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.
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.
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.
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 Hours: n/a 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
Pork meat seasoned with garlic, thyme, oregano, bay leaves, carefully cooked in a clay pot for a particular taste.
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.
Hosteria Los Dujos
Location: Avenida Pastrana #1-06, 410001 Price: Starting at 95 000 COP Hosteria Los Dujos is located near to the Southcolombean University, and offers a spa, an open pool and free breakfast and wi-fi.
Hotel Casa Pablo
Location: CALLE 5 N. 12-45, 410010 Price: Starting at 93 000 COP Hotel Casa Pablo offers comfortable rooms with free wi-fi, breakfast and free parking. The rooms in Hotel Casa Pablo has air conditioning, Tv's and private bathroom.
Location: Avenida Pastrana #1-06, 410001 Price: Starting at 230 000 COP Offers ample lodgings with garden view and an open pool. Has free wi-fi all over the hotel and all rooms have decorations and cable TV. Offers free breakfasts and has 3 restaurants to choose from.
Hotel Neiva Plaza
Location: Calle 7 No 4-62, 410002 Price: Starting at 234 000 COP All rooms have vivid colors and marble floors. Rooms have TV's and private bathrooms with showers. The hotel also has an indoor pool, a restaurant and a fitness center. It offers free wi-fi and breakfast.
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