This municipality, capital of the Cesar Department, it is called the "City of the Sacred Kings of the Valley of Upar", and was founded on January 6 in 1550 by the spanish captain Hernando de Santana. It is situated in the valley of the river Cesar and the name "Upar" comes from Eupari, a chimila warchief that lived in the territory before the spaniards arrived. It began as a small populated center in the lands of the eupari indians and became a pit stop for the Santa Marta route. It's an important place for farming mango trees and also ranching, and also the birthplace of vallenato, a traditional musical genre of colombia.
Travel tips for Valledupar
The urban transport is covered by "busetas" (little buses) of 3 bus operators: Cootranscolcer, Cootra Upar and Transcacique, which are in a crisis apparently due to the "mototaxi", an illegal but low-cost mean of transportation. The price of the public bus ticket is at 1400 COP. There are also urban taxis, organized in cooperative business, that have the modality of home pickup of people. It won't be difficult to find your mean of transportation. Among the risks that you can find at this city, the flooding of the rivers is quite frequent. Be specially cautious if you travel in the rainy season, when the rise are fast.In Valledupar the tropical sicknesses as dengue fever or tuberculosis are not completely eradicated, altough in a very little scale. Just try to make researches and taking cautions before travelling to those areas.Regarding the security, Valledupar is a territory where it's necessary to be watchful in every moment, since the thefts have increased in the last years. Be careful of showing in public jewellery or other valuable objects as cameras or cell phones. A modality of theft that is being used is the one where the thieves get around in a motorbike. Try to avoid the non very circulated areas by yourself and in hours of little visibility.Be ready to support the high temperatures with light clothes and always with a bottle of water by hand to stand the intense heat. 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 adaptor if you travel to places that uses other voltage.The high season in Colombia goes from December to January. You should book all in advance if you travel at the begining of the year.
Best time to visit Valledupar
The best time to travel to Valledupar is April, the period when takes place the Festival de la Leyenda Vallenata, that attracts a lot of visitors.
Climate in Valledupar
The climate in Valledupar is tropical and has an average annual temperature of 83 °F (28,4 °C), without great oscillations, although in April, the warm period, the temperature reaches 95 °F (35 °C).
Things to do in Valledupar
Valledupar is the crib of the musical gender called "vallenato" and you can admire the legacy in festivals, parks, squares and monuments, as the festival celebrated in the Park of "La Leyenda Vallenata", also used for musical and cultural events.
Nightlife in Valledupar
Palenke Cultura Bar
Location: Barrio Canaguate Carrera 5 # 13C-52, Valledupar Hours: There is no information available Price: There is no information available This bar is located in the historic center of Valledupar, at one block from the Alfonso Lopez square, has dancing music and a menu of drinks quite varied. it's recommended to taste the cervezas micheladas or the beer with mango. It's not the place to listen the vallenato.
Location: Carrera 9 7 B-16, Valledupar Hours: There is no information available Price: There is no information available It's a nightclub with good atmosphere and a good DJ, but it's not very big.
Where to eat in Valledupar?
Restaurante Bar Compae Chipuco
Location: Carrera 6 #16-05 Centro, Valledupar Hours: breakfast and lunch Price: from 18.000 COP At this nice restaurant of colonial mansion type you will find typical food from the coast with delicious flavors, specially fishes, and it's placed very close to the main square Alfonso Lopez. It's recommended to taste the chivo, that is really good seasoned.
Location: Calle 11 8-15 San Carlos, Valledupar Hours: lunch and dinner Prices: there is no information, suitable At this restaurant the food is very tasty and they have taken care of the decoration. It's an attractive place where you want to go inside. It also has a varied menu of salads, soups, fishes, chicken and meat. The personnel is very attentive and the dishes are well presented. The recommended dish is the solomillo just exquisite.
Location: Carrera 9 No 10-30, Valledupar Hours: lunch and dinner Price: 20.000 and 40.000 COP This restaurant has good quality dishes and the possibility of being seated in outdoors tables. The taste of the grill is really good.
Location: Calle 6 # 9 -24, Valledupar Hours: 06:00 a.m. - 09:00 a.m. 11:50 a.m. - 03:00 p.m. Price: there is no information This restaurant has the typical food from the region and grills made of high quality meat, the service is excellent and the decoration style remembers to the old of the same area.
The tourist places to see in Valledupar are:
Plaza Alfonso Lopez Valledupar
Location: Cra 7, Valledupar Hours: all day Price: Free entrance This colonial style square and with old mansions is the symbol of the vallenato festival. It's the main meeting place and where take place the main fairs and festivals. It's one of the first places that you will visit when you get to the municipality of Valledupar. As main features there is a mango tree where the people join together and the sculpture Revolution is operating , made by Rodrigo Arenas.
Casa Beto Murgas - Museo del Acordeón
Location: Carrera 17 #9A -18 Barrio San Joaquin- Valledupar Hours: Monday to Friday 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 m and 2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.; saturday9:00 a.m. - 12:00 m Price: 20.000 pesos COP This is the house that Beto Murgas converted into an accordion museum, since this is the symbol of the vallenata culture. The visitors will be welcomed directly by the owners of the house and will learn a lot about this curious instrument and its meaning in Colombia. Through this tour you will have a global vision of this instrument.
