International relations and cooperation

In recent years, Ibagué has worked towards increasing its international recognition, establishing cooperation bridges with foreign countries, cities, and governments.

Our city opens its doors to the international community, in order to create cooperation networks that can strengthen our sustainable development processes, and can foster the exchange of best practices, and successful experiences.

Sister Cities in process

Salvador de Bahía, Brasil

Ibagué and Salvador de Bahía are currently working on formalizing their relationship through the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding that will allow them to exchange best practices and develop cooperation initiatives, related to the domains of Culture and Tourism.

With a population of around 3 million people, the city is classified as the national metropolitan center and economic center of its home state.

Salvador de Bahía, Creative City of Music :

Tropical, musical, and colorful. Salvador de Bahía is pure Brazil and pure cultural diversity. European and African heritage appears in every corner. Here, the Portuguese settlers arrived in the 16th century and Samba de Roda was born in this city.

This is the territory that seduced the musician Vinícius de Moraes, as well as the writer Jorge Amado who captured the spirit of this city like few others. Other artists like the Argentine Carybé and the French photographer Pierre Verger were also inspired by the city.

Salvador de Bahía is also the home of the headquarters of Olodum, an Afro-Brazilian association born in 1979 that combats racism and promotes social equality through music. The rhythm of their drums is felt from head to toe.

Music is also inspiring at the Balé Folclórico da Bahia show (its capoeira makes the heart race) and, on Thursday through Saturday nights, on Calle Largo do Cruzeiro in São Francisco.

Stopping to listen to the street musicians is mandatory while contemplating the baroque church of San Francisco. (