Buenaventura is a Colombian district and port, located in the department of Valle del Cauca. It is located on the shores of Buenaventura Bay, located in the Pacific Ocean. It is the largest municipality in the entire Pacific region and the largest in the department of Valle del Cauca. Buenaventura was not founded, but was established as a fluvial port. After 300 years, approximately in 1826, was established as a sea port. Buenaventura's main economic revenues are created by port activities (especially coffee exports), fishing, wood industry, mining and tourism.
Travel tips for Buenaventura
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.Bring waterproof clothing and plastic zipper bags to protect valuables objects from the rain. Also, try to bring binoculars so you can see the whales and birds from the viewpoints. Do not forget to bring repellent to protect you from mosquitoes.
Best time to visit Buenaventura
The best month to travel to Buenaventura is july because they celebrate the traditional festivities of Saint Bonaventure, the patron of the municipality. The inhabitants organize various religious and cultural events such as processions, horseback riding, dances and games.
Climate in Buenaventura
The climate in Buenaventura is tropical. The annual average temperature is 78.98°F (26.1° C). The warmest month is march, with the average temperature of 79.88°F (26.6° C), and the coldest month is october, with the average temperature of 78.1°F (25.6° C). The average annual precipitation is 7328 mm. Even in february, the driest month, there is precipitation. The rainiest month is October, with an average of 897 mm.
Things to do in Buenaventura
Nightlife in Buenaventura
Location: En el cruce de la calle 1S y la carrera 5A, Buenaventura Hours: unknown Price: unknown Bar that offers a good atmosphere and trend music. Also, it offers cocktails and wines. It’s the perfect place to go with Friends.
Where to eat in Buenaventura
Location: Cl. 1 #5A-15, Buenaventura Hours: unknown Price: unknown Restaurant with very good attention that offers delicious varied dishes.
Location: # a 4-112, Cra. 62 #42, Buenaventura Hours: unknown Price: unknown Restaurant that offers good fish and seafood dishes.
The tourist places to see in Buenaventura are
Nestor Urbano Tenorio Park
Location: # a 2a-104, Cl. 1 #22, Buenaventura Hours: All day Price: Free entrance Park from where you can see the Buenaventura’s bay. It has small shops and restaurants.
The things to do in Buenaventura
Museo Turistico de Buenaventura
Location: a 62c-48, Cl. 11 #62c2, Buenaventura Hours: unknown Price: 5000 COP Museum that exposes the touristic attractions of Buenaventura and provides information about its history.
Typical dishes in Buenaventura
Rice with Coconut
Coconut water mixed with grated coconut, which is then caramelized and used to prepare the rice. The result is a bittersweet rice portion used to accompany other dishes, like fried fish.
How to reach Buenaventura
Buenaventura by train
Currently, there is no passenger train service offering a route to Buenaventura.
Buenaventura by flight
Buenaventura has Gerardo Tobar Lopez airport, which operates domestic flights. And the Alfonso Bonilla Aragon airport is 2 hours 49 minutes from Buenaventura, which operates domestic and international flights.
Buenaventura by bus
The Buenaventura’s municipality has roads that communicate it with different cities of the country. The distance from Cali to Buenaventura is 72.8 miles (117.1 km), and the approximate journey time is 2 hours 34 minutes. The distance from Medellin to Buenaventura is 287.4 miles (462.5 km), and the approximate journey time is 9 hours 9 minutes. The distance from Bogota to Buenaventura is 316.3 miles (509.1 km), and the approximate journey time is 10 hours 53 minutes.
Accomodations in Buenaventura
Location: Calle 1 #71-35, Avenida Cabal Pombo, 764503 Buenaventura Price: 34 454 COP Hotel that offers rooms with private bathroom, free WiFi, and some with TV. It also offers free private parking.
Location: Calle 1 Carrera 5 1-30, 110011 Buenaventura Price: 126 846 COP Hotel located 30 km from the beaches of Juanchaco. It offers rooms with WiFi, TV, air conditioning, minibar and private bathroom (some include whirlpools). It also has a gym and gives free breakfast.
Hotel Galeon Piangua Grande
Location: Piangua Grande Buenaventura, 764508 Buenaventura Price: 220 000 COP Hotel located two-minute walk from the beach. It offers comfortable rooms, shared lounge, maid service and shops.
Important dates in Buenaventura
Fiestas Patronales de San Buenaventura
Traditional celebration that honors the patron saint of the municipality. There are events such as horseback riding, horse races, dances and games.
Festival Folclorico del Pacifico
Cultural event that promotes the typical and urban music of Buenaventura (as the currulao). Also, they organize the Señorita Litoral beauty contest.