norte de Santander departments is at the high pass near Berlín. Thereafter, the Cordillera Oriental slowly reduces in height to become a ridge, now the border with Venezuela, and ending at the peninsula of La Guajira and the Caribbean Sea. A spur, however, turns northeast, crosses the border at the Tamá National Park to become the Sierra Nevada de Mérida, the highest mountains of Venezuela. The northeast of the department is down in the Maracaibo basin, the hottest place in South America. This border country with Venezuela was intimately linked with the wars of independence, and with Bolívar and Santander. Parts of Norte de Santander, particularly along the Venezuelan border, still have some guerrilla activity. Pamplona and Cúcuta are safe but travellers should take advice before venturing into any other areas of the department.

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