Honda is a colombian city located north of the Department of Tolima. It was founded the 4th of March of 1643, and was named city after the independence of Colombia the 15th of June of 1830. It is located right next to the Magdalena, Guarinó, Quebrada Seca and Guali rivers, and was one of the first river port, which led to an important urban and economic growth.Honda is known as “The City of Bridges” due to the high number of bridges that cross the rivers in the city. Nowadays it is a city dedicated to fishing and farming, and its architectonic historical heritage in a good state of conservation is an attraction to national and international tourists.
Travel tips for Honda
Honda has an extremly high temperature, so we recommend you bring light clothing and seek out lodgings with air conditioning.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.
Best time to visit Honda
If you don't have high tolerance to heat, we recommend you visit Honda during the winter, as it will still be warm but you will find it more pleasant.
Climate in Honda
Climate in Honda is tropical and warm, with an average annual temperature of 91.4?, which can go even higher during the summer. It also rains heavily during most of the year, so we advise you to bring an umbrella or a waterproof vest.
Things to do in Honda
Nightlife in Honda
Location: #20a- a 20a-92, Cl. 8 #20a22 Horario: Unknown Price: Unknown Rated as one of the best bars in Honda, it is the perfect place to have some drinks and relax enjoying great music.
Where to eat in Honda
Restaurante el Atrio
Location: Cra. 11 #9-132 Horario: Unknown Price: Unknown Ample restaurant that has a varied menu and very good meats.
Location: Cra. 19A Horario: 6:00 a.m. to 1 a.m. Price: Unknown Local de dos pisos con excellentes platos y una barra con buenos cocktails.
The tourist places to see in Honda are
Honda Historical Centre
Location: Around the crossing of Carrera 11 with Calle 10 Hours: All day long Price: Free entrance The historical centre is full of beautiful colonial architecture, with fine details in the houses of the area.
Location: Crossing of Calle 11 with Carrera 11 Hours: All day long Price: Free entrance Historical plaza that nowadays serves as a marketplace for the locals.
Location: Over the Magdalena River Hours: All day long Price: Free entrance Impresionante obra arquitectónica ubicada en el río Magdalena que brinda una impresionante vista, sobre todo del atardecer reflejado en el agua.
The things to do in Honda
Magdalena River Museum
Location: # a 1-36, Cl 10 #12 Horario: Unknown Price: Unknown Small museum that explains the history of the region and life near the Magdalena River. It has an excellent service and it has become one of the must see attractions of Honda.
House Museum Alfonso López Pumarejo
Location: a 10-65, Cl. 11 #10-1 Horario: Unknown Price: Unknown Former residence of the ex-president Alfonso López Pumarejo, an hondean which played an important role in Colombian politics. Nowadays it is a museum with information about his life.
Typical dishes in Honda
Delicius dish made of roasted pork and peas accompanied with arepas and a local natilla called ilsulso.
Made of corn, rice and peas, accompanied by arepas or chocolate.
How to reach Honda
Honda by train
There is no passenget train service currently operating in Honda.
Honda by flight
Honda doesn't have an airport. The closest one is located in Mariquita, just 11 miles away from the city.
Honda by bus
Honda has a bus terminal and is well connected with the rest of cities and towns in the Department of Tolima. The most frequent trips are from Mariquita due to the airport, and from Bucaramanga, capital of the neighboring department of Santander.
Accomodations in Honda
Location: Right next to the Honda Terminal Metros del Terminal de Honda Tolima, 732040 Price: Starting at 40 000 COP Hostal Amelíe has a bar, a terrace and a grill that guests can enjoy. It also offers private parking and has 24 hours reception.
Waka Hotel Rural
Location: Hacienda el Placer, Variante Honda, 732040 Price: Starting at 91 000 COP Waka Hotel Rural is located right next to the Magdalena River. Its rooms have air conditioning, minibar, TV and private bathroom with shower. It also has a beautiful garden and an outdoor pool.
Hotel y Parque Acuatico Agua Sol Alegria
Location: Diag.14 No 18-55, 732040 Price: Starting at 109 000 COP Hotel that, like its own name indicates, is a water park favored by local hondeans. It also has a restaurant and offers ample rooms with air conditioning and TV.
Club San Bartolomé
Location: Train Station, Antiguo Bavaria Crr 14 n° 15-241, 732040 Precio: Starting at 320 000 COP Rural club that offers everything necessary to relax and enjoy the countryside. It offers an outdoor pool, football and basket courts, individual or familiar chalets and several other quality services.
Important dates in Honda
De La Subienda Carnival
(First two weeks of February)
Carnival that celebrates the season with the most bountiful fish harvest in the region. Several cultural activities are hosted and parades are held through the city.
Reinado Nacional Del Río Magdalena
Beauty pageant that crowns a Queen of the Magdalena River. Several cultural celebrations and activities are held besides the pageant across the city.