Duitama is a colombian municipality, capital of the province of Tundama, located in the department of Bocaya. It is located in the center-east of the country, in the region of Alto Chicamocha. It is the most populous municipality of the department. On the north it borders with the department of Santander (municipalities of Charala and Encino), on the south with the municipalities of Tibasosa and Paipa, on the east with the municipalities of Santa Rosa de Viterbo and Belen, and on the west with the municipality of Paipa. In 1539, Duitama was founded as encomienda, having Baltazar Maldonado as encomendero. Then, Duitama became corregimiento (with Baltazar’s death). In 1819, Duitama was declared municipality. Duitama is a famous municipality for its handicraft workshops and fruit orchards (of apple, pear, peach, curuba and plum).
Travel tips for Duitama
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.Take clothes for cold weather, comfortable shoes and sun block.
Best time to visit Duitama
The best month to visit Duitama is January because they celebrate the Duitama’s Festival. The mayor of the municipality organizes cultural, gastronomic and sports events.
Climate in Duitama
The climate in Duitama is warm and temperate. The annual average temperature is 57.2°F (14° C), and the average annual precipitation is 912 mm. The driest month is January and the wettest month is October. The warmest month is March, with an average temperature of 58.64°F (14.8° C), and the coldest month is July, with an average temperature of 56.12°F (13.4° C).
Things to do in Duitama
Nightlife in Duitama
Location: Calle 16 #14-43, 57 Duitama Hours: unknown Price: unknown Disco created 20 years ago. It offers a great atmosphere, they give a good service and they organize the best crossover party.
Where to eat in Duitama
Location: Cra 14#11-60, Duitama Hours: unknown Price: unknown Restaurant specialized in sandwiches. One of its best recipes is the hot dog sandwich. Also, it offers delicious natural drinks.
The tourist places to see in Duitama are
Plaza de los Libertadores
Location: Calle.16.#.15.43, Duitama Hours: All day Price: Free entrance Main square where are located the most important institutions of the city, such as the colonial style Cathedral. It is the most modern square of the department.
Location: Cl. 29 #26-75, Duitama Hours: unknown Price: unknown Neighborhood formed by blocks that replicate the most beautiful villages in the department (Villa de Leyva, Tibasosa, Tenza, Monguí, Raquira, Sachica y el Cocuy).
The things to do in Duitama
Museum of Religious Art
Location: 6 km. from Duitama’s downtown Hours: unknown Price: unknown Museum founded in 1965, it shows the history of the native’s religious art of the Diocese. It has 6 rooms with chapel, and it has a theater and gardens. Also, it has a collection of religious art (ceremonial candle holder of gold and silver, oil paintings, altars, statues carved in wood, old weapons, etc.).
Typical dishes in Duitama
Typical dish elaborated with pork ribs with chicken, beef and roast potatoes mixed with local herbs.
How to reach Duitama
Duitama by train
There isn't a passenger train service currently operating in Duitama.
Duitama by flight
Duitama has the Juan Jose Rondon airport, located 10 km from the downtown. Also, it is near to Alberto Lleras Camargo airport (Sogamoso), located 20 minutes from Duitama, and to Gustavo Rojas Pinilla airport (Tunja), located 40 minutes from Duitama.
Duitama by bus
The municipality of Duitama has roads that communicate it with different cities of the country. The distance from Bogota to Duitama is 121.2 miles (195 km), and the approximate journey time is 3 hours 48 minutes. The approximate ticket’s price is 33448 COP. The distance from Medellin to Duitama is 288.3 miles (464 km), and the approximate journey time is 11 hours 54 minutes. The approximate ticket’s price is 78550 COP. The distance from Cali to Duitama is 406.9 miles (655 km), and the approximate journey time is 14 hours 48 minutes. The approximate ticket’s price is 110657 COP.
Accomodations in Duitama
Location: Cra 19 # 16 58, 150461 Duitama Price: 37 050 COP Hisca Hotel offers rooms with TV, private bathroom with shower, free wi-fi and private parking.
Location: Carrera 42 N° 17 - 50 – Duitama Price: 58 900 COP Hotel located 35 minutes away by car from the Juan José Rondón Airport. It offers rooms with free wi-fi, TV, private bathroom with shower and toiletry items. It also has a terrace, 24 hour reception and private parking.
Hotel Catalina Real
Location: Carrera 16 #17-25, 150460 Duitama Price: 80 000 COP Hotel Catalina Real offers rooms with free wi-fi, TV and some even have a view of the mountains or the city. It also has some common areas, a hairdresser and 24 hour reception.
Hotel Las Orquídeas
Location: Carrera 35 No 11-81, 150461 Duitama, Colombia Price: 95 000 COP Offers rooms with free wi-fi, tv and private bathroom, and also has a 24 hours reception.
Important dates in Duitama
Feria de Duitama
The mayor’s office of the municipality organizes cultural, gastronomic and sports events to celebrate the beginning of the new year.