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.
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.
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
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.
Hotel Republicano 1910
Location: Carrera 11 Calle 15 Esquina, 110011 Price: Starting at 142 000 COP Has a Spa, fitness center, pool, and rooms with free wi-fi and air conditioning. Offers private parking and is located 400 meters away from Plaza Bolívar.
Home Real Aparta-Suites
Location: Carrera 7A # 30-92 252430 Price: Starting at 150 000 COP Has an outdoors pool and rooms with view to said pool. All rooms have air conditioning and cable TV. Some even include living rooms and/or roofs and balconies.
Monasterio Resort Girardot
Location: Condominio Lagos del peñon, El peñon Vereda Portachuela 252410 Precio: Starting at 344 000 COP El Monasterio Resort cuenta con una piscina al aire libre y un restaurante. Se encuentra en una zona de playa artificial en el lago El Peñón. Todas las habitaciones poseen aire acondicionado, TV por cable, minibar, balcón privado y baño privado con ducha, aseo y artículos de aseo gratuitos.
Location: Cr 12 # 17- 03, 252431 Price: Starting at 326 000 COP Located near the main plaza, the Hotel Unión offers an outdoor pool, fitness center and free wi-fi. Rooms have imposing colonial decorations and private bathrooms.
Important dates in Girardot
National Crafts Market
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
The National Tourism Beauty Pageant is an annual event in Girardot, and is attended by people from all over Colombia.