Aguachica is a Colombian municipality located in the Department of Cesar, north of the country between the Andes and the Magdalena River. During the beginnings of the Republican Era the city became attractive for the cultivation of coffee. Afterwards, petroleum was discovered in the city, which motivated a second wave of investment and migration towards the city. Also, the creation of new highways connecting the city with the Caribbean contributed to a major growth in the cuty.Known as the City of the Middle Magdalena, and for its midway position between the mountains and the ocean, it has developed an important tourism industry, in order to host travelers of all kinds and needs. It also has attractive ecotourism destinations nearby.
Travel tips for Aguachica
You can find mototaxis around the city, which is a cheap means of transportation. It is also recommended that you bring an umbrella or a rain suit.Aguachica is known for its hospitality, so if you need anything feel free to ask locals for help or directions.If you have planned to move around the regions in Colombia, you might be asked to have the yellow fever vaccine. Other vaccines that you should consider -in case you travel to rainforest areas- are the tetanus vaccine and the hepatitis A/B.The electric current kind used in Colombia is 110-volt AC (110 V), with a frequence of 60 Hz. We recommend you to have a plug adapter if you travel to places that use other voltage to avoid that the electronic devices suffer a short-circuit and don't work.
Best time to visit Aguachica
The best time to visit Aguachica is during March, so you can attent the Carnivals celebrated through the city.
Climate in Aguachica
Aguachica has a tropical climate, with an anual average temperature of 82 ºF . It rains constantly all year long.
Things to do in Aguachica
Nightlife in Aguachica
Disco Bar El Mirador
Location: Cruce de Carrera 11 con Calle 5 Hours: Unknown Price: Unknown Valorado como uno de los mejores locales en Aguachica. Posee un cómodo ambiente con una buena vista al Parque San Roque.
Where to eat in Aguachica
Restaurante La Brasa
Location: #4-41 a, Cra. 40 #4103 Hours: 6:30 a.m. a 10 p.m. Price: Unknown Restaurant specialized in grilled meat and local river fish. It has an excellent service and is one of the most rated restaurants in Aguachica.
Restaurante La Molienda
Location: Calle 5 con Carrera 20 Hours: Unknown Price: Unknown Restaurant known for its well served typical dishes. It is located downtown Aguachica.
The tourist places to see in Aguachica are
Mount of the Cross
Location: Senda Bosque del Agüil-Cerro de los Chivos Hours: Unknown Price: Unknown Known as the best touristic lookout of the city. Parishioners often come during the feast of the Holy Cross the 3rd of May.
Parque y Parroquia de San Roque
Location: Calle 5 entre carreras 10 y 11 Hours: Until noon Price: Unknown Most representative church of Aguachica. It was built during the XIXth century. Despite some remodelations, it still conserves its colonial style.
The things to do in Aguachica
Forests of the Agüil and the Potosí
Location: Cruce de Calle 1 con Carretera 12 Hours: Unknown Price: Unknown Green areas of great biodiversity. From within the forest several water fields sprout and provide for the city. The forest has been greatly reduced in size, but still remains attractive for visitors. The El Potosí forest is smaller, and provides water for the El Cristo which crosses the city.
Noream and Buturama spa’s
Location: Carretera Aguachica-Besote Hours: Unknown Price: Unknown Bathing spots located outside the city, made by the gorges of the rivers.
Eladio Vargas Cultural Center
Location: calle 3.ª N.° 10-15 Hours: Unknown Price: Unknown Historic espace for cultural formation for the aguachiquense community. It offers a library, a photographic archive and musical and artistic lessons for the city.
Typical dishes in Aguachica
Typical dish from the region. The mullet is left to dry after being shred and the thorns are removed. The rice is mixed with garlic, onions, pepper, tomatoes and other spices. It is then boiled together for 20 minutes and served with chili or lemon.
Rice with chipi chipi
Chipi chipi is a small mollusk that is boiled alongside with rice, pepper and onions.
Delicious dish made of fresh bocachico, a local river fish, pickled with garlic, salt, and boiled with bananas and yucca, served with rice.
A great recipe from the plains. It is made of meat pickled and cooked, and then served with potatoes, yuccas or bananas.
This traditional dish from the region is prepared with many ingredients, among the ones there are sweet peppers, celery, oregano, onions, garlic, sour oranges, coriander, rum, tomato sauce, oil, red wine and olives. You should taste it in Valledupar. a whole delight!
It's a soup that has cow ribs (or chicken), manioc, yam, green bananas, arracacha (a kind of tuber), corn, coriander, onion, celery and cumin. It's served in a special dinnerware set special from the area called totumo.
Dulce de leche
It's a dessert prepared in the region. The ingredients that are part of it are milk, sugar and bicarbonate of soda. If you have a sweet tooth, you will love this delight.
How to reach Aguachica
Aguachica by train
Nowadays there isn't a train for passenger transportation that gets to Bucaramanga.
Aguachica by flight
The city is served by the Hacatarima airport, located 4.3 miles south of the city. It mostly operates domestic flights.
Aguachica by bus
Aguachica has a Bus Terminal which acts as a hub for most inter-city bus departures, and is the most active of the region. The trip to Bucaramanga lasts aproximately 3 hours, and from there you will be able to make connections to most other destinations in Colombia.
Accomodations in Aguachica
Los Estoraques Centro
Location: Carrera 17 #4-59, Piso 2, 205010 Price: Starting at 30 000 COP Offers rooms with air conditioning, wi-fi, TV, and private bathrooms with showers.
Hotel El Sol La 27
Location: Carrera 17 #4-59, Piso 2, 205010 Price: Starting at 40 000 COP Comfortable hotel that has free wi-fi and offers rooms with air conditioning, tv and private bathroom with showers.
Hotel D' Leon Inn
Ubicación: Carrera 30 # 5 - 21, 205010 Precio: Desde 100 000 COP Hotel ubicado a 1 km del Parque Principal. Posee un restaurante especializado en comidas típicas, y ofrece habitaciones con conexión Wi-Fi, aire acondicionado, minibar, TV y baño privado.
We currently cant provide information about luxury accomodations in Aguachica.
Important dates in Aguachica
Festival in which the locals unleash their characteristic joy. All barrios choose their queens and the saturdays the queens lead the dance troupes thar go through the city.
(16th of August)
During the feasts several events are held. Musical bands are invited, and beauty queens of other towns of the region visit Aguachica. A National Dance Festival is held, and streets are decorated. During this time there are also celebrations in honor of the city's patron saint.