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About Sincelejo

Colombian municipality, capital of the department of Sucre. It’s located in the northwestern part of the country, in the Colombian Caribbean Region. Sincelejo was re-founded by the captain and engineer Antonio de la Torre y Miranda, by order of the governor of Cartagena, Juan de Torrezar Diaz Pimienta. The first establishment of the population was realized on the space occupied by the Zenu natives. In the nineteenth century, the demography and economy of Sincelejo grew due to the cultivation of sugar cane and the manufacture of liquor. In 1851, due to this growth, it was positioned as the capital of one of the provinces created in the Federal State of Bolivar, with a liberal profile. In 1966, the department of Sucre was created and Sincelejo was proclaimed as its capital. The city is known as the "Pearl of the Savannah" for the strength of its inhabitants and due to the conservation of artistic and cultural traditions.

Travel tips for Sincelejo

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.Consider the weather of the city, ideally take sun block, sunglasses, cap, sandals and light clothing. Also, if you are going to travel by road, it’s important that you check its status because the rains could affect its regular transit.

Sincelejo weather

Best time to visit Sincelejo

The best time to visit Sincelejo is in January because they celebrate the holidays of January 20th, also called “Dulce Nombre” festivities, in which reigns, corralejas and other artistic events of the region take place.

Climate in Sincelejo

The average annual temperature is about 80.6°F (27° C), with minimum temperatures of 67.46°F (19.7° C) and maximum temperatures of 95.54°F (35.3° C). During the summer, the temperature differences are more pronounced because during the morning there are usually low temperatures and, during the afternoon, high temperatures. The months with the greatest amount of precipitation are May and September.

Things to do in Sincelejo

Nightlife in Sincelejo

Sincelejo Beer Factory

Location: Transversal 28 25 70000 Sincelejo
Club dedicated to the sale of different kinds of beer. It also provides a good atmosphere with modern music. They also hold themed events with guest artists.

La Farra Disco

Location: 15th road, Majagual square, second floor of la Vaca asa & Sincelejo
Disco with the best rumba of Sincelejo. They hold themed events with trend music and they use their facilities to celebrate birthdays.

Where to eat in Sincelejo

ZonaS Plaza

Location: Av. Marisca Sucre Cll 32 # 28 - 227 +57, Sincelejo
Hours: 12:00pm- 23:00pm
Price: unknown
Gourmet fast food restaurant. It offers meats, sushi and tacos. Also, sometimes they perform live music shows.

CDM: Cafe del Mundo Restaurant

Location: 32nd Street # 28 - 141 700001, Sincelejo
Hours: unknown
Price: unknown
Restaurant that offers international food, cocktails, beers and coffee. The locals recommend it as a good place to celebrate a birthday because they have great music and attention.

The tourist places to see in Sincelejo are

Cultural square of Majagual

Location: In front of 16B road
Hours: All day
Prices: Free entrance
Cultural center of the city where the festivities usually end. Its architecture was inspired by Zenu culture.

Catedral San Francisco de Asís

Location: Cl. 20, Sincelejo
Hours: n/a
Prices: Entrada Libre
Church located next to the Santander park. It’s the main temple of the city, its architecture blends neoclassical and republican style.

The things to do in Sincelejo

Municipal Theater

Location: Cl. 23, Sincelejo
Hours: unknown
Prices: unknown
Theater where the main cultural events of the city are realized. It’s considered one of the most important cultural buildings of Sincelejo. There are performances of theater, dance, opera, among others. Its facilities have modern technical equipment.

Music conservatory of Sincelejo

Location: 21th Street #17-34, Olaya Herrera square 2nd Floor, Sincelejo
Hours: unknown
Prices: unknown
Center of information and musical education of the region. Also, it carries out social work with children and young people from vulnerable areas.

Typical dishes in Sincelejo

Mote de queso

Typical dish of the Sincelejo’s gastronomy, it’s made with ñame (tuber), cheese, cabezona onion, garlic, oil, whey and salt. It’s usually eaten with white rice.


Yucca cake or manioc boliño. It’s a typical fried dish stuffed with seasoned ground beef, costeño cheese or other stuffing. It’s usually eaten at breakfast.

How to reach Sincelejo

Sincelejo by train

Currently, there is no passenger train service operating in Sincelejo.

Sincelejo by flight

The airport Las Brujas is the closest to Sincelejo, which is located in the municipality of Corozal, in Sucre. It’s located 10 minutes from the downtown of Sincelejo. It operates flights to national destinations.

Sincelejo by bus

The mains means of transport in Sincelejo are busetas and taxis. Also, the city has buses that go to different parts of the country. The distance from Bogota to Sincelejo is 633.7986 miles (1020 km), and the approximate journey time is 18 hours 43 minutes. The approximate price of the ticket is 171771 COP. The distance from Medellin to Sincelejo is 292.666 miles (471 km), and the approximate journey time is 10 hours 40 minutes. The approximate ticket price is 79848 COP. The distance from Cartagena de Indias to Sincelejo is 105.633 miles (170 km), and the approximate journey time is 3 hours 33 minutes. The approximate ticket price is 29348 COP.

Accomodations in Sincelejo

    Hotel Central

    Location: 21st road, # 22-34, 700001, Sincelejo
    Price: 60 000 COP
    Hotel that offers rooms with bed linen, air conditioning, TV, fridge, private bathroom (with bath or shower), and free toiletries. It offers free Wi-Fi and a 24-hour reception. It’s located 20 minutes from Las Brujas airport.

    Hotel Comercial

    Location: 19th road # 23-30, 700001, Sincelejo
    Price: 70 380 COP
    Hotel located 20.5052 miles (33 km.) from Coveñas and Tolu. It offers rooms with air conditioning, TV and private bathroom. It also has a 24-hour reception and free Wi-Fi.

Important dates in Sincelejo

Festivities of corralejasThird week of januaryBull-fighting event that takes place in the Plaza de los Toros and in the streets of the city. Also, they organize events such as the beauty contest, the fandangueras parade and the Veintenerito parade, in which the children ride wooden horses. Troupes and folk groups also parade.

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