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Monteria, Cordoba

Central America is the central geographic region of the Americas. It is variably defined either as being a region of the Americas. Monteria is a city located in Northern Colombia, capital of the Colombian Department of Cordoba. The city is located 50 kilometers away from the Caribbean Sea, by the Sinú River. The city and region are famous for their distinct cultural heritages, which include a blend of indigenous Zenu Indians, African descendants, colonial Spanish descendants, and most recently, Arab immigrants. The city is home to the Sombrero Vueltiao, a national symbol and is the home of Porro folklore music. The city has an inland seaport connected to the Caribbean Sea by the Sinú River.
The area was first settled by Zenu Indians, who lived in the banks of the Sinu river, San Jorge river and Nechi river, where today is the department of Cordoba. In 2003, dentist and historian Jaime Castro released Historia Extensa de Monteria, a book on the history of the city. The city, that had been named Monteria by its inhabitants and located on the east side of the Sinu river, was then renamed San Jeronimo de Buenavista and moved to the west side of the Sinu.
The town's economy is based mainly on cattle farming, and a very prosperous commercial district consisting of modern malls, shops, and restaurant chains. It is considered to be the Cattle Farming Capital of Colombia and celebrates this title with a yearly festival. Weatlh is distributed unevenly with the majority in the hands of wealthy farmers.
Monteria lies on a major highway connecting Medellin to Sincelejo and extending to Cartagena and Barranquilla. It has an effective public transportation system and arterial connections to the rest of the country. The city is served by a fishing port but the waters of the Sinu river do not run deep enough and are not wide enough to serve as a commercial channel. Monteria is home to a regional airport which provides service to capital cities of neighaboring provinces and to the nations capital, Bogota.

Monteria is definitely one of the popular tourist attractions in Central America worth paying a visit while touring the country. This place leaves a pleasing and unforgettable memory and justifies the proud cultural tradition of Central America.

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