Valledupar: Hotels, Restaurants, Nightlife, Getting There

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

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ACCOMODATION, HOTELS, HOSTELS
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Monument at the Plaza Alfonso Lopez Valledupar

The only hostel in town worth speaking of is Provincia Hostal (Cl. 16a #5-25 - (5) 5800558) - a lovely little hostel with a bright and spacious courtyard, just one block from the main square. With basic dorms (both fan and air-conditioned) and large privates for good prices, it's a pleasant palce to spend a few days.

Provincia isn't Valledupar's only hostel, but it should be first on anyone's list when planning a visit to the city.

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EATING AND RESTAURANTS
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Meat is firmly on the menu in Valledupar, it being a cattle ranchers city after all!

Montacarga Canahuate restaurant (Cra. 13b #8-85) serves up large tasty portions of traditional Colombian fare such as churrasco and chicken with patacones.

Seafood lovers should check out Varadero, Pescados y Mariscos (Calle 12) for some excellent ceviches and mofongo.

Compae Chipuco restaurant (on the corner of the main square, attached to the aforementioned vallenato gallery) has a good reputation in Valledupar, and the outdoor seating and vallenato artefacts give it a nice atmosphere, but it suffers from poor service when busy (which is often) - the convenient location and large portions (plus Valledupar's limited gastronomy scene) mean you'll probably end up there for lunch! 

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NIGHTLIFE, BARS AND CLUBS
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Valledupar's party scene is focused on vallenato music (what isn't!), but there are good clubs and bars worth checking out.

During the festival every square becomes an impromptu nightclub, as revellers enjoy the warm evenings and cold beers.

During the rest of the year there are several good clubs from which to choose. Palenke Cultura Bar (Cra. 5 #13c-52) is a buzzing little club with good value alcohol and a variety of different nights dedicated to genres of Colombian music. Tierra de Cantores (Cra. 9 #7b-16) offers a nice cocktail menu and live music on weekends. Then there's La Iguana (Cra. 9 #10-44): one room, strong air-con, and nothing but vallenato on the menu!

Many locals also choose to spend their nights out at Parque Lineal - no entrance fees, just locals blasting tunes from their cars, beer for sale on the street, and even the odd laser show from the boot of a car! 

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GETTING TO VALLEDUPAR
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Buses run to Valledupar from most major cities in Colombia, including Bogota, Medellin, Santa Marta and Bucaramanga.

Expect to pay roughly 35.000 COP from Santa Marta, and 130.000 COP from Bogota. The city is also accessible coming from Riohacha in La Guajira - simply jump in a colectivo from Cuatro Vias and pay around 30.000 COP to get to Valledupar.

Flights are also available with Avianca and Viva Colombia. 

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