Chaparral : Hotels, Restaurants, Nightlife, Getting There

...<= Chaparral Travel Guide Part 1: Attractions, Visits, Activities

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ACCOMODATION, HOTELS AND HOSTELS
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Hotel Santa Ana - Cl 7 # 7-49 Phone: (57) (8) 2461127 

This clean and comfortable hotel a few blocks from the main square is quiet and affordable, and the best option for travellers, with single, double and triple rooms available. It might seem like a fan is insufficient when you check in during one of the town's sweltering hot days but the nights are cooler and the fan is all you really need. 

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EATING OUT AND RESTAURANTS
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The best place for a traditional Tolima breakfast or lunch is the local food market, where a series of friendly local ladies serve simple Tolima food for reasonable prices.

Dinner is, as in many smaller cities, a trickier prospect, but there are several places just off the main square serving delicous stuffed arepas for just 5.000 COP. For a good coffee (this being a high producing region after all) don't miss Tienda de Cafe on the main plaza - they have a local coffee of the month and serve a variety of preparations well: one of the best small town Colombian coffees we've had. 

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NIGHTLIFE, BARS AND RESTAURANTS
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The nightlife is similar to most small Colombian cities: a series of gaudy discos playing loud music all through the night on weekends. Club Bachata on the main square just down from the cafe is the best of them, with an airy open dance floor and (in spite of the name) a reggaeton soundtracked party.

The local tejo club on the edge of town is the hub for local social activity, with plenty of beers, the wonderful Colombian game of tejo to enjoy, and lots of families all coming out to enoy a few hours of socializing.

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GETTING TO CHAPARRAL
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To the Caves using ChivasGetting to Chaparral from Bogota is easy: simply grab a bus at Salitre terminal for around 35.000 COP and you'll be there in between 4-5 hours.

Once you're in the town all local transport is done via local jeeps and chiva buses (which is part of the fun of a rural Colombian travel experience). For instance, the chiva or jeep to the Tulini hike takes around 40 minutes on a bumpy road and costs around 5.000 COP. 

...<= Chaparral Travel Guide Part 1: Attractions, Visits, Activities

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