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About Girardot

Girardot is a city in the department of Cundinamarca in Colombia. It has a tropical climate, which, alongside being only three hours away from Bogotá, makes it a preferred spot for recreational activities and sports for the bogoteans and other visitors.The city was founded near 1840, in the territory called “La Chivatera”, known for its goat breeding. Afterwards, the city changed its name in honor to Atanasio Girardot, a hero of the Independence Campaign. During the Thousand Day War in 1886 the city began accepting refugees who settled in the vicinity. Once the war was over, the city made the most out of its location, first as an important port in the Magdalena River, and then as an important waypoint in the railroads, which allowed it to expand a grow as an important economic center for the region. Nowadays, its economy is built around tourism and has important recreational infrastructure, as well as quality lodgings in order to accommodate a large number of tourism on an annual basis.

Travel tips for Girardot

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.As in any other major city, it is recommended to keep your personal belongings close and dont stay out on your own by night in remote areas.

Girardot weather

Best time to visit Girardot

The best time to visit Girardot is between June and September, which is the dry season, and also coincides with the River Festival Celebrated in September.

Climate in Girardot

The climate in Girardot is warm and tropical, with an average temperature above 80,6ºF. There is drizzle all year long, but strong rain

Things to do in Girardot

Nightlife in Girardot

Keops Discoteca Bar

Location: Cl. 40, Girardot, Cundinamarca
Hours: 10 p.m.
Price: Unknown
Club that works as a restaurant with an impressive natural lookout spot until 10 p.m. Afterwards it becomes a nice club with an ample dance floor and varied cocktails to choose from.

Discoteca El Oasis

Location: Cruce de Calle 20 con Carrera 10
Hours: Unknown
Price: Unknown
Club with one of the best rumbas of Girardot. Offers good cocktails and dishes to choose from.

Where to eat in Girardot

El Caseron Girardot

Location: a 19-129,, Cra. 12 #19-1
Hours: Unknown
Price: Unknown
Nice restaurant with local recipes, excellent flavours and a variety of dishes to choose from.

Rancho Medina

Location: # a 27-81,, Cra. 8a #271
Hours: Unknown
Price: Unknown
Resraurant that specializes in grilled meat.

The tourist places to see in Girardot are

Parque de Bolívar

Location: #- a 11-111 Cl. 18 #111
Hours: All day long
Price: Free entrance
Urban space with interesting architecture adapted to the tropical environment. It has a commercial area where you can buy local crafts.

Plaza de Mercado

Location: Cra. 9 #11-8
Hours: Until noon
Price: Free entrance
Considered a National Monument due to it being one of the most relevant architectonic work located in a tropical area. It is an structure with 198 concrete membranes used as cover alongside several V shaped columns. This structure doesn’t have walls which allows it to harness the breeze from the Magdalena River. It is a popular market, although it is right now damaged and in need of repairs.

El Arbolito Natural Lookout

Location: Girardot Rural Area
Hours: All day long
Price: Free entrance
Ideal place for a panoramic sight of Girardot and neighboring towns. To reach it one needs to reach the Luis Antonio Duque Peña Stadium and then follow the old road to Nariño up 4.9 miles to reach the El Arbolito finca. There is also a pool for recreational use.

The things to do in Girardot

Visitar el Río Magdalena

It is the main fluvial artery of the country, and a natural and historical tourism attraction of Girardot, where you can perform activies such as navigation, fishing and you can also go swimming in some areas.

Visitar la Isla del Sol

Located south of the Magdalena River, this island has impressive natural vistas, and its a relaxation and recreation center where you can be in contact with nature.

Typical dishes in Girardot

River Fish

The bagre pintado, the capaz and the bocachico very sought after fish in very regions of Colombia. They are usually fried and served with potatoes or rice.


Soup made with creolle potatoes, pastusa and savanera with guascas, mazorca and chicken amongst other ingredients.

How to reach Girardot

Girardot by train

Currently there isn't a passenger train service that has Girardot as a destination.

Girardot by flight

The Santiago Vila Airport is located in Flandes, in the Girardot Metropolitan Area. It operates mostly domestic flights.

Girardot by bus

Girardot has a bus terminal, which serves as a hub for most of the bus departures. The trip to Bogotá is just 88,2 miles.

Accomodations in Girardot

    Hotel Plaza Confort

    Location: Carrera 9 # 12-50, 252432
    Price: Starting at 45 000 COP
    Hotel that welcomes dogs, has 24 hour reception service, a restaurant, bar and free wi-fi. Rooms include cable TV and private bathroom.

    Hotel El Boga

    Location: Calle 21 # 13 01, 252430
    Price: Starting at 58 700 COP
    It is Located 600 meters away from the bus terminal and 10 minutes away from the city centre. Offers rooms with private bathroom, free wi-fi and private parking.

Important dates in Girardot

National Crafts Market(Varies)Feast that promotes the trade of handcrafts from Girardot and the region, which is organized during the Holy Week. Girardot has exposed these products for years and are exposed to the general public in a big event.
National Tourism Beauty Pageant(October)The National Tourism Beauty Pageant is an annual event in Girardot, and is attended by people from all over Colombia.

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