Colombia is full of stunning little towns filled with history, beautiful architecture, and local charm—the Colombian tourism ministry has even created a network of 17 Pueblos Patrimonios(Heritage Towns), bringing them together under one banner. We will introduce you in this serie to these 17 stunning heritage towns.
Another of the three Heritage Towns located in the Santander region, Socorro was founded in 1681 and played a vital part in Colombian historyLocated just half an hour from San Gil, it’s an easy day trip.
To understand how the first steps towards the Independence of the Republic were taken, you must visit Socorro, a municipality in the Department of Santander, located 75 miles south of Bucaramanga. Founded on June 16, 1683, it is famous because of its colonial architecture and because it was the epicenter of the Revolución de los Comuneros in 1781, a small-scale local revolt against Spanish oppression that has since been considered an important precursor to Colombia’s independence movement.
Travelers to Socorro, a municipality that is part of the Heritage Villages Network of Colombia, are greeted by tobacco and sugar plantations, which adorn the mountainous countryside. The town is famous because that is where heroine Antonia Santos was shot. You can learn about the history of battles for Independence, and nearby, you can enjoy adventure sports if you like.