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About Turbo

Turbo is a port town located in the Antioquía Department. While the first spaniards to settle in the region arrived in the XVIth century, frequent attacks from locales drove the spaniards off until 1787, when the warchief Bernardo Mundigalla surrendered to the spanish authorities. Since then, Turbo experienced a moderate growth, and became an important trading hub that allowed for the unload products from the Atlantic and transport them to the center and southern parts of the country.Turbo’s economy is based around industrial fishing, and most of it’s present day life is centered around the port and maritime trade.

Travel tips for Turbo

It is advised you keep your personal belongings close and don't wander on your own late at night.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.

Turbo weather

Best time to visit Turbo

There is no particular best time to visit Turbo.

Climate in Turbo

Turbo has a tropical savanna climate, which is warm and wet. There isn't much variation between the hightest and lowest temperature in the city. The average annual temperature is around 80.96 °F.

Things to do in Turbo

Nightlife in Turbo

Discoteca Extasis

Ubicación: Cruce de calle 104 O con carrera 13
Horario: n/a
Precio: n/a
Rated as one of the best clubs in Turbo. It is a great place with good music and a variety of cocktails to choose from.

Where to eat in Turbo


Location: Crossing of Calle 103 with Carrera 14
Hours: 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Price: Unknown
Rated as one of the best restaurants of Turbo, it is widely known for their grilled meats and pizzas.

The tourist places to see in Turbo are:

Turbo's Port

Hours: All day long
Price: Free entrance
Also called the Port of Antioquia, it doesn't have a dock and it exports a great number of products such as bananas and other commodities.

The things to do in Turbo

The Man of the Darién Museum

Location: Calle 14 with Carrera 104
Hours: Unknown
Price: Unknown
Museum that explains the history of life at the shores of the Darién River. It has several pieces of art and historical etnography, and also has vestiges of the cities history.

Typical dishes in Turbo

Bandeja paisa

It's a filling food, of unbeatable quantity and variety of flavors. The most representative you can taste in Antioquia region. The main feature is that is served in big plates, full of varied food. In a tray like that you can find beans, pork rind, chorizo, rice, fried eggs, avocado, banana and corn cakes. It's a plate as to be satisfied for a while.

Fried Fish

Freshly caught fish, seasoned with garlic and salt, which is then fried and served with french fries, rice and salad.

Brevas con arequipe

the breva is simillar to the fig, but not so sweet. To prepare this dish you make an incision to the brevas and boil them in water for 10 min. During the process you add sugar and lemon drops. After boiling, you cut the fig in two without separating them completely. And then you fill it with arequipe (condensed milk).

Bananos asados

One of the most traditional dishes is made of banana, vanilla essence, sugar and milk cream. This plate is put in oven until being a sweet delight for lunch time.

Sancocho paisa

It's a typical Colombian soup, but the preparation is different in each region. When you prepare this substantial soup, you boil various meats and vegetables, seasoned with spices of diverse flavors as cumin and pepper. It's a very nutritional dish with a lot of calories, just ideal if you need to reinstate energies after a long route in Medellin.

Arepa de choclo

Choclo is nothing different but corn, also called chocolo. Arepas are little omelette prepared with ground choclo and put on a banana leaf, and roasted later in a grill. Inside you put white cheese, cut in little strips or ground. Ready succulent plate to taste!

How to reach Turbo

Turbo by train

There is no passenger train that has Turbo as a destination in the present time.

Turbo by flight

Turbo was historically served by the Gonzalo Mejía Airport, which is currently unoperative. The closest active airport is Los Cedros airport located in the Carepas Municipality.

Turbo by bus

Turbo is located in the pan-american highway, and there are regular buses from there to other Colombian destinations, such as Medellín, which can take up to 5 hours with an average fare of 55 000 COP, or Cartagena which is 7 hours and a half away.

Accomodations in Turbo

    We currently do not posses information regarding low-cost accomodations in Turbo.

Important dates in Turbo

November Carnival and Reinado Popular Beauty Pageant(November)During the second week of November a Beauty Pageant is hosted in the city, and it is accompanied by a series of feasts and cultural celebrations, which include parades through the city in which the candidates to the beauty pageant participate.

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