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About Aguachica

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.

Aguachica weather

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

Mullet rice

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.

Bocachico Sancocho

Delicious dish made of fresh bocachico, a local river fish, pickled with garlic, salt, and boiled with bananas and yucca, served with rice.

Mamona llanera

A great recipe from the plains. It is made of meat pickled and cooked, and then served with potatoes, yuccas or bananas.

Chivo Guisado

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!

Sancocho vallenato

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.

Important dates in Aguachica

(Lent)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.

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