Category Archive: Sucre

Band playing at Fiestas Corralejas de Sincejelo

Top Tourist Attractions In Sincelejo

If you find yourself planning a trip to Sucre, make sure to include the top tourist attractions in Sincelejo on your itinerary. Sincelejo is the largest city and capital of Sucre, a department of Colombia. The municipalities of Sampués, Palmito, Tolu, Toluviejo, Corozal, and Morroa are right around it. Sincelejo lies 30 km from the Caribbean Sea, 125 km from Cartagena, and 200 km from Barranquilla. Often referred to as the “Capital of Savannah” since it is surrounded by savannah landscapes, it is a major Colombian city with plenty to offer.

1. Santander Park

The Santander Park was opened to the public in 1776 and is just about the same age as Sincelejo itself. It is where the first Corralejas Festival took place in January 20, 1845 and where it was continually held until 1946 when the venue was moved to Majagual Plaza. Right next to the park is Catedral San Francisco de Asís or Saint Francis of Assis Cathedral. It was built in 1853 and is the center of religious festivities that celebrate Easter, the Sacred Heart Jesus, the Virgin Mary, and even Las Fiestas del Dulce Nombre de Jesús, the most important religious celebration held ever January 20 of each year.

2. Majagual Plaza

The plaza, more popularly known as La Placita de Majagual or Little Plaza of Majagual is included in the top tourist attractions in Sincelejo. The famous Corralejas Festival took place here for many years until it was eventually moved to La Plaza de Mochila. Today, it features a massive, post-modern arch-shaped sculpture and a spaceous square where sports activities and cultural events are often held.

3. Municipality Theatre

Even though it’s a fairly modern infrastructure, it’s a nice place to catch theatrical performances, operas, concerts, musicals, and other cultural shows.

4. San Francisco Mall

Yet another modern tourist facility is the San Francisco Mall. Here, your entire family can enjoy the perks of shopping, entertainment, dining, and recreation.

5. Fiestas Corralejas de Sincejelo

Band playing at Fiestas Corralejas de Sincejelo

Band playing at Fiestas Corralejas de Sincejelo

The last yet certainly not the least of the top tourist attractions in Sincelejo is the Corralejas Festival. Other names for it are the 20th of January Party and Jesus’ Sweet Name Party. During the event, you will see a temporary wooden building known as the Corraleja. It is where the main attraction of Fiestas Corralejas de Sincelejo takes place. Inside it, bullfighters will face raging bulls. But these are no professional bullfighters. Rather, they are people from the masses who have to fight their way as bulls are introduced to the Corraleja one by one.

Outside the bull ring, you can join street parties, listen to musicians playing music, and admire folkloric song being played in the background. The festival lasts from January 16 until 21.

Parque Santander and Saint Francis of Assisi Cathedral

Top Reasons To Visit Sucre

The top reasons to visit Sucre can all be found in one notable city – Sincelejo. The Sucre Department is a vast region in Colombia with a very curious pre-colonization history. Interestingly, a huge kingdom known as Zenu once inhabited this region as well as the Cordoba Department and other parts Bolivia and Antioquia. The Zenu people are such an advanced race whose expertise in hydraulics engineering continues to baffle many of the modern academics. However, the Zenu people are among the many victims of Spanish cruelty and Sucre Department is just one of the many areas where such inhumanity occurred. Somewhere around 1775 the city of Sincelejo was reestablished, which according to history; becomes the starting point in the foundation of the Sucre Department in 1966 after decades of appeal from the central government of Colombia.

1. A good place for studying the Zenu people

If studying pre-Colombian history is one of the top reasons to visit Sucre, then there is plenty to know about this department’s ancient inhabitants. The Zenu people are one of the many civilizations that comprised the overall nations living the Mesoamerican (South American natives) world. If the Aztecs are known for their cosmological temples and the Incas for their building of impossible fortresses, the Zenu are known for their advanced knowledge of hydraulics engineering. These waterworks provide excellent irrigation systems in their vast farmlands. Although these people are virtually extinct, their ruins can be found in several archeological sites all over Sucre.

2. Playing around Majagual Plaza

The Majagual Plaza could represent a symbol of resilience for the people of Sucre, particularly in Sicelejo City. This plaza was once devastated by a massive earthquake and was totally ruined. But it never stopped the locals from rebuilding it into a much more spectacular design than before. It incorporated post-modern minimalist design since its reconstruction in late 1980’s. This plaza is an excellent venue for cultural gatherings. It can also be an appropriate place to try out the new skateboard or practice tai chi together with a huge group of enthusiasts.

3. How sweet is Jesus’ Sweet Name?

Another best motive among the top reasons to visit Sucre is to join a special holiday in January. The feast of Jesus’ Sweet Name may have an overly extravagant ring to it but this festival may be considered an extension of the fun-filled Christmas and New Year days. One can experience being bedazzled by the splendor of local Colombian ladies in a beauty pageant. Parades are also a joyous sight but if there is one thing that truly takes the cake in the thrills, it is viewing of bullfighting that takes place for several days.

Parque Santander and Saint Francis of Assisi Cathedral

Parque Santander and Saint Francis of Assisi Cathedral

4. A good spiritual experience in St. Francis of Assisi Cathedral

St. Francis of Assisi is the patron saint of Sincelejo as well as all of Sucre Department at large. His cathedral, built around 1853, is the center of important religious festivals such as Easter and other religious holidays.