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About Neiva

Neiva is a city in the midst of important growth and development phase, and has several and diverse turist attractions . It is located in the valley of the Magdalena River, and is one of the most important cities in south colombia due to its strategic location that once communicated the Viceroyalty of Peru with Bogotá.Neiva was founded in 1539, although the city was raided by natives and had to be relocated. It was founded for its third and final time by Diego de ospina y Medinilla in 1612.The city is widely known the Feasts of Saints Peter and Paul, festivities during which the city also organizes a Folkloric Festival and the Reinado Nacional del Bambuco beauty pageant, as well as its beautiful natural vistas.

Travel tips for Neiva

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 the jungle- 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.Since the beginning of the peace talks, Neiva has become a much more secure city.

Neiva weather

Best time to visit Neiva

Neiva is an atractive destination all year long, although you might want to visit durng the dry season (from May to September)

Climate in Neiva

Due to its location near the Ecuator line and its low altitude, the city has a warm climate, than range from 69,8 to 95 ºF. There is also strong rain from October to April.

Things to do in Neiva

Neiva is a modern city with large parks and a special focus on enviromental care, with a particular focus on the Magdalena River which crosses the city. The most important event in the city is the Feast of Saints Peter and Paul, which were officialized in 1960 and is alongside a folkloric festival and a national beauty pageant. The city also has an interesting historical heritage distributed along the city.

Nightlife in Neiva

St. Patrick's Pub

Location: Carrera 14 5as 40, Neiva 410006
Hours: unknown
Price: unknown
A great place for an after-office, with a variety of cocktails for you to choose.

Olé Club

Location: Near the crossing of Carrera 5 with Calle 8
Hours: unknown
Price: unknown
Ample club with several dance floors, as well as roofs with great views over the city, and private parking area.

Where to eat in Neiva

14/54 Bistró Restaurante - Cocina de Autor

Location: Carrera 12 # 14 - 54
Hours: unknown
Price: unknown
Excellent dishes with an ellegant presentation. The restaurant has roofs and tables in the open.

Restaurante Barbacoa

Location: Carrera 4 #9-53
Hours: unknown
Price: unknown
A great place favored for its central location in the city. Varied menu and a very kind service

The tourist places to see in Neiva are

Old Trans Station

Location: Calle 7, in front of Andino Park
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Price: n/a
Former train station built in 1915. It is the current House of Culture and hosts several cultural events. It also hosts the Mythological Park, where you can find different statues of the main characters of the Huilca legends.

Inmaculada Conception Cathedral of Neiva

Location: Crossing of Calle 7 with Carrera 4, in front of Parque Santander
Hours: Until noon
Prirces: Free entrance
Gothic style construction, regarded as historical and archeological heritage of the Huila. Construcción de estilo gótico, considerada patrimonio histórico y arquitectónico del Huila.

National Mail Post

Location: Calle 7, two blocks away from music park
Hours: n/a
Price: n/a
Building of arabic style located in the heart of Neiva. It was built in the 30´s and now houses the several administrative offices.

The things to do in Neiva

Juncal Beach Aquatic Park

Location: Outisde Neiva
Hours: unknown
Price: unknown
Its main atraction are pools of different types, slides and other aquatic games. Also has cabins and infraestructure for open field games.

Las Termales Recreational and Turistic Center

Location: outisde of Neiva
Hours: unknown
Price: unknown
Hot springs renowned for their terapeutic properties. There are also several natural vistas and ecotourism houses nearby.

Visit to the La Tatacoa Desert

Location: 38 km (23.6 miles) away from Neiva
Hours: n/aPrice: n/a
Impresive desert area with several fossil sites and peculiar eco-systems for paleontological and astronomic sudy. El Cardón, el Cuzco, los Hoyos and Las Ventas are the most visited sites.

Typical dishes in Neiva

Asado Huilense

Pork meat seasoned with garlic, thyme, oregano, bay leaves, carefully cooked in a clay pot for a particular taste.

Mojarra frita

Fish marinated with garlic, salt and lemon. It is then left to dry out, then it is breaded before being fried.

How to reach Neiva

Neiva by train

There is currently no passenger train active that has Neiva as a destination.

Neiva by flight

Neiva has the Benito Salas airport. It was Inaugurated in 1974 and now serves as the main airport for southern Colombia.

Neiva by bus

Neiva is connected to other major cities in Colombia through highways, and there are constant bus departures and several bus companies cover many different routes. The trip to Botogá is 28 000 COP on average.

Accomodations in Neiva

    Hotel Panorama Neiva

    Location: Carrera 2 N. 9 - 24, 410010
    Price: Starting at 35 000 COP
    Hotel Panorama Neiva allows pets and offers TV's and private bathrooms in all their rooms, as well as free wi-fi.

    Hotel Comercial Neiva

    Location: Carrera 1G N. 9 - 40, 410010
    Price: Starting 35 000 COP
    Located right near the Río Magdalena, has free wi-fi in all rooms, private bathrooms that include showers and towels, cable TV, desks and fans, as well as 24 hour reception, a bar and a shared PC with internet.

Important dates in Neiva

Feast of the Saints Peter and Paul Neiva(End of June)Main festivity of Neiva: there is a folkloric festival and the Reinado Nacional del Bambuco beauty pageant which attract several tourists both from colombia and from abroad. There are also several cultural events and parades as well

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