Iglesia de la Inmaculada Concepcion
Location: Plaza de Alfonso Lopez, Valledupar Hours: all day Price: free entrance The church of Inmaculada Concepcion, that has been restored several times due to the damages suffered with the passage of time, is a cultural center of beautiful architecture. In the central altarpiece we find the image of the Virgin Mary. This church join together to a lot of devoted people in Easter, a period when the religious fervor grows. The monument harbors the patron saint of the city, Ecce Homo.
Location: Plaza de Alfonso Lopez,Valledupar Hours: all day Price: free entrance It's a little and calm town where you can spend a day in the countryside with your family. It's a place where you can admire the landscape while the most daring people dampen their feet in the chilled water of the river.
The things to do in Valledupar
Location: at 15,5 mi (25 km) from Pueblo Bello Hours: all day Price: free entrance This spectacular town but of difficult access is a natural paradise for the ecotourism practice and shows the Arhuaca indigenous culture. Its houses are built in bahareque, stalk and rocks. It's a beautiful and interesting place to visit.
Parque Nacional de Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta
Hours: all day Price: free entrance It's a mountain range located between the departments of Guajira, Magdalena and Cesar. It's one of the natural protected parks of Colombia and there you can find the 2 highest mountains of the country, that are the peaks Colon and Bolivar, both higher than 16.400 feet (5000 meters) of height. This territory was the settlement of several cultures, among the ones Arhuaco, Kankuamo, Wiwa and Kogui stand out. In the national park we can admire the flora from the region, as the flowers frailejón, la bromelia y el oncidium; there is also an interesting fauna as the copetona eagle, among other species. It's the ideal place to do trekkings and enjoy the most the nature.
Typical dishes in Valledupar
This traditional dish from the region is prepared with many ingredients, among the ones there are sweet peppers, celery, oregano, onions, garlic, sour oranges, coriander, rum, tomato sauce, oil, red wine and olives. You should taste it in Valledupar. a whole delight!
It's a soup that has cow ribs (or chicken), manioc, yam, green bananas, arracacha (a kind of tuber), corn, coriander, onion, celery and cumin. It's served in a special dinnerware set special from the area called totumo.
Dulce de leche
It's a dessert prepared in the region. The ingredients that are part of it are milk, sugar and bicarbonate of soda. If you have a sweet tooth, you will love this delight.
How to reach Valledupar
Valledupar by train
There isn't nowadays a route of railway to get to Valledupar nor to leave the city.
Valledupar by flight
The distance from Bogota to Valledupar is 402,6 mi (648 km). Valledupar has the airport Alfonso Lopez Pumarejo that provides a diversity of travel routes. Among the destinations that the airport has there are Medellin, Barranquilla and Bogota. Some of the airlines that operate in the place are Viva Colombia, Aerolinea de Antioquia (ADA), Avianca, Easyfly and LATAM.
Valledupar by bus
The distance from Bogota to Valledupar is 543 mi (874 km) on the highway and to complete the travel you need about 13 hours. Copetran, Fronteras and Expreso Brasilia are the main bus companies that cover this route. Several are the cities from where the buses leave destination to Valledupar; among them are Medellin, Barrancabermeja, Barranquilla, Bogota, Bucaramanga, Cali and El Banco.
Accomodations in Valledupar
Hotel Caribe Platinium
Location: Carrera 15 # 18 - 29, Valledupar Rate: from 60800 COP The services of the hotel include free wifi, bar, some rooms have a terrace or view over the garden and all the rooms have a private bathroom and a shower. There is 24 hour reception desk and the airport Alfonso Lopez is placed at 2,4 mi (4 kms) of distance.
Location: La Paz - Vía Manaure Kilometro 4, Valledupar Rate: from 60800 COP for the double room This nice hotel has a swimming-pool, private garage, TV and private bathrooms in all the rooms. There is a shared kitchen and the airport is located at just 8,6 mi (14 km).
Hotel Arawak Upar
Location: Carrera 7 N 16B-50, Valledupar Rate: from 110900 COP for the double standard room This hotel is located at just 200 meters from the main square Alfonso Gomez and at 10 minutes from the airport. The breakfast and the garage are included on the price. All the rooms have private bathrooms and the hotel has laundry service.
Hotel Boutique Casa Rosalía
Location: Calle 16 # 10 -10, Valledupar Rate: a room of double queen size bed from 197700 COP This luxurious hotel propose the breakfast included on the price. Among the services they have there is free wifi, cable TV, air conditioning and minibar. There is a hairdryer and a toilet set for free. There is reception desk 24 hours a day, a garden and a furnished terrace.
Important dates in Valledupar
Festival de la Leyenda Vallenata
End of April
It's the festival of the popular folcklore in Colombia, that is celebrated in honor of the vallenato music in April. This time there are accordion competitions in various categories, concerts and there are parades of the pioneros, who are musicians born at this region. The festival join together accordionists from several nearby countries. If you like the vallenato this festival is a must-see.
Feria Ganadera de Valledupar
Second semester of the year
At this fair the stockbreeders exhibit their best animals. Besides that, there is music and you can buy handicrafts. It's usually celebrated the second half of the year, but the date is not fix, it changes every year